Messing Around

While messing around with the layout of this blog last night I apparently screwed something up. Please forgive the messiness until I figure out what’s wrong. I hate when software promises to be easy but isn’t.

Update: Figured out how to revert to defaults.

Vital Statistics

Recent listening: Fight Songs/Old 97’s, Extraordinary Machine/Fiona Apple, Crooked Fingers
Recent viewing: Countdown with Keith Olberman, Sportscenter, The O’Reilly Factor, King Kong (1934), King Kong (2005)
Recent playing: Poker Room

Saga of the New Tivo, Part II

Previously: : “I wish I had Tivo in the bedroom!”

I slept in on the day of Tina’s birthday (November 10) and arose shortly after she left for art class. After getting ready for work, I opened the box with the new DirecTV Tivo (DTivo) and prepared for installation.

When we first had DirecTV (DTV) installed, they installed our DTivo in the living room (although everybody in the house calls it the “Big TV Room”), a single receiver in the bedroom and a small dish on the north side of the roof. The dish has four coaxial outputs with two going to the DTivo, one going back to the bedroom and one capped.

Thus, my initial plan was simply to replace the receiver with the new DTivo and let the DTivo run on just one satellite channel for awhile until I could run another coax cable from one end of the house to the other. I thought it would be just a matter of unplugging the receiver, plugging in the DTivo and going through the activation process. Well, it started out that easy.

I swapped the DTivo for the receiver and placed the DTivo where her VCR used to be in order to make it as unobtrusive as possible. I would return the VCR upon her request later. I called in to DTV and had them activate the DTivo and verified that all was working well. I even setup a couple of “Season Passes” for her before putting the old receiver in the box and putting the box back where it had been, seemingly making it all look unchanged. Then I departed for work secure in the knowledge that I had delivered another fabulous birthday gift to my lovely and deserving wife.

Next: “But what about when you join the reversed circuit to a “normal” circuit via a coaxial cable connection to the satellite dish?”

Saga of the New Tivo, Part I

In October I decided that a really good gift for Tina’s birthday would be a DirecTV Tivo (DTivo). As you may know from previous posts, we already have a DTivo in our living room that we love. We had a plain old DirecTV (DTV) receiver in the bedroom, but Tina was frequently heard to say, “I wish I had Tivo in the bedroom!” I should note here that Tina spends a lot of time in our bedroom because her craft center is in there as well as her computer.

I briefly considered buying a standalone Tivo with a built-in DVD recorder because Tina also longs for a DVD player in the bedroom. However, standalone Tivos have to work with an existing satellite receiver and will only record a single channel. Ultimately, I decided that the most user friendly solution would be to get another DTivo which doesn’t require an additional receiver and lets you record two channels simultaneously.

After surfing the web and absorbing the state of the Tivo market for a few days, I decided that I would return to my favorite Tivo upgrader, Weaknees. Weaknees specializes in kits that let you trick out your Tivo in a variety of ways. Last year I purchased a hard drive upgrade kit that I used to increase our Tivo’s capacity from 35 hours to 105 hours.

Weaknees is currently offering DTivo units that have had hard drive upgrades for the same cost as a non-upgraded unit from DTV. I eventually settled on the 80 hour unit and had it shipped a week before Tina’s birthday. It arrived a couple of days before and I had to give Tina some lame explanation about what it was. I planned to install it on her birthday and have it ready for her that day as a “surprise.”

Next: “Well, it started out that easy.”

What I got for Christmas

  • Gift card for Tower Records turned into greatest hits CDs:
    • The Carter Family
    • Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
    • Michael Martin Murphy
  • Box of Botticelli Masterpiece chocolates
  • Crooked Fingers CD
  • Half.com gift certificate turned into CDs
    • Imagine by John Lennon
    • Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
    • Rid of Me by P.J. Harvey
    • House of Large Sizes
  • Half.com gift certificate turned into CDs and books:
    • Especially for You by The Smithereens
    • Fight Songs by Old 97’s
    • Still Feel Gone by Uncle Tupelo
    • No Prima Donna: A Tribute to Van Morrison
    • Postville by Stephen G. Bloom
    • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
    • Flavius Josephus by Josephus
    • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
    • The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Update 1/3: I almost forgot that my lovely wife bought a bunch of clothes for me just before Christmas.

Time for change

As a new year approaches, I have decided to throw away my old weblog system (HTML) and embrace blogging software. This is the first entry in my new blog on the Movable Type system.

I have to apologize for the lack of updates in the last two months. Both work and life have taken up all of my time and writer’s block seems to lock on to me whenever I haven’t written anything here for awhile. One of the reasons that I’m switching to Movable Type is that it will allow me to write in my blog anywhere I have an internet connection. My old blog tied me down to my home computer.

Vital Statistics

Current reading: Boy by Roald Dahl
Recent listening: Christmas music, Extraordinary Machine/Fiona Apple, Coverville, 12 Songs/Neil Diamond, The Carter Family
Recent viewing: Countdown with Keith Olberman, The Daily Show, Sportscenter
Recent playing: Poker Room

Vital Statistics

Current reading: From The Earth To The Moon by Jules Verne
Recent listening: Nightfall in Middle Earth/Blind Guardian, The Devil’s Bris/Voltaire, Mermaid Avenue/Billy Bragg & Wilco, Thanksgiving Dinner Mix
Recent viewing: Broncos at Cowboys, Celebrity Poker Showdown, ER, Cold Case
Recent playing: Poker Room

Vital Statistics

Current reading: From The Earth To The Moon by Jules Verne
Recent listening: Tenacious D, Franz Ferdinand, The Devil’s Bris/Voltaire, Nightfall in Middle Earth/Blind Guardian, Coverville
Recent viewing: ER, Cowboys at Eages, Countdown with Keith Olberman
Recent playing: Poker Room