Archive for February, 2002

Wednesday, February 27th, 2002

I am going to stay in Orlando tonight
then see the shuttle at 6:30 am then spend a day at the space center then meet up with a friend

Wednesday, February 27th, 2002

I am borrowing a fax line in Jacksonville FL πŸ™‚ Dialing in has been a real real pain. However I am now in Florida and need to check that the shuttle launch is still on time πŸ™‚

Wednesday, February 27th, 2002

Well I am doing it, for lack of any better to I am driving down to Florida to go see a shuttle launch. I read an article on a couple days ago and I thought it would be fun. I talked to one of my friends who is in between jobs and he thought it would be cool as well, but decided not to come.
So at 4pm I left to drive down to Florida. As usual I was running a little late so I ended up wasting a lot of time on I95 just past the beltway. I am now in summerton SC in the middle of no where I tried dialing in but i think I am in hicks vill. When dialing I here the clicking of the old telephone exchanges, the number I have doesn’t seem to work so I guess I am not in a local area. I will try connecting tomorrow. I saw a dataport in on of the larger Petrol stations. On the way down I could have stopped and eaten at the “We Dare Topless diner” or at the “Gentlemans Club”. I had the idea that it would be fun to take photos at the state signs. but i missed the first one at NC then didn’t realise I was in SC until I went past the welcome center and realised why the last Petrol stop was called “South of the Border”. I didn’t even see the sign.
Hopefully I won’t get any charges for the local calls. We will see.
I need to sleep now

Monday, February 25th, 2002

There is a shuttle launch at 6:30 am on the 28th of feb. Since I am not doing anything else at the moment I am thinking about going to see it. So it is an 850 mile drive or a plane ride plus hire car trip away.

This is way cool

Sunday, February 24th, 2002

Ok this rocks!!!
Geek Stuff
I have been playing on and off for a week or so with getting my tivo connected to my network. I went to Microcenter and picked up some of those 5 dollar 50 foot network cables. I also picked up some RJ45 to 9 pin serial connectors. These are really cool because you don’t have to solder the connectors. Following the instructions on Tivo web. I pulled my tivo apart and booted from a tivo boot floppy I used for upgrading a tivo. After much pulling out of hair and stuff I first got a serial connection working, then changed that to be a ppp connection. I can now telnet into my Tivo and also transfer files back and forward on it. I did have two porblems, the tivo was dropping packets (solved by disabling compression, guess the little processor in the tivo couldn’t cope with the extra work of compressing the data FYI I used the “nodeflate” option). It also stopped making daily calls, (solved by telling pppd not to set a default route on the serial connection “nodefaultroute”). I then installed Tivo web. This is the part that really rocks. You can go in and see why it records stuff, I laughed out loud when I saw
Animals -2 Implied
Basketball -1 Implied
Bodybuilding -1 Implied

The list goes on, but I thought it was interesting.

Now the really cool part is you can change the channel remotely using a web page, so I can now change the channel when I am sitting upstairs on the computer watching the tivo via the tv card on that machine. This also means that if I set up real server and real encoder again. I can then ssh into my home network from work and watch the output of my tivo via real video on my computer at work then change channels and watch recorded programs on the tivo.

I still need to get set up the network so it picks up the tv data via my cable modem instead of using my phone line. At some point I will probably buy a network card and dump the serial cable stuff.

Friday, February 22nd, 2002

Just came across this on the bbc web site Doctor Who With a twist.

Thursday, February 21st, 2002

Another 3 things off my todo list. I filed my taxes, returned some CD’s and didn’t something else πŸ™‚ I was going to go biking, but I big fat cloud came floating over that made me think twice about it.

Thursday, February 21st, 2002

Well that is another thing to tick off the todo list. I have repotted my plants. What an exciting life I lead.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2002

From Washington Post

Current federal law requires that when telemarketers make sales calls, they state their name, the company they represent, that they are calling to sell something, and how they can be reached if the consumer wants to cancel the order or complain. The rules forbid calling residences before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. And telemarketing firms must maintain a do-not-call list of those consumers who ask to be added to it. Anyone who documents telemarketers violating these rules can take legal action.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2002

I went to Baltimore this afternoon for some apartment research. I came back really bummed. Some places I went to were horrible some were over priced. Mostly the thing that bummed me about was parking for my car. I will have to pay for a parking spot on top of rent. Also Baltimore city doesn’t have cable modems yet (need to double check that). It also seems that in the city center isn’t suffering the same way that Fairfax is for people moving out of rentals so there isn’t a lot of empty apartments πŸ™