Archive for March, 2004

Saturday, March 27th, 2004

This is a very interesting It is titled “my rides through chernobyl area”

Friday, March 26th, 2004

I meant to post this today Annie the Cat

The next challenge

Thursday, March 25th, 2004

Ok so my dsl line is up and running, now I need to sort out some sort of TV signal. I have a large antenna on the roof that I think has cabling coming in to the basement that is conveniently sliced at the door frame. I guess it was cut when the house was renovated. I have a line that comes in from the cable company. I am assuming that they disconnected the cable when the previous owner moved out. I suppose I should plug the TV in and see.
My current thinking is Direct TV. I am planning on getting a new TV at some point in the future so getting the two room system would make sense. Seems like the HD feeds on cable and satellite a fairly slim so I am going to ignore them for the moment.
I had a look at the systems on offer at best buy. The 2 room system they are selling has receivers that don’t do dolby digital. Again after some research the only channels that have 5.1 sound seem to the premium channels like HBO. I don’t have a 5.1 surround sound system so again that may not be an issue. If I go to an HDTV system then would need an HD sat box and they all do dolby 5.1 so that doesn’t make that much difference.
Now that I am thinking about it might make sense just to get the one room system and not pay the extra $5 per month for the extra receiver. If I upgraded to HD I would need an HD receiver anyway. Seems there is a customer retention plan that will allow you to get a HD receiver for $399 then get $300 rebate on your bill.
Or I could just go with cable.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

The DSL line didn’t bounce once today so it looks like I have found a solution. I am listening to the radio scotland feed which is feeding radio 5. Strange they had that english guy from market place on talking about how crap tv is going to be tis fall. So maybe I shouldn’t go out and get direct TV.

DSL part 2

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

Ok so my cunning plan didn’t work. So I made a trip to home depot bought a $8 RJ11 crimping tool and set about to run a direct CAT 5 cable from the basement to the bedroom. So I now have a cable the snakes from the basement up the stair and across the hall. I then connected all the other lines in the house to the interface via a dsl filter. Not the most beautiful solution but it seems to have done the trick. At some point I will run the cables behind the walls. I did discover an other twist to the wiring. The front bedroom line is spliced off of the back bedroom line arrg. So the chance of running ethernet to the front bedroom is almost with out some major remodeling.

Sunday, March 21st, 2004

I think I have nailed up my dsl line, at least till the phone rings. My original plan was to run dedicated CAT5 to the basement the wire it directly to the interface box but I discovered the telephone line in the back room doesn’t go straight to the basement as I had hoped instead to disappears off to the right about 5 feet then shoots down the to the basement. So it looks like I will have to cut a whole in the dry way in the laundry room then pull cable to there then pull it down to the basement. Not that huge a deal just more than I wanted to do today.
Instead I spliced a piece of CAT 5 on the end of the telephone cable and ran it directly to the interface box. This seem to have resolved some of the issues. The DSL line is reporting 1268 down and 384 up and seems to be staying up. One of my Co workers is going to bring in a DSL splitter which I can add inline and should stop telephone calls from dropping the DSL line and I can get rid of those ugly filters.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2004

hehe, i am drunk 🙂 even had a piper playing at the wharf rat tonight 🙂 enough said,

I am in!!! sort of

Sunday, March 14th, 2004

Today was thebig day. I moved most of the furnature into my new house. Big thanks to HY, Wolf, Katja, Danneille, Wendy and Sucumar. After everyone left (except HY) we discovered that the queen sized matress doesn’t go up the stairs. So I guess I will need to pull it onto the balcony and in through the upstairs door. Sara is giving my laptop some luving right now so she seems to be reasonably happy. The only things left at my old appartment are pictures and the kitchen stuff. I should be able to get that with a couple trips in my car. So watch out for a house warming party. As soon as I have a bed and all the boxes are emptied.

Thursday, March 11th, 2004

I am so behind on my Livejournal reading that I didn’t know that and were in the process of having nerfbaby? Congratulations to the two of you on Dylan. Read more about it and to see a baby pic

Sunday, March 7th, 2004

well so much for finishing my taxes. I think they are more or less done but I wanted to check out a couple of items before submitting. Instead I read my friends list.

I had a couple calls from friends about This. Since I have been working at the new house the last couple of days I didn’t know it was the seaport taxi that capsized. I used to commute every day on these boats. From looking at the Photo I think this was the small boat that used to do the canton half of the run and was called the pope mobile. It has had an engine upgrade since I last travelled on it. In windy weather we had to put our feet on the benches so they wouldn’t get wet. This boat is the smallest one in the fleet. I watched the thunder storm roll in. I am not surprised that it flipped if it was still in the water. The seaport taxi doesn’t run when they are thunderstorms. They all have at least one radio and this boat was probably carrying the ‘boat’ cell phone. I guess the storm just hit them to quickly.