Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The iPod only presents a static view of your music. In order to refresh it, you need to connect it to your computer. The staleness problem isn't the only issue that I have.
I don't have time to create playlists for the iPod, so most often, I just play all of the content in shuffled order. But this has the problem of playing music that I have no interest in (i.e. Holiday or Children's music). But even if I avoided that content the mixes are random, so it is hard to get into the music.
I have been looking at the Sqeezebox for a while as a way to solve this problem. In addition to playing our whole library of content, it can connect to the network for other sources of music. For example, through their SqueezeNetwork, it can play (and create) Pandora radio streams. Pandora stations are very good collections of music that relate to one of your songs or artists.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
game for our kids. It isn't. It is a pretty bad game. There are some
things wrong with it.
When you play, you have to create a new
avatar, where you can customize the body and clothing. Unfortunately,
you can just pick your Mii, and have to waste time creating a new one
that is not usable anywhere else.
Also, even though the game is rated E, young kids will not be able
to win or even score with most of the games, so they get extremely
I wouldn't recommend that you buy this game.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I just heard of reCAPTCHA. This is a very interesting spin on CAPTCHAs. Accoring to their web site, 60 million captchas are solved every day. reCAPTCHA uses part of the effort to "scan" books.
A reCAPTCHA captcha contains a word that OCR didn't find a match when scanning books from the Internet Archive. In addition to the word that is not recognized, a successfully scanned word is displayed. The captcha is considered successfully entered if the known word is entered, and then the answer for the unknown word is added to a database. If enough people enter an unknown word with the same answer, then the probability of the answer being correct goes up.
There are several plugins for blogging systems, as well as a PHP api.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
- 2 old work electical boxes
- 1 recessed electical outlet w/ cover
- 1 recessed power inlet
- extension cord
The only think that you need to supply yourself is romex wire.
The installation was very straight forward and easy. The only problem that we had was the installation of the old work boxes. Normally these boxes attach by compressing on both sizes of a sheet of drywall. Unfortunately, in our house, there is a layer of plywood on the other size of the drywall, so the thickness is too much for the old work box. Once I worked though that problem the installation worked well.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
As I have mentioned before, I have been trying to use the Flock block editor to post to my blogs. Almost everything works, except one major feature. The WYSIWYG editor isn't really. If you enter newlines in the text editor, they don't get converted to paragraph tags. (ecto has an option to enable this.)
I think that I will just stick to the web based interface provided by LifeType.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
We just rearranged our living room, so now the TV is on a different wall than our AV equipment. Normally an IR remote , like the Harmony 880, would work find, as the IR signal would just bounce off the walls. But we also moved the couches so, there is no direct line of sight to the AV equipment, unless you point the remote over the side of the couch.
The Harmony 890 solves this problem. It has the same functionality as the 880, but it also a RF remote. The box also includes a "remote extender" which converts the RF signal to IR.
The setup of the remote was as easy as the Harmony 880, but in the application, you can configure the remote extender, and specify the devices that should be controlled with it.
The one strange thing is the steps that are required to update the remote. The update process requires you to connect the remote first, then the remote extender, and then the remote again. Those steps don't even to the pairing, and that is a separate process. I don't know why it is even necessary to connect to the remote extender anyway, Ideally you would still specify what devices are controlled by the extender, and which IR blaster port should be used, and the remote should just encode the IR signal in the RF signal. This way you could send any IR signal through the extender without any special configuration.