Archive for the 'General' Category

Satellite radio hack (sorta)

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

This past Christmas, I received a Delphi XM SKYFi unit with the accompanying home and car adapters. I like to listen to the radio in the car and I usually have the XM going during my commute. I skip between channels 43 (college rock) and 82 (horrific electronica) respectively.

During my commute last week, I hit one of the satellite signal deadspots at a traffic light. I don’t have XM built in to my car audio system and I’ve only strung the anntenna inside of my new car which makes deadspots more frequent, or so I’ve been told. While sitting at the light, the radio signal went out and faded away and then all of a sudden I was hearing, of all things, Howard Stern’s voice coming out of *my* car speakers. Needless to say, I was just a tad bit surprised.

It seems that I was able to hear Mr. Stern’s voice because I’m using the XM car adapter kit with the low intensity FM transmitter. I use my transmitter at 88.3 FM and apparently, another car near me in traffic was using the same frequency for their Sirius car adapter unit.

I’ve heard of Pirate Radio with iPod FM transmitters, but this is a first concerning satellite radio.

So, perhaps here’s an idea for those guys who are streaming Howard on the net.

Ode to Sam

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

My parents just adopted a new kitten and he’s as cute as cute could be…and a terror to boot.

An Ode to Sam

new addition to the family…

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Santa Claus must have heard about how much we like Apple Computers in this household as there was a note left here on Christmas as he couldn’t make one at his workshop, but there were some to be found at the Apple Store in Christiana, DE.

So, on my day off this past Monday (January 2nd), I took a trip down to Delaware, home of tax free shopping to pick up a new 17″ G5 iMac. The mall was packed. And by the time we got to the Apple store, the checkout line snaked down the center of the store, nearly to the entrance. So I had my accomplice stand in line while I hunted for the items I needed, an AirPort Express for my accomplice and the iMac. I located a roving floor person (it seemed like there were only two of those and three others were manning the checkout lines) and asked him where to get the iMac. He told me just wait in the checkout line and ask the checkout person. Anyway, I retreat back in line and wait for a good 20 minutes.

Finally I get to the checkout girl and she squares me away. The interesting thing that I didn’t realize is that the iMac comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse (instead of the wired Mighty Mouse) and I chose the wireless option, since my daughter would be the primary user and she prefers her wireless keyboard. In addition, there were a ton of rebates going on including ones for an HP printer or an Epson all-in-one printer/fax/whathaveyou and for Microsoft Office for Mac (which I already have). I did pick up the HP printer, because after the rebate it would be free and it would be used in this household.

Later that evening, got the precioussss machine home, and set it up in a snap (it would have been a snap if I hadn’t forgotten the password to my wireless router *ahem*….). And so I’ve got at least one machine running Tiger.

(As a side note, I’m not really all that excited about Tiger as I have Panther on my PowerBook, but on the iMac I think Tiger is more impressive…)

I think that the folks at Apple would be mightily amused to hear a seven year old say, “Oh wait, can you put that on my Dashboard?”

HAPPY 2006

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Happy New Year!

Pumpkins

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Braved the chilly but sunny weather this morning to go out pumpkin picking (or choosing) as the case may be. Picked some pumpkins and braved a zoo of straw animals. Take a look at this croc….

More cheese, Gromit?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit Two thumbs up. Plenty of humor for kids and adults alike. May contain nuts.

My most favorite band of all time

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

is radiohead. Sure, I may listen to others, but they’re not the same. Anyway, just so you know, the guys of radiohead are all up on this Internet thing and even have a blog.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

Women, do self exams, get Mammograms if you’re over 40 and most of all, be proactive about your health!

whoa

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Gmail just expanded to 2.5 GB per account.

You are currently using 33 MB (1%) of your 2601 MB.

Holy friggin cool.

experienced

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

I have so experienced joy!

why?

Sunday, August 21st, 2005

Why doesn’t the Web site for IKEA sell lightbulbs for Ikea made lamps?

some personal vindication

Friday, August 19th, 2005

From The NY Times Invest in the stock market, but sleep at home.

Article exploring the “radical” concept that owning your own home isn’t the great investment as some think it is. However shocking this revelation is, I actually first read about the idea in Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.