Archive for the ‘Electronics’ Category

What’s in a Name?

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 No comments

When I was in college, I noticed that a lot of the servers had names that fit into themes like Egyptian gods, car names, types of trees, Disney characters, etc.

When I got my first real computer in college I gave it a name: Battleship. I named every major piece of electronics I got (usually new computers) that lets you set a name. It would take me a long time to come up with a name that I was satisfied with. 

At some point I thought to use themes. That makes it so much easier to come up with names since I already have a pool to choose form. Some themes I’ve used over the years: the colonies in BSG, bodies of water, houses of Westeros, natural disasters, X-men, and Norse gods. I’m currently using the planets of our solar system. I actually have a list of what I’ve used and what I could potentially use in the future.

The only issue now is that I have so many electronic devices, it’s sometimes hard to remember off the top of my head what name corresponds to each device. If I see a device named Hurricane on my network, I have to think for a sec or check my list to know which one that is. If I want to play music on a specific device, I have to remember which device that is.

Kindle Touch

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 No comments

It’s been about a month since I got my first Kindle. I was either going to get a Kindle Touch or a Kindle Fire, both new models. I decided to get a Kindle Touch because of the E Ink (Electronic Ink). I know how much I’ve hated reading books on my computer and I figured the E Ink would be easier on my eyes.

I love my Kindle Touch! I’ll be reading paper books as long as they print them, but I’m getting a lot of use out of the Kindle. I’ve read at work when I needed a break, in the waiting area at the doctor’s office, in the waiting area at the mechanic, on the stationary bike, etc. I feel like I’m getting in a lot more reading. Navigating in the menus is a little slow, but I don’t have to do that much. I’ve had it for a month and haven’t had to recharge it yet. Also, I’m really digging the touch screen. I am very pleased.

Before the Kindle arrived, I already had about 40 books for it. I got most of them for free from Amazon or from author or publisher websites. I won’t have a problem with finding stuff to read for a long time, not that I did before. I’m a little slow to embrace devices that take me away from physical media. Once I do, I’m usually happy that I did. As long as I still have the physical media.

One suggestion that I’ve mentioned before on Twitter. Since I still like physical media, if you buy the paper version of a book, I think Amazon should give you the Kindle version for free or give for a small additional charge. It would be almost like buying a blu-ray and getting a digital copy with it. That way I can read my paper copy at home and read my electronic copy when I’m on the go and not have to worry about carrying a book around and possibly damaging it. I’m sure they’ve already thought of this. Maybe it’ll happen one day.

New TV

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 1 comment

Samsung LN46D550

I’ve had my new TV for almost a month and I love it! It’s 4 inches bigger than my last one. I didn’t think 4 inches would make that big of a difference, but it is a pretty good difference. I should’ve known. The picture quality on this TV is so much better. It took about a week of tinkering to get the optimal settings. I’m very picky about my settings. Now I’m happy. I’ll probably buy Samsung TVs for a long as they make them.

I didn’t know what to do with my old Vizio TV since there’s nowhere to recycle electronics nearby. It didn’t seem right to leave it on the side of the road. I ended up putting it on Craigslist for free. I had someone willing to take it off my hands within hours. Maybe they were able to fix it. To be honest, I don’t care. I just wanted to be rid of it.

Geeky Times

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 1 comment

This has been a good week to be a geek.  With E3 and WWDC going on at the same time, I now have a lot of stuff to look forward to.

E3 has made the gamer in me very happy.  I haven’t been keeping up with the announcements and videos as much I wanted to, but what I’ve seen is great.  I had already heard about most of the games, but seeing/learning more about them made me excited.  I’m most looking forward to Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, Bioshock Infinite, and the Tomb Raider game that made me think I was listening to a porno.  I’m sure there are many others that I’m forgetting.  I’m not that interested in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3, but I’ll probably give them a try at some point.  I’m lukewarm on the Kinect stuff that was shown off.  It could end up being fun.  I’m not all that excited about the console announcements.  PSVita looked okay, but I’m not into handheld gaming anymore.  Wii U is a weird name, but I thought Wii was a weird name when I first heard it.  I’m sure I’ll get one eventually, but will I use it?  It will be nice, though, to play Nintendo games in HD.

The WWDC is also taking place.  I’m not a big Apple fanatic, but I am interested in iOS5.  I hope the notification system is better than what they have now and I hope it doesn’t make my 3GS slow.  iCloud could be cool and exciting, but right now it doesn’t seem like a big deal.

Back to drooling over stuff I can’t have yet!

New Tech

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 2 comments

I love tech and I love getting new tech.  I’m usually not one of the first people to go out and buy a new gadget.  I’m not rich enough for that.  Once the price starts to go down or a 2nd or 3rd generation of a device is released, that’s usually when I start to look into buying it.  I ordered a new device recently (details after I get it) and that made me realize that I haven’t bought a lot of new tech over the last year or so.

Roku XR

Last summer I got a Roku to go in the bedroom.  I realized that I was missing lying in bed and watching TV.  It was going to be too much hassle and an extra monthly charge to get DirecTV to put a receiver in there.  Buying a Roku would just be a 1-time cost.  With Roku, I now have access to Netflix Watch Instantly, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and even TWiT and Revision 3 shows.  There’s always plenty to watch on each.  It’s definitely been a great investment.

Dell Inspiron 17R

After Thanksgiving I ordered a new Dell laptop.  It was kind of an impulse.  Dell has always been good to me, so I decided to stick with that brand.  My 4-year old laptop was fine.  I was running Windows Vista on it.  It took a while for it to start up and shut down, but I wasn’t noticing any sluggishness during normal use unless I tried to play games on it.  This new one made me realize just how old the other one was.  This one, of course, is much faster with more RAM and more storage.  It has a larger, HD display.  It has Windows 7, which is much better than Vista.  I can actually play new games on this and that is a plus.  After having it for a few months, startup and shutdown is still so much faster than it was on my old laptop.  I think my favorite new feature is the built-in webcam.  I don’t use it yet, but I do want to start chatting with people.  Another great investment.

I also got a Seagate 1.5 TB external hard drive and a cool Logitech USB headset, but those don’t seem like anything special.

The Return of the PS3

Saturday, January 8th, 2011 3 comments

I got my PS3 back today.  It was supposed to be here yesterday, but I wasn’t home to accept the package from FedEx.

Sony sent me a new machine.  They did return the 500 GB hard drive that I had installed, which confirms my belief that the hard drive failure wasn’t the problem.  Since the hard drive is in a new machine, I had to format it to use on that machine. All of my data is gone.  Oh well.  Things could’ve been worse.

I’m happy to have my PS3 back.  I got in back only 7 days from the time I sent it in if you don’t count the New Year’s Eve holiday and missing FedEx yesterday.  I’m glad Sony returned the game that was stuck in the machine. I can watch blu-rays again and I can play DC Universe Online when it’s released on Tuesday.  I hope this one lasts a lot longer than the first one.



Thursday, December 30th, 2010 2 comments

Well, my PS3 died Sunday or Monday night. Today is Thursday and I just received the coffin that I’ll use to send it to Sony for repair. I was in the middle of playing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune when it happened, so I won’t get to beat that during Christmas break like I wanted to. I also have to scrap my plans to watch the new Sherlock series on blu-ray this week.

I know there are videos online that show you how to open up the PS3 and fix it, but I don’t want to do that. I have a feeling that I’d damage it more and have to buy a new one, which is more expensive than the $100 Sony is charging me to fix it.

I’m kind of disappointed that this happened, though it isn’t that much a surprise. People criticize Xboxes for having a high failure rate, but consoles in general don’t seem to last long these days. I bought my on Tax Day in 2008, partially because I was mad at owing the IRS money. I would’ve gotten one eventually even if I didn’t get it on that day.

I hope they can fix it fairly simply and return the disc that’s stuck inside, but my biggest concern is that I’ll lose all of my data. The lady on the phone said they won’t format the HD if they don’t have to, but the material that came in the coffin said that they will definitely format it. I don’t want to have to download everything from the PlayStation Network again on my slow Internet connection, and I really don’t want to lose all of my save games.

I’m hoping for the best.