I think of the luggable when I try to move my Lenovo Y710 laptop. 17"
screen, quite a bit of dead/useless weight. I replaced it with a 15"
laptop in the Thinkpad line that runs cooler, faster, and has better
battery life. I sure don't miss the extra 2" of screen space.
On Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:02:27 -0600, Unquestionably Confused
I've still got my OS9/A-Dos equippef 6809 CoCo2 with dual DSDD
floppies, composite video output, and built-in eprom programmer and
parallel port (all custom)
And my modified MC10 (set up to run off 12 volt DC instead of AC -
including conversion for true RS232) which we were setting up as a
rallye computer"back in the day" The HP progranmmable calculator we
used was already much faster and better than the Kurta "peppermill" -
the MC10 would have been even better but we couldn't get an accepable
display at the time, and then I got married and quit rallying.
Ahhhh be careful with UPS. My BIL used UPS and kept ruining DVR's. If
the power is out long enough you end up with a brown out type situation
and the DVR did not do well with that situation. The Dish company
finally told him to not use a UPS and he stopped having problems with
the DVR. Now if your UPS will simply shut off at a certain low voltage
point It may not be a problem.
Back-UPS. Use a Smart-Ups from the same company, or a real UPS like a
Powerware Elite (dual conversion) and the loads don't even know the
UPS is there.
Absolute minimum protection is a "line interactive" unit that has
buck/boost votage regulation if you are not going to spring for dual
For the longest time we were getting fairly regular very short outages--
not enough to even notice the lights blinking but the clocks would reset
and the computers would reboot. We used to joke about "another fried
A couple of years ago there was a very early snowstorm while the leaves
were still on the trees that knocked down a lot of power lines and
caused a widespread power outage that lasted about a week. After that
they put some effort into to trimming the trees back from the power
lines and replaced all the broken lines and it hasn't happened since.
I'll add the 300 gallon fish tank, the Electronic organ, all TV's and
all computers and all Sat units as well as the modem and two routers.
I put shoe boxes on a number of items that can take it - some are
protected and some are battery backed up.
On 12/27/2015 2:59 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That's part of the beauty of a home-built Linux DVR. You don't need
service or even the same service to watch your recordings. My Dish
Network recordings play just fine even though we've had DirecTV for
years. When I run out of storage, I can buy a bigger drive without
asking the provider if it's ok.
Freedom like this comes with a cost, but it's worth it. I have to do a
little reading to do things like add a new hard drive, and drop to the
command line to copy recordings but it's been worth it. LinHES in case
anyone's wondering which one I use.
I've got a Hauppauge HD-DVR that records over the component connection
(YPbPr). Channels are changed by a channel change script that goes over
a serial to USB adapter to talk to the H24 and now Genie Mini. (It's
better than an IR blaster, but that's a common option as well.)
Yes, the receiver has to be "watching" to record.
One channel per tuner/receiver pair.
In practice conflicts are minimal. It's something like 1 or 2 a month.
Most TV shows are reruns anyway, so it's not a big deal.
It does require a good bit of manual setup, but management pretty much
takes care of itself. If you don't make system changes, it pretty much
handles things itself. (Sometimes I have to press the red reset button
on the directv box.) The system handles schedule management (and you
can set priorities to make sure Norm records before Roy if they happen
I guess it depends on what you watch... In a month, I'd estimate between
10 and 50 recordings are scheduled for later showings. I'm not sure how
good Uverse's conflict handler is, but MythTV gets everything it
Yes it does indeed work with Comcast and you do need a Voice AND
Caller ID capable modem.
See "Neilyum" Comcast explanation here:
Here is Phonetray's current list of recommended USB modems:
From the above link:
"Note: If you have Comcast XFINITY please purchase a Sewell USB modem
(the first modem listed above)."
Having a POTS phone line, I can't comment on Comcast modem
requirements but I'm using an older Zoom internal, PCI or PCIe (I've
forgotten which) and it's worked flawlessly for 3 yrs.
As internal modems seem to be a dying breed, I'm considering buying
one of these as a spare/backup before they're discontinued:
In closing, since you've apparently installed Phonetray Free, look in
the install folder for several .wav files that you can use to 'Zap'
Program files (x86)\Traysoft\PhoneTray\Zap Messages
You can add to that list with any .wav file you wish. Here are some of
my favs from 'Pat Fleet', the legendary voice of thousands of AT&T
recorded messages since 1981.
Thanks Walt, very helpful. Thinking more about it, I assume, since the
voice modem plugs into the PC, the PC must be on for the phones to work
at all? I don't turn my PC off often, but put it in sleep mode when
not using it. Would this setup work with the PC in sleep mode? Also,
I'm wondering now if there would be a noticeable delay when someone
calls that I want to get the call? When I ran a BBS, the modem had to
go through a significant procedure when answering a call, belching out
beautiful digital talk to the calling modem. I guess that's what a
"voice" modem doesn't do, now that I think about it, although that would
be good for salesman and politicians...
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
Not sure I understand the question... but whether your PC is on or off
should have absolutely no effect on the functionality of the phones in
your house. Obviously, Phonetray would not intercept unwanted calls if
the PC is turned off but there would be no adverse effect to your
home's phone system. (At least there isn't on a POTS)
Good question. I can't answer because I've got all sleep/hibernate disabled.
A quick Google found this:
Michael Rakita answers a laptop question:
"If your laptop supports USB wake-up you can keep
it in sleep mode and the modem will wake it up
when a call comes in. Your laptop has to be fast
enough to wake up in 2-3 seconds, otherwise it
will miss caller id. If your laptop is not that
fast it will be better to turn the sleep mode off."
No delay what so ever. None.
No, Phonetray doesn't make that sound.
It will, after 1 complete ring, vocalize the Caller ID information
through the PC speakers.
That feature can easily be disabled, however I find it useful.
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