Oh man, it’s dusty around here.

I got an itch to move away from Facebook a bit and go back to blogging. It actually came from listening to a Freakonomics interview with Wired Magazine founder Kevin Kelly ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Kelly_%28editor%29 ) It’s a good interview, you should listen. Anyway, I’m going to see what I can do to dust this place off and get back to blogging, even if no one is watching.

This is a motivating image. It's a great combination of 70's idealism and sci-fi-esque bright-eyed futurism

video files played correctly, every time

Melissa and I have been watching rips I made of an anime series from DVD. I ripped it with english/japanese audio and english subs. We’re watching it with the Japanese audio and the English subs. Also, I find the openers to anime are generally really annoying. They’re just not my thing. So I like to skip them after the first few times. Here’s the command line to play the show without having to manually set it all up every time:

vlc –audio-track=1 –sub-track=1 –start-time=81 DeathNote_ep01.mkv

The audio and subtitle tracks are numbered from zero. On this show, English is zero, Japanese is one for the audio. English translations of signs, labels, etc is subtitle track zero. Full English subs is subtitle track one. Lastly, the show starts and 1m 21s into each file, so I tell vlc to start at 81 seconds in.

Weapon words

I think it’s a fairly haughty thing we allow our news reporters to do when they say that a particular bomb was “homemade” or “improvised” or any other adjective of that nature. Because they were not factory made, the enemy’s weapons are somehow more evil (or perhaps less respectable?) than ours. No news report ever mentions the provenance of any of our bombs, drones or tanks.

Poke, mon!

Emma received a pokemon card in her happymeal a while back. I was looking online to see what it went with, and she was amazed that all the cards were in a wiki. She wanted to add her card “to the internet”, in her words. Now her card is part of the internet. (:

Replaced a ps3 bluray laser

Did something I have not done before. Disassembled a ps3, removed the bluray drive, disassembled the drive, replaced the laser and finally put the whole thing back together again. Best part: it all works now!

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ps3 bluray drive internals

Decomissioned

Today, after over two years, is the end of the road for the hackintosh. I’ve backed up all of its user data. Once I’m done with this post from it, I’ll be formatting the drive. All in all, it served me very well. It was reliable. It taught me how to use os x and it helped me create an iPhone app. I have access to an actual macbook, so trying to update this hackintosh to Lion isn’t something I’m wanting to spend time on. Perhaps sometime I’ll start fresh with another hackintosh, but for now, this chapter in my computing history is coming to a close. (:

Brats for dinner

Melissa made buns that went right on the brats tonight. They look great!

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App sales

My iPhone app sold 59 copies in the 1.5 months that it was for sale in 2011. Not bad for a really niche app. (:

Viewsonic vx2025wm DVI fix

My main monitor is a Viewsonic vx2025wm. It’s a 20″ LCD with pretty good specs. The biggest issue with it, by far, is that if you disconnect the DVI connection for any length of time, the monitor forgets that it has a DVI connection. Then a song and dance is required to fix it. I’ve always used the solution in this [H]ard|Forum post. It’s an old post though, so I’m copying the steps out here.

I had the same problem, twice. The first time it happened to me 1 week after purchase and so I exchanged it. The second time was yesterday. I decided to call Viewsonic support and they gave me the solution to fix it:

1. With the computer on, plug in both DVI and VGA to the video card and the VX2025 monitor.
2. turn off computer
3. remove VGA connector
4. disconnect power to the monitor. Wait 5 seconds and then plug it back in.
5. restart PC.

For me, I run two monitors. After following the steps, I plugged the VGA to my 2nd monitor. Both monitors would show the POST screen but when I booted to Windows, the VX2025 did not have a signal. In the nvidia classic control panel, I had to set the VX2025 as the primary display and also Extend Desktop onto the monitors in order to get the VX2025 working in Windows again.

It got bigger!

Dave's tower

The whole tower is up!

The tower is up. Mom, Dad and Matt came down and helped me setup the tower, with the aid of a 30 ton crane. It’s up; the next step is to get service put on it.