Happy Birthday!

Busy start to the week. It was the girl’s 5th birthday. She was so excited. We took her to go see Tangled this morning and had family over for a birthday party tonight.

Her theme was My Little Pony, and Maggie made a cake for her.

She was very happy with all of it.

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PC to TV

I also started a little project where I was going to hook up my old desktop computer to the TV so I could maybe watch some Hulu or whatever… Probably web surfing from the couch, too…

I decided to reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows because it wasn’t booting up all the way. And don’t get me started on Linux.  I love linux. Have tried all sorts of distros on every one of my computers, and my big hang up with this one is that since it is going to be hooked up to the TV I might want to use it for Netflix, and that only works on Windows and Mac. Plus I don’t want to mess with a virtual machine…

So I start the install process, and it freezes up right at the “Starting windows” screen.  I tried 2 copies of windows, 2 CD Drives, and 3 hard drives…  Checked all the Master/Slave stuff, made sure nothing was plugged in other than the bare essentials…  I found this on the Microsoft site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310760 but still no help.  I read something about overriding the ACPI by pressing F7, but didn’t get anywhere with that.  Just a blue screen of death…  Maybe I will look into that more tomorrow.

I proceeded to download both Linux Mint and Ubuntu (regular and alt) and all 3 were having issues (possibly wireless keyboard issues).  I ended up installing it on a REALLY old computer that I had laying around. works great, loaded all the drivers and software I would be using.  Only problem is that it’s too slow to play the video.  Barely works with youtube.  At least the browser part works now, though.  Sadly I can do almost anything media related with the Wii or the Blu-ray player, but I have always wanted the computer hooled up to the TV, and with my netbook slowly dieing I need a good backup…

UPDATE: I got ubuntu to install tonight and the tv shows it in 1080p. It looks amazing. I’ll have to mess with it more in the morning…

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Lego Motorola Droid a855 Dock

Just thought I would share a dock that I made for the a855 Motorola Droid. Was a pretty simple project.  I just had to make sure I put the magnet into the right spot. It senses when the phone is put in the dock and goes into either car mode or multimedia mode, depending on the polarity of the magnet.

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Saturn Vue vs. FM Transmitter

I have been a little jealous of a feature that the wife’s minivan has. No it’s not the power sliding doors or the heated seats. It’s the little 3.5mm jack and usb port that her radio has.  I have tried a bunch of FM Transmitters to get the same effect, but the reception is horrible.  Probably due to the fact that we are right between St Cloud and the Twin Cities.

So what I did this morning was to rip apart one of these FM transmitters and see if I could find a schedmatic or something online and try to mod it. From the way it looks the antenna is routed through the headset jack. So (in theory) a longer or better placed cable could do the trick. 

With the help of the Panavise InDash website I found directions on how to pull out the radio. I have done it before while working at Verizon, installing a speakerphone kit for a customer, but I always like to have the directions handy, just in case.  So the next step is getting the car up to temperature so I can start pulling at panels.

I think that if I can route the cable into the dash, behind the radio, and have it pop out right where my phone mount is it will not only look nicer, but it just might solve my reception issues.  Stay tuned for an update on how badly I mess something up. lol.

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Mall of America / Nickelodeon Universe

We got word this morning that due to the filming of a commercial all of the rides at Nickelodeon Universe in Mall of America were free, so we packed up and made the trip into the cities for a day at the mall.

It was a great time.  The girl rode a bunch of rides and decided to ride at the very front of the log ride (Log Chute) and ended up getting soaked. I was sitting behind her so I only got a little wet, but with near zero temperatures outside it made it a little cold… The boy had a hard time (partly to being overly tired) with us walking by the Pillow Pet booth and then the Build a Bear store. Simply because when he sees either his Pillow Pet, or his “Camo” bear at Build a Bear he has this fear that it is his and someone stole it from him.
Was a fun day, and I have been wanting to go for a long time. I guess I am glad that we got to go on all the rides today for free.   It made it an extra special day.  Plus the kids got to meet with Dora…
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Sliders

I sit here on the couch getting ready to watch the last episode of the last season of the 90s tv show Sliders.  You remember, the one with Quinn, Rembrant, Wade, and The Professor?  They “Slide” between different dimensions. The same year, the same Earth, only different dimensions”.




It was a great series and I will miss it, although it did help wean me off it with the cast member changes they did.  There was only one character that carried over from the first episode – Rembrandt (Cleavant Derricks).  They even went as far as creating a Quinn 2 character when Jerry O’Connell left the show at the end of season 4 – played by a different person.  

I may sound negative about it, but it was a good show, and it falls into that category of the sci-fi show about a bunch of people stuck somewhere and trying to get back home (like Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, Quantum Leap). 

Now let’s see what else is out there on Netflix that I want to watch….
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Geocaching

Dropped off the girl at preschool and we went out to find the geocache in Monticello. It was put on by the Chamber of Commerce, and wouldn’t you imagine it, the location was the street corner right outside their office.

We looked all over but found nothing, just lots of snow (unlike the picture – thanks google street view).  Maybe the middle of a record breaking snowfall winter was a bad time for a geocache.  The other thought is that some kids found it first and stole it or moved it. Either way it was a waste of time and made me not want to do it again.
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New URL

I decided to try out a new URL. http://www.charlied.co.cc/ It is a free url, just to give it a little nicer look to it, and I also updated the theme. A little bit darker look.

Still not fully interested in an actual .com name. Either way I am fine with it the way it is – charliedelong.blogspot.com or www.charlied.co.cc, and they both take you to the same place anyway…

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Geocaching

Looking into to start some geocaching tonight or tomorrow. I have the app on my phone. Looks like it might be fun. I’ll post up some pictures. Better than sitting around and doing nothing all day…

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New Blog

I am attempting to set up a new blog. No custom domain name, just a simple free blogger blog. Maybe once I get myself a little more established I will setup a custom domain…

Stay tuned for more…

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