Isaac's Blog

July 28, 2006

From the house dept.  

Filed hail damage

So I finally decided to file my hail damage from April. "Why in mid July" you ask? I was waiting for the brunt of the hail season to end. Sure, there's still more hail to come, but on a new roof w/ architectural tiles, it wont matter. So I call my insurance agent, Texas Select. Turns out, the parent company of Texas Select has gone under due to Katrina/Rita. Yey. They tell me to call the Texas Department of Insurance. So I call, swim through voice menus and finally talk to someone, who then refers me to the Texas Select 800 number. Yey. So I call the TS 800 number ad swim through voice menus and finally find a human. I file my claim and then ask for details of this "going under". Turns out TDI will be taking TS to court on MONDAY to take control of their assets, accounts, policies, and claims. Good thing I filed yesterday! Now when I shop for a new carrier, I'll have a spanking new roof and a big ole discount.

July 26, 2006

From the g33k/audiovideo dept.  

iRiver, iPod... whats your poison?

Recently at I picked up an iRiver H10 refurb. it came in about 5 days, but wouldn't power on, ever after a charge. Had to RMA it. So while waiting for my money to come back, I looked into what model is REALLY best. I think I decided on the iRiver H320. I hate apple, the simple fact they LIE about white plastic on laptops just pisses me off. So H320 it is, rockbox anyone?

July 25, 2006

From the misc dept.  

My "No Soda" diet

I finally decided my weight gain was a little too much. Growing up I was the skinny twig type. at 18 I was 120lbs, thats a little slim for 5'8". I'm pushing 30 now, still 5'8" but 175lbs! whoa, a bit much there. My target goal is 135. The first phase of my diet is going to be to eliminate the 6-10 cokes I drink a day, and drink lemonade or water. I'd also eat salads as snacks throughout the day, and only real food for dinner. I on 7/18, I was 173.5lbs that day. One week later on 7/25, I'm 167.5. I really hope this keep up till at least 10-15lbs, because this part is easy :)

July 24, 2006

From the g33k/hacks dept.  

Google Search Plugin for this site

I've created a google search plugin thats a search to google from my site. Use it, make me some pennies :) copy these files into your "Mozilla Firefox/searchplugins" folder:

Then restart your browser. Select "Google AdSense". Enjoy.

Or just use

From the g33k/online dept.  

SSL enabled

I finally fixed my SSL issues. You should be able to use the store semi-securely now. Its a self signed certificate, but thats better than nothing!

July 23, 2006

From the g33k/online dept.  

Google AdSense

So I finally caved and decided to stick ads on my site. click them please, make me some money to pay off my debts! If the image ads start looking hellish, I'm going to text only! Please don't edit your adblock to block my stuff, I really need the extra cash :)

July 19, 2006

From the g33k/audiovideo dept.  

Samsung Ships LED DLP Set

Its about freakin time! Too bad TVAuthority STILL doesn't have a definite ship date for their inventory, and I'm still #28, ugh!

Ridgefield, N.J. � Samsung confirmed that it recently began shipping to dealers its first 1,080p high-definition DLP rear-projection set using a light-emitting diode (LED) array instead of a conventional UHP lamp.

Model HL-S5679W ($4,199 suggested retail, $3,999 average street price) was originally scheduled to ship in April and has been significantly back-ordered since its formal introduction at International CES last January, Steve Panosian, Samsung rear-projection and SlimFit CRT TV marketing director, told TWICE.

He said the product has been heavily requested by technology enthusiasts looking to add sets based on the latest technologies. The HL-S5679W is among the first LED-based rear projection sets to reach market.

A spokesman for NuVision said its LED DLP model would ship prior to the CEDIA Expo in September. Representatives from Akai, which also showed LED DLP prototypes at CES, were not available for comment on their rollout plans.

The system is said to use a postage-stamp-sized LED lighting array made up of 18 LEDs (six each of red, blue, and green) in place of a UHP bulb.

Life-span of an LED is conservatively rated at 20,000 hours.

The new technology is said to extend the color gamut of traditional DLP rear projection TVs, while eliminating the color wheel that has produced visible color bar patterns noticeable to some viewers when watching certain fast-action programming.

The system uses less electricity than conventional micro-display rear-projection systems and even most flat-panel TV displays. It also removes UHP bulbs, which use mercury, from the waste stream.

The set features a 56W-inch 16:9 screen, 1,920-by-1,080p resolution, 1,080p-capable HDMI input, unidirectional CableCARD slot and built-in ATSC tuning.

GREG TARR -- TWICE, 7/14/2006 12:45:00 PM

July 17, 2006

From the misc dept.  

Virtual Garage Sale

Buy my stuff, maybe some of my friend's stuff (if they ever tell me wtf they wanna sell). I'm tired of this stuff laying around my house, collecting dust. BUY MY STUFF!!!! Google Checkout, Paypal, and Cash accepted.