Generally I've had very good luck with Toshiba laptops. They don't offer much in the way of fancy bells and whistles, but they don't come with high prices, either, and I'm good with that. Unfortunately, this latest one I have, the S855-S5254, has really had some issues with wireless network connectivity recently.

As I tend not to think it's the laptop, I've been racking my brain trying to figure out the problem. Our cable was cut, so I have been on the phone with Time Warner trying to see if they would come out and check it (they won't, they already came out and re-buried the line). So I bought a new D-Link router, and a Netgear one, to replace the venerable Apple Airport that we have. After spending who knows how long trying to get things reconfigured, and watching the time graph of inSSIDer on multiple devices, it seems the problem is the laptop. Wonderful.

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Permalink November 8, 2013 @ 8:00 :: Gadgeteria

Yesterday, we spent most of the day at the Red, White and Brew festival, put on by Harley-Davidson of Charlotte (which, incidentally, is located in Matthews). This latter fact is neither here nor there.

As with many festivals we have attended of late, it was a little sparse - a few tents for vendors hawking their wares, a couple of "sponsors", and the obligatory food and drink. There was also a pet rescue service on site, which was a bit out of place, but nice to see, if you felt you had enough of the motorcycles and beer.

Ultimately, the whole thing seemed to be about the contest: The store was giving away a Harley. It was a nice looking one, too. Keeping in mind that I am not really into motorcycles, so you may want to realize that it looks nice - it might not be anything more than one that looks pretty.

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Permalink August 26, 2013 @ 8:00 :: In Our World

Not long ago, I wrote about how I had to reset our TiVo Premiere to get suggestions working again. It worked great - suggestions came back, for the first time in months. Essentially the first time since we had had the unit.

The problem is that they soon went away again. I was about to scream. I would have pulled out all of my hair, but I really don't have any. So I went back to the drawing board.

I didn't want to go through all that process again, especially since I had just done it, and I figured that I was close, so I started thinking about all that I had heard previously. One thing that kept coming up was the timer. Apparently if you put your tuning adapter on a timer, it would bring back suggestions.

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Permalink August 19, 2013 @ 8:00 :: Gadgeteria

Back in late October, we decided to finally take the plunge with a TiVo Premiere. While we have had a TiVo for a while - and in fact have had two for some time now - the writing is now on the wall that we'll need to upgrade at some point to be able to pull in HD channels, so we figured now was a good time.

The Premiere made the choice a bit easier to swallow, as we could use just about any combination to get our channels: The existing analog cable, a cable card and/or an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. Life was good as long as we kept the analog cable, and even with the OTA antenna or a cable card. Unfortunately, when we added the tuning adapter (required by Time Warner Cable), suggestions stopped cold and though both TWC and TiVo were polite, neither could help get them going again.

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Permalink July 8, 2013 @ 8:00 :: Gadgeteria

Vegetables are really not my forte - and cauliflower especially. Though I'm trying to get better, I promise. So when I found a recipe for some cheesy cauliflower patties, I decided to tweak it a bit to see if I could make them even more up my alley.

First, I grabbed a big head of cauliflower and chopped off the florets, and started them boiling in some water, along with a small bit of onion (because I do like onion you know). Then I grabbed some other flavors that I felt would go well in this particular dish: Bell peppers and cheese.

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Permalink June 21, 2013 @ 8:00 :: Diversions

Not too long ago, the Barnes and Noble Nook HD created quite a stir when the company announced that it would get the Play Store installed natively - this means that instead of trying to go up against Amazon and the Fire by creating its own ecosystem, the Nook would now be more akin to a regular Android tablet. Not exactly an Android tablet, but almost. And what's more, you didn't have to root the tablet in order to get the tablet connect to Google services.

The stir became even more interesting when the company dropped the prices from $229 to $179 and most recently to $149 (this is for the 16GB model). The Nook HD+ has had similar drops, but that strange dongle thing on the corner meant that I really didn't want one of those, even with the larger screen. Regardless, I decided to take the plunge.

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Permalink June 17, 2013 @ 8:00 :: Gadgeteria
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