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Posted by Chad Everett on November 8, 2013

Replacing the Network Card on a Toshiba S855-S5254 »

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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Posted by Chad Everett on August 26, 2013

Philosophizing About Contests »

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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Posted by Chad Everett on August 19, 2013

Keep TiVo Premiere Recording Suggestions »

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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Posted by Chad Everett on July 8, 2013

Tuning Adapter Stops TiVo Premiere Suggestions »

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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