July 18th, 2005

Anime MZ

Anyone want to buy a TiVo?

I have too many TiVos. In particular I'm looking to sell a Series2 box - a TCD140060 for those who know the models. This is the first Series2 TiVo sold (the first Series2 to sell was the AT&T branded 40 hour box) - a 60 hour unit. It was my first TiVo, purchased around February 2002, and it has been upgraded with the addition of a 120GB 'B' drive, giving it 180GB total. That's ~60 hours at Best, and ~222 hours at Basic. It has been out of use for over a year now. Basically when I upgraded the drives back when I first got it it wasn't known that you needed to expand the swap as well. I didn't, and eventually the unit actually needed the swap, ran out of room, and locked up. I picked up an Instant Cake CD from PTVUpgrade.com with the intention of fixing it - and it sat in my apartment for over a year since it was already my tertiary unit when it horked and thus not a priority. Last week I brought it into work and used one of the PC husks we have in Ops to actually re-image the drives and I tested it today and it is happy again. I through in the Instant Cake CD since it is model specific, and I don't have another one of this specific model. I still have the original box, and I can put together a set of the cables to go with it (ie, I have plenty of TiVo cables sets, just not sure which came with this one and which with other boxes). The unit has a lifetime subscription so it is good to go.

I'd like to get $350 for it - the lifetime sub itself is worth $300, plus the drive, the CD, the fact that it has been upgraded - I'll even throw in a USB Ethernet network adapter that I'd been using with the box. I think that's a pretty good deal for a 180GB TiVo - the 120GB (aka 140 hour) boxes sell for $250 *without* a subscription, the 250GB (aka 300 hour) Humax is $550, without a sub.

I'm hoping someone local to me is interested since I would rather not deal with shipping it. I thought about keeping it to play with, or to loan people to hook them... but with the house and all, I need the money more than another gadget collecting dust.
Hating humanity

Unlocking GSM phones in the Worcester area?

Does anyone know where I might get old AT&T Wireless unlocked in or near Worcester?

Since Cingular bought AT&T Wireless, and I upgraded and was 'moved' to Cingular as a customer, my account is Cingular and not AT&TW. Yet, within the network the carrier locks are still not unified, so my old phones are worthless with my new account. This is especially galling since I just had to send in my Treo for repair and while technologically I could just pop my SIM card into one of the other phones for now, because the damn things are carrier locked I can't. So I'm without until I get my Treo back. All three phones are Sony Ericsson - T68i, T226, and T616. I'd be interested in unlocking any/all of them. I already asked Cingular, they said they can only unlock Nokia phones, no joy on these.
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All moved...

Well, last Wednesday was the big move day. They came expecting a couple of hour move, they got a 9 hour project. The person who did the phone estimate didn't believe me when I said it was two rooms but a LOT of stuff I guess. ;-) I figured, well, they're the expert. The movers showed up around 8:30 and where there until 16:30, plus you pay the 30 minutes from/to the office. All told it was a bit over $1100 - plus I bought lunch (pizza) and tipped the guys because they were good. So a bit over $1200 I guess. Which is more than I was hoping to pay - but I don't feel bad about it. When I moved *in* to the apartment I personally moved almost all of the stuff myself, since I was unemployed at the time, making shuttle runs from Waltham to Worcester in my PT. I know how much those boxes of magazines, comics, and books weigh - I carried them in. Plus all the CDs, videos, etc. So I know what I paid for, and my back tells me it is worth it. Plus it would've taken me days to do what they did in a day. Between the boxes and my furniture, plus the fridge, washer, and dryers, I basically filled the moving van. So now my house is packed with boxes.

A huge load of thanks to usagijer and delenn1122! They helped me move some of the leftover stuff on Wednesday night, after the movers were done. And then again on Saturday night and Sunday. They helped me clean the apartment too. Having the help made things go so much faster, and it just made me stress a lot less and feel a lot better about things. A few times I was just stressing out and just having other people there and not doing it all alone helped me calm down. Everything was moved and as of Sunday afternoon at about 17:30 I am completely out of my old apartment. Farewell, shoe box. Thanks again guys, that was very nice of you!

After moving things we got cleaned up and hit Vinny T.'s for dinner. It was very good - and we had *two* cute waitresses. ;-) (One was training, you see...) The party was usagijer, delenn1122, solipsistnation, Jer's mom (who was in town for one night only), and myself. Good food was had, much garlic was consumed (solipsistnation has mad garlic dissecting skillz), drinks were enjoyed, and conversation was amusing. A good night. :-) I hadn't been to Vinny T's for a couple of years I think - and now I wonder why, since I like the food and always enjoy going there. Silly zoner.

As I promised several people, now that the house adventure is (mostly) over, I have time to take care of issues with my car and myself. First up is my car, I will be dropping it off for service Thursday morning. The 'slow' leak in the left front isn't so slow anymore, I need to put air in at least once a day, if not morning and night. I suspect a bead leak. The slow leak in the right front is still slow, still leaking. There is a bubble in the sidewall of the right rear - that's dead. I think the left rear is OK. The last time I got new tires, about 1.5 years back, one had a massive puncture and two were very worn. The 4th was still decent, but there was no sense replacing 3 tires. I still have that one, it is now in my car and maybe that can be used if I only need to replace the one with the bubble. Aside from the tires, there is a leak in my power steering. That showed up early in the house process and was small, but it has been accelerating. It only seems to happen under pressure - ie, while turning - but it sprays fluid on the block and manifold which makes smoke rise from under the hood at times while going slowly, which can be alarming. It also stinks, and I'm leaving little puddles around. Aside from that, it is time for an oil change. And, as I noticed this morning, my inspecting sticker was up in June. So, all that, and hopefully *not* more, should be taken care of Thursday. I hope.

As for me - the ulcer/hernia/whatever I seem to have seems to be getting worse. For those who don't know - I get VERY, VERY bad heartburn, right under the sternum. And sometimes when I swallow I feel it get to the very same point and then kind of just stick there. I'm not choking, it is in the right pipe, it just doesn't seem to want to go down. Most of the time if I stop, and relax and wait, it will clear - rarely I end up with a coughing fit and 'expel' what was in there. (No, not really hurling, just like, dislodging that bit.) It first noticed this back in 2000 or so but didn't think much of it, it happened once and caught be by surprise and I figured 'Huh, must've swallowed wrong.' But it happens more and more often now, and my heartburn is regular - I eat Tums pretty much daily. Some people I've told about it think it sounds like an ulcer, others thing it sounds like some kind of hernia, the name of which I've forgotten. Anyway, once the other things are taken care of I do intend to see a doctor about it. I last saw a doc, and asked about this, over 2, maybe close to 3, years ago. At the time it wasn't so bad and she basically said to cut back on spices and to try Zantac. But it seems to be progressing over time.

OK, now I just need to start unpacking...