• Desktop has power

    Desktop computer is finally connected and powered up again. Needs some software setup again, but it’s a good start to have it powered up again.

    Spin little fans. Spin!


  • Cost = Price + Time

    When we purchase some items they end up costing us more than the purchase price. There is a cost we haven’t yet paid in the time to use it.

    An example is a game that will cost $35 – $60 and probably consume somewhere between 20 and 80 hours. More if it’s some sort of MMORPG that slowly consumes your life. A younger version of me had a lot more time to spend on the things I purchased and didn’t always have the money to purchase them. Now that I’m older I have more money, but not as much time.

    I look at the books on my bookshelf and there is a lot of time if I were to go and read everything I meant to read and haven’t. A couple of games I still haven’t finished. All unfinished business begging for future and present time. Which will get some time and which won’t. What will I let go of and reduce my time debt I’ve accrued.


  • Adventures in Programming

    It is one of those things that got away from me as I was distracted by life. Always in the back of my head and a little longing when I’d see someone else that has acquired the skill to get that pesky computer to do what they ask. Not that it’s always what they want it to do, but it is what was asked. (Darn bugs.)

    So here I begin a journey into seeing if I can get some Hello World applications to compile and venture somewhere. It’ll be a mess and for some reason I decided to put it on the site.

    Let it begin.


  • Getting better

    Figured out after a visit to a hand specialist that a damaged joint in my thumb is what is causing all the pain. It’s much better as a few weeks have passed, but still bothers me occasionally and will be months before fully healed. I get to do things like ask someone else to move heavy items and open new jars of jelly for me. They just require too much grip and hurt like hell to even try. I’ve also noticed a lot of computer work will cause discomfort in my right hand which is very annoying.


  • Sprint 4G EVO Connection

    The idea of using a Spring 4G connection as a main Internet connection in a home has come up in conversation so I thought I’d give it a try this weekend. It took a couple of hours as the Sprint EVO hotspot connection was having problems with the Linksys router, but I’ll get to that.

    Hardware: Sprint HTC EVO, Linksys WET610N Wireless Bridge, Linksys E3000 Wireless Router, Xbox 360, LG BD390 Blu-ray disc player.

    The Sprint HTC EVO is sharing it’s 4G Internet connection to the Wireless Bridge that is plugged into the Internet port on the Linksys e3000 that is the main router for my home network. I had to fight a strange problem where the router would only get a 127.0.0.1 from the EVO and I finally determined that the IP’s used by the EVO needed to be changed.

    1. Settings, Wireless & networks, Sprint Hotspot settings
    2. Press the “menu” button and select Advanced then LAN settings.
    3. Change the IP address to 10.0.0.1 (It will give an error, don’t worry the next step will fix it.)
    4. Change the Starting IP to 10.0.0.10

    I’ve noticed the EVO HTC will hand out all kinds of crazy IPs instead of sticking to .10, .11 it will hand out IPs that end in .178 which wasn’t expected by me. Once I changed it to a very different IP range it started working through the bridge with my wireless router.

    Speedtest.net is giving results of 4.6 MB/s down and .92 MB/s up which is pretty awesome for a mobile phone connection. I’ll be doing some actually usage this weekend to see what is working well and what isn’t over this connection.

    Actual Usage Results

    So far I’ve been able to stream from CinemaNow although it did pause to adjust due to a slowdown a couple times and the quality wasn’t the highest. Netflix is also working pretty well and didn’t notice as much of a pause, but it may have to do with me watching an Anime show which probably compresses a lot better.

    Impressed so far. It’s amazing what we can do with technology today.