Entries from January 2008

Living with a Smoothwall

January 26th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s been a few months now since I upgraded our firewall to a Smoothwall 3 installation. I’ve got to admit that the interface on this, while not quite as flexible as an outright Linux IPTables installation, is quite easy to manage and runs very, very reliably. I’ve had to update the static dhcp assignments a […]

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Tags: IT/Network

Tivo MRV and your home network

January 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Since we now have two Tivos, both later releases than the original series 1, we can now use the Multi-Room Viewing (MRV) feature. That is a feature that allows you to watch something recorded on one Tivo from another Tivo. Meaning you can watch something on your bedroom TV and Tivo even if it was […]

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Tags: Home Theater · IT/Network

Timer Warner Austin and Cablecards. UGH!

January 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Last week was our appointment with Time Warner Cable to install a multi-stream cablecard in our Tivo HD (our holiday gift to ourselves.) Once again they sent a contractor who knew nothing about cablecards, much less the technical aspects of delivering cable — which I know because we had to spend two hours together while […]

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Bye Bye DirecTV

January 5th, 2008 · No Comments

A couple days ago I called up DirecTV and cancelled our service with them. A 10+ year relationship is now severed. Even though they kept telling me that I was an “A list” customer, they sure didn’t fight too hard to keep me — only making a half-hearted attempt to find out why I was […]

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Tags: Home Theater