Friday, May 30, 2008

Still No Nokia 770 Update

Yesterday marked the 5th full week the repair center has had my Nokia 770, so in honor of that (after my daily ritual of seeing the repair status online remained at "Repair in Progress") I fired off an email to Nokia support:

"Is my 770 still waiting for parts or has repair actually begun? It
has been in repair for 5 weeks as of today."

I haven't heard anything from them in almost 24 hours, which is odd as their previous replies came only a few hours after my emails...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bluetooth Proximity

I've been trying out Tony's xPL Proximty app and it's been working out pretty well. I was using a Java based blueooth app but I like Tony's app much better. With the USB bluetooth dongle in the server room, the range isn't very good, so I made a USB Cat5 extension. I cut a USB extension cable in half and terminated each end with a Cat5 keystone jack such that each wire took 2 connections in the jack. I connected the jacks with a 25 foot patch cable, plugged one end into the server and a powered USB hub into the other. Finally, I plugged the dongle in and it worked. Coverage was much better but I'm thinking of moving the dongle downstairs to be closer to the phones and that may be a little too far for this hack. There are some USB extenders I may look into later.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

20% Off Coupon For Fry's Customers Who Returned Stuff

Fry's customers in California, who returned items purchased with a credit card, may be eligible to get a 20% off coupon for future Fry's purchases ( if the return process hasn't completely turned you off to shopping there :P ) Details here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Nokia Says No "known issues with the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet"

My email exchange with Nokia support continues. Here's the latest:

"...our records do not reflect that there are any known issues with the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. As mentioned in our previous communication, Nokia does not comment on information provided on third-party web sites."

I wonder what they have to say about this post on their own support forum.

Microsoft to Pay Search Users

Microsoft is getting desperate and willing to pay users who find items and buy them using their search engine. Hmmm, I wonder if I can stack this with Fat Wallet rebates?? :)

The Nokia 770 is still stuck in repair. I emailed Nokia and this is what the rep said:

"...our repair center is currently awaiting the parts necessary to complete the repair of your Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. We sincerely regret any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciate your patience in this matter."

It's been almost a month. Why don't they just send me an 800 to replace the 770? I fired off another email to them asking will they honor the warranty on my 2nd unit (when it goes out of warranty) if it ends up with the same, well known hardware problem as the first. We'll see what happens.

Yesterday, I rebuilt an old Sempron 2800+ system. It had a dead mobo and I got a refurb board to replace it. I still need a new cpu cooler as one of the blades broke off the fan while the dead mobo was buried in a pile of scrap. So the system's sitting around til I get a new cooler and find a hard drive to stuff in it.

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Couple New Cameras

I installed a couple new cameras around the house to watch Cody when we're not around. Like all our other cameras, these are modulated and we can view them using the built in tuner of our Slingbox Pro.

The dead N770 is still in repair with no update of status. It's been 2.5 weeks already and a month since it died.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Introducing Our New Assistant

It has been a few months since our kJ passed away, and although we've adjusted to not having him around, we still missed having a dog. Three weeks ago, we brought home a rambunctious red-tri Australian Shepherd puppy. It's been a lot of work having a pup, and although the kids tire him out easily, I still haven't had much time to do much automation work. Most of my free time is spent puppy proofing, cleaning up after him and training him (automating him in a way ;) ). Without further adieu, introducing Cody...

Friday, May 2, 2008

Free WiFi @ Starbucks

AT&T recently announced that iPhones can now get free WiFi at their hotspots, which are located at Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, etc. Apparently, you can do the same with your laptop. Just change the user agent of your browser to that of the iPhone browser.

On a side note, my N770 is still being repaired. I sent it out 4/21 and the Nokia repair center has had it for a week:

Repair History:
Status Date Status
04/24/2008 Repair in Progress
04/24/2008 Received
04/14/2008 Pending Receipt by the Repair Center