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TIVO Series 3 Review

When the first TIVO came out years ago, I was the first in line to get one. It was love at first sight.

Several DVR’s later, I decided to go back to the original and purchase a Series 3 TIVO.

The Series 3 costs $699 retail and there was no way I could or want to pay that much. So I checked out EBay and patiently waited… after bidding on about 5 auctions (only to have some jackass outbid me at the last couple seconds!) I finally nabbed one. I think I got a good deal: Brand New for $375 (including shipping).

After the initial setup and living with it for a week, here are my thoughts.

Sirius Stiletto 2

I got a Sirius Stiletto 2 last week and I am loving it.

I really didn’t need it but since I’m trying to better organize and manage my time better, I decided to take the plunge. I got it off of EBay for $230 where it retails for around $300 – so I saved a couple of bucks.

The main reason I got it was because I love Howard Stern. I’m retarded for him. I usually end up listening to his replay on Howard 100 but that doesn’t usually end till 2. So, I’m stuck in the house till then usually. I know, I’m an idiot.

With this baby, you can set it to record over a 100 hours of music or talk radio. Transfer mp3’s from your music collection and add memory buy adding a microSD card. It has built in WiFi and and from what I understand, it even makes you breakfast. All this and it’s portable! I used it ridding my bike this weekend.

I know Sirius and XM are (hopefully) about to merge and that there will be newer and better products out on the market soon, but using this is a great way to add hours to my day. If you’re thinking about getting one, do yourself a favor – buy it!

Click here to learn how to record internet audio

Verizon Wireless Card

Verizon PC5740 card

I have a Verizon Wireless PC card – PC5740 (courtesy of my girlfriend’s work). It’s the best thing ever. If you have the money to spare, do yourself a favor and get one. I use it every time I travel. I can surf the internet while I’m in traffic – jealous much?

Anyway, since I got my new laptop I hadn’t had a chance to used it. So I installed the program and slid in the card.


Nothing I did worked and everything they had about the issue on Google was over 2 years old.

I looked to see if I needed to install any Windows Updates and yes, I did. Vista Service Pack 1 was there staring at me in the face.

I installed it, put the card back in and now I’m ready to go mobile.

Quicktime Ruined My Day

Since my laptop is new, I havent put all my programs on it yet. I usually get around to doing that on a “when I need to use it” basis. This morning, I was messing around and saw a new movie trailer I hadnt watched yet and needed Quicktime (I wont say what trailer cause it’s a total chick movie).

I downloaded Quicktime and watched the Mama Mia trailer… uh, I mean, watched the trailer for the Angelina Jolie movie Wanted.

A little while later, I noticed that whenever I clicked onto a web page, it took a while to load. I was going nuts cause there was no reason for it.  I searched Google, disabled my firewall, plugged my connection directly into the router, and did a hundred other fixes. Nothing I did worked.

Since I have the worst memory ever, I finally remembered: I installed Quicktime.

I love Quicktime and in all the years I’ve used it, I have never ever had any sort of problem with it. But regardless, I was getting more and more frustrated and went to System Restore.

It deleted Quicktime and what do you know? I was back up and running like nothing was ever wrong.

Has anyone ever had that problem with Quicktime?

My New Dell Laptop

So, like I wrote earlier (here and here), the hinges on my laptop broke and the screen wouldn’t stand up by itself. I called Dell, told them what happened and they said send it in. Since I was sending it in anyway, I told them it was running hot as well. Apparently thats the hot button with them because the guy on the phone said they would send me a new one immediately.

Well, this past weekend it arrived.

My old laptop was a Dell Latitude D820. The new one is a Latitude D830 and from what I can tell, all the hardware are the newer versions of what I had previously had.  The screen is tons brighter and I am loving it.

Thanks Dell!

Retarded MacGyver

So, my laptop was broken. The replacement is coming in a couple of weeks but I had to keep working.

What’s a guy to do?

I used the small amount of brain cells I have left and created a fix-it solution.

String, Large 2″ Binder Clip, closed window blinds so no one sees what you’re doing.

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