missing sound found

I finally noticed that my TiVo was in the “Pending Restart” state. I restarted it, and bang! new version of the TiVo software (8.1.1-something!). And this version (among other things) fixes the sound issue that I was having with Comcast SportsNet DC. Of course, this happens exactly one day after the last thing I wanted to see on this channel was aired. Figures. Now my current issue (which I hope resolves itself) is that Verizon is in the process of moving all the channels around, and I’m currently in the state where some of the channel changes have been applied by TiVo, but not yet by Verizon.

the case of the mysterious missing sound

A few months ago, I switched to Verizon FiOS TV, using two CableCARDs in my S3 Tivo. Mostly just because it was an option, and the FiOS service was at least $10 less than my other option, Comcast. Sorry, Comcast, competition prevails! Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with this setup. However, I have this strange problem: two channels in my lineup don’t have any sound. They look OK, but no audio, ever.

new home page

Check the new home page at blacka.com! Up until now, this page was about as boring as possible. In fact, I don’t know if anyone ever went there intentionally. But now it has a snazzy new look, designed by my sister. All of the photos are mine (well, taken with my camera, anyway). They represent a somewhat random sample of my meager photo collection. Mmmm, I should take more photos…

dns dname is almost useless

DNAME, if you are not aware, is a DNS record type defined in RFC 2672. If you are familiar with the DNS’s CNAME record, then think of DNAME as a sort of super CNAME. If not, well, I’ll try to explain how DNAME works. A Brief DNAME Tutorial Whereas CNAME is used to alias a single domain name to another, DNAME aliases an entire subtree to another. It accomplishes this in one of two ways: either it acts as a CNAME generator, or it is understood by the client and the client implements the same behavior without all the generated CNAMEs.

on hold with fios tv

Ever since I sprung for the (awesome) TiVo Series 3, getting two CableCARDs (and digital cable) for it has been on my “to do” list. I’d been avoiding it because of the various horror stories that I’d read about during the Series 3 launch. I figured I would give the cable companies time to come to grips with the new demand for CableCARDs. So, earlier this month, I figured enough time had passed, and I called Verizon to order the CableCARDs and ditch the (long since unplugged) DVR/cable box.

sushi theory

A few weeks ago, I went to dinner with a coworker of mine, George. George is the most serious connoisseur of sushi that I’ve ever met (not counting sushi chefs themselves). We just went to the sushi place across the street, but George has developed a relationship with one of the chefs there, and that transformed the experience into something different. For one thing, this was the first time I saw someone hand-annotate the a la carte sushi menu to request a combination of sashimi, sushi, and hand rolls.