27 October 2009

Bi-weekly Reflections 2009 - Week 40 & 41

"Bi-Weekly Reflections" is my small journal of events that have gone on throughout the last 2 weeks that I've decided to keep. New updates to this will (hopefully) be posted as soon as possible.
10/17 - My server wouldn't boot up this morning, and so I was unable to access any services it provided to me. After visiting my parent's house to fix it, I found that the hard drive was not being detected in BIOS. Time for plan B - set up the new server that I've been meaning to get working for quite some time now.
10/18 - Tried setting up my new server. Had a pretty good day with Ashley, and had an excellent dinner of spicy steak fajitas. It was really good!
10/19-23 - Work
10/19 - Received my Hava Titanium HD so that I could utilize it's DVR-like functions and also be able to stream TV shows over the Internet so that I can catch the news or other television shows wherever I may be. Unfortunately I do not have an extra external hard drive that I can attach to it, so I will be looking around for a small one that I can use in conjunction with it.
10/20 - I received my new Philips universal remote so that I can consolidate all my remotes into one. It took me close to 2 hours to set it up thanks to one of my remotes' refusal to be easy to transfer programming like the others. Also, there are some issues with the remote itself, such as being able to order the items on the built-in display or creating remote profiles which map device functions to certain devices but a unifying profile that merges the multiple devices into a single layout. But the biggest issue that I have, though, is just getting used to the damn thing.
10/22 - Windows 7 release: Although I've been a part of the beta for quite some time now, I'm pretty happy to see that Windows 7 has finally been shipped. I've been quite happy with the beta and release candidates, despite the small quirks they had, and highly recommend it to all who have been waiting to upgrade to the next generation of Windows.
10/24 - On Saturday, Ashley & I joined my family in our annual trip to Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, CA to choose our pumpkins. Although it was difficult finding a good jumbo pumpkin (a "Big Mac" as they call them there), we did manage to find one that we wanted to keep. We spent the rest of the day there shopping and just enjoyed ourselves as a family.

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