Archive for December, 2006

Sailing

13 December, 2006

I took the boat on shore (next to my house) the last week of october this year.

It was my intention at the time to get repairs done,  and outside maintenance (like waxing the hull and painting the bottom and repairing the keel which was breached by a collision with a rock on the bottom while we were closing the shore to tie the boat to a buoy to do some bathing last summer)

But I am only half way done, so the outlook for getting the boat ready for the next season early next year is not as good as I had planned.

And the water pump for the sea water cooling seems to be broken, and I am having trouble finding the time to fix it. And fixing it is necessary because otherwise I cant inject the cooling liquid which will prevent the engine from being split in pieces if we (against all odds it seems at the moment) should get a really cold winter.

This is the boat by the way, the picture does not really do the boat justice, but it was taken just 30 minutes or so before we hit that rock…The cockpit of my boat

My mythtv box is idling at the time being

13 December, 2006

My DVB-T tuner was garbling the analog tv signal “down stream” from it, with the effect that my TV could only be used to watch tv on some of the frequency bands (perhaps those not used my the DVB-T signal?)

Anyway, last week I tried inserting a T-splitter to the antenna cable for the DVB-T tuner to see if this would improve the signal relative to what I had been doing so far, which was to connect the antenna cable for the tv to the antenna out connector on the tuner.Since then I have been unable to get mythtv to tune to the DVB-T signal. It’s just as though the tuner is broken, yet the drivers seem to load ok. I decided that knowing the software works was enough for me for the time being, and I was really too busy to do anything to fix it, so it’s idling (meaning I am not using it for the time being).

Also even though I am not 100% sure I didn’t break something in the configuration, because around the time just before this strangeness with the tuner I had been modifying the /etc/modprobe.d/tv file to get the cx88_dvb kernel module loaded at boot time so I wouldn’t have to log in as root and modprobe it manually to get the tuner working. (The other kernel modules _did_ load at boot, only this one did not). Anyway the addition of this module to the file seemed to work as I wanted, but I am not sure I actually tested if the tuner worked after doing this untill I did the thing with the antenna cable.

I know, the antenna and T-splitter (which is a passive component) can not reasonably be responsible for the tuner to stop working, but at the time it was the only thing I could remember doing before it stopped working. And again time prohibits me from tinkering with the box for the time being.

Also I am holding back upgrading the box to opensuse 10.2 because I filed a bug report about wlan support with knetworkmanager for my Allnet 0271 (which just works out of the box when I boot with knoppix v 5.01), and I want to see if they need more info from log files or other before I upgrade…

Beginning to use my new mythtv box

04 December, 2006

Yessss…….

This weekend I finally decided to connect my mythtv box to the tv in the living room, just to see how much still needed fixing, and was quite happily surprised to find that apart from a few glitches it just worked.

I have some tweaking to do though:

  • I managed to configure the graphics card and the resolution so even normal text screens (not mythtv ones, but for instance term windows) were almost readable. I could probably improve this still, but I am not sure if this is just because the tv is one with a crt.
  • I initially could only find live views in the media library, untill I found (and the config screens for mythtv are not _that_ readable on the tv either) the option to also view default, and standard recording groups in the view filter in the media library.
  • I need to figure out how to get the box to turn it self on (and off) when recordings start and stop (if it is not being used) I haven’t looked into this yet.
  • I need to set up the IR for my remote so I don’t have to have the wireless keyboard and mouse around to control mythtv
  • Maybe a second dvb-t tuner instead of one dvb-t and one analogue (the analogue is not connected yet).

But overall I am very happy with my mythtv box so far.

Pictures from my daughters’s school

04 December, 2006

SimonJulepynt på bordet…Et par forældre…Just an example..