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Santa Dropped By..

It has been a while since I have been on the ‘ol blog.  I haven’t have any major events to mention lately, but we did get a couple of new items on the homestead.

1.) VIZIO 55-Inch LCD HDTV – this is just about the sweetest picture.

2.) Sony Blu-ray player – which is the winning format from the HD dvd wars.

We got these both from Costco and wow, what an amazing upgrade.  The quality of picture from the HD Projection to LCD is very noticeable too.  I have watched Predator and Star Trek and I am just blown away!

I have also placed my pre-order for Star Trek Online

Aside from that, things at the shop are pretty good, we are still working on getting established, but we have our steady stream of comic book customers, magic the gathering player and currently trying out YGO.

DirecTV Free HD Swap

About 4 weeks ago, we got this in the mail:


Dear ****,

We have changed the manner in which we broadcast HD channels. Soon, your current DIRECTV® High-Definition equipment will not be HD compatible. Please call 1-888-763-7772 today and DIRECTV will replace your incompatible HD equipment FREE OF CHARGE. No strings attached.

The new HD broadcasting method will allow DIRECTV to deliver more channels in HD. We recently launched 95 HD channels with this new method, and many more are coming soon.

The HD programming you currently enjoy–NFL games, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, HDNet, HBO®, SHOWTIME®–and others will need the latest HD equipment to be viewed in HD.

Just call us at 1-888-763-7772 to schedule your appointment. Mention the “FREE HD SWAP” and we’ll get your replacement HD equipment set up ASAP.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we just want to continue to improve your HD experience with us. Thank you for being a loyal DIRECTV customer.

Best Regards,

I first called to make sure that this wasn’t a gimic from another company that wanted to swap of out for their service.  It turned out to be on the up and up.

I had scheduled something for Mid-November (yes, that was the earliest upgrade date that they had), but in about 5 days we got a call that we have been moved up and DirecTV wanted to know which day would be best.

The 1st attempt at the swap wasn’t a great impression, the ‘technician’ did not want to get up on roof, he basically wanted to do the quick and fast way and just attache a new dish on the side and not even remove the old one. 

“Thank you… you mean leave now”.

I then called DirecTV back and complained, letting them know that the tech was nice enough, but this isn’t what we agreed on.  They escalated it and we a call back the next day from someone posing as a DirecTV supervisor and said that they would come out and do whatever it took to swap it out. 


Next Sunday came (today 10/19/2008) and we now have a new dish and a new HD receiver.   Not a Tivo receiver, but it will do.

Now that the new dish is pointing to a new satellite, we are getting some additional HD channels that we didn’t get before and all for the same price as before.

The one that I glad to see is the SciFi HD.  (Sweet)

Needless to say, it would appear that the 2nd time was the charm.

Needless do they know, in about 3 weeks we are going to be swapping to the AT&T U-verse anyways! (hello fiber)

Easy Peezy

Open box, plug in power, plug in network cable, power on, wait for all HD lights to stop flickering, install software and the HP MV2120 500GB Media Vault is ready to be go.

I am not kidding either, setting up a share is a snap as well.  This was a lot easier than building a new computer, installing software, applying updates, etc.

This little library is the new file server for our home.  It is also an addition to the Xbox Media Center that I am in the progress of customizing the way I want.

To date, the above little dude is storing the complete .iso of:

Blade Trinity, Hot Fuzz, I Am Legend, Predator, Resident Evil Extinction, Tremors, Troy and Diary of the Dead.


Once I get this all fine tuned the way I want.  I will share what I did and how I did it.

HD-DVD is dead?

When the HD format DVDs were starting to roll off the assembly line.  It was a no-brainer decision for me which format to go with.  Since I am the proud owner of an Xbox 360 , I opted for the HD-DVD add-on.

Now that the format wars are slightly over, am I bummed that I have a small library of movies that I can’t really enjoy?


Enter the LG BH200 Super Blu Blu-Ray HD DVD Combo Player which is the solution for me.  It will allow me to play my current library and continue to expand my library in the HD range.

Oh yeah!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Trailer!

On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin’s padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains — led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous — are poised to rule the galaxy.