Apr 2007

Weekend Project: MCE in Da House

It's ALIVE! It's ALIVE! Wahoo! I finally broke down @ CompUSA and bought the cheapest Vista computer I could get my hands on. CompUSA goes out of business next week so the discounts on everything helped a lot. So to get this PoS system up and running with Windows Media Center (MCE) I had to get a few more toys smiley_wink Yes Becka helped out too.

+ PoS Acer Aspire Visa Basic pc (15% off... yeah not oo much horse power in this puppy).
+ Vista Ultimate Upgrade (50% off YES!).
+ Win-TV PVR USB2 (20% off... duh need something to convert the video feed so the PoS Acer doesn't need to do the processing).
+ Western Digital My Book Firewire 250GB storage (No discount
smiley_sad @ BestBuy... yes due to the PoS-ness of the Acer PC we needed more storage capacity for all those episodes of Gilmore Girls and PIMP my ride smiley_wink
+ 512MB Mem Stick from an old Sony Camera
smiley_wink (Again the RAM that came with the Acer was not going to cut it so We utilized Windows Vista ReadyBoost to give it a shot of speed).
+ Buffalo Wireless-G high speed wireless router.

Yes I do realize this sounds like a frankenstein, and quite frankly it is. lol. Once we had everything connected and configured (pretty much all of Saturday night and Sunday morning
smiley_wink... WOW I finally figured out what's been missing in my life... an MCE box. You would swear the design and functionality was was from Apple (minus the iPod white or brush metal interface smiley_wink. Yes that good and that A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Basically it's a TIVO on Steriods!

Wows of MCE:
+ On screen TV Guide.
+ Record TV. You can record the entire series or the episode you're watching.
+ Live TV pause. Great of those Lakers and Yankees games
smiley_wink Yes yes even those they are loosing.
+ Sports... With a click of the Xbox controller you can get a listing of all the sports games on TV, score for all games, and even player stats. Yeah WOW!
+ Movies... Just like sports, MCE will list all the movies playing on TV and download the movie poster to boot (too smooth).
+ Stream music to the Xbox.

Enjoy the Hot and Sweaty nerd pics... Mmm now that's hot
-Garvin (^_^)


Bill's Big Move

Talk about a workout (@_@) Helped Bill move into his new house today. We got to move his +200lbs TV and had a rousing game of pick up stick(s).

enjoy the cool pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Bill also took some pics with his cam and look for the album to be updated down the road


Wow. Halo Master Chief vs. Metriod Samus

Ok so I know this has nothing to do with the family site but this deserved a post. It's an AMAZING fan-imation. Be prepared to be blown away.

-Grrvin (^_^)

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Hi All

Three bits of news:
#1: I got some time this morning to fix the "Theater" section. Wahoooo! Now all the movies will play (foreshadowing for huge update later).
#2: There's a new tool in the "Extras" section. It is called Meebo. It is browser messenger client. Now if you're ever in a situation where you need a IM somebody but can't install software, you can just go to Digidreamerz and log on to your favorite IM service (AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN).
#3: Mini-update to the "2k7_Photo_Album" -> "Codonics" album... and yes all those toys are in my cube or lab bench

Enjoy... Peace out
-Grrvin (^_^)

Jackie Birthday Party

Happy Birthday! mmmm cake. Jackie's Bday party was fun. Kids running around, cake, presents, and cake.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


Bary Bday Present Part 2

Ok I've got 1 word for Gary's Bday present... skank-tastic! Danity Kane and the Pussy Cat Dolls opened up for Christina Aguilera. Everybody had a great time and with each performer having less clothes than the other. lol! There's over 3 Gigs of movies and pics.

enjoy the pics and vids
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Warning! The movies in the "Theater" -> "Gary Present" are pretty larger so you may need to wait a while for it to download.


Bill's Birthday Presents

Wahoo! Welcome to the 26-Club Bill. A fun filled day with presents, food and surprise movie. Bill's got some new bling (almost one of a kinda... more like 1 out of 200 ever made) for his wrist too smiley_wink

Sidenote: Believe it or not Dead or Alive (DoA) the movie was pretty good and funny, too bad it never made it to the theaters.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



Hey Gang

Finally got a few hours to myself to update the web site. Updated Album List with Quick Blurbs:
+ 2k7_Photo_Album -> "AZ Family in the House": Biggest update. Tons of Family fun with an impromptu road trip to Rochester (Oh yeah that was a loooooong day). Leah and I did make it into a real road trip and stopped off @ Buffalo to the original wing place. Mmmmmm. Worth every mile.
+ 2k7_Photo_Album -> "Codonics": Added good-bye Nick pics. ::tear::
+ 2k7_Photo_Album -> "Kalahari": Reference 03-31-07 post
smiley_wink... yeah I know I'm lazy. heheheee
+ Bill's Album -> "Box Fort": Self-defined.

okie dokie enjoy the Pics!
-Garvin (^_^)


Peace Out Nick

Last Day For Nick (Y_Y). Added a micro-update to the Codonics Album
-Garvin (^_^)