A Crazy Couple of Months

Greetings internet!  It has been quite a busy couple of months for our family, as we uprooted and moved back to the Midwest.  Not quite back to our hometown in Iowa, but a whole lot closer than we have lived in a long time.  With the new house almost completely unpacked (the last things we worried about were my office and the garage), I should start catching up soon and get back to some regular posting of my random stuffins.



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War Chicken

war chicken

war chicken

Yesterday my youngest son caused a conversation to ensue, within which the phrase “war chicken” was uttered, thus creating a compulsion within his father to doodle this.  My apologies internet.

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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Time Warner TiVo Tuning Adapter Fix

Tivo HD plus Cisco STA-1520

I have had a huge headache getting my TiVo HD’s to work with the Time Warner SDV tuning adaptors and thought I would post a few things I’ve learned that might help others.

1st: The tuning adaptors, once connected to your account, don’t need to initialize.  They may pull down firmware, and probably need to receive some hits from the providers to get them out of the “8 blink brick mode,” but they don’t need to register with the TiVo like the cable cards do.

2nd: The adaptor is stupid picky about inbound signal strength.  The valid range they will accept is -7db to +7db, no more, no less.  Our line in the family room was getting +10db, so it wasn’t getting any hits and certainly wasn’t going to start working.  This useful bit came from Gabe at the tuning adaptor phone line.  All the techs who had been to the house always reported a good signal while trouble shooting (too good I guess.)  I suppose this proves the whole “too much of a good thing” adage.

Many thanks to our Time Warner tech Eric who sorted all this out and got us up and running this morning.

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