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  1. Micah Lloyd

    Spouse's observastions on HDTV

    After 18 months with my 64" widescreen Pioneer, I finally got an HD signal; I bought the DirecTV HD PVR released a couple of months ago. I proudly displayed the beautiful picture to my wife. I did A/B comparisons between 480i and 1080i (granted the TV up-converts 480i to 480p). She looked at it...
  2. Micah Lloyd

    Whole house water filters.... HELP!

    Yup, it sounds like you're after a water softener system. I got a local company to do it for my house - hot water only (my choice - they also ran a cold-water line to my washing machine for me). It costs me about $40/month and the equipment and installation was free. They come out about once a...
  3. Micah Lloyd

    Tips on keeping a house clean with dogs

    Back to the spirit of the question...;) We've got a couple of those air purifiers that contribute greatly to keeping the dog-smell non-existent. As suggested, vacuum often. You might want to place throw-rugs on heavily traveled areas to reduce wear.
  4. Micah Lloyd

    "10.5" on the ridiculous scale...

    Think of the sequals! 10.6, 10.7, 10.8... Or the prequals! 10.5, 10.4, 10.3... Or the director's cuts! 10.5.1, 10.5.2...
  5. Micah Lloyd

    Tivo-HDTV receiver

    I pre-ordered it in early February and am not expecting it until mid-May... :frowning:
  6. Micah Lloyd

    Anyone ever taken a polygraph (lie detector) test?

    I've taken one. The memorable part was the long pauses between each yes/no question. Enough time to contemplate the answer you gave and to start second-guessing yourself. You sit there looking at a blank wall while the sounds of the needles scratching out the results behind you. You're thinking...
  7. Micah Lloyd

    directv / tivo hi-def receiver --- when?

    Yeppers. AND it has two OTA tuners. You can record HDNet while recording over the air while watching something already recorded.
  8. Micah Lloyd

    directv / tivo hi-def receiver --- when?

    From DirecTV's own web site. It's a couple of months old, though.
  9. Micah Lloyd

    directv / tivo hi-def receiver --- when?

    Cool. I pre-ordered... $100 is $100. The sad thing is that it'll be half the cost in a year. Oh well. I saw this unit at CES and wanted to walk away with it. Thanks!
  10. Micah Lloyd

    DVI and Personal PCs

    Candidly, I don't know. If it were my system I'd change my computer monitor settings to [email protected] and plug in the LCD and see what happens... Somebody correct me before it's too late!
  11. Micah Lloyd

    Plasma displays for computer graphics?

    I wasn't aware of the burn in issue on the plasmas. More research and I see that this could be a problem. I whipped up a Plasma vs LCD chart for the brass. (I think they like plasma due to "latest technology" syndrome.) I'm concerned about the weight, durability, power requirements and the...
  12. Micah Lloyd

    DVI and Personal PCs

    It's the RPTV SD-643HD5. I used powerstrip to tune the computer output display properly. Eventually I was content with the results. It was only adequate as a computer monitor (have to check imdb.com after watching a movie) due to the resolution (856x480p). DVDs were fine but I use my...
  13. Micah Lloyd

    Plasma displays for computer graphics?

    As the HT-guy, I've been appointed at my company to recommend some hardware for a project we're doing that will need about 100 plasma TVs for the first installation. (I'm looking forward to making that order!) I'm looking for ideas on 42" plasma monitors. They only need to display 852x480...
  14. Micah Lloyd

    DVI and Personal PCs

    My Pioneer said the same thing regarding the 15-pin connector. I did it anyway and it (eventually) worked fine. A lot of tuning was needed to get the scan rate right and a couple of times the TV was NOT happy and turned itself off (to protect itself).
  15. Micah Lloyd

    Now THIS is funny

    "Put that in the news"
  16. Micah Lloyd

    Hawaii Trip... you been??

    Ah, the Kalalau Trail... We were told that it's about two miles to the first beach. After hiking for an hour up and down very steep terain, I spied the ONE MILE MARKER (blinked and I would have missed it). It was extremely strenuous and NOT for those out of shape... We did get to the...
  17. Micah Lloyd

    Hawaii Trip... you been??

    I got back from my first trip just a few weeks ago. We spent the entire week at an exchanged time-share on Kauai. I've got to admit, this is the first vacation where, at the end of the vacation, I've said to myself, "I could stay here longer." Usually I'm done and ready to get home... I have...
  18. Micah Lloyd

    CSI: Miami 10/6/03

    I think I'm beginning to become numb to him; it's not bothering me as much. And I was "this close" to dumping this show...
  19. Micah Lloyd

    Negoitating w/ Builders? Need Advice

    I've got my building experience fully documented at my web site. It includes the options list (with prices) and details on the issues that came up during building. Our builder wouldn't negotiate on anything. Oh: I strongly recommend an inspection during the building phase and one at the end...
  20. Micah Lloyd

    Name a show (that lasted less than one season) you wished was not cancelled?...

    Another vote for "Otherworld" from the mid 80's. The memory of one of the episodes has haunted me for these 15+ years. It took a while but I found someone online who had the episodes recorded on VHS. He was kind enough to make a copy and mail it to me. Watched two or three of them - it wasn't as...
  21. Micah Lloyd

    Starbuck's Card and the Demise of the Barista Tip

    Double blended makes it much smoother; no ice chips.
  22. Micah Lloyd

    Starbuck's Card and the Demise of the Barista Tip

    $4.40 Shane? That's exactly what my orders always come out to be. And I always drop the $.60 in the tip jar. You're not, by chance, ordering the same thing I do: Venti Mocha Frappuccino®, extra shot, double-blended, with whipped cream? ;)
  23. Micah Lloyd

    Muggle Alert: Who's Ready For "HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX"?

    Costco is my usual source. The web site indicates the hardbook is selling for US$15.79 - that's nearly half the cover price. They also show (online) the special edition slip case for $33.99, retail is $60.
  24. Micah Lloyd

    Pet Owners: has your pet ever had back surgery

    "It's only a dog..." Yeah, right. And it's only oxygen: you can do without. Our Dalmatian had neck surgery to fix a pinched nerve that had her paralyzed. The surgery was rather extensive. After the surgery, we made a "pen" of sorts of couches and chairs so she had a little space to get up...
  25. Micah Lloyd

    I thought of a great name for a band!

    Evidence of Decadence
  26. Micah Lloyd

    Verified by Visa: A f^$&%$# Nightmare!!!

    Peter, Apex is where I got my Dell, too. I use it as a Home Theater PC. Dell is constantly doing deals like this. If you miss this one, another will come along shortly...
  27. Micah Lloyd

    Verified by Visa: A f^$&%$# Nightmare!!!

    In this day of electronic communication, it's sometimes best to pick up the phone and talk to someone... I'd suggest calling the customer support number on the back of the card and asking for their help. An extra piece of advise: I've had to call my credit card customer service departments to...
  28. Micah Lloyd

    Dead Zone Season Final

    In the book (IIRC): Smith sees that Stillson is responsible for the end of the world (basically) and decides to assassinate him. He hides overnight at the rally site with his rifle and tries to kill him during his speech. He fails, though. In desperation, Stillson manages to avoid getting...