TiVo Series 3 HD Pixelation

My TiVo Series 3 has recently started having some pixelation issues.  I originally though there was a signal problem and had FiOS out to check out the connection. Turns out the signal is great and that may actually be the problem.  I’m going to try some attenuators to bring the signal down.  Troubleshooting links:

  • http://www.fixmytivo.com/tivo-freezes.php
  • http://www.wkforums.com/forums/showthread.php?1118-Series-3-Pixelation&s=1aec68977d71d291b5ebb214b88089f5&p=5458#post5458
  • http://www.weaknees.com/tivo-kickstart-codes.php

Configuration Changes for adafruit HDMI 5″ 800×480 Display Backpack – With Touchscreen

I bought the adafruit HDMI 5″ 800×480 Display Backpack – With Touchscreen for a little RetroPi project I’ve been working on (note: I didn’t need the touchscreen but bought it just in case).  On boot over HDMI it was being configured as a  800x480p display.  After some poking adafruit lists the configuration changes to fix this under a different display.  Edit the /boot/config.txt and add the following parameters and reboot:

# uncomment if hdmi display is not detected and composite is being output
# uncomment to force a specific HDMI mode (here we are forcing 800x480!)
hdmi_cvt 800 480 60 6 0 0 0



Installing the desktop environment on RHEL or CentOS

I have an issue where one of my main repositories doesn’t have any groups defined.  So running a group install command won’t work:

yum groupinstall "Desktop" "Desktop Platform" "X Window System" "Fonts"

In order to install Gnome after the fact here’s the list of packages to install:

yum install \
 bitmap-fonts dejavu-lgc-fonts desktop-backgrounds-basic \
 gdm glx-utils synaptics system-config-display vnc-server \
 xorg-x11-apps xorg-x11-drivers xorg-x11-fonts-100dpi \
 xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-100dpi \
 xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-75dpi xorg-x11-fonts-Type1 \
 xorg-x11-fonts-misc xorg-x11-fonts-truetype \
 xorg-x11-server-Xorg xorg-x11-twm xorg-x11-xauth xorg-x11-xfs xorg-x11-xinit xterm
yum install \
 NetworkManager NetworkManager-gnome alsa-plugins-pulseaudio at-spi \
 control-center dbus gdm gdm-user-switch-applet gnome-panel gnome-power-manager \
 gnome-screensaver gnome-session gnome-terminal gvfs-archive gvfs-fuse gvfs-smb \
 metacity nautilus notification-daemon polkit-gnome xdg-user-dirs-gtk yelp \
 control-center-extra eog gdm-plugin-fingerprint gnome-applets gnome-media gnome-packagekit \
 gnome-vfs2-smb gok openssh-askpass orca pulseaudio-module-gconf pulseaudio-module-x11 \
 rhn-setup-gnome vino sabayon-apply tigervnc-server Xguest

After that you can startx or vncserver!

Open Source Chef with CentOS 6

I wasn’t able to install the Open Source chef server (11.0.x) on CentOS 6.4 earlier today because of errors starting up RabbitMQ.  After some poking I finally came across the answer!  Turns out my installation of CentOS has the qpidd server installed.  After stopping that and uninstalling (yum erase qpid-cpp-server) everything worked!

chmod explained

Where has this tutorial been all my life?

                : The 1st octet permissions for the owner.
       r w x T  : The 2nd octet permissions for the group.
Owner: 4 2 1 7  : The 3rd octet permissions for everyone else.
Group: 0 0 0 0  : For each octet, start at 0 and:
Other: 0 0 0 0  : +4 for read permission.
                : +2 for write permission.
                : +1 for execute permission
Command: chmod 700

VooDoo Wraps

voodoo-floss-band-2_2One of the trainers at Crossfit showed us how to VooDoo wrap the shoulders to loosen them up.  I was skeptical at first but after it was obvious that it worked as the shoulder that had been wrapped first was significantly more mobile than the other.  I ordered a set to start working on shoulder mobility at home.  My hope is that these may be able to reduce the clicking I’ve got going on in my shoulders.


A few links on how to do this:

  • http://www.allthingsgym.com/throwing-shoulder-mwod/
  • https://socialcam.com/v/UO3PFLvS