NeuroWear NecoMimi Ears – Troubleshooting Motor Noise Problems?

March 13th, 2013

So, my girl just got a pair of Necomimi ears.  She loves these things a ton, and swore she’d never go anywhere without them again.

That sucks, though, because here she is, not wearing them.  Why?

Turns out that there’s this weird sound coming from the motors rotating the ears on either side.  So , not wanting to ruin it further, is now busy being sad about them…

I think she contacted Neurowear, so this post’ll update as new things happen. Anyone else have any insight on this?  We can’t open it up or we’ll violate the warranty…

Zuma Deluxe or other flash games won’t fill the whole screen? Or they won’t full screen? Or they have black borders?

July 16th, 2012

Hey, everyone.

My mom complained about a problem recently, where Zuma Blitz didn’t fill her entire screen when she opened it.  It was set to full screen, but wouldn’t.

When I looked this up, it looks like everybody has a similar problem with other games.  Descriptions were like, “There are black borders around my game” or “my game only does full screen partially” and such.

I found one post by CndnPhoenix at the Big Fish forums–it said to look up “Fullscreen Aspect” or such for your video settings.

a) centered
b) to fill the screen
c) to keep the original aspect of the application.

With C being the “default.”

That means that the games that come with a smaller (squarer) resolution, will be seen that way, instead of stretched to fill the screen. (Unless, of course, the game adds this feature/option, themselves.)   So what needs to be done is to change the ‘default aspect ratio’ of your video card.

You can find the whole post here about fixing your full screen black barsp roblem.

Moonlight Meadery – Kurt’s Apple Pie

June 28th, 2012

Moonlight MeaderyKurt’s Apple Pie is another from Moonlight Meadery. Text on the side:

Kurt’s Apple Pie is made with honey and apple cider from New Hampshire, additionally we used natural vanilla and cinnamon spices. So enjoyable is the wine we think it pairs with any meal or as an after dinner treat. Get your piece of the pie… before it’s all gone.

The drink has a bit of a bite, but it’s a bite from an apple. The rest of it has a faint honeyness.  It’s a bit watery, but the syrupyness of the honey is there.   It’s sweet, too.  It’s a bit dry..

Aftertaste is tangy, with the sweetness still remaining.


I paid about $12 for this bottle–as meads go, I’d definitely call this a nice ‘default mead’– it’s not overly sweet, fruity, or syrupy.  So while it’s a bit more wine-y than meady, and I wouldn’t ask expect anybody to stay with it, it’s a good introduction that isn’t Chaucer’s.

Liquor Review – Paramour – Moonlight Meadery

May 28th, 2012

Delicious--almost worth the price.Text from the side of the bottle-

Paramour, for the sake of love, is a masterful blend of honey, blackberry, blueberry, black cherries, and black currants.  It is full bodied with a honey sweetness, balanced with flavors from the berries.  This wine pairs well with any dish, or enjoy with your loved ones.

Interesting to note about this mead wine– It’s got a 15.2% Alcohol by Volume content.  30.4 proof– pretty good if you want to get your loved ones schnockered. :)  However, it’s less than a half liter at 375ml.

One of the most pleasant parts of Paramour is that it’s naturally effervescent.  The bubbles steam out  when you pour your glass, and sizzle away before they tingle your first sip.  It’s pretty pleasant, and makes the liquor content almost imperceptible to those who don’t drink.

When it comes to mouth feel, it bubbles for a bit, and isn’t syrupy or slow in any form.  It’s hard to notice the complexity of flavors that the bottle recommends– at least to a newbie like myself– however, you can find each one if you look for it in the taste.  I particularly notice the black cherries alongside the blackberries and honey.  However, I’ve never had a black currant, and the blueberry is almost hard to find.

One of the saddest things about Paramour is that the bottle ends sooner than you’d like if sharing with friends.  However, the flavor’s poppy and pleasant and sure to please people who both like complexity and slight dryness, yet also please those who like sweetness and excitement.   However, I think the dryness is a faint memory if that’s your goal.

Bought at Giles Liquors in Woburn, MA.  $18.

Swag at PAX East 2012 (Pre-Game notes)

April 5th, 2012

Hey, here’s a bit of information on the PAX East swag I’m aware of, before I go:

(Last updated: April 5th, 2012:  4:40PM EDT

(Still constructing, but posting for now.)



Apache 2.2 and PHP 5.1.6 having “The Specified Module can not be found”

March 2nd, 2012

So, I had the above problem when trying to install those.

How did I fix it?

I found this topic:

then, looked up the page linked in the Wayback archive:

And got the following file:

Stay cool, broheims.

How My Mythbuntu (MythTV) Media Center Beta Has Worked Out (Halfway There)

January 17th, 2012

About my Home Entertainment System Attempt…

Initial Needs:

First of all, I had the following goals in mind from before:

  • Have ultimate control over TV
  • Recording live TV
  • Watching Live TV from any computer
  • Watch recordings anywhere
  • Be a media distribution platform
    • Share music or downloaded TV anywhere,
    • Distribute music from one PC to a variety of places, and more importantly, acting as a ‘repeater’ music tower.  Like, an Apple Airplay server.
    • Perform as a torrent downloading server

    About what I used / had to work with:

    • MythBuntu (MythTV)
    • Schedules Direct
  • My old HTC Evo 4G with MythDroid (as a remote control/remote streamer)
    • VLC on MythBuntu (for MythDroid)
  • uTorrent
  • ShoutCast (yet untested..)
  • My Motorola DCT3416 (I believe)
  • A Bluetooth Dongle
    • A Wii-Mote
  • Various Game Server software
    • Minecraft
    • TF2 /srcds was installed, but not configured.


    What I Learned:

    Ultimate Takeaways:

    1. Without a perfect/unique remote (MythDroid),
    2. without MythDroid being responsive and 100% good,
    3. And without the ability to detect two or more tuners in one device,

    …This is great, but not ideal.

    My biggest problems were the following:

    1. My users don’t want to take the time to figure out how to ‘do this’ and how to ‘do that’.
      A remote with 100 buttons is way too many.
      A remote with too few buttons is not enough.
      MythDroid is PERFECT, and revolutionary– but it doesn’t fail gracefully enough, and requires you or me to have an Android device in the first place.
    2. Being able to watch ONLY ONE THING at a time is a MAJOR disadvantage.
      Unless your MythTV/Ubuntu installation will detect two tuners inside one cable box, you may need to rent two cable boxes and hook them up at the same location!
    1. Why would you need to rent two AND hook them up at the same place?  MythBuntu can connect to remote “back ends’ and give them duties, or pull recordings from them.
    2. But, if your computer is set up with WiFi, you’ll need two computers and possibly buffering patience while the show streams from one PC to another.

  • Firewire is dead, but you’ll need it anyways.  So far, there’s only a mandate requiring cable companies to keep a FIREWIRE port in use…
    Finding a cable box that works with USB may be a holy grail.  One that sends BOTH tuners via USB may also be a fantasy..
  • Perhaps it’s easier to use TiVo Premiere.  
    - TiVo works with your cable provider,
    - has apps like NetFlix and Pandora– the former not working easily in Linux.  (It’d be nice if NetFlix had a native client inside the Chrome browser, though.)
    $600 to buy it directly from TiVo (or $240 for the first year), or $20 on top of your monthly cable bill.
    - No Web interface
    - No Recording Streaming via the Flash Web App

    - No Direct Recorded Show Streaming .. (if MythDroid gets that figured out)
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    Making a dropdown or expand button appear in the Google Chrome Browser when you have too many extensions in the extensions toolbar – AKA: Resizing the Extensions Toolbar

    January 17th, 2012

    I was confused, because when reinstalling my home Desktop, I found that Google Chrome had a ‘double arrow’ to represent ‘more’ in the extensions bar.
    Another computer I had didn’t have this, and still had a mess of extensions.

    How did I fix this?
    You can resize the ‘extensions’ toolbar in Google Chrome. A page I found here tells you that you can resize the toolbar.

    Jeez, that’s awfully easy, now that I know about it..

    What does “Be Yourself” mean? What does “Love Yourself” mean? Stop beating yourself up.

    July 24th, 2011

    Hey everyone,
    Wrote this for someone at a site I visit.
    I don’t know how many of you will appreciate this post. However, I hope some may see this as a spark of inspiration.

    The topic:: “If I’m a terrible person, who’s cynical, a wall-flower, and destined for mediocrity, how can I succeed? I’d need to be someone else. What does ‘being yourself’ really mean? I can’t be myself.”

    (PS, there’s maybe one or two people who might benefit from this. I’m likely to link them here… No offense. I like you, and I fear you may still have the fears suggested below. So.. I want you to hear this uplifting speech I wrote.. )

    My post:

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    Three Reasons Why I Never Use Wi-Fi on my Android Smartphone

    May 17th, 2011

    Hey everyone.  If you’re like me, you love your Android-powered smartphone.  If you’re lucky to have a great data plan, you probably won’t stop watching, reading, and accessing websites.  You may even tether your computer to your phone!

    But did you know that many problems plague Wi-Fi networks?  And did you know your Android phone may be susceptible to yet-undiscovered problems with security?  Did you even know how Wi-Fi affects battery?

    That’s why I wrote this post.

    #1: Wi-Fi drains the battery, and you’re likely to not be needing it.

    So, let’s think about this.  How often are you driving?  Do you visit many places in a day, or only a few?  If you’re not on the streets or road often, why would you leave GPS on?  And this follows:  If you’re not using the internet, why would you leave Wi-Fi on?

    Let’s face it.  You either want to browse the net or email for a specific period of time, or suddenly when it hits you.  When you’re with the former, it’s easy to turn Wi-Fi on if there’re networks nearby.  But with the latter, you can’t rely upon wireless.  So, if you have a data plan, why even need to use a local Wi-Fi?

    #2: Accessing an unsecured Wi-Fi network is asking to be violated.

    Did you know that black-hat hackers can steal your login privileges if they’re on an unsecured network with you?  It’s really easy.  Everything you do with an unsecured network is shouted over the airwaves.  Furthermore, a lot of websites don’t use https:// encryption.  So, imagine:  you’re shouting your password in a non-encrypted format, and then the website shouts back all the login settings and passes.  All somebody has to do is be listening to hear it all.

    Furthermore, even savvier hackers may set up a lure by creating their own fake, wireless networks.  It’s like telling the robber your PIN and Bank Account # while thinking he’s a bank teller.  And then telling him your Facebook password.  And so on.

    This last paragraph is where #3 comes in.

    #3: A recently-discovered vulnerability affects 99% of running Android operating systems– only 1% of phones have the security update.

    I just recently found out about this, and it cements my belief in never trusting a network besides Sprint’s.  To reiterate, 99% of running Android phones have an un-updated vulnerability in the Android OS.

    What’s the bug?  In summation, when you connect to a wireless network, your phone checks for all its updates through it.  This means to access Facebook updates or GMail updates, your phone sends the GMail or FB credentials across this network.  This could make sense on a network you trust. However, Google found a way to prevent such a leak and applied it to an update to the Android operating system.

    Only problem is, 99% of Android phones have yet to get this update from their phone’s manufacturer.



    In summation, what can you do to avoid snafus with wireless networks?  Don’t trust them. Especially with the wallet of the future– your phone.