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RCA D52W20 Hidden Menu and Overscan

June 14th, 2010 No comments

This post is more for me, so in the future I can follow these steps again to fix my TV.

It seems the RCA D52W20 has a poor track record when using the DVI port for HD programing; there is sometimes a vertical or horizontal shift.  In my case, there was a significant left shift from my SagveTV box.  That I was able to correct with SageTV’s overscan, but that only worked in the program.  I was so sure it was the computer’s fault, I never thought it might be the TV’s.  Yesterday for some random reason, I realized it’s much more likely to tbe the TV’s problem and an engineer would like hide a menu for overscan to prevent people from messing with it.  So after googling, I was able find access to the hidden menus and fix.

RCA D52W20 and hidden menus
– With TV off pressed volume – and channel –
– – After about 10 seconds you will enter service mode
– I recommend first calibrating the overlay
– – This will not fix the overscan, but there is a known big that after changing geometery values that auto-overlay may stop working
– Go to geometery and adjust the properties with ‘v-‘ and ‘h-‘
– – It is a good idea to write down the default first
– – It maybe be useful to adjust the overlay as you change the position, I found the portion of the screen that had been previously off screen suffered from a large overlay deficit.
– Hit “Store” before pressing “return” and your done

Restaurant Review: Commander’s Palace – Destin, Fl

June 3rd, 2010 No comments

Commander’s Palace: is a chain of fine dinning restaurants originating in New Orleans that offers modern spins on classic southern creole cooking.  I have been to New Orleans and Destin Commander’s franchises many times.  I keep returning because the service is impeccable, the food wonderful, and the menu different.

The Food: Commander’s offers local proteins and produce presented in classic southern and modern creole dishes.  In Destin, the menu has classics from New Orleans, such as turtle soup and crawfish, but the focus is on local seafood.

The highs: All of the food was impeccable prepared and the service was tremendous.  For my first course, I had turtle soup.  If you have never had turtle soup at Commander’s it is something you must try; it is prepared with a dark roux and the stock is reduced until it is almost a stew.   For my second course I had, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Black Truffle Gnocchi appetizer.  This was easily one of the best courses I have eaten in years; it had a wonderful earthy taste, but each bite revealed new flavors and compexity.  For the main courses we had whole flash fried flounder and the Angus steak.  The who fried flounder, was tender/flaky and the presentation was stunning.  The steak’s temperature was perfect temperature and the accompanying truffle butter and sauce forestiere, elevated this meal from a simple steak house meal to fine dining.  

The Lows: I could have used more bread…

Ambiance:  A tranquil modern dining room over looking the Destin pass and Destin Bridge.   While dining, there was an airshow and fireworks over Destin Pass making for a very memorable meal.   It is an ideal setting for business and pleasure.

Cost:  Appetizers averaged $8 and entrees $28-32 for above-average sized portions.

Overall: An outstanding dining experience.  I have been to Commander’s many times and this was easily one of the best meals I have eaten at Commander’s or anywhere else.  It is easy to see Commander’s is an institution in New Orleans and soon to be in Destin.

HP 1022n Woes

June 2nd, 2010 No comments

**UPDATED 6/9/10** – previous work around worked for most but not all programs.  New fix works with everything.

I love having a networked laser printer, but the 1022 series seems to have been orphaned by HP.  Despite being a network printer, the Windows 7/Vista drivers only support USB connection.  The XP driver will scan your network and install the printer, but on XP only.  Luckily with minimal hair pulling I found an acceptable work around for Windows7/Vista.

To simply add a 1022n as a network printer:
1) Plug the printer into the router
2) In windows, go to “Devises and Printers”
3) Right click in the folder and hit “Add Printer”
4) Select “Add Networked/Wireless Printer”
5) After Windows searches, it will find the printer, but not have a driver
– If it does not find it, you can get the printer’s IP by opening your router’s administration page
6) Double click on  the printer and then select the HP driver for 1015
Don’t use this step, it worked for most Microsoft programs, but not Openoffice
6) Select “Have Disk”
7) Download HP 1022n drivers
– HP only offers them in an exe file.  I have extracted the driver and they can be found here: 1022n_W7_driver.rar
– If you want to extract them yourself, download the exe file from HP’s website, then change the extension to .zip.  You can now open it with winrar and take out the driver file.
8. From the “Have Disk” menu, point computer to the 1022n.ini file
9) Print a test page to ensure it’s working

The HP 1015 driver seems to work fine and This takes about 1 minute to set up.  If I find any more issues, I will update this post.

BTW: If you have a Mac, the computer will  automatically find and configure the printer as soon as its placed on the network, and it just works.

Books

June 1st, 2010 No comments

Books: That I have read in no particular order.  I am tried of going to a bookstore and buying books from the stacks that I have already read.  Unfortunately, >90% of the books I have read have been from a library, so this is a mere fraction I can remember
** Denotes top quintile.
†† Denotes bottom quintile
?? Denotes probably read

Books to Buy
Steve Alten – Resurrection
Dale Brown – Dreamland: Whiplash (2009), Executive Intent (2010)
Hiaasen – Nature Girl (2006)

Douglas Adams
1. The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)
3. Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)
4. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)
5. Mostly Harmless (1992)

Dante Alighieri
Inferno

Steve Alten
Domain
Goliath

Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Aristotle
The Politics

Louis Armstrong
Satchmo

Jane Austin
Sense and Sensibility (1811)
Pride and Prejudice (1813)

David Baldacci
Split Second
Absolute Power (1996)
Total Control (1996)

Dale Brown
Patrick McLanahan Series
Flight of the Old Dog (1987) **
The Tin Man (1998) ??
Battle Born (1999) ??
Warrior Class (2001)
Wings of Fire (2002)
Air Battle Force (2003)
Plan of Attack (2004)
Strike Force (2007)
Shadow Command (2008)
Rogue Forces (2009) – ???
Act of War Series

Act of War
Edge of Battle (2006)
Independent Series
Silver Tower (1988)
Chains of Command (1993)
Dreamland

Dreamland (2001)
Nerve Center (2002)
Razor’s Edge (2002)
Piranha (2003)??
Strike Zone (2004)
Armageddon (2004)
Satan’s Tail (2005)
End Game (2006)
Retribution (2007)
Revolution (October 28, 2008)

Dan Brown
Digital Fortress, 1998
Angels & Demons, 2000
Deception Point, 2001
The Da Vinci Code, 2003
The Lost Symbol, 2009

Jimmy Carter
An Hour Before Daylight

Lee Child
Killing Floor (1997)
Die Trying (1998)
Tripwire (1999)
Running Blind  (2000)
Echo Burning (2001)??
Without Fail (2002)??
Persuader (2003)**
The Enemy (2004)
One Shot (2005)
The Hard Way (2006)
Bad Luck and Trouble (2007)
Nothing To Lose (2008)

Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales

Lincoln Child
Utopia (2002) **
Death Match (2004) **
Deep Storm (2007)
Terminal Freeze (2009)

Arthur C Clarke
Childhood’s End (1953)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2010: Odyssey Two (1982)
3001: The Final Odyssey (1997)

Tom Clancy
Red Storm Rising (1986)
Jack Ryan/John Clark Universe
Without Remorse (1993)
Patriot Games (1987)
Red Rabbit (2002)
The Hunt for Red October (1984)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988)
Clear and Present Danger (1989)
The Sum of All Fears (1991)
Debt of Honor (1994)
Executive Orders (1996)
Rainbow Six (1998)
The Bear and the Dragon (2000)
The Teeth of the Tiger (2003)
Op-Center Universe
Op-Center
Mirror Image
Games of State??
Acts of War
Balance of Power
NetForce Universe
NetForce (1998)
Power Plays Series
Politika (1997)
??likely more??

Eoin Colfer
And, Another Thing, . . .

Robin Cook
Year of the Intern (1972)
Coma (1977)
Sphinx (1979)
Brain (1981)
Fever (1982)
Godplayer (1983)
Mindbend (1985)
Outbreak (1987)
Mortal Fear (1988)
Mutation (1989)
Harmful Intent (1990)
Vital Signs (1991)
Blindsight (1992)
Terminal (1993)
Fatal Cure (1994)
Acceptable Risk (1994)
Contagion (1995)
Chromosome 6 (1997)
Invasion (1997)
Toxin (1998)
Vector (1999)
Abduction (2000)
Shock (2001)
Seizure (2003)
Marker (2005)
Crisis (2006)??
Critical (2007)
Foreign Body (2008)

Richard Connell
The Most Dangerous Game

John Connelly
The Book of Lost Things

Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch series
7. A Darkness More Than Night (2001)**
8. City Of Bones (2002)
9. Lost Light (2003)
10. The Narrows (2004) **
11. The Closers (2005)
Other novels
The Poet (1996)
Blood Work (1998)
Void Moon (2000)
The Scarecrow (2009)???

Patricia Cornwell
Blow Fly (2003)
Trace (2004)??
Book of the Dead (2007)

James Fenimore Cooper
The Last of the Mohicans††

Stephen Crane
The Red Badge of Courage

Michael Crichton
1969             The Andromeda Strain
1972             The Terminal Man
1975             The Great Train Robbery
1976             Eaters of the Dead
1980             Congo
1987             Sphere
1990             Jurassic Park
1992             Rising Sun
1994             Disclosure
1995             The Lost World
1996             Airframe
1999             Timeline
2002             Prey
2004             State of Fear
2006             Next
2009             Pirate Latitudes

Clive Cussler
Pacific Vortex (1983) Dirk Pitt Novel
Mediterranean Caper (1973)
Iceberg (1975)
Raise the Titanic (1976)
Vixen 03 (1978)
Night Probe (1981)
Deep Six (1984)
Cyclops (1986)
Treasure (1988)
Dragon (1990)
Sahara (1992)
Inca Gold (1994)
Shockwave (1996)
Flood Tide (1997)
Atlantis Found (1999)
Valhalla Rising (2001)
Trojan Odyssey (2003)
Black Wind (2004)
Treasure of Khan (2006)
Arctic Drift (2008)
Sea Hunters (1996) Non-Fiction
The Sea Hunters II (2002)
Serpent (1999) NUMA Files
Blue Gold (2000)
Fire Ice (2002)
White Death (2003)
Lost City (2004)
Polar Shift (2005)
The Navigator (2007)
Medusa (2009)
The Silent Sea (2010)
Golden Buddha (2003) Oregon Files
Sacred Stone (2004)
Dark Watch (2005)
Skeleton Coast (2006)
Plague Ship (2008)
Corsair (2009)
The Chase (2007)  Isaac Bell Series**
Spartan Gold
Wrecker (2009)

Jeffery Deaver
Speaking In Tongues (2000)
Garden Of Beasts (2004)
John Pellam
3. Hell’s Kitchen (2001)
Lincoln Rhyme
1. The Bone Collector (1997)
2. The Coffin Dancer (1998)
3. The Empty Chair (2000)
4. The Stone Monkey (2002)
5. The Vanished Man (2003) **
6. The Twelfth Card (2005)
7. The Cold Moon (2006)
8. The Broken Window (2008)
Kathryn Dance
2. The Sleeping Doll (2007)

Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist
A Christmas Carol
David Copperfield
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations

Tess Gerritsen
Life Support
The Mephisto Club
Harvest

John Gilstrap
Nathan’s Run**

W.E.B. Griffin
Badge of Honor Series

Book III, The Victim (1991)??
Book IV, The Witness (1992)??
Book V, The Assassin (1993)??
Book VI, The Murderers (1994)
Book VIII, Final Justice (2003)
Honor Bound Series

Book I, Honor Bound (1993)
Book II, Blood and Honor (1996)
The Presidential Agent Series

Book II, The Hostage (2006)
Book IV, The Shooters (2008)
Book V, Black Ops (2009)

Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter

Carl Hiaasen
Tourist Season (1986)
Double Whammy (1987)
Skin Tight (1989)
Native Tongue (1991)
Strip Tease (1993)
Stormy Weather (1995)
Lucky You (1997)
Naked Came the Manatee (1998)
Sick Puppy (2000)
Basket Case (2002)
Skinny Dip (2004)

Hobbes
Leviathan

Homer
The Iliad
The Odyssey

George Jones
I Lived to Tell It All

Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)††

C. S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
Prince Caspian (1951)

Robert Ludlum
The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971)
The Bourne Identity (1980)
The Aquitaine Progression (1984)
The Bourne Supremacy (1986)
The Icarus Agenda (1988)
The Bourne Ultimatum (1990)
The Scorpio Illusion (1993)
The Apocalypse Watch (1995)
The Matarese Countdown (1997)
The Prometheus Deception (2000)
The Sigma Protocol ??

Machiavelli
Selected Political Writings

Clinton McKinzie
The Edge of Justice

Glen Meade
Snow Wolfe

Herman Melville
Moby-Dick

John Milton
Paradise Lost

Sharon Moalem
Survival Of the Sickest

Jim Norton
Happy Endings
I Hate your Guts

John Kennedy O’Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces

George Orwell
Animal Farm (1945)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

James Patterson
Alex Cross
1. Along Came a Spider (1993,
2. Kiss the Girls (1995,
3. Jack & Jill (1996
4. Cat and Mouse (1997,
5. Pop Goes the Weasel (1999,
6. Roses are Red (2000,
7. Violets Are Blue (2001,
8. Four Blind Mice (2002,
9. The Big Bad Wolf (2003,
12. Cross (2006,
13. Double Cross (2007,
Maximum Ride
1. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
Michael Bennett
1. Step on a Crack (2007)
Women’s Murder Club
1. 1st to Die (2001
2. 2nd Chance (2002,
3. 3rd Degree (2004???
5. The 5th Horseman (2006,
6. The 6th Target (2007,

Edgar Allan Poe
The complete stories

Douglas Preston
The Codex (2004)
Tyrannosaur Canyon (2005)
Blasphemy (2008) **amazing!
Impact (2010)

Douglas Preston & Lee Child
Relic (1995)**
Reliquary (1997)
The Cabinet of Curiosities (2002)
Still Life with Crows (2003)
Diogenes Trilogy

Brimstone (2004)
Dance of Death (2005)
The Book of the Dead (2006)
The Wheel of Darkness (2007)
Cemetery Dance (2009)
Fever Dream (2010)
Other novels

Mount Dragon (1996)
Riptide (1998)**
Thunderhead (1999)
The Ice Limit (2000)

Richard Preston
The Cobra Event
The Hot Zone
The Demon in the Freezer

Paul Pressler
A Hill on Which to Die††

James Rollins
Subterranean (1999)
Excavation (2000)
Amazonia (2002)**
Ice Hunt (2003)??
SIGMA Force series

1. Sandstorm (2004)
2. Map of Bones (2005)
3. Black Order (2006)??
4. Judas Strain (2007)
5. The Last Oracle (2008)
6. The Doomsday Key (2009)

Rousseau
The Basic Political Writing

J K Rowlings
Harry Potty 1-7

John Sanford
The Prey Series
Shadow Prey
Silent Prey
Mortal Prey
Naked Prey
Hidden Prey
Broken Prey
Invisible Prey
Phantom Prey
Wicked Prey
Storm Prey
Virgil Flowers
Dark of the Moon
Bad Blood??
The Kidd Series
The Fool’s Run??
The Devil’s Code
The Hanged Man’s Song

Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Game series

Ender’s Game (1985)
Xenocide  (1991)
The Shadow saga

Ender’s Shadow (1999)

William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth
Hamlet
King Lear
Othello
Henry IV
Henry V

Mary Shelley
Frankenstein

Upton Sinclair
The Jungle

Sophocles
Oedipus the King

Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island

Bram Stoker
Dracula

Jonathon Swift
Gulliver’s Travels

Robert Tanenbaum
Hoax
Fury

Henry David Thoreau
Walden

J. R. R. Tolkien
1937 The Hobbit
1954 The Fellowship of the Ring
1954 The Two Towers:
1955 The Return of the King
1977 The Silmarillion

Kilgore Trout/ Philip José Farmer
Venus on the Half-Shell

Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Booker T Washington
Up from Slavery

Stephen White
Privileged Information (1991)
The Program (2001)

Stephen Woodworth
With Red Hands

Richard Wright
Native sun †† – The worst book I have ever read.

Unknown Author
Beowulf

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