Monday, October 15, 2012

HelloFax Update

It's taken longer than I'd hoped for but HelloFax is working.  It's not their fault it's taken so long, I've just had higher priorities.

The Pros:
As I stated in my earlier post, HelloFax integrates nicely with Google Docs/Drive.  The setup is pretty easy as they can use your existing Google account for their own.
Account management is very basic.
Has the ability to send multiple recipients.

The Cons:
Only one con so far.  I can't change the header on my faxes.  The default reads "HelloFax"  but for obvious reasons I should be able to change this.  No where have I read that this is a problem with the basic account verses premium accounts.  I haven't emailed HelloFax about this.  Maybe that will be something to talk about in my next blog about HelloFax.  Until then, cya.

Update !
So I sent HelloFax an email query into why I could not change the header tag and they promptly replied back with the response "This feature is not editable at this time but maybe in the future if enough people request it then it might be."

So there you go.  Mystery solved.  I will still continue to use HelloFax for the peace of mind and the price is decent.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

HelloFax

So I just signed up for a new online fax service called "HelloFax".  After digging around and checking out some reviews I found the company to be okay.

They have a simple online web site with a very smooth flow.  The colors are easy on the eyes and even integrates into google drive automatically.  Sending a fax is free but in order to receive a fax a dedicated number is required.

Four plans are offered.  I choose the lowest non-free plan because I don't need to send or receive a lot of faxes.  The signing up process was a little tricky at first because if you installed HelloFax as a google chrome web app your google account is automatically signed up with HelloFax on the free version account.   This is fine but trying to sign up for a payed account I tried to put my credentials in and got an error:
user already exists and to choose a different user name/email".  I figured out what was going on and just signed into HelloFax with my existing google account and clicked on the proper payment plan.

Currently I have sent a fax but haven't been able to receive one.  No clue as to why either.  Will probably try again tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The End of X10

Can't find anymore X10 devices?  Me either!  This is because X10 is phasing out some if not all of there old PLC products and is switching to wireless home protection.

Vendors are buying the last remaining PLC devices up and selling them at unbelievable dirt cheap prices.  Once they're gone they're gone.  This isn't a shock as X10 has never been big at keeping their products up to date with modern technology.

But no need to fret.  Smarthome.com's product line of Insteon has basic support of X10 commands and is up to date with modern technology.  But I have to emphasize on the the "basic" support part.


Mythtv .25 Up and Running

After a little time trying to get my computer to work with with a non supported video card I finally just decided to buy a new one.  Nvidia GT430 was my choice because it supports VDPAU and is relatively compact when compared to other video cards while also being relatively cheap.

As hoped for the new video card worked on Mythbuntu 12.04.  During the setup I told mythbuntu to use proprietary drivers and download updates during the install and also to use the nvidia display driver.  Other options to use tv-out I just left disabled as these are for connecting to external TV.

I have an Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 older model and it works pretty darn good. The ATSC/QAM high definition input is really good.  I have an antenna which picks up local ATSC broadcasts and really can't say enough about it.  I also use a SiliconDust HDHR3-US HDHomeRun Dual TV Tuner for QAM signals.

The analog NSTC side is nice because I just use schedule direct to pop in the XML guide info and and then tell myth to fetch the listings.  Done.  The picture quality is not as nice as I'd hope for but it works.

So far so good and I like being up to date with current software and hardware. The previous version of myth was 24 and using mythbuntu 10.04  So this was quite a big jump.

The Hauppauge 1600 has an IR input and with a little research I came across this site which is very good with many details but easy to follow steps.  Very impressive.
The zilog module was easy to install but only worked after I upgraded my kernel to 3.2.0-29-generic.  The lirc remote works great and it seems I'm in business.

If you have a question regarding myth tv setup you can email or leave a post here. I'm not very good at keeping a journal of all my setups but if I did you'd probably be glad I didn't.  So just ask.

Thanks