Archive | June 26, 2013

Robert Irion’s July 2013 Article In ‘National Geographic’ Rather Lax With The Facts!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I am, and have been for decades, a great fan of ‘National Geographic’. It is one of the few magazines that we continue to subscribe and do so without fail.

I dived into the July 2013 cover story about the ‘Solar System’ as this is very germane to the work I have been doing on 4 Vesta and Comet ISON (C/2012 S1).

There is at least one huge howler that tungsten and titanium nitride could only have been created by the Sun. WRONG.

So, for the first time in my life I wrote a letter to the Nat. G. Editors.

Check it out:

Click to ENLARGE and read.

Click to ENLARGE and read.

 

DirecTV HR-34 Genie: How To Fix The No Sound On Some Channels Problem. It Is An HDMI, SD/HD ‘Conflict’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Google search if you type "direct tv no sound on some channels". Try it. Click to ENLARGE.

Google search if you type “direct tv no sound on some channels”. Try it. Click to ENLARGE.

Appears that I am not the only DirecTV Genie customer who has run into the ‘No Sound‘ on some channels problem.

Well, given that I know a fair amount about A/V I actually know what causes the problem and how to fix it.

The problem, at least in my case, has to do with me using HDMI for my HD connection.

The problem has to do with switching to a Standard Definition (SD) channel after watching a High Definition (HD) channel. It might not happen each and every time, but if you are without sound the chances are that you are HDMI connected and just switched to a SD channel from an HD channel.

OK. This is a well know problem within HDMI circles. Yes, DirecTV should have fixed it, but then again pigs should be able to fly.

There is no simple or elegant solution. Yes, maybe you can turn off everything and power-up while still on the SD channel. That should work. But, that is aggravating.

A more strategic solution is to run a RCA red/white audio cable from the RCA video/audio out plugs from the back of the Genie to a RCA audio/video input on your ‘sound box’. Yes, you will have to SELECT that on the ‘sound box’ to get sound!

Yes, not fun, but as I have found out to my intense cost, nothing related to DirecTV is fun. That is why I hate, really hate, detests DirecTV. I even set up a countdown clock to tell me how much time is left on my DirecTV contract.

DirecTV Genie back panel

DirecTV Genie back panel. The RCA video/audio outputs are the yellow, white, red outlets at the BOTTOM, below the green, blue, red component video outputs.

Reasons 26 To 30 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#26. No sound last night on ‘Military Channel’, #287, and the two channels below it. Same problem I had had with Channel 203 Sunday night. 

#27. A Google of ‘No Sound‘ problem (above) reveals that it is a well known problem and has to do with Standard Definition (SD) channels on an HDMI-connected High Definition configuration. See Google search results below.

#28. The installed who appeared decent enough LIED to me explicity about EXACTLY this problem because I asked him about it, using HDMI, SD, HD terminology and he said that ‘no, no, you won’t have any sound problems using HDMI‘. Like so many others associated with DirecTV he lied to me point-blank.

#29. The frigging DirecTV Genie only has one set of RCA audio/video, i.e., the yellow, red, white plugs, output, so I have to disconnect my DVD recorder so as to fix the damn ‘No Sound’ problem by having a parallel audio connection. DirecTV stinks.

#30. DirecTV does not supply a booklet of anything that shows a diagram of the Genie back panel so that I could work out how to fix the bloody ‘No Sound’ problem. Yes, I can find the damn picture on the Web but that doesn’t help me much, at 11:30 pm at night, when I am on my hands and knees behind the accursed DirecTV HR-34 Bloody Genie. 


 

Google search if you type "direct tv no sound on some channels". Try it. Click to ENLARGE.

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Alton Central School (ACS), N. H.: Roof Repair Bid For 1956 Wing — In Today’s ‘Laconia Daily Sun’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I know that there are some Alton taxpayers that will find this of interest.

Not sure whether this was the process that some had in mind …

I am just making sure, as ever, that the facts are on the Web for all to see.


Click to access 'The Laconia Daily Sun' for Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Click to access ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’ for Wednesday, June 26, 2013.


There Are Days When I Can Empathize With This Poor Squirrel.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Reminded me of a story I heard when I was young. There was a man whose life was full of strife, both at home and at work. So he started wearing shoes that were too tight on the rationale that at least when he took his shoes off, when he came home from work, he would at least have some sense of relief. I can relate to that too.

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