Quick Review PT-AE8000U

I wanted a big screen display that was at least 1080p and good for games or movies.  I also wanted to try 3D since it can be a lot of fun to watch.  The problem was that I didn’t want to have to carry a huge TV upstairs.

So I got the PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector.  Its not heavy or huge so I can move it on my own.  It was easier to carry upstairs than my 2 year old.

I was considering the Epson 5030UB because it had similar specs and looked cooler (I know, that shouldn’t matter right?).  I went with the Panasonic because it had less expensive, lighter, 3d glasses.  It had better refresh rates.  And it was on sale for $450 less than the Epson.  Granted, I had to purchase glasses separately, but because they are less expensive the whole system was still a better deal.

I am currently projecting from about 16 feet away onto a white wall with orange peal texture.  It looks amazing!  It looks so good that I am having trouble deciding if I ever want to get an actual screen.

3D works well.  The projector documentation says it can handle up to 200″ screen for 3D and all I can say is, the bigger the better!  3D needs the biggest screen you can manage to make the effect more entertaining.

My projector has one stuck blue pixel off center to the upper right.  I can only really see it when the image is completely black.  Rather than return this unit for repair, I will just live with it.  I got a 1 year extended warranty so if it starts getting worse I can get it repaired later.  In the mean time, I would rather enjoy the projector and not have to worry that it gets damaged further in shipping or that they do a poor job with the repair.

I have not bought a spare lamp.  My sales guy says I should wait a few months, then buy one and put it in immediately.  The old lamp will stay good and the new one will be sure to work as well.  I am not sure if I am going to do this.  I will periodically track lamp price and availability to make sure there is no problem sourcing a new lamp.

I am using the projector with a PS3 and a PC and have also tested with a MacBook Pro.  All 3 look perfect.  I am a happy customer.

First time every time

I thought rsync was going to work for me, but for a time I thought maybe I was wrong.  I just needed to figured out how to make it copy new files to the server.  The trick, it turns out, is to make sure you remove the trailing slash from the source path if you want the entire directory to be transferred and not just the files and directories within.  All is well now 🙂

While checking my server, I also noticed that the MacOS X shows a blue screen of death BSOD as the preview window for PCs.  Nice.

From Newbie to Power User in < 1 Month - Sync Files

I have not been a Mac OS X user for very long now, but I already have hit a limit with what I can do in the GUI.  It is time to open the Terminal in the Applications/Utilities.  My goal tonight is to use rsync to keep my local files and network files synchronized.  So far so good, the command is available and I found a cool tip online to drag-n-drop the folders I want to use into the terminal where their full-paths will be entered.

The command options I settled on are just -a for archive and -v for verbose.  In just a few minutes all of the files in my Documents folder were transferred to my network server.  I’ll run the command every night manually for a while to see if it keeps things working well.  If it does, I’ll find a way to schedule it.

Downloads that Sparkle

I just downloaded an “App” from the Apple Store for the first time to my MacBook Pro.  I wanted to check on the transfer progress, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it.  Lucky for me, when I opened the Launchpad I could clearly see that my app was sparkling. (Enter sarcastic remark here).  Yep, instead of a progress bar you get sparkles around the icon.  I guess that means it is either downloading, installing, or ready, but who knows?

Apple Store and the buying of a MacBook Pro

Buying a MacBook Pro at the Apple Store is a little like using the MacOS X for the first time.  You know its a store, just like you know its a computer, but it isn’t entirely clear how to do anything with either.

I stood in front of the laptop I was interested in buying, all of the employees were wearing red shirts but making eye contact with them was difficult.  Eventually, a red shirt came to me and said he would help me find another red shirt.  Eventually, the red shirt came back and brought with him another red shirt who didn’t exactly exude confidence.

I knew what I wanted, so from that point forward it wasn’t a problem, yet I still felt as though the experience was distracting and much more difficult than it should have been.