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?

Mississippi Cheese Straws anyone?

I stopped at Cracker Barrel the other night and got some snacks.  The Sunkist Fruit Gems were a no brainer, I always like a good gummy snack.  The Cheese Straws looked interesting so I picked up a box of those too.  They aren’t straws.  They look like chicken nuggets from a fast food place.  They taste a little like the cheddar cheese in the ingredient list, but they are dry and have a gritty coating.  There is also a bit of a kick to them as Cayenne Pepper is the last ingredient on the list.  It was nice to try something new but I don’t think I will get them again.

Here comes toast

It has not been long now that we started using a Breville toaster oven, but I already know it is my favorite small appliance.  The metal is cut well, with no sharp edges.  There is an easily removable drip tray.  The timer is spot-on and easy to use.  I highly recommend this product.  Now for some more toast.

Lots of socks

I purchased enough socks to replace my aging collection of holy misfits.  I gave sockbin.com a try and so far am very pleased.  It was only $37 for 12 pairs of white and 12 pairs of black socks.  The white socks that were shipped to me were the wrong size so I emailed their support and they responded the next morning to let me know the correct socks had been reshipped and that I should just keep the wrong ones.  I guess I can use them for sock puppets, or maybe one of my friends can use them.  Either way, I am a happy customer and can recommend sockbin.com to the rest of the Internet looking for socks.

Installing Cabinets

If you own your home and want to add some storage, built-in cabinets are a pretty good way to go.  Its not complicated.  The hardest part is telling yourself, “Look, whatever is done can be undone.”  So take your favorite oscillating power tool, cut your baseboards precisely to fit the new cabinets, and install them flush against the wall.  Trust me, it will look great and if you ever want to change it you can always install some new baseboard…now where did I put my brad nailer?