Today (Sunday) I started to research how to hardwire an iPod into my car, a 2006 Mazda3. The factory installed stereo has no tapedeck, but it does have an intriguing Media button on the front panel. The question is, how to connect? I found a little doohickey from Logic3 that breaks out the iPod line level signal to two RCA plugs, and a nice flickr set showing how to pull out the stereo head. Everything worked great except that the stereo doesn’t have anything resembling a standard input. Apparently you have to buy a third party solution of one sort or other to connect everything together. So this project is still in progress…

Happiness is a networked TiVo

It took a few weeks but we finally got the TiVo back online and connected to our local cable service. I discovered that changing sources on the TiVo is tricky. Most of the work was in finding the right menu option for “I’ve moved”. It’s under Messages & Setup -> System Reset -> Repeat Guided Setup. Not something I would have guessed from clicking around. I had to dig up and read the dead trees manual to figure it out. Thankfully, the process didn’t wipe out my network settings, so the TiVo connected through the home network just fine. The other trick with moving is that all the channel numbers change, so you have to re-do your Season passes. Program My TiVo is down for the moment, but should be back up once I re-config the tv guide data for my new cable system.

The movers arrived yesterday. Sleeping in my own bed never felt so good. Now the fun begins — getting our stuff out of the boxes. I’m most definitely behind on email, so if you’ve mailed me in the past few days and I haven’t responded, I will (and if I don’t, mail again).

Razor blades: new vs. refills?

So in the midst of relocating I’d managed misplace my razor, which is probably somewhere in Kansas on a moving truck right now. Just as I was getting my act together to get a new one, I heard Adam Curry mention the new vibrating “m3 power” razor on DSC. “What the heck, I’ll give it a shot”. The light touch and vibration took some getting used to, but I liked the end result. It felt great. Then I thought, given the importance of that first shave in selling refills (presumably where most of the earnings are made), the razor companies might have some incentive to ship better blades with the razor. The moment passed and would have passed forever if one of Adam’s listeners hadn’t raised the same theory.

Upshot, I took a closer look, and noticed that the blade that shipped with the razor was ever so slightly different from the refill. Here is a picture of a marking on the back of a new blade:

C 17 marking on the back of the blade that shipped with my new m3 power razor

And here is a picture of the same place on a refill blade:

AE 3 marking on the back of the blade that shipped with my new m3 power razor

What could it mean?