Archive for January, 2012

Low-Point Cherry Chocolate Cookies

By From http://www.pointsinmylife.com/ • Jan 31st, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Will you be my Valentine? Treat your sweetie with these delightful cherry chocolate cookies made from 100% goodness! Nothing says lovin’ like cookies from the oven! :)Low-Point Cherry Chocolate CookiesIngredients:- 1 cup butter (I used Imperial stick b…



Blog Updates

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Jan 31st, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Blogging about your blog is sort of like setting up mirrors facing each other and standing between them. But, if we’re honest, blogging is pretty much like staring in mirror anyway.

I’ve added some new blog links for you to check out. You can find the…



Be Nice to the Officer!

By From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Jan 30th, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I write a lot about exercising your rights in traffic stops and how you can refuse things like road-side DWI tests. But does that mean you should be rude to the officer? NO!! Here’s three reasons to always be polite to them, even if you refuse to do what they ask: 1. Law enforcement officers […]



The Earth, She Moves

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Jan 30th, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

This evening at 6:39PM central Virginia experienced a 3.2 earthquake. Mild in comparison to the 5.8 quake that hit last August, but still a subtle reminder that we are not the ones in charge.

And Twitter moves almost as fast.

What was really interest…



Low-Point Prosciutto and Mozzarella Bruschetta

By From http://www.pointsinmylife.com/ • Jan 30th, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

We had one heck of a lunch today! This amazing bruschetta with sautéed tomatoes and garlic, fresh prosciutto, and mozzarella was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Very easy to make and definitely one worth repeating!Low-Point Prosciutto and Mozzare…



Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Jan 30th, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Table for Two

I was killing some time in the local beverage store Friday afternoon, looking for some interesting beers to bring home, when I spied Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Ah, the memories this brewery invokes. There was…



The Dark Ages in 4 Hours

By From http://www.odonnellweb.com • Jan 29th, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

The latest Hardcore History podcast elegantly covers about 500 years of history in four years; from the Fall of Rome in the 476 CE through the general Christianization of the Germanic tribes shortly before the Crusades. Coincidently, my son and I spent about 4 hours in the car driving back and forth to Richmond this […]



Faulted For Full Pints

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Jan 29th, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Not too long ago, I mused on the question “How Much Beer Is Enough?” Some folks measure “too much” by the pint. Apparently, at a pub in the U.K., serving too much beer in a pint can get you fired.

A pub landlord and ­landlady have been ­suspended an…



Verizon FiOS – Remote DVR Access Problems

By From http://blog.yagelski.com/ • Jan 29th, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local
One of the great things about the Verizon FiOS set-top boxes being IP (Internet Protocol) enabled is that it provides the opportunity for the devices to be securely accessed by remote applications. 
I find it very convenient to use these apps to see what is already recorded, or scheduled to be recorded on the DVR (“Digital Video Recorder”), while in a remote location. It’s also nice to be able to schedule new recordings when I’m are not at home with the remote control in-hand. Verizon offers this capability for all FiOS customers via the Verizon website and through applications for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Android.
I had been using this feature while traveling on business or out with friends for several months without a problem. Then, for no apparent reason, the app broke.

[sigh]
Suddenly, whenever I would attempt to connect to the FiOS DVR from the Verizon website, iPhone, or iPad, I would receive an error message that stated “Set-Top Box is not responding,” “Bad Gateway,” or “Network connection timed out.” I chalked it up to a gremlin and waited a few days before trying again. Unfortunately, I got the same result.
Searching online, I found that this seemed to be a rather common problem for Verizon. There were a number of people who complained that the Verizon Support Representatives were not of much help when trying to fix this issue. I can confirm that, as my own chat session started with the rep telling me that the iPhone and iPad were not capable of remotely accessing the FiOS DVR… which would probably be a real surprise to the Verizon folks who designed and coded the iPhone and iPad app.
After spending way too much time trying to work with the Verizon support representatives, I was able to easily resolve the problem myself. If you are having this same issue with remote DVR control capability, this blog post may be of some help.
First, two real basic things to check. 
     Is the DVR turned on?
     Is the FiOS router turned on?
Yes. I know that should be obvious, but you may be surprised…
Based upon the information I’ve been able to gather, the remote DVR error messages are related to a port mapping issue on the Verizon back-end system. As you may have already determined, rebooting the set-top box or FiOS router does not correct the problem. Apparently, Verizon Tech Support can perform some remote magic to fix this mapping problem, and I believe that magic is simply rebooting the ONT (“Optical Network Terminal”). 
The ONT is the device that provides the interface between the Verizon fiber optic network and the Ethernet / coax system in your house. This device is most often located in some other place away from the FiOS router, usually mounted on the outside of the building. Very close by the ONT, on the inside of the building, is the device’s power supply. The unit includes a AC power transformer, AC to DC power supply and conditioner, and a large battery to provide uninterruptible power to the ONT. In order to reboot the ONT on-site, you must first disconnect the AC power (i.e. unplug the power supply from the 120 volt wall outlet) and then disconnect the backup battery.
Warning! Rebooting the ONT will temporarily disable your connection to the Verizon FiOS system. Be certain that all of your network users are aware that their Internet connection and television signal will be interrupted during this process.
To disconnect the backup battery, open the swinging battery door on the ONT power supply and disconnect the battery plug to the power supply (circled in blue in the photo) by squeezing the connector’s tabs and pulling straight out. Wait about ten seconds and then reconnect the backup battery and plug the power supply back into the AC outlet. 
Once the power has been restored, the ONT will reboot, resetting the port mapping which should quickly fix the problems that you have been experiencing with remote DVR access. This process is straight-forward, simple, and doesn’t require having to deal with Verizon Tech Support!

[yea!]
!>


Verizon FiOS – Remote DVR Access Problems

By From http://blog.yagelski.com/ • Jan 29th, 2012 • Category: Blog Entries.Local
One of the great things about the Verizon FiOS set-top boxes being IP (Internet Protocol) enabled is that it provides the opportunity for the devices to be securely accessed by remote applications. 
I find it very convenient to use these apps to see what is already recorded, or scheduled to be recorded on the DVR (“Digital Video Recorder”), while in a remote location. It’s also nice to be able to schedule new recordings when I’m are not at home with the remote control in-hand. Verizon offers this capability for all FiOS customers via the Verizon website and through applications for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Android.
I had been using this feature while traveling on business or out with friends for several months without a problem. Then, for no apparent reason, the app broke.

[sigh]
Suddenly, whenever I would attempt to connect to the FiOS DVR from the Verizon website, iPhone, or iPad, I would receive an error message that stated “Set-Top Box is not responding,” “Bad Gateway,” or “Network connection timed out.” I chalked it up to a gremlin and waited a few days before trying again. Unfortunately, I got the same result.
Searching online, I found that this seemed to be a rather common problem for Verizon. There were a number of people who complained that the Verizon Support Representatives were not of much help when trying to fix this issue. I can confirm that, as my own chat session started with the rep telling me that the iPhone and iPad were not capable of remotely accessing the FiOS DVR… which would probably be a real surprise to the Verizon folks who designed and coded the iPhone and iPad app.
After spending way too much time trying to work with the Verizon support representatives, I was able to easily resolve the problem myself. If you are having this same issue with remote DVR control capability, this blog post may be of some help.
First, two real basic things to check. 
     Is the DVR turned on?
     Is the FiOS router turned on?
Yes. I know that should be obvious, but you may be surprised…
Based upon the information I’ve been able to gather, the remote DVR error messages are related to a port mapping issue on the Verizon back-end system. As you may have already determined, rebooting the set-top box or FiOS router does not correct the problem. Apparently, Verizon Tech Support can perform some remote magic to fix this mapping problem, and I believe that magic is simply rebooting the ONT (“Optical Network Terminal”). 
The ONT is the device that provides the interface between the Verizon fiber optic network and the Ethernet / coax system in your house. This device is most often located in some other place away from the FiOS router, usually mounted on the outside of the building. Very close by the ONT, on the inside of the building, is the device’s power supply. The unit includes a AC power transformer, AC to DC power supply and conditioner, and a large battery to provide uninterruptible power to the ONT. In order to reboot the ONT on-site, you must first disconnect the AC power (i.e. unplug the power supply from the 120 volt wall outlet) and then disconnect the backup battery.
Warning! Rebooting the ONT will temporarily disable your connection to the Verizon FiOS system. Be certain that all of your network users are aware that their Internet connection and television signal will be interrupted during this process.
To disconnect the backup battery, open the swinging battery door on the ONT power supply and disconnect the battery plug to the power supply (circled in blue in the photo) by squeezing the connector’s tabs and pulling straight out. Wait about ten seconds and then reconnect the backup battery and plug the power supply back into the AC outlet. 
Once the power has been restored, the ONT will reboot, resetting the port mapping which should quickly fix the problems that you have been experiencing with remote DVR access. This process is straight-forward, simple, and doesn’t require having to deal with Verizon Tech Support!

[yea!]
!>