Replaced my Lexus door speakers

By , September 28, 2009 10:19 pm

OK, in my continuing effort to save myself from spending unnecessary bucks, I decided to tear into the doors of my Lexus and see what was up with the speakers. The left side of the Nakamichi car stereo stopped making any sound at all. The dealer wanted to replace the entire speaker enclosure for $320 each. Hmmm, I heard in ClubLexus.com that the speakers appear to die on these cars.

The rear drivers side door panel is off!

The rear drivers side door panel is off!

The speakers in the door are only 4.5″ in size. The Lexus has component speakers so the tweeter, sub, and mids are all separate components. I saw some Pioneer 4.5″ for $40. I thought I’d give it shot. I had to cut the mounting holes as the new speaker mounts were slightly smaller than the originals.

After about 1 hour, I have a perfectly working system again! Ah, it feels good when time spent works out well.

Linksys PSUS4 print server to share a printer

By , September 27, 2009 5:08 pm

Linksys PSUS4 Printserver

Linksys PSUS4 Printserver

I have 7 PCs in my house a one Mac. I also have 3 printers in the house – a laser, a color laser, and a photo printer. In the past, I would hook all the printers up to one computer in the network and then share the printer so that the other computers could print to it. This seemed to work well, but I had to leave the computer with the printer attached to it ON all the time so that others could print.

Recently, this “main” computer had a harddrive fail. As I was tinkering with it and rebuilding the system, no one could print! Yes, I could have manually plugged the printer to the machine trying to print and then installed the drivers, etc. etc., but what a huge hassle. What I needed was a way for the printers to stand on their own. This is when I came across this little gem.

The Linksys PSUS4 has a print server for a USB printer, but it also has a 4 port switch. This is a very unusual combination. With the extra ports, I can plug in my networked printers and they hang a few cat 5’s off of it for a direct connection to laptops of visitors, etc. I installed this in about 10 minutes and with almost no setup i was ready to go.

It’s been about 3 weeks now and this unit has performed flawlessly. I have put the former “main” computer into a powersave mode now so that it shuts down if no one is using it after a few hours. In the past, that meant no one could print. No worries now!

You see, main computer is a pretty hairy setup. It’s got a large power suppy and a wicked GTX graphics card. It is under my desk and I can feel the heat coming up off of the computer. I am very happy now that I have this little print server. Highly recommended for a shared printer setup.

Protecting the iPhone 3GS

By , September 23, 2009 12:17 am

I’ve probably spent more cases for the iPhone than the iPhone itself. I am torn between ultimate protection and keeping the sleek look of the iPhone. After case after case, I keep going back to the same one. Which one? We’ll let’s take a look at a few.

Silicon Cases:
These seem like a good idea. Nice and thin, tight fit, good protection. But I hate them. You see, I put my iPhone in my pants pocket and the tackiness of these covers make it really cumbersome to take the phone in and out of my pocket.

Invisible case:
This clear polycarbonate case seemed like a great idea. You can barely tell it’s there. So what’s the problem? There’s so much wrong with this case. One, it’s fragile. The case cracks really easy. You can see that the edge of my case is already going to heck.

Almost invisble, but not too sturdy

Almost invisble, but not too sturdy

The edge is a bit frail. It's already cracking.

The edge is a bit frail. It's already cracking.

Also look at the edge protection. There is none. The case clips on and off. In order to make it easy the edges don’t wrap all the way. This leaves the chrome edges unprotected. Not only that, all kinds of dirt gets into the space between the case and the chrome edge. This scratches the heck out of the chrome. Nope, not a good choice, but it looks good.

Chrome is exposed! Dirt is lodged.

Chrome is exposed! Dirt is lodged.

iFrogz Rubberized Case:
OK, this is the ticket. It fits extremely well, protects the edges and it’s just tacky enough to be easy to grasp, but not make it impossible to get it into and out of your pocket. I find that I always gravitate back to this case. Highl recommended.

Case looks good and fits perfectly

Case looks good and fits perfectly

Note the edge protection of the chrome ring.

Note the edge protection of the chrome ring.

Luxury Case:
I recently saw a distressed leather case on eBay. Wow it looks so retro-cool. It’s got a front cover and a monogram with my initial on it! It’s a bit pricey at $48, but hey – it’s my case fetish. I am expecting this in the next week or two. I’ll give you a write up here after I get a chance to try it for a while.

The coolest case I have seen.

The coolest case I have seen.

Vaio Carbon Fiber lid protection

By , September 18, 2009 9:47 am

When I got my Vaio computer one of the coolest things about it was the impressively thin carbon fiber lid. However, I was kind of paranoid that all the traveling I do and slipping the laptop in and out of my bag would eventually scratch the lid. So I went looking for a protector for the lid.

Now, I’ve tried vinyl protectors before. I’ve created custom ones online and I have bought pre-made versions as well each left me a bit “cold”. Although they perform their function, they never look as good as I hope. I wasn’t going to tarnish my uber-cool Vaio with an ugly lid protector.

One day I saw a product on eBay that caught my eye. It was a lid protector made just for my Vaio. It claimed to look like leather and with a custom fit. It was also $26, so it wasn’t super cheap. What the heck I thought. I’ll give it a try. I ordered a brown color since the Vaio has nice Titanium and black colors and brown would soften it up a bit.

So the kit arrived days later very well packed. When I took out all the pieces, here’s what it looked like. The material looked pretty nice and I was encourage by how much thought had been put into the packaging and instructions.

Here's the kit before I install it.

Here's the kit before I install it.

So here I am putting it on my laptop. As you can see, there are very fine cutouts in the material that reveals the Vaio name. This piece was VERY accurately sized. It fit the top of my laptop perfectly.

Take is slow and easy to get an accurate fit.

Take is slow and easy to get an accurate fit.

After I got it on, I looked at it and touched it to see if it felt like leather. Well, no it doesn’t feel like leather, but it looks fabulous! Most people think that my laptop came with it from the factory when they see it.

====< MANY MONTHS LATER >====

It’s been several months now and I can say with absolute conviction that I am duly impressed with my laptop lid skin. It rocks! I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to protect their laptop. It’s made by a Korean company I have never heard of! But you can always see their ads on eBay. Look for the seller “allcrafts2007”. This is called their SGP Premium skin.

I may get another just for variety. They have wood, leather,and many colors. They also have versions for lots of different notebooks (Yes they have them for Macs too). Give it a try. Thumbs way up!!

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