Honda Radio Code
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Saturday my AVIC-N1 nav/mp3/cd/radio system crapped out on me.. and I think that it may be gone for good. That sucks.. a lot, since it was pretty expensive (5 years ago).. what sucks more is that we are pretty broke right now, and it doesn’t look like that will be changing any time soon.. which means no new radio any time soon either. My commute to Syracuse is 1.5 hours on a good day, and 1.5 hours each way with no radio will be pretty darn unbearable. SO, I dug out my stock radio that shipped with my civic and that has been collecting dust in the basement for the past few years and hooked it up. I’m posting this here in case anyone else ever needs it, or I manage to forget the next time I need it - To get your Honda radio code you can go to: https://radio-navicode.honda.com and enter the radio’s serial number and owner’s details.


Credit Freeze
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Today I decided to put a security freeze on our credit. It seems like a lot of identity theft has been going around lately, and at the moment there really isn’t any reason anyone should be examining our credit reports as we definitely do not want any more credit cards or loans right now. I have read a little bit on those identity protection services, but to me it sounds like the biggest part of what they do is freeze your credit.. and thats something I can do myself. From reading about this on the NY state web page I kind of expected it to be more of a pain than it was. Of the three credit reporting agencies, both TransUnion and Experian allowed me to do the freeze online after asking a few questions about my credit history. Only Equifax makes it difficult for NY residents by making you send in a written letter and ID to make the request. Once Equifax steps into modern times and lets you freeze/unfreeze online managing this should be a lot easier!  Anyway, just thought I’d post my experience here.

Tonight Kim, Sawyer, Morgan, Myself and our nephew will be going to Chuck E. Cheese for one of Saywer’s playgroup friend’s birthday parties. I’ve only been there once as an adult.. and it really is nothing like the video arcade I remember it once being, but at least I still enjoy eating pizza.

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Gmail on my S710a
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Today I was playing with Gmail and decided to try their IMAP service with my phone (Sony Ericsson S710a). Google has the imap details listed right on their web page, so I thought it would be straight forward enough. BUT it wasn’t as easy as it sounded. In case I forget, or anyone else is trying to do the same thing, this is what I did to get it working. My phone’s email settings are:

  • Connect Using: Media Net
  • Protocol: IMAP4
  • Incoming Server: imap.gmail.com
  • Incoming Port: 993
  • Encryption:
  •   Incoming Server TLS/SSL, Domain: imap.gmail.com
  •  Outgoing Server: No encryption
  • Mailbox: myusername@gmail.com
  • Password:  mygmailpw
  • Outgoing Mail Server: My own smtp server
  • Outgoing Port: 25
  • Email Address: myemailaddress
  • Download: Headers Only

I also needed to download the appropriate certificates that were not already on my phone and send them over via bluetooth. I found a mention of this in a post here. And the download link is here. I was unable to get google’s smtp server to work, and apparently I am not the only one, so I’m just using my own smtp server elsewhere for outgoing mail.. this seems to be working for me. I’m able to send/receive email from my phone, yay.


November 2008
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Today was probably the most productive day we have had in a while! Kim brought her car in to get new tires, the old ones were beyond bald. Sawyer and I cleaned the basement office AND the cable guy came to disconnect business class RoadRunner, the final step in moving all my sites over to a VPS at Slicehost. And after all that was done, Kim and I even had enough in us to go out to UNO’s Chicago Grill for dinner while my sister-in-law and her boyfriend babysat. To me, the “date” tonight was the highlight of the month.. things have been very crazy around here lately and just getting out and not being “dada” for an hour or so was a good feeling. We stretched the evening out by checking out Hobby Lobby, a new hobby store in Webster that was on the way home that neither of us had been in before.

I think the next time there is productivity time I may set up a family wordpress page for both Kim and I to post to.. she currently blogs at MySpace, and I’d like to make this site a bit more ME oriented and post the family stuff to the family blog. But we’ll see.. it took me two weeks to do like 4 hours of work migrating the sites, so another easy sounding project isn’t likely to go much faster.

OH, and the this month’s election went totally went awesomely! I am very optimistic about what our next president will do for this country, a very different  feeling I had in 2004!

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Morgan’s Birthday!
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Morgan 10/14/2008

Sunday, October 12th at 8:18am Morgan Jean Runnells was born in our bathtub. She weighs 8lbs 6oz and is 21 inches long. Both Kim and Morgan are doing great! Kim did an amazing job, this was a home birth with no pain medication or anything! So far Sawyer is adapting well to being a big brother too.

Since this wasn’t at a hospital there are a few things the hospital did with sawyer that we have to make separate appointments for, like a hearing test. Meg, our midwife is able to do almost everything else herself, including the birth certificate paperwork and blood tests. Kim and I will do her foot prints in a few days when things calm down, we have those for Sawyer, and we’d like to have them for Morgan too. Kim also took the above photo of Morgan, and I took the border from Sawyer’s hospital photo and made it pink.. so now we have a “hospital photo” of Morgan too!

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Any day now!
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The new baby should be here any day now! The official due date is Oct 10th, but if Kim has any control over it she is going to be popping the baby out early.

Not really any other news that I can think of.. maybe worth noting that the shifter in my Civic locked up at a gas pump at BJ’s Wholesale Club’s gas station in Victor NY last monday and needed to be towed away to get fixed… but aside from that, nothing exciting. I’ll post again when the baby is born!

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Just another post
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Here are a few of the many things that have happened in the last few months that I haven’t blogged about.

Sawyer has been moved to the larger bedroom and is sleeping in his “big boy” bed. He had been trying to get out of his crib for about a day and then finally broke loose.. so we needed to move him into a bed that would hurt less if he fell out of it. He seems to have adjusted pretty well, but now he is back to waking up in the middle of the night and crying one or two times. I think this is because when he first moved to the new bed I would go in there to check on him if he cried.. seeing how it is new and all, and then he got used to it. I believe the solution will be to just let him cry for longer and longer periods until he finally just gives up.. this worked for us in the past when he was in the crib.

Our baby girl will be born somewhere around October 10th IN OUR HOME (probably). I’m no hippie or advocate of home births, but this is something that Kim really really wants to do, and as long as everything continues to go smoothly I’m not going to put up too much of a fuss. And many years from now it might even be cool to say we had a birth at home. PLUS, let the record show that Kim has granted me one FREE argument win that I can use at anytime to immediately win an argument with her!

Company picnic. Today was the company picnic for ShoreGroup (my employer). Lots of fun, but most of the time I wound up just chasing Sawyer around.. instead of mingling with co-workers and I probably should have. But hey, it was a “family” picnic, and family is all about chasing kids around and not getting what you want! :)

Money! I need some. Actually, I need A LOT of cash.. and SOON. Insurance does not cover crazy stuff like home birth, so we need to come up with more than just bill and grocery money for the next couple of months. We are considering selling a bunch of crap on craig’s list and ebay sometime soon. I’ve sold one of my better domain names for a bunch of money, which should help.. but we still have a ways to go. Its a long shot, but I’ve been experimenting with a different ad networks for the userbar websites.. so far Google Adsense continues to be the only one that generates any reasonable revenue.

I guess thats it for now!

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Google Streetview
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Yeah! Webster, NY is totally on Google Street View! A friend and I were just poking around on Google Maps trying to track down where a Geocache in Harris Road Cemetery was and saw the blue “street view” roads! But, like other cities.. not all roads are covered.. you can see our circle though, which is pretty exciting to me for some reason.

Soon I’ll be adding Save/Load buttons to The Userbar Designer for subscribers. The Save/Load functionality seems to be working correctly.. the save file are just gzipped XML with the form data from the designer. All I need to do now is setup some sort of Premium Account Manager page to handle user creation and subscription payments. I’ll be using PayPal for payment and instantly activating accounts with IPN (Instant Payment Notification).

Tonight I also installed the Last.FM Pidgin Plugin.. so ‘buddies’ in my contact lists can see what I’m listening to in my status message. Seems to be functioning so far.


Long time, no post.
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Man, longest time in the past couple years that I have gone without posting I think. Definitely not because nothing has been happening.. in fact, this may have been the most postworthy couple of months I’ve had in a while… I just haven’t been able to find the time. And now that I do have time (Kim is off with her mom and Sawyer is sleeping) I can’t remember very much that has happened! So I’ll start with the big one - IT WILL BE A GIRL (probably)! On 5/21 we went in for Kim’s 2nd trimester ultrasound (posted here if you are interested),  and the ultrasound tech says that in her opinion it is a girl. This is good news, name wise, because we were having a hard time coming up with a boy name. Before Sawyer was born we had done a lot of thinking about both boy and girl names, and came up with what we liked way back then.. and for girl names, Morgan Jean Runnells is what we decided on. I think it will be a nice name.

With the pregnancy still moving along fine we are planning on moving Sawyer to the bigger extra bedroom and will put Morgan in his current room. This meant painting. Kim picked out a good beige color for Sawyers new room and we painted it a couple of weeks ago, his current room is light blue but this might work good for a girl’s room too if there are pink things around.. maybe.

Other events from the past two months:

  • I my copy of Grand Theft Auto IV, which may be one of my favorite games of all time.. though I don’t get that much time to play it these days.
  • The whole family got a bad cold and then got better.
  • Gas prices passed $4/gal making my commute to Syracuse close to $30 a day with tolls. Luckily this is still only a once a week thing.
  • Kim and I found a couple great houses on nothnagle.com closer to the thruway, only to find out they were model homes for new builds.. and a new build is something that I don’t think I have the patience for to do again. We are not really that actively looking to move anyway.
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Baby #2 Ultrasound
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Monday Kim, Sawyer and I went to get an ultrasound on the new baby. So far everything seems to be going good! Most people won’t find this very interesting.. still  hard to make out any features, but photos are on flickr and the video is youtube. Now days they are doing the video on DVD which was way easier to import than the VHS tape we had with Sawyer!

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