Assuming the Trenta size still exists, I’m gonna get a Trenta-sized drink from Starbucks before they put up their new menus showing calories. Yeah, I know the nutritional information is already available online or via the Starbucks app, but seeing the calories right in front of you is more sobering.
My pops wanted better sound to match his HDTV broadcasts from Oceanic Cable. But when The Wire Cutter says no to home theaters in a box and endorses Sony’s HT-CT260 sound bar then you heed their researched advice. Unfortunately, the CT260 was out of stock at Amazon.com. Fortunately, Best Buys in Hawaii just received their shipment, and the regular price is the same as Amazon’s. So there we have it, an instant Father’s Day gift.
Now the setup… The Wire Cutter is correct. Setting up the sound bar was easy since the subwoofer is wireless. Configuring the sound bar to work with the television and cable box was another ordeal. The Oceanic provided Scientific Atlanta cable box has a digital optical out that connects to the Sony sound bar, but sound is still sent to the other outputs as well. This causes problems with the television’s audio. With the sound bar in play, I don’t want sound coming through the tinny television speakers. The television’s volume needs to stay at 0 while volume control needs to go to the sound bar and not the television.
The solution is two-fold. Configure the cable remote to control the sound bar and change the channel volume lock. On the remote, I configured the AUD button to control the sound bar. I believe the Sony code for the CT260 is 1759. If you can power on/off the sound bar and control the volume from the cable remote then you got it right.
Next, remap the remote’s audio controls from the television to the sound bar. That’s the function of the channel volume lock. Follow the instructions for “Locking Volume Control to One Mode.” When you change the volume, the remote changes control to the AUD configured device. When changing channels, the remote switches back to TV (or CBL). And that’s what we want – audio exclusively through the sound bar and one remote to control it all (television, cable box, sound bar).
Well, there goes the iPhone/iOS hip hop neighborhood. Jay-Z has a new release dropping on July 4, and if you’re a Samsung Galaxy device kind of music lover, then you can download Magna Carta Holy Grail for free. Using the Magna Carta Holy Grail app, the first million Galaxy users can partake of the Holy Grail.
Well, one day post Father’s Day, but as a LEGO fanatic, do you really care? LEGO VIP members can now purchase the massive Tower of Orthanc from Lord of the Rings. With more than 2300 pieces, it may take the rest of June to finish this set which becomes publicly available starting July. Five minifigures, an Ent, a Great Eagle, and all the black bricks a LEGO Dad will ever need.
Tower of Orthanc for LEGO VIPs
As part of this early release promotion, you’ll also get a Tower of Orthanc poster, and since this set is $200, it qualifies for the free Superman Jor-El minifigure. Bonus!
Checking out Nordstrom’s half-yearly sale online, I saw these Nike LunarRidge OMS sneaker/boots. They’re kinda interesting, matching up the outdoors with Nike Lunar technology. They’re even more appealing at 33% off, but alas, common sizes are sold out.
Scrolling down on the shoe’s page, Nordstrom.com recommend this to “complete the look.” Really? I don’t understand how Nike Combat Core boxer briefs finishes off the look of the LunarRidge. Perhaps both the LunarRidge and Core briefs follow the description of “Breathable mesh panels allow for maximum cooling…” I don’t know what else could be common factors. I mean the colors of the shoes and boxers don’t even match!
I’m not sure why but Foot Locker’s post about the launch of the new LeBron X NSW Lifestyle shoe mentions “vulcanized” several times. Vulcanized sounds cool, but I would guess majority of shoe soles are vulcanized. But I guess not all vulcanized soles look like this…
For every good thing that SharePoint 2010 brings to the table, seemingly it equals itself out with something wrong. Case in point is the new Group Calendar site feature in SP2010. Activating this site feature brings a new way to handle events and reserving resources for the events. This is a very good thing.
Now for the bad part. Activating the reservations, enables new SharePoint content types of “Reservations” and “Schedule and Reservations.” These supplement the default content type of “Event.” On their own, the Reservations and Schedule and Reservations content types add useful functionality commonly associated with dealing with events. But try and view them on a simple calendar view. You can’t.
I found two workarounds for this lameness. I’m not quite following this workaround, but I think this is relying on SharePoint not cleaning up after itself. Once the reservations function is enabled to add the new content types then the reservations function is disabled. Then you set the default content type to Reservations (from Event). I guess this default impacts what is displayed in a Calendar view? Not sure.
I understand this second workaround better where the columns/fields that distinguish Reservation content types are copied into the Event content type. So in essence, we’re mimicking the Reservation type. But since Event content types display in Calendars then we get the best of both. You still have to disable the Group Calendar feature however.
In the upcoming weeks, there’ll be some “unveilings” done at Ala Moana. Of course, there’s the grand opening of the new Microsoft Store on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Following the store’s launch is their exclusive concert featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Neon Trees (at Kakaako however).
Microsoft is coming
The following week on June 19, this mysterious Lexus will be uncovered. It’s a reddish maroon IS model that’s completely covered over, including the wheels. Kinda gimmicky but if the car looked as is, then it’s kinda fascinating.
Even with these unveilings, do not forget the titans.