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Atari projects, Mac mini DVR, and other things

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Going 4K, Take 2

Take 1 was for my home office, when I bought a couple 4K monitors for my Mac & work PC.   This time around it's for the family room.  I currently have a 2001 Mitsubishi 65" HDTV.  It's worked well over the years, but started to have a problem with convergence when first turned on.  It used to be a rare occurrence and the picture would snap back into shape fairly quickly, but it's now happening multiple times per week and taking longer to snap back.     The curr

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Categories

Testing a way to reimplement categories.  Tagged Collect and Warlords the entries as appropriate, then used the following query which limits results to my blog - just fill in the appropriate value for tags=________.   https://atariage.com/forums/search/?tags=________&type=blog_entry&nodes=148   Collect Warlords   Need to figure out how to pin this blog entry to top.   Need to figure out how to sort the results as the order returned appe

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Draconian final ROM

While getting ROMs together for Nathan for his RetroN 77 contribution to the Stella-thon 12 Hour Gaming Marathon Fundraiser! event I realized I've yet to publish the final ROM for Draconian.   ROM: draconian_20171020_RC8.bin   Source*: draconian_linux.zip   * linux is in the zipped directory name because I used my Linux laptop to finish Draconian on the way to PRGE.

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Trip to San Antonio

Headed to San Antonio for the weekend with my folks. We met up with my sister and her family, and stayed at the Éilan Hotel & Spa. It's part of the BlueGreen timeshare that my folks belong to. View from the balcony of my folks' room:         I preferred the view from my room, though it did not have a balcony so I took this through the window.       Hotel was nice, but they had no options for charging the car.  If they did the trip would have had a brief 10 minute charging stop

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Minor enhancements

Center Console The shiny black finish on the center console in the Model 3 is a major dust and fingerprint magnet. Back in March I ordered the Brushed Steel Center Console Wrap from Tesla Bros. I finally got around to installing it in Talith today, turned out great! Edit: Added a nighttime photo as the daytime sun really lightened up the appearance of the wrap. If Tesla Bros sounds familiar, it's because I ordered their door stickers back in January. They help out quite a

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Another grid outage

Back on the 6th I posted about a grid outage and that I was surprised because the solar stopped producing.   I did some research and ran across this topic which said the solar gets turned off when the grid initially goes down, but will come back about 5 minutes later.   Today we had an outage that lasted long enough to confirm that was correct:   Major thunderstorm happening at the moment, so I'm surprised it was even able to produce that much.   Today also marks 1 year ownership of

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Net Metering Active!

Received my electric bill for April 15 thru May 15: At 9am this morning my meter showed 293 kWh total of excess solar production had been sent since turning on my panels. The bill shows I was credited for 254 kWh thru the 15th, so it appears they've credited me for most, if not all, of the excess solar.     Last year the bills for the same timeframe were $121 for April and $130 for May, so $73 is quite good considering we've had lots of stormy weather and my panels were turned on

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Car charging via Solar + Powerwall

After the comments on the blog entry Increased Backup Reserve I was curious how well this would work: As a reminder the circuits for the AC and the 14-50 outlet for my Tesla are in a new sub/side panel, which gets disabled if the grid goes down. My uncle had been visiting Texas. First week was here in Houston, then he picked up a rental at Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise and drove to Bandera for a week. He dropped the car off on Sunday so we picked him up, had a la

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LED replacement for Halogen

One thing about having the Tesla App for my Solar and Powerwall is I'm more aware of my power usage, which reminded me that my floor lamps use 300 watt halogen bulbs. Over the past few years I've on occasion looked for a suitable replacement for the lamp, but never had any luck. This time around I found an LED Replacement bulb that looked interesting, it's even dimmable. Only 200 watt equivalent though, so I ordered 1 to try it out: Halogen: LED: Looks good, and t
 

First week

For some reason Impact is now back to being Performance (see addendum in a previous blog entry). With Performance the Self Powered shows 57%, though the date range for the Week is wrong: Energy Usage screen has the correct date range. Solar produced of 83% of my power usage (230/277) as Friday and Tuesday had low production due to storms. Home usage on those days does drop a bit as the AC does not have to run as frequently. Usually From Powerwall should be slightly under To
 

Increased Backup Reserve

Yesterday was very stormy, very little sun made it thru in the morning so after charging my car after lunch the battery was down to 15% (usually it'd be in the 90s). There was so much cloud coverage after lunch that no solar power was produced for the rest of the day, so the battery did not gain any additional charge. From the afternoon on we lost power 3 times. Each time everything kept running with the exception of the AC unit. Just 1 Powerwall is not enough to run it, nor the 50 amp
 

Hidden info shows better performance

Something unexpected happened, so one more daily update! Based on this: it appears solar covered 75% of my electricity usage yesterday (54% was used direct, 21% was sent to the Powerwall for use when the sun went down). However, this morning I discovered that the graphs: can be slid up to reveal more info. Based on this, I actually produced 2.1 kWh more power than I used (42.9 solar - 40.8 usage). Of the overproduction I lost 1.3 kWh to Powerwall (14.4 - 13.1) due to charg
 

First weekend, and a grid outage

On Saturday I was 61% self powered: Saturday Usage: Saturday Solar: Saturday Powerwall: Saturday Grid: Saturday Overall Summary: On Sunday I was 70% self powered: Sunday Usage: Sunday Solar: Sunday Powerwall: Sunday Grid: Sunday Overall Summary: Sunday Grid Outage: Not the results I was expecting - solar stopped producing. I sent a screenshot of that to Tesla to see if something was mi
 

First 2 days

On Thursday I was 62% self powered: Electricity usage for Thursday: Spikes = Air Conditioner Powering up things for the day - home and work computers, lights, coffee maker, etc. AC spikes disappear for a bit in the morning as my AC is set for 70°F during the night and 74°F during the day. Charging the car. Not usually done this time of day. The neighborhood kids have learned I work from home and that it's OK to come by if they need help - usually it's something with their bik
 

Storm Watch!

During the day the Powerwall will charge up using any excess solar. It will feed back to the house if solar isn't producing enough, but will stop doing that if its charge drops down to 16%. It's been very overcast today, so my Powerwall's not gained very much. Just received this: Status shows Storm Watch Powerflow shows the battery's now charging from both AC and Solar, normally it does not charge from AC.
 

Solar is active!

I finally received approval to turn the system on as of Friday the 26th. Somethings not quite right though as it shows Standby and the Powerwall at 0%. Solar power is being generated though, so the standby above is most likely for the Powerwall. I am able to utilize it as seen in the following. gap from when I tried to activate Powerwall by rebooting system got my Model 3 back from the body shop and plugged it in to charge. Unplugged at 5pm when I left for the evening p

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Adam Savage's Tested

Late last night I ran across a post on Facebook by Kurt Mayer about Adam Savage's Tested (he of Mythbusters fame). Had trouble sleeping afterwards, thank's Kurt Tested team members Jeremy Williams and Sean Charlesworth decided to build a new arcade cabinet running Starlords, a game they've built from scratch and introduced at California Extreme last year. As the name suggests, the game is an homage to Warlords. They enlisted the aid of Mike Mika and Kevin Wilson of Other Ocean. In this initi

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Trip to Lafayette

Made a trip to Lafayette this past weekend, one of my dad's good friends unexpectedly passed away. Him and his wife were the family friends we met for lunch in Baton Rouge when we went to Fort Benning back in October (they'd driven over from Lafayette to meet us). Lafayette doesn't have much in the way of Tesla charging options, mostly auto dealerships (only accessible during business hours, so unavailable when we'd have been able to use them), RV camp sites, and an Electrify America (VW's p

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2K19 Galveston Cruise

Tesla Club of Greater Houston took part in 2K19 Galveston Cruise today that was hosted by Texas Infamous. Groups came from Austin and San Antonio (and possibly DFW). In preparation I did a Trip Charge this morning, which is charging the car to 100%. For daily use you should only charge to 90% or less as it's not good for the battery to sit at 100%. It's OK to do so for trips, you just want to hit the road soon after you finish charging. I haven't done a trip charge in a while, so wondered

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Solar Installation Day

They're here. Looks like the solar panels were designed in Germany. 9:30 south slope: 9:30 west slope: 9:30 north wall, the PowerWall is behind the orange ladder: 10:45 south slope 10:45 west slope 10:45 north wall 12:00 south slope 12:00 west slope 12:00 north wall 2:00 south slope - Panel installers finished and left. 2:00 west slope 2:00 north wall. CenterPoint (manages grid) is onsite, they had to pull the meter for the electricians.

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Solar & PowerWall Installation Scheduled

A common step after buying an EV appears to be installing solar. That's something I'd been considering doing in a year or two, so when Tesla contacted me about it I said sure come on out and give me some info so I can plan ahead. They were out at the at the start of January and did a quote for solar panels and a power wall (think giant UPS).     The 80% offset is based on current usage, the consultant said I'd see more like 90% covered because the panels will shade the house, reducing my

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Trip to Fort Benning

As you may or may not be aware, I purchased a Tesla Model 3 about 8 months ago. Back in October my nephew Brandin graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning in Georgia. My folks and I took a road trip to attend. It's the furthest I've taken my Model 3 so far and from the experience it's a great road trip vehicle (autopilot is awesome). One nice feature is the car plans the charging stops needed on a trip - Tesla has an online trip planner so you can see how that works out. These are th

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Stay Frosty, Part 10

Last time around, while visiting family for Thanksgiving, I'd implemented a preliminary starfield. I'd originally tried doing so using missile 1, but it didn't work (in Stella) so I changed it to use missile 0. In and of itself that was fine, but missile 0 was used for the melt trail so needed to be repositioned after displaying the stars. As a quick workaround I just added 2 extra scanlines to reposition missile 0, which had bumped the scanline count from 262 to 264.   Stella Debug C

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New Mac mini

I've upgraded my Mac mini in preparations of getting a 4K TV. My original mini would support 4K, but only at a 30Hz refresh rate. Timing for this appears to be good as a couple times last week my HDTV turned on with the convergence seriously out of whack - the Mac's white menu bar looked like a multicolored grin. Each time a power cycle corrected it, but the repeated occurrence suggests the TV's starting to go out.   Specs: 3.2GHz 6 core i7 8GB RAM 512GB SSD Intel UHD Graphics 630

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Clean install

My Mac Pro had been having a weird issue with Spotlight frequently crashing. Spotlight's the built in search feature and then some - besides searching I also use it as a program launcher: COMMAND-SPACE (launches Spotlight) type the first few letters of a program name hit RETURN to run said program and calculator: type a math equation if needed elsewhere then COMMAND-C/COMMAND-V to copy/paste results I use both of those way more than searching, and was getting rather frustrate

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