Apple TV

We just bought an Apple TV to bring our digital content from the iMac to the HDTV. So far, I am VERY impressed. The interface is simple and the setup was literally without hassle and complete within 2 minutes.

I have tried to do this in the past with an original Xbox and Xbox 360 without much luck over a wireless connection. So far, I have yet to see any problems streaming our music, podcasts, movies, and iTunes content directly from the Internet. This is over a 802.11g connection, although the Apple TV does support the new 802.11n as well.

The DVDs that I have ripped so far (Cars, Incredibles, Curious George) look really good. I used Handbrake to encode them at 1500kbps H.264 2-pass. It is a bit of a bummer that you have to sync (as opposed to stream) photos but I imagine this may be changed later via software update.

Kitchen Remodel Update #3

Everything is done! Well, other than cleaning up our temporary work areas (Jameson’s room, Jackson’s room, and the garage). We think it turned out very nice. I have uploaded the last set of pictures so go take a look

Kitchen Remodel Update #2

The counters were put in on Tuesday and I installed new piping for the sink and dishwasher yesterday. Everything is working and no leaks so far. I am uploading some new pictures now.

To do:
Paint trim
Install cabinet hardware
Install cabinet door glass

February Photos

Uploading pictures from February now. You can see us at the Olympic Sculpture Park, Saint Edward State Park, and Longbeach.

Kitchen Remodel Update #1

It has been 4 days and the hard work is pretty much done. Many thanks to uncle Mike and aunt Barbara for all the help. I am uploading some pictures now.

Install chocolate-cherry cabinets
Install Jenn-Air appliances
Install bamboo floor
Cut down wall separating dining room
Extend wall separating dining room
Remove pocket door and enlarge kitchen entry
Install recessed lighting
Trim walls and cabinets
Patch drywall

To do:

Paint walls
Paint and caulk trim
Install quartz counter-top
Install quartz bar
Install apron sink
Plumb and wire dishwasher
Clean, clean, clean