Running In OverDrive . . .

As far as the Direct TV problem I’m having with the video/audio blanking for 3 or 4 seconds intermittently, it’s still kind of up in the air.

A number of blog readers commented that they’re having the same problem with Direct TV, and even Dish. But I’m now looking in a different direction.

Last night I was watching a news show and during the last five minutes, the video/audio flash 3 or 4 times. But when I went back and looked at the recording, the flashing wasn’t there. Now because of the way a DVR works, it looks like the problem is actually probably with my TV.

On a DVR the satellite signal comes into the DVR and is fed through the HD and then out to the TV. This is why you can be watching a TV show for ah hour, click the Record button in the last 5 minutes, and have the entire hour recorded on the HD.

So if the video/audio glitching was coming in from Direct TV, then it should also be on the recording. But in 3 different tests, the problem has never shown up on the recordings.

I’ve got another test I’m going to try tomorrow that hopefully will narrow it down more. I’ll keep you updated.

Jan and I headed out about 2:15, first heading over to the Kemah area on TX-146 to have lunch at Stomp’s Burger Joint once again.

Stomp's Burger Joint

As much as we like Whataburger and Five Guys, Stomp’s is at a whole ‘nother level.

Where else can you get two 8 oz. 100% Angus Beef hand-formed patties.

Stomp's Hog Wild 2

And in my burger’s case, the Hog Wild, bacon is also ground into the meat.

It really doesn’t get much better.

Leaving Stomp’s we drove up through Kemah and Seabrook to check out all the new stuff being built in the area. Then it was on into Webster so Jan could get a question answered about the OverDrive app that she uses to check out books from the Harris County Public Library on her Kindle Fire.

She used to be able to suggest e-books for the library to obtain for readers to check out from within OverDrive, but somewhere along the line that menu item disappeared. Turns out that you now have to go to the website to ask for new books.

With that taken care of, we took the long way home by heading down to La Marque to the Buc-ee’s to pick up some Cranberry and Blueberry Muffins for upcoming breakfasts.

Tomorrow afternoon we’re driving up to the FM1960 area to meet Janice and Dave Evans at the Potatoe Patch Restaurant. I’ll be good to see them again.

The Headline of the Day:  STUDY: NYC Rats Have Evolved Into ‘Uptown’ and  ‘Downtown’ Breeds.

Thought for the Day:

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.



5 Responses to Running In OverDrive . . .

  1. Lois Thurston says:

    What are your thought on the Amazon Fire tablet? My Apple IPad is slowing dieing after 6 years and looking out for my next tablet.
    Thanks for all your help in your blogs, I enjoy reading them everyday and kind of feel that your and Jan are like family.

    • gregwhite says:


      Jan’s had her Fire for a couple of years and really likes it. she plays games, reads Kindle books, and of course library books using OverDrive.

      And it’s a lot cheaper than a new iPad.

      Thanks for reading our blog. Glad you enjoy it.

      We appreciate your comments.


  2. Chris says:

    Hi Greg. I had same problem with one of my TVs. It turned out to be a HDMI splitter used for front and back TV was overheating and “blanking” the front TV spasmodically. Bypassing that splitter fixed the problem. Don’t use the back TV much so haven’t replaced the splitter yet.

    BTW what is the company website you are working on and what kind of stuff do they sell? Can you post the URL?


    • gregwhite says:


      Thanks for the info.

      However our DVR feeds directly to the TV through a HDMI cable with no splitters.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate your comments.


  3. Len says:

    I had the same problem with my old iPad. I couldn’t update to the latest iOS, and some of my applications would not properly perform on some of the Internet sites. While in Best Buy, one of their Geeks pointed us to Samsung for a comparable product to our iPad. While looking, I found a 32 GB (Wi-Fi only) iPad on sale for $249. That is a big discount from what I paid about 6 years ago for only 16 GB. So, I bought me a new iPad, and will be giving my old iPad to our 7 year old Great Grand Daughter for her December 24th Birthday. I have been an Apple guy since the mid 80’s, and I just can’t see myself ever changing. Good Luck on your new tablet upgrade. Len

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