Not much new on the bird front... The crows still pester for 'Haw'Dawgs', we still keep our feeders and bird baths clean, and we carefully mount our feeders for best visitation. (Note the different mounts for apartment dwellers.)
All that being said, I'd like to turn to the 'home and garden' theme and go back to introducing a large screen TV into the network as was discussed previously. Take a look at the 'flowchart' I created to allow the TV to act as both a TV and a 50" computer monitor.
(Click on the image in order to enlarge.)
Obviously, the chart doesn't include the finer points like remotes, speakers, Roku, etc. but hopefully it will help clarify some things for you. Let's take a quick walk through and see if we can make some sense of it all... Using that diagram, I'll break down the configuration into two parts -- the TV half and the computer/Internet half, and then try to explain how the two halves intertwine.
The TV portion (start in the top left portion of the pic...)
- The TV begins with a signal blasted through the ether and hits our dish on the roof...
- That signal in turn is fed into two cable boxes and, poof! two TVs can show whatever junk we want to watch!
And now the computer/Internet chunk... Start looking at the lower left...
- The Internet enters the house via a cable off the street...
- A cable modem in turn gobbles up the Web and feeds it to our router...
- The router then routes the Internet via wire out to our three fixed computers...
- The router also utilizes wireless to send the signal to a repeater which feeds the Net to our two laptops...
- Perhaps the coolest part of all this is that one of our laptops can redirect a copy of its screen (real time... both computer and Internet) to the TV... All we have to do is use the TV remote to tell the TV what its source is -- computer/Internet or cable TV... Voila!
Of course, all this Tom Foolery does occasionally require the rare reset, but at this stage, that's to be expected.
Hope this helps,
By the feeders...
Cornell Ornithology Laboratory: Inside Birding
Cornell Ornithology Laboratory: All About Birding
Live eBirdseed.com streaming cam
eBirdseed.com photo library
eBirdseed and misc. references
Other birding references
By Location, Birds and Natural History Books (a global reference)