Author Archives: Ian

Rocksmith DLC

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Update: It appears that the folks at customsforge have come up with something that really works, it’s called the Customs Forge Song Manager (CFSM) it will go through your DLC and catalog it by name and artist. It can also export the list to a spreadsheet. – I have downloaded it and it works pretty well.


I am looking for a good way to catalogue 📇 the songs I have, so far, there appears to be no good way to do that. This may be a good project for the future. I wonder if you can find the artist and track name from the song file itself. That might be worth investigation.

Custom Tones for Rocksmith 2014

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I have done a lot of searching and so far, there is no easily accessible repository for custom tones. I will keep searching but if I can’t find one, I will have to start building my own library. I want to use the custom tones in custom songs that I make for Rocksmith 2o14 see this page Custom Songs for Rocksmith 2014

I just found this information about adding the tones;


  • Scroll to the position you want to have the switch at: idealy not exactly on the first note with the new tone, but a little bit before. Otherwise the note might get chopped of or something and in reality you would hit your pedal right before you play the next note as well.
  • Go to Track->Rocksmith->Tone Change->Add
  • Give it a name. Careful: The name must be one from the Tone Name dropdown menu you find in the Toolkit under Edit Tone. The same names will be associated to another.
  • Repeat for all tone changes
  • Under Track->Rocksmith->Tone Change->Names you can (and maybe must) define the default tone.
  • Your default tone should be added @ position 0 seconds

In the Toolkit

  • Make sure the tone names are the same as used in EOF
  • Under edit arrangement select the tones (base should be the default tone, I think)
  • I had to check the box “disable tone slot changes…”, otherwise my CDLC wouldn’t start


Verizon NFL Mobile

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Last night we were able to see Monday Night Football on our Verizon NFL Mobile, now my phone doesn’t have an HDMI output so I have ordered a cable that converts the USB to HDMI and gives you access to a charger, when that arrives we may have another solution for our football woes. – It’s interesting how many services you have that you pay for but you really don’t need. I would estimate we are watching cable tv about 5% of the time we are watching TV. In fact, we have pretty much stopped recording TV, that has to tell you something.

Quickbooks really?

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I just wasted another hour trying to figure out how to print a liability check for a wage garnishment, really quickbooks?

Here’s how you do it:

  • QuickBooks 2014 and higher:  Choose Employees > Payroll Center. Click thePay Liabilities tab.  Towards the bottom, under Other Activities click Create Custom Payments.
  • Once you get in there set the date to pay the liabilities up to the date you withheld the garnishment
  • Then select the liability and create….
  • Now it will create a check with the right information on it.

I am not covering how you create the liability here as that is a whole other bunch of hunt and peck.

Roku and Sling

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Well cord cutting can be painful. Part of the attempt at reducing my ever growing cable bill was to cut back to the basic cable package. That worked but we lost ESPN and with it, access to Monday Night Football. – That bites so we came up with a solution, sling tv. Sling is an all streaming offering by Dish TV that provides a handful of channels. It cost $20/month so it’s quite expensive unless it hits the mark on several channels you want/don’t have. So we tried to watch Monday night football on Sling (a channel on the Roku) – Man that sucked, it was choppy and went blank many times. It was basically unwatchable. This was a free trial so we expected that was the end of that story however, after calling them it appears you can access the Watch ESPN channel on the Roku as part of the subscription to Sling Tv. So we watched last nights MNF and sure enough that was a sweet experience. I think the ability to stream channels will only grow and that will become the delivery vehicle of choice.

Howdy El Capitan

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I am in process upgrading my old Macbook Pro to El Capitan. Everything I have read says it should be faster even on my old machine. I am excited to see how it works and what benefit it provides. Of course, I will post something about it if it’s good or bad. I know there are a bunch of new features but I am not as interested in the features as the performance. I just want it to start apps quicker than it has been.

I was quite impressed with Yosemite and how much faster that was. If this is as incrementally faster as that was, we should be in great shape with life in the old dog yet. – Did I mention, I love my Mac!

OK, so not off to a great start. Downloaded the new OS then started the installer, it proceeded then the screen went blank and I got a spinning cursor on a black screen (not the beach ball). That just sat there for ages with no apparent progress. I waited (like you do) and nothing happened, a little research and seems this is not unheard of. I restarted in “safe mode” except the computer wouldn’t restart it just kept shutting down. So, I tried a restart not in safe mode, it started and brought up the installer. Now I am sitting here with the installer screen showing 23 minutes to go. We’ll see if it completes, I can tell you that 5-7 mins later there is 23 mins to go but the progress bar has moved a little bit.

Still going, it says 9 mins now (their ability to predict the time it will take is not very good).



Brilliant Gun Sites

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I just found a craigslist for guns it allows you to browse guns in your neighborhood and it allows you to post your own listings.

It looks pretty cool not sure how well it works.

There’s another one called

That’s brilliant too.


These worked very well. I was able to sell two of my guns quite quickly. I  was very impressed. I will certainly look here if I want to buy more guns.

Long live the Proscan

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So the Vizio is completely dead, I received a new 39″ Proscan as a gift from my wonderful girl friend. We are back in business. I notice that the Proscan starts much quicker than the Vizio. It’s a nice TV with a mimimalistic surround. It looks good and sounds good too. – I am very happy with it.

I hooked up my old Roku 1 box to it and now I can watch Netflix and Plex with no issues.

RIP the Vizio TV

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So today the Vizio TV has died. I think it’s a power supply issue. The clue was that the white light is not coming on anymore. It appears that the on/off button is no longer working. I saw a YouTube video that showed someone replacing the power supply but I am not sure that’s something I can do economically. I can get a new smart telly for $200 or a power supply for $35 then it may not work… I  may take the telly apart and see if I can test it with my meter to make sure it’s the power supply. It will be interesting to see what’s broken.