Gah! My Tivo Is Full!

Earlier this week, I noticed my “Recently Deleted” folder was empty. Gah! This means it's filled up and about to start erasing suggestions, some of which I do actually want to watch at some point. I was able to delete some of the suggestions I didn't want to free things back up again, but, now … [Read more…]

Is Tivo Crossing The Line?

As frustrating as it is for me to be served ads on a service I pay for, I've grown to accept it for the most part. I'm willing to pay extra to avoid them, having grown more and more intolerant of being marketed to seemingly every waking moment of every day, but it's unavoidable from … [Read more…]

The Post Where I Express My Love For HD

Over the course of the last week my cable company added Discovery, TLC, National Geographic, and Animal Planet in HD. I already had Discovery HD Theater, but this is Discovery proper in HD. Finally watching MythBusters in HD yesterday was a big slice of awesome. My wish list of HD channels is growing ever shorter. … [Read more…]

Logic Pro, Back From The Dead.

Whoa, Logic isn't dead after all. But it might as well be, it's still dead to me. From a quick glance through the manual for the just-announced Logic 8, it looks like you still can't record the output of a software instrument other than bouncing to disk, and you still have to go into the … [Read more…]

Let’s Get Cynical

Talking with a co-worker yesterday, an interesting theory came about regarding apple's iPhone fubar. Pretend you're Apple. The iPhone comes out, and is the hottest thing on the market for a few weeks. Then, sales drop. Precipitously. You need to rescue the device's moribund sales. What do you do? You slash prices. Dramatically. You know … [Read more…]

Making It Right. Mostly.

“We have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store.” Nice work guys. Still, it's disillusioning that … [Read more…]

An Open Letter To Apple

Dear Apple, Inc., I go into the purchase of a new product, particularly a brand new one, knowing full well that a price drop is an inescapable eventuality. I knew the iPhone I paid $600 would certainly be dropped in price, expectedly by the Christmas shopping season. I accept this, and live with the extra … [Read more…]

Oh, Sony…

This appears to be the weekend where DRM gets egg on it's face. Turns out the DRM that's installed with the PC version of BioShock, the same DRM that's been causing no end of problems with installing said game, is installing rootkits on user's computers. The DRM in question is SecuROM, licensed to 2K games … [Read more…]

Oh Dear, It’s An iPhone Post

Hrm, $60/mo. for unlimited data, 450 anytime minutes, 5000 night/weekend minutes, and 200 SMS messages for the iPhone… Thats actually not bad. Less than I had expected. Add up my current land line and cell phone and it comes to roughly $45/mo., and I get no data or SMS. So an iPhone would only be … [Read more…]

A Tale of HD and DRM

About a month and a half ago I finally upgraded to an HDTV. The old SD set has been on it's deathbed for a while, plus I wanted to get both an AppleTV and an X-Box 360 (the former of which requires an HDTV and the latter is certainly a much better experience in HD.) … [Read more…]

Regarding Apple, EMI, and DRM

There's an important aspect to this week's announcement from Apple & EMI that they were going to begin selling EMI's catalog DRM-free on Apple's iTunes Store that may have been overlooked. That is the entry of DRM, both as a term and a concept, into the average consumer's vernacular. Until now, I think it was … [Read more…]

Good Week To Be A Geek?

It’s shaping up to be a pretty interesting week for a geek like me… On Tuesday, Adobe is having it’s media event to officially unveil all of it’s Creative Suite 3 apps. If the beta of Photoshop CS3 is any indication, sweeping changes are in store across the line. Hopefully there will finally be a … [Read more…]

More Tivo Errata

It would seem the Tivo is trying it's hardest to convince me to dump the service and move to a Myth TV box. After the debacle earlier in the week, where it filled up the hard drive with a seemingly endless stream of soap operas via Tivo Suggestions, I'm already a bit irritated with it. … [Read more…]

Hopping On The HD Bandwagon?

I've been thinking a lot lately about finally making the move to HD. I've got a number of reasons why, a number of stumbling blocks making me continue to hesitate, and some possible solutions towards overcoming those hang-ups. First, the reasons why… My current (and very old) standard def television is on it's last legs. … [Read more…]