Back in 2008 netflix signed a few distribution deals, one of which is ABC, which owns Disney. Netflix most likely did this because they wanted to expand their online content, and ABC / Disney did this most likely because it is an additional income they would otherwise not receive from online content… After DVD sales and rentals the next market in my opinion is online streaming. Why I am bringing this up in this post you may be asking…well… While Netflix’s online streaming content may not have the latest blockbuster releases (although I will give them credit for continuing to expand it)… With that said, their online kids movie selection is rather quite large, with the latest Disney, Pixar, and other latest releases… If you have kids and a netflix subscription… Check out their streaming “watch it now” section either online thru your computer, or thru a netflix enabled blue-ray player, Xbox 360 console or Roku box on your living room TV with the family… You won’t be disappointed. PS… They also have a lot of the great shows from the early 80’s that my generation grew up with… now my son will be able to marvel at the awesomeness of the A-team like I did growing up… when he’s old enough… ;P
Ever wonder… “How do I get rid of my cable box” or get pissed off at how lousy the dvr interface from your cable company is… wish there was another option. Well, There is another solution… and its called Windows Media Center. For those of you that have windows 7, you have the software built into your computer already, and with a little, to no, start up cost, you can get your TV to communicate to this state of the art DVR built into your computer, as seamlessly as the interface on your Comcast box (AKA it will be wife & mom proof). This DVR however will have many, many, many more features, that I’ll get into later… I’ve switched over about 3 years ago, and I will never go back to renting Comcast’s crappy box, paying extra for their crappy HD box, or paying even more for their crappy DVR service…
Click after this break to see a brief synopsis of how to get things running on your TV with Windows Media Center Continue reading “What is Windows Media Center?”
well… I finally broke down and joined my brothers AT&T network so i could get the iphone 4. This is the first apple product i have owned and I must say i have turned to the dark side pretty quickly. After years of purposely avoiding the crowd favorite apple À la carte products, from ipods to ibooks to the iraq i finally got an apple gadget… and I must say it is my favorite gadget to date.
For decades I’ve used windows mobile products for my corporate work email that also doubles as one of my main personal emails. The chunkiness of the windows product in comparison of the iphone user interface is light years behind.
The problem, I realized, was ignoring the fact that apple is an inventive and head of the pack type of company… (that also markets their products extremely well). I was instead hopping ships to companies that would copy apples’ product developments with their own… the problem with this was I was always on the ship in back of the pack rather than the ship leading the way.
For instance… take the zune player, which came out to match the original apple ipod…. which it did pretty well, boasting a few things the original ipod didn’t… like wifi (which didn’t follow through with an internet browser of any sort) and an FM raido (which honestly sucked as far as reception goes regardless of if i was located in rural or urban Boston areas). Overall the zune matched up to the original ipod… but after I bought this new non-apple product… apple comes out with the ipod touch a few months later.The ipod touch was the first of its kind touch screen Mp3 player… perfect for people that wanted to play games, and use apps compatible with the touch interface of the iphone, without having to hop on AT&T’s network or use the device as a phone…
So there i was stuck with the simple zune… sure it was nicer in my opinion than the original ipod, but the ipod touch… no way jose… So i decided this time in getting a new smart phone that i would not wait for the next windows imitation, and although the droid does look like a promising competitor to the iphone, i wanted to hop on the ship in front this time, rather than the one trying to catch up or next to the lead ship… i must say my expectation have been met and i have not put down my phone.
My only complaint thus far (and it really is nit-picking of a gadget geek here) is that the user interface is TOO FRIENDLY… yep… too friendly… this passes the wife test with flying colors (as she got one before, having her contract end with big V a few months before mine did) and i would go as far to say it would also pass the mom test as well… However in apples wisdom to control everything so that the user experience is as smooth as possible, some of the more advance things I would like to do get trickier… for instance… you can not access any of the iphone OS4 files to hack any custom options… easily… for example it is easy to change sounds of text messages and notifications by going to settings > sounds> and change it to what you want.. but to add custom sounds in the drop down box you have to navigate and replace the appropriate file on the phone with ssh protocols… which if you never heard of doing that… its really fun…
anyways… i though i would share my new love of this gadget and my fanboyism of it… look for more posts most likely about the iphoine as well.