Over the past few weeks I have been earning my soul back from the devil.   However, today, I sold my soul once again, I got the number 10 large with a coke.

I’m planning on taking my birthday money and buying the new TiVo.  The plan is the TiVo HD Series 3 DVR with the external 500GB hard drive.  Currently, we are running an old SD TiVo along with an HD Motorola DVR from Comcast.  That’s right 2 DVRs, extremely wasteful and not sleek.  Along with this, we also subscibe to NetFlix.  So at any given time we have our recorded shows randomly spread across 2 DVRs and the red envolopes sprinkled all over.  The new TiVo will hopefull solve all this mess and allow us easy TV access to YouTube.

It seems like so far TiVo doesn’t have access to Comcast’s On Demand.  I am unimpressed by this, however, the loss of Comcast’s sloppy, confusing, and finicky VOD (Video On Demand) service could be gotten over by instant access to NetFlick VOD.

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Blu-ray Hi-Def… why must people use the unnecessary addition of “Hi-Def?” Are the Blu-ray marketing people concerned that the simple minded folks won’t know what Blu-ray is? “HD” and “High Def” have an equal number of syllables, “HD” is a legitimate acronym where as “High Def” sounds like a big pile of gay. We’re not going to start calling them: “DVD Standard Def”, so let’s just be simple, “DVD” and “Blu-ray“. If you don’t know which one is HD, then you probably don’t care much about HD to begin with.

Speaking of HD woes, when is Motorola going to streamline its interface for its cable box? The DVD needs folders like the TiVo, and the On-Demand needs….a new On-Demand. Another think I’d love is to automatically hide redundant SD duplicates, so people with HDTVs only watch HD feeds. I can’t say how many times I’ve been somewhere where people have HD and they are unknowingly watching the SD channels. Old people need assistance in making use of their HD.

Mac the Oval Office

November 18, 2008

Last night I fell asleep watching a dry On-Demand documentary about military contractors. The whole movie was just talking heads pointing fingers at the evil contractors, it was too one sided to get a fair account. Anyway around 8PM my wife Ashley attempted waking me and I was a little grumpy. What can I say, I was tired, I was celebrating some me-time, I was a man on his couch. She was being needy and rude. True, I was about 7% in the right, but that percentage doesn’t take you too far. I didn’t go to bed last night on very good terms. However, god bless the wife, despite my behavior she still kissed me goodnight. She always takes good care of me.

In other news, Obama is going to be the first U.S. President with a laptop in the Oval Office. It never occurred to me that the Oval Office desk was always missing a computer. He has to give up his Blackberry but rumor has it that Obama is going to Mac the Oval Office!

Check out Ashley’s Frederick News Post Column Unintended Consequences.