2010

Parking Garage

In Google labs we have Living Stories “an experiment in presenting news, one designed specifically for the online environment…” Interesting. I recall being excited about Wikipedia’s News coverage, take the entry on Hurricane Katrina for example. The format steps away from the ‘old fashioned’ model of news as a series of historic articles and stepped into the future of news as a single, always evolving, article. Living Stories’ The War in Afghanistan for example. The future is now.

NPR visits a parking garage exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Just a hair more interesting than it sounds. / The Japanese Addressing system, and other opposites / Some sounds from The Jazz Loft Project / New art from vasco mourao / Subscribe to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artwork of the day RSS feed. If only they’d get to the point and offer up large images right off the bat, their subscribers would really really enjoy it. A for effort. / I dig the HTML layout of this Nolan Johnson article from the Skateboard Mag. All print-like on the web. Nice link in the second headline. Print is dead, long live print. / Movie title screens, a set of illustrations on Flickr. / Nerd alert: Optimizing HTML, some fantastic tips to steer you towards “having a solid and robust foundation to build upon”. Well said, well done. Kinda. Things get a bit carried away towards the end and they end up promoting some bad practices. Look for the gems.

Brantingham Lake, NY

Brantingham Lake

In celebration of Susan’s birthday, my first father’s day, and just to kick back for a bit, we rented a house for the week on Brantingham Lake in upstate NY. I have fond memories of being lakeside in the Adirondacks, it’s been great revisiting.

One of the beauties of working from home is that home can be anywhere. Let’s not take broadband proliferation and powerful portables for granted either ;)

Tata for now Tivo, or, Core Features Please

tivoI’ve been a Tivo user for the past 5 years or so. I’ve been an HDTV subscriber for about 5 months now. With HD, I tended to use Tivo less often, because I’d rather see programs in high definition, and Tivo can’t record HD content.

There were a couple of options. I could cough up at least $600 for the Tivo series 3 which can record HD, an outrageously high price if you ask me. I can then suck up the additional $7 a month charge every single Tivo user is about to face, raising Tivo service from $13 to $20 a month. The second option was to ditch Tivo altogether. I’ve always known about those DVR’s the cable companies offer, but remained loyal to Tivo, until now. I’ve switched from Tivo to a generic DVR, and saving $20 at the same time!

I had an additional cable box just for Tivo which I can now ditch and move that $5 to the new DVR service and drop the $20 a month for Tivo service! Not bad for switching to a box that can actually record High Definition content, and record two shows at the same time while watching a third! In core feature comparison, the Tivo was quite crippling. Right now HDTV is just that much better.

The biggest thing Ill be missing out on is the Online scheduling through tv.yahoo.com, and the interface niceties I’ve grown to love (wishlist searches are pretty innovative). Then of course there’s all the extra fun stuff, such as the RSS reader, and Home Media Engine applications, my favorite being Audio Faucet.

Core features won me over.

Update: When I called Tivo to cancel, they offered to lower my monthly rate to $6.95 a month for life, even if I added a series three Tivo in the future, which I’d love to do as soon as the prices come down. Not a bad offer, especially because there’s no contract involved, I can cancel at any time. I accepted, and will move my Tivo into a spare room, while still returning the extra cable box to save that $5. If anyone is thinking of “pretending” to cancel in order to get that savings, I shared with the rep just how disheartening my decison to cancel was, you may need to do the same.

1-888-5-opt-out

Call 1-888-5-opt-out to opt out of all “firm” credit card offers in the mail for five years. It’s a legit, automated system, and I wonder if the junk offers will actually stop.