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Written By: Gary on September 2, 2008 One Comment

I hadn’t really thought much about it but I see they’ve been releasing TV shows on DVD Blu-Ray, that’ll be nice when the prices go down. I think “they” need to announce when they plan to discontinue regular DVDs. I think they sooner they do this it’ll drive down the cost of Blu-Ray discs and Blu-Ray players and we can all be happier. With the TV format change next year, it seems like this couldn’t be done in the next few years, as long as someone would make an announcement. There has got to be some people holding back because of  this!

Speaking of Blu-Ray, Iron Man might be the one to get me to finally take the leap. The effects were so excellent, it’d be a great first one to watch on (my theoretical) new player.

I have purchased a few Blu-Ray DVDs when they’ve been way on sale but still no player for me…

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Written By: Gary on July 22, 2007 2 Comments

My AppleTV is awesome! An “iPod for your TV” is a accurate description. I ran the software update (painless!) and it gave me YouTube videos and fixed “enhanced podcasts”.

It mirrors one of your computer’s iTunes just like an iPod does (and allows you exceptions) and will stream from any other computers running iTunes (platform independent) and I don’t think there is a limit. I can’t believe how fast it pulls hi-res movie previews from Apple down to the unit, it’s very very fast. It’s actually much faster than pulling down YouTube videos (many which are low-res).

It really streams full-scren video from other computers really efficiently. Very rarely does it need a moment to catch up. It has no problem with steaming audio. It almost makes no sense to download podcasts, I bet you could stream them live if you had a way to just get the RSS feeds onto the AppleTV.

With “enhanced podcasts” it now properly advances the embedded images to follow along with the audio. The problem is that it just shows them to the side like the album artwork, some images are much larger so it really cheats you by scaling them down. Since you don’t use the up/down keys on the remote during this process “up” would be a great way to enlarge the images.

I have the same image size concern when viewing slideshows with the “Ken Burns effect”, sometimes I want to view the whole image. Once again this would be another great use for the up button. The down button could be used for viewing filenames, date, time and other info about the images. Actually, this would be a good use for the down button while viewing videos or audio.

A few more features (like on the TiVo) like weather, movie listings and maybe Flickr photo viewing and it’d be even better…What I don’t like is that it only lets you sync with one computer. I’d like to sync music with one, videos with another and podcasts with another (not so sure if I care about the latter).

What I need:
1) A way to automatically convert videos and stick them into iTunes for me (so when I drop/download a file to a folder, it starts processing for me). I could probably do this via Mac or Windows….

2) A way to play other file formats on the AppleTV, such as AVI and DiVX files. I think I can hack it to do that but I’m not sure if I want to take it apart yet.

Written By: Gary on July 21, 2007 One Comment

So I’ve been very interested in the AppleTV and never got around to trying it. But I was feeling pretty happy after happy hour yeast and Best Buy has a good return policy so I’m now the proud owner of an AppleTV (40GB). It’s very cool. Very easy to install. Very easy to configure. Pure yummy Apple perfection. And there is no way I’m going to return it!

Two user-interface suggestions:
1) They need a better distinction between the computer you sync with and the computers you stream from. This needs to be better in the AppleTV and in iTunes.
2) The top menu item says AppleTV and it looks like it’s a title and not a menu item (it actually takes you back to the main menu) and it’s confusing. I’ve read about this but I forgot about it…
3) Put in a DVD player and a video/s-video port. (This doesn’t count since it’s not an interface issue).
3b) Safari would be cool too! This would just be for .Mac members so it would interface with your bookmarks!

If you think you’d like one of these, then run and go get one, it’s way cool.

Written By: Gary on April 3, 2006 4 Comments

She had 1 penny, $400,000 and $750,000 on the board so they offered her $375,000. A very generous offer as the show goes. If she doesn’t take the money she has to open one more. She said she was a gambler so this should have been easy and Howie pretty much spelled it out for her that there were 3 options if she picked the case:

  • She could pick the penny and the offer would go up (probably to about $575,000, IMHO) and you could play between $400k and $750k or go.
  • She picks the $400,000 case and the offer stays at about $375,000 (the logical spot is the same amount, but I think Howie inferred it’d go up) and you should quit.
  • This is the worse option, she picks the $750,000 and the offer drops to $200,000 (Howie did the math for her on this one and I’ve never seen him be specific before) and you’d have to quit then.

    It’s all a win at that point, so to me you keep on playing. At that point even making a bad choice you still have $200,000!!! And the good choices (66%) are better!


    She would have been my hero if she kept going but even so she’s still a winner (and she really doesn’t care what I think anyways). She took the $375,000 and ran. I would have been tempted too, but the odds were pretty good to keep going.

    God they dragged it out, she had already started playing last week and they kept her going for another 75 minutes this week (lots of ads). Although they did show some behind the scenes stuff…

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    Written By: Gary on December 2, 2005 No Comment

    A new non-reality show, Space Cadets, starts on Channel 4 (I’m assuming that’s on the British networks) next week and looks like it runs ten days straight. It’s a reality show where they train people to be astronauts and then take them up to a space station. Or do they…?


    It’s a hoax so it should be entertaining. I just have to figure out a way to watch it, they might carry it on a station here or I’m sure the ‘net will make itself useful in finding it for me.

    Found at The Jammy Blog

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    Written By: Gary on August 23, 2005 No Comment

    So I really wish I could have been in the room when someone was making the pitches for new television shows. You know, there must have been some new CIS shows, some other cop shows, something new from J.J. Abrams, probably some new Star Trek series and who knows what else. Then someone says ‘Hey! Let’s do a reality-mentory and we’ll call it Tommy Lee Goes to College‘ and then all the network folk stood up and applauded and said go for it.


    Personally, I really miss college and I didn’t get what the show was about so I tried a few minutes of it. I’m sure the university (University of Nebraska, Lincoln) gets a few more applicants after this (I’m serious), it’s free PR and while it’s goofy PR it’s not bad PR. Tommy jumps between being (acting) actually serious about this to being a total screw up. He’s not really a memorize 125 different plants kind of guy. He does like studying his tutor’s chemistry chemistry with his tutor.

    In the credits it says something like: while Tommy attended classes, he was not actually enrolled in classes and some scenes were actually produced for comedy.

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    Written By: Gary on August 1, 2005 3 Comments

    It’s an interesting advertisement. You’ll see what it’s for when you watch. Very fun!!!

    Stolen from Kazza.

    Original link is gone, but I think this is the right ad.


    Here’s the direct link (to the big ad).

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    Written By: Gary on March 17, 2005 No Comment

    “How can you live in New York and not understand sarcasm!!!”

    I just love this show… (Thursday nights at 8 PM and 8:30 PM EST)

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