March 30, 2008

Real things

In an effort to make my blog seem less self-indulgent, I'm going to actually talk about real things. I am now about to tell you the following thing.

I noticed DirecTV has started to roll out a beta of video on demand to the HR20-style receivers. It requires, oddly, that your satellite box be hooked up to your broadband connection to do the downloads. Some content will be free (tv shows) others will cost (PPV movies). I couldn't tell if any of the content is HD, probably not. Tune to channel 1000 for more details. Why not trickle down over the satellite? I guess that's too slow, but relying on the competition (cable or FIOS) for delivery seems asking to be throttled. Oh yeah, Comcast doesn't do that anymore. Riiiiiiight.

I've recently been stumped by something and I'm convinced that I'm just stupid. I'm trying to teach myself Japanese and stumbled upon the excellent podcasts at They make many mentions in the podcasts about their forums and how everyone should participate. Go ahead, try and find them from the homepage. Can you find a link? Sure, there's a chatroom link, but I know for a fact that's not it. The forums are actually here, on a totally different site. I know these folks aren't in this for the money, I missing the obvious here?

While I was typing this, I accidentally invoked Spaces and switched to an empty screen. I thought all my work was gone. I guess if your machine isn't fast enough, it doesn't do all of the animation, so if you're not watching closely, you'll miss it. Do I just not understand anymore, or are people making more bad decisions about usability than they used to?

Oh, and just so you don't think I've gone and shaved my head and bought a beet farm, The Real World Hollywood starts in 3 weeks! Wahooo!

Posted by pinkerton at March 30, 2008 10:00 AM | TrackBack