Wednesday, December 03, 2003
No, it’s not a joke. Weighing in at up to $1.3 million, a company is actually building amphibious RVs!Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
These pieces of interactive art are amazing—especially the Wooden Mirror and Shiny Balls Mirror. I wish I could afford to commission and own one.
By the way, the fact that a Mac 8600 AV drives the Wooden Mirror (I haven’t noticed what platform is used for the other pieces) makes it all the more cool.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Monday, July 28, 2003
After some short research (trust me, not much was necessary) on other PVR devices like the TiVo and ReplayTV, this afternoon I stopped by my Brighthouse cable TV office and swapped my digital cable box for the new one that does digital recording. Since I’m a Bright House customer, I didn’t have to buy a multi-hundred-dollar piece of hardware and, at just $6/month, the monthly charge is considerably less expensive than the other services.
I love it! I thought the feature was just recently introduced, but it’s apparently been available for some months. Its dual tuner allows recording of two shows simultaneously. A caveat is that I can’t record two things and watch a third without recording, but at least I can watch something I previously recorded while still recording two other programs. And I can even start watching something I’m recording before it’s finished!
Almost as if it were a bonus, the newer cable box has been improved from the prior one. I couldn’t guess whether it’s hardware- or software-related, but the on-screen navigation is much snappier. Plus, when I scan far enough ahead in future programs that it has to take a moment to load the data, not only is that data available sooner, but it no longer blacks out the reduced-size picture and sound of what’s currently on air during that time.
I’ve looked at other PVRs longingly but the cost just kept turning me off.
I’m truly going to enjoy this one!
UPDATE 1: Cool! When a digital recording is paused, you can advance it frame by frame by pressing the forward skip button.
UPDATE 2: More coolness. While looking up more information about the actual box (it’s made by Scientific Atlanta), I found this FAQ item about dumping a digital recording to a VCR:The best solution is coming soon via a future software release. The option to copy a DVR recording to VCR tape will be added to the Recorded Program Options screen, the Playback Status screen, and the Playback Ended screen. The second set of composite outputs labeled VCR OUT 2 on the Explorer 8000 back panel will be activated for this feature. You will then be able to copy a DVR recording to a VCR at any time without affecting what the two tuners are doing. In other words, if both tuners are recording or time-shifting a program, you will be able to copy a recording to VCR at the same time. You’ll also be able to copy a recording to VCR while playing back another DVR recording. This software release is due out later in the year.
Continuing down the same FAQ list, I also discovered something Bright House didn’t tell me (not that I really expected them to), nor is it found in the “barely a manual” manual. I can program the remote to turn on several of my AV devices with just one button. Yes, unlike the prior digital cable boxes that Time Warner advised is best to just leave turned on, these PVR boxes are best turned off when not in use. I suspect this has something to do with not wearing out stuff to record live TV for time shifting while you’re away. The developers were even intelligent enough to allow the user a choice of which devices are turned on. For example, I programmed mine to only power on/off the cable box, the television, and my DVD/audio amplifier component. I don’t imagine I’ll be using my VCR very often any more, so I left it on an individual on/off setting.
Since this isn’t in the manual, and I may or may not be able to find the info online someday down the road if I ever have to change it again, I’m reprinting it here—not because I think you (the reader) cares, but for my own archival purposes.On the remote, press 9 9 8. The CBL key blinks twice. Then, press a digit for the power button to affect the corresponding devices:
- Cable box and TV.
- Cable box, TV, and VCR.
- Cable box, TV, VCR, and auxiliary device.
- Cable box, TV, and auxiliary device.
- Restore independent power control.
Still more neat functionality I just discovered while typing this entry (which is in the remote’s manual) is the ability to set the default device the volume and mute buttons control when the remote is targeting the cable box. It’s defaulted to the TV, but my TV is only used as a monitor—not for sound. I have a Sony mini home theater device that integrates my DVD player and is also the audio amplifier and surround sound decoder. So, I’m quite happy that I no longer have to hit the AUX button to change the volume.Comments: 1 (Comments are now closed.)
Monday, July 21, 2003
Whoah!! I just received the last-to-ship portion of my parents’ birthday present to me. Animusic absolutely ROCKS!Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Sunday, June 29, 2003
Yikes! Now I’ve got to get up to Chicago sometime soon. The new Apple Store there looks amazing! It even features Apple’s first internet café.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
You’re in a meeting, and someone hands you a business card. You place it face down on your PDA screen and press a button, and an image of the card is instantly captured and stored. [eWEEK]Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Friday, May 16, 2003
A LEGO Mac goes up for auction on eBay U.K. [MacInTouch]Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
This entry merited the addition of a new category on my blog. It’ll be reserved for things just just defy categorization.
Like tonight, as I watched Jay Leno who had Abby Julo as one of his guests. This cute little four-year-old was spitting out the answers to Jay’s questions about political individuals and such. The site I linked to states she can answer more than “200 questions about the government and political figures of the United States and numerous other countries. She can also recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the US Constitution.”
UPDATE: Well, Abby apparently appeared on Leno again and, as of November 5, 2003, this entry is Google’s #3 hit on a search for her name. Go figure! Anyway, I don’t know if these facts are the reason, but this entry is beginning to draw a lot of comments. I’ve chosen to prevent new comments because they’re either all saying the same thing (you can still click the link to read the past comments) or this entry is getting targeted with comment spam. Sorry, but it’s my blog, and you can cry if you want to.Comments: 14 (Comments are now closed.)
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