Back From My Extended Hiatus

May 17 2012

And now back to commenting on the various and sundry issues we all face on a daily basis.

Or at least face, on-screen.

Missed the Boat: Blockbuster Files Bankruptcy

Sep 23 2010

Not coming as a surprise to anyone, Blockbuster Video has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Blockbuster, the home video powerhouse that overwhelmed the US video rental market in the 80s and 90s, the former darling of Wayne Huizenga, basically rested on its laurels, and so got killed by a combination of online downloads, Netflix, and Redbox.

More to come!

Dr Phil Plait on Reason and Skepticism: Don't be a dick!

Hulu Doesn't GET the Internet

Jun 29 2010

So our good friends at Hulu have finally released their HuluPlus subscription service, allowing you to stream current and back catalogue episodes of some of your favorite shows, for what seems to be a fairly reasonable price of $9.99 a month. You can stream via internet enabled Samsung TVs and Bluray players, Apple’s mobile arsenal, and supposedly the Xbox 360. Sounds good right?

Nah, there’s still the ads.

That any subscription service in today’s day and age should force the user to sit through advertisements is pretty much a boneheaded move. Contrast this with a similar program, Netflix, which is also nine bucks a month, but gives you NO ADS, plus a single DVD out at once. And honestly, has better shows - Torchwood, Dr Who, Dirty Jobs, not to mention movies like Yojimbo and the rest of the Criterion Collection.

Digital Media Podcast in Full Effect! Check It Out!

Jun 28 2010

Well, it’s a bit late notice since we started this a few weeks ago, but my good friend Aanarav Sareen and I are doing a funky-fresh digital media podcast, covering all sorts of interesting (and sometimes arcane) topics in the digital media field. We’ve been featured by both Apple and Microsoft and crack out a few of these a week.

You can check out all the episodes at Digital Media Podcast, or just click on these links:

Colbert on BP, I think this says it all.

Jun 9 2010

AT&T Bait and Switch: Unlimited Bandwidth? Now You See It, Now You Don't

Jun 3 2010

Well now, AT&T just announced what Gizmodo is (rightfully) calling “the death of unlimited mobile bandwidth” — no more unlimited plans at all, and the replacement plans, well, they pretty much suck.

And tethering? Don’t get me started. Now AT&T has decided that they will charge you an extra $20 a month for tethering. FOR THE SAME DATA. There isn’t any extra bandwidth allocation, you use the same 2 GB / month data as if you had the DataPro plan ALL BY ITSELF.

This, my friends, is what we call a “ripoff”, speaking technically of course.

The kicker is all the PR crap about unlimited data on the iPhone and iPad, which were core selling points a mere few weeks ago - never worry about your contacts, your online data, etc - all in the trash heap now.

PIXELS!

Apr 8 2010

How can you not but love this?  I’d almost want to be invaded by early 80’s arcade characters… well, not quite, but this is some seriously good animation here.  Almost makes me want to give it all up and go into film again… nah, not really.

But i do still love me some Pac Man!

New iPhone SDK EULA A Shot Over Adobe's Bow (and Everybody Else's Too)

Apr 8 2010
Darth Apple

In one of my favorite scenes in Star Wars (not calling it “A New Hope” that’s revisionist garbage), the ever-plucky and courageous Princess Leia and the evil imperial governor Grand Moff Tarkin have one of my favorite exchanges in all those movies (yes, cheeseball but I still love it):

Governor Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, you will join me at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.

Princess Leia: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

Now substitute Steve Jobs for Tarkin, and you’ll get a good idea of what is going on at Apple today.  Notice I didn’t say Jobs was the Emperor; that would be his ego.

New Trentemoller: Sycamore Feeling

Apr 6 2010

New Trentemøller video - “Sycamore Feeling” from upcoming album “The Great Wide Yonder.” This new full-length album hits the shops on June 7th, and will come out via his
own In My Room imprint. Ten new tracks of rich and organic goodness, with final recording done on analog tape and vintage studio equipment.  As much as I hate the whole “analog is waaaaaaaarmer” thing, gotta say in this case it does show.