This morning I got onto my computer and was looking forward to watching an episode of The Walking Dead, recently downloaded for me in iTunes. Instead, I was greeted with this: Nope. I don’t get to watch the show I paid for on my computer because my monitor isn’t HDCP-capable. C’mon, Apple, I gave you [...]
listening to Hitting the Surface by Monolake from the album Ghosts. It’s the future. You have a device in your pocket that is exponentially more powerful and has hundreds, maybe thousands of times more storage than the largest computers of 30 years ago. Maybe you have a bag with a tablet computer in it which [...]
I’ve noticed that my Mac Pro has gotten progressively noisier over the past year or so. I thought it was due to firmware updates bundled along with OS X 10.5 version bumps. I’ve been through a similar experience with my PowerMac Dual G5 which had wildly-different fan characteristics with odd versions of Tiger. Finally, I [...]
The one good thing that’s come out of the writer’s strike is that I’ve been watching a lot of canned video lately that I might not have otherwise watched. These are shows that have been on my list for awhile but due to the constant stream of “fresh television” haven’t had time to get into them.
No, no, it’s still kinda broken… Worse, I tried watching The Bourne Ultimatum on the HD-DVD player and it crapped-out halfway through the movie. There was an available update for the HD-DVD player which I didn’t dare apply because of all the wonkiness. After some cursing and wringing of the remote, I pulled the disc [...]
No, I am not talking about the Repo Man coming into my house and taking away my aging PowerMac G5 (aka “hitomi”). Nope, I’ve repUrposed the machine as a sort of bedroom home-entertainment hub. Disconnected from my command center, I moved it upstairs and hooked it up to the 32″ Toshiba LCD screen and NAD [...]
While I’m somewhat incapacitated with some seasonal allergies, I thought I’d take a few minutes to write about the movie I just watched for the first time since it was in theatres 10 years ago: “Alien: Resurrection“. I just read a fairly lengthy interview with Joss Whedon on the Onion’s AV Club and thought I’d [...]
HandBrake, my favorite video conversion tool for getting DVD video onto my iPod has just been revved. Now there’s even a Windows version so if you’ve been jealous of my ability to convert DVDs to iPod video for sometime, but didn’t have a Mac or Linux, this new version’s for you. Other cool features include [...]