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Entries from April 2007

Joost — the future of television?

April 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Joost LogoThere have been a number of attempts to stream television shows and other types of video programming over the internet. All of these efforts have run into problems of one form or another – some technical, some legal, some monetary, and some a combination of all of the above. All of these attempts had one thing in common, however: they offered poor quality internet TV service containing little or no compelling programming.

The latest attempt to deliver quality TV over the internet is called Joost. It’s still in beta but it’s far enough along to demonstrate that its creators have learned from the mistakes of their predecessors. Joost may even offer a glimpse at the future of television. Let’s take a look at what Joost is and what makes it different.

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Tags: Computer Software · Home Theater

Cooking with Tech — Raiding the Electronic Pantry

April 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Kiss the Nerd ApronI can’t cook.

Well, I suppose that’s not completely true. I can cook a bit, but only if I can follow a set of simple directions or a basic recipe. If I have to somehow deviate because I have a 9″x13″ casserole dish instead of an 8″x12″ casserole dish or because I can’t find the oregano I’m in trouble.

My wife, on the other hand, knows how to cook. She uses a recipe as more of a vague suggestion rather than as a detailed set of instructions. If she can’t find a specific ingredient she can simply substitute something else using logic like “It’s in the same family” or “It’ll work — they’re both red”.

When my wife looks into the pantry she sees a hundred different meals just waiting to be made. When I look into the pantry I see a bunch of ingredients without knowing how they could possibly combined to make anything.

I find this ironic because, when it comes to technology, I’m the cook. I can look at all of the “ingredients” that I have (hardware, software, network) and have no problem coming up with ways to combine them to make a technological meal. Sometimes I can even make a meal and a dessert.

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Already a Netflix member? Stream movies to your PC for free with Watch it Now

April 15th, 2007 · 19 Comments

Netflix LogoIf you’re already a subscriber to Netflix, the DVD rental website, you also have access to a new feature they’re rolling out called “Watch it Now” which allows you to stream content from the Netflix site to your PC. And you can’t beat the price: free. Let’s take a look at what Watch it Now is, what it does, and how you can activate it on your account.

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Tags: Computer Software · Home Theater