In Defenestration Corner, David Singer writes: Nero Wolfe. We've been watching the Nero Wolfe series on A&E and enjoying it a lot. But I guess we're thieves, because we use TiVo and skip the commercials. Of course, I don't remember signing any kind of contract requiring us to watch the commercials in the first place....maybe the contract is secretly encoded in the vertical blanking interval, along with the closed-captioning. .
IMHO, the media companies are totally out of whack in the crusade against digital media devices. I watch far more TV now with our Tivos (erm, yes, we have two) than I ever did. Until I started Tivoing, I watched at most an hour-90 minutes of TV a day, a little in the morning (CNNfn when Jack Cafferty was on) and usually a Law and Order rerun on A&E. Now we manage to catch NY1 in the morning and typically a couple shows at night.
On the weekend we catch up with whatever we missed during the week.
Sure, I skip through commercials (much the same as I did with taped shows on my VCR except that Tivo intentionally doesn't have the smarts to skip specifically over commercials like my VCR does). But, given that we pay to receive the signal in the first place (in our case over TWC but we're switching back to DirectTv as soon as we can get an appointment lined up) it's a tad presumptuous for Kellner to call skipping-ads as theft.
I mean, there once was a time when Cable-TV meant relatively commercial-free TV. Now you get to pay to receive commercials (ever notice the growth in infomercials on channels which used to have programming 24 hours a day?) with content interspersed in between.
Today I've been working to upgrade the 14 hours Tivo to a 250 hour unit and installing a Tivonet card. So far it's gone ok, some minor stumbling points (I thought I had the right serial cable connectors after a trip to Radio Shack but still didn't, and of course they're closed now). The unit has booted up and is doing it's initial setup (the upgrade I ordered completely replaces the existing drives and doesn't recommend copying over the "A" drive to the new "A" drive). So...I can't configure the TivoNet card (might just wait until the 3.0 software upgrade comes out to see if the unit magically recognizes it), the good news being no smoke emanating from the unit.
Unfortunately the one thing I have appeared to break this weekend is the Radio Userland 7.0 installation on my laptop which I write this weblog with...I can't post to it from my desktop (and am not even sure this post will go through) so there might be some delays in weblog updates until I figure out how to fix this mess.
Spent the weekend in Amagansett, mostly dozing and chasing after Frisket, Coco, and Buster (aka Boo). This week at work consists of writing up a bunch of documents about our upcoming products and putting some project plans in place. This weekend...well, the plan is to catch the NY Liberty season opener on Sunday, and nothing else on tap (so far).
My brother sent us some Star Wars t-shirts and the new Star Wars Jedi Starfighter game...haven't had a chance to try it on the PS2. " " e.p.c. via earthlink