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August 31, 2007

An Eloquent Letter to NBC about selling episodes of TV for $5

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Funny, Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 9:32 pm

Story

“Hi, NBC. It’s me, Jeremy. You probably don’t know me, but I’m one of your customers. That’s right, “customers.” Two years ago, that word wouldn’t have made any sense to either of us. The idea of paying money for your TV shows was next to ridiculous to me back then. Even today, I think it’s on the fine edge of foolish, and all it would take is one really dumb move by your company and I’d stop paying to watch your shows.”

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Big Trouble in Little China was Awesome!

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 9:22 pm

Linky

And make sure your pop-up blocker is working!

The Truth about Video Game Testing

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 9:19 pm

Link – wouldn’t surprise me if this is true.

Speed Test on a wireless connection while the wife is online!

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 8:51 pm

SpeedTest.Net Looks Awesome!

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctorfeelgood @ 2:49 pm

Work Internet Speeds

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctorfeelgood @ 2:46 pm

On a lazy Friday afternoon with most people gone, we get

http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

Chicago:
Download Speed: 1444 kbps (180.5KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1373 kbps (171.6 KB/sec transfer rate)

Los Angeles:

Download Speed: 1453 kbps (181.6KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1296 kbps (162 KB/sec transfer rate)

Wow – nice upload compared to home. Of course, 6mbps Comcast which delivers 2-12mbps depending on when I try it is awesome! Even when they sniff BitTorrents. Just means no stealing! Ever . . .

From http://www.dslreports.com

Weird how the upload was rocking at 1400ish and then clamped to 650. Downloads look neutered too. Work – no surprise!

www.speedtest.net (coolest looking!)

At home, this site swears I am in Dallas. Weird.

Screw NBC – $5 per show?

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Funny, Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 2:25 pm

The move follows NBC’s decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes after Apple declined to pay more than double the wholesale price for each NBC TV episode, which would have resulted in the retail price to consumers increasing to $4.99 per episode from the current $1.99. ABC, CBS, FOX and The CW, along with more than 50 cable networks, are signed up to sell TV shows from their upcoming season on iTunes at $1.99 per episode.

I had to post some text about this link from the story below – $5 per show? $40 for a DVD set of 22? What the F&*K? I hesitated at $2. Now they want $5 for each Battlestar – screw that.

Even worse, Comcast is watching what people are BitTorrenting (verb now) so people have no choice but to hope their TiVo isn’t crashing like mine is after the summer’s update. Now I can’t transfer files to my PC unless I use their $75 adapter – my $10 adapter (as in Wireless, B/G) from D-Link no longer works. So I can’t record them securely, I can’t download them for less than $5 per show, so I have to be home on Saturday to watch. Yikes!! What about Heroes – now I have to be around Monday night at 9pm too. This leaves little time to finish Bioshock – if I buy it on Steam this weekend. I haven’t installed Steam since Half-Life 2 Episode 1 was finished – what a great game that was. Then I played Dungeon Siege 2 then NeverWinter Nights 2 with a friend co-op, and we took the summer off. Does BioShock do co-op?

Of course, maybe Heroes will be online with ads on NBC.com – I can handle that.  After all, I watched Kidnapped and Drive online to finish Fox’s awesome-and-canceled-TV-shows.

Link (again from below)

Apple, NBC can’t agree on iTunes pricing for TV shows

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 2:02 pm

And as a result, Battlestar Galactica, the best show in this galaxy or any other, may disappear from iTunes. Frak! Link to NYT story. (thanks, George Ruiz)

Link to story

I saw this on Digg also, so it sucks^2

Link

ThotMarket – too bad I don’t have a website to track my $$

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 9:40 am

FCBK

August 28, 2007

Unlocked iPhones highlight DMCA absurdities

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctorfeelgood @ 9:08 pm

As of late 2006, cell phone unlocking became legal in the US, but don’t tell that to AT&T; the company has unleashed the lawhounds on UniquePhones, a Belfast-based company that claims to have developed a software-only method to unlock the iPhone.

read more | digg story

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