Random Thoughts

September 27, 2007

LOL Laptop Stealers (alleged)

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 7:24 am

Ha. I didn’t actually laugh out loud but I did snicker . . .

It only took a few days, but the now infamous internet shirtless photo up loader has officially been lol’d. In true lolcat fashion, we have two images [compliments of Standard Grey on Flickr] of the inked wonderpup; naturally complete with Impact font and standardized intentionally bad spelling.

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See, I Told You The Health System In Canada is not better than Down Here

Filed under: Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 7:09 am

The AVERAGE is 13 hours – not the maximum.  Now do you believe me?

A new report says the Calgary Health Region needs to do a better job co-ordinating emergency services after a number of patients complained and average wait times jumped to 13 hours last year

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September 19, 2007

Record Labels Use Piracy Data to Please Fans

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 3:06 pm

It turns out that P2P is not only an enemy for the major record labels, it’s also an excellent marketing research tool. In fact, MediaDefender is using piracy to help labels increase profitability.

I am on a roll!

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 7:04 am

Three days, 273 pages.  Harry Potter is going down!!  It is a great read actually!  Lots of stuff happening . . .

‘Bobby’ is complete – touching ending.   Also, wondering how to use an iTunes gift card without a credit card to sign up – iTunes seems to be fighting me.  Help!

September 7, 2007

Good thing I am not waiting on Fry’s for a hard drive rebate

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 9:44 am

Nice Story from Slashdot

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.”

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)

August 28, 2007

What is a double-negative?

Filed under: Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 8:21 am

I like this:

Uncheck this box if you do not wish your Program Sponsor to receive your registration information

It is checked by default.  So if I leave it, I DO wish to share my registration info?  Or what?  I do not want to share so I UNCHECK the box.  Why not just say “Check if OK to share”?  As usual, leaving it alone means your info is shared.  Nice!

August 16, 2007

Comcast Triple Play

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Life in general, Triple Play — doctorfeelgood @ 7:39 am

So, we made the big jump last night.  We were on Comcast for analog cable and high-speed internet and Vonage for voice.  Now, we got a deal for a few months on switching up to digital cable and what I think is their digital voice.

Basically, we only pay $20 more per month for phone and digital cable upgrade.  I am sorry to see Vonage go as it has been awesome and the best service available – voicemail by email, all normal calling features, forward to cell phone, etc.  But, I am going to cancel and see how Comcast Digital Voice goes.

The installer fella plugged in the ethernet cable into the wrong port on my PC and spent 90 minutes before I could get to my cell and help him.  Oh well.   It works now!

So, last night, I got to spend a few hours getting the Wireless Router (SMC 802.11b/g unit) working with then new cable modem.  Oh my, this cable modem is HUGE but it has it all – VOIP adapter, Wireless (which I better secure soon-oops), one port (not a switch!) and of course the cable modem itself.  I had to use a paper clip and reboot the SMC unit TWICE, and then it was all good.  I turned off it’s DHCP which seemed to be fighting will the modem which of course I can’t log into but I can only assume is also a DHCP server.  So, the computer had no issue getting online after the double reboot.  However, I manually assigned all TCP/IP info to the TiVo’s and other PCs in the house.  So far, all is working.

Now TV is a different story.  The DVR in the Comcast unit is disabled as we aren’t forking over $10 a month for the small (40gb?), crippled, crappy, no season pass DVR when I have (i.e. paid for, actually free after rebates 2 years ago) an awesome Series 2 hopped up to 160GB TiVo which every family member loves LOVES.  It took me 30 minutes to figure out how to change from analog cable to digital cable, then I had to go online to setup so I had to get the wireless working (see above) BEFORE I could even start setting up channels.   The IR blaster worked awesome – no issues.  It does take about 3 seconds to change channels, but it works.  Nicely, the bottom 100 channels are the same, so all the season passes are INTACT!  The upper channels are digital and it is awesome to see David Letterman streched across my 4:3 TV as though it is a widescreen.  Seriously, digital TV is so in it’s infancy and a good number of the channels were OK (letterbox is fine) but many are stretched, some have letterbox and horizontal bars – weird although that fella on TwiT explained this.  With my seven year old CRT TV (JVC, nice, but old) digital looks the same as analog.  Oh well.  Now we have SciFi – BATTLESTAR GALACTICA with out waiting for DVD! ! !   And even better, Universal HD (not that I can enjoy HD) where Firefly is going to be REBROADCAST !! !! ! ! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  More playing tonight!

Overall, it is going to be interesting.  So, if we keep it even after the price goes up, we are ready for an HDTV – just not financially ! ! !

August 13, 2007

Spelling and Grammer (!)

Filed under: Life in general — doctorfeelgood @ 7:19 am

I was reading an article about how rich kids waste their parents money more often then not and found this as a comment:

I am turstee for numerous trusts established by the folks making the money. In the vast majority of cases, protecting and preserving life’s earnings for future generations is the correct stragegy. Too many of the second generation just don’t get it, or don’t want to. Regardless, these beneficiaries do enjoy the financial safety net (despite sniveling about being impecunious). Tactically including incentive clauses in trust documents appears to mitigate financial laziness

I love how the author can’t spell trustee or strategy but has a last sentence with awesome grammar and big words!

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