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Good Thoughts On iTunes vs. Xbox vs. Tivo for Movie Rentals

Posted by wholeenchilada on February 26, 2008

Here’s a post with some great info on iTunes vs. Xbox vs. Tivo for Movie Rentals:

I use iTunes every now and then to rent a movie for my iTouch; usually when I’m traveling. Last night I rented a movie via my XBox 360 from Microsoft and previously, I’ve rented movies from Amazon’s Unbox from my Tivo. Here is a chart laying out the basics of each of the three options. Below it I’ll discuss my thoughts on them.

  XBox 360 iTunes Tivo
Minimum
Hardware Price
$349 $229 $99
HD Yes * Yes No
Monthly Fee $5 $0 $12.95
Movie Price 480 Points (aprox $6.95) $.99 – $3.99 $1.99 – $3.99
Terms Expires 15 days (24 hrs after you click play) Expires 30 days (24 hrs after you click play) Expires 30 days (24 hrs after you click play)
Mobile Device iPod family None Windows Based Laptop




Read more of Cal Evans post here: http://blog.calevans.com/2008/02/25/itunes-vs-xbox-vs-tivo-for-movie-rentals/

Some great comparative information for renting media via the internet. Do read the complete post for more detail on each of the above options.

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Cool iTunes Tip: Burn A MP3 CD with folders

Posted by wholeenchilada on February 6, 2008

If your audio system (car/home) supports MP3s and can navigate folders, you might want to check out this great iTunes tip:

If your car CD player or media center can play and navigate MP3 CDs by folder, using iTunes you can burn your tracks in album-specific folders automatically. (MP3 CDs have the songs burned on them as files, not audio, and as such can fit a whole lot more music than a regular audio CD.) The Internet Duct Tape blog explains the iTunes tip: the trick is to sort the playlist by album first before you burn.





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Good Tips: Update Twitter, Facebook & other status messages simultaneously

Posted by wholeenchilada on February 4, 2008

Here’s an interesting post for twitterites, Facebookies, MySpacers and other’s using status messaging: Update your Twitter, Facebook and other status messages simultaneously:

HelloTxt makes it easy to make sure all of your friends know what you’re up to all the time, no matter what social networking services they use. Actually, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but HelloTxt does let you post messages simultaneously to a whole slew of social networking sites that allow you to frequently update your status.

You don’t need to register for an account to use HelloTxt, but as you’ve probably guessed, you do need to enter your login information for your various social networking sites. If you do register for an account, you only have to enter this data once, and then you can broadcast your updates to your hearts content. Registered users can also see a timeline with your latest updates and responses from their friends.

Read more here: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/02/03/update-your-twitter-facebook-and-other-status-messages-simultan/

Visit HelloTxt directly: http://www.hellotxt.com/dashboard

Related reading:

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yep – Yahoo! hands its music business to Rhapsody

Posted by wholeenchilada on February 4, 2008

In a post over at download squad titled Yahoo! hands its music business to Rhapsody, author Brad Linder provides some interesting info:

Yahoo! is preparing to dump its Yahoo! Music Unlimited service and replace it with a partnership with RealNetworks’ Rhapsody. A few weeks ago we reported on a rumor that Yahoo! was exploring the idea of launching a DRM-free music store to compete with Apple and Amazon. It looks like the company decided to go another direction.

Both Yahoo! Music Unlimited and Rhapsody allow users to access a large library of on-demand music for a subscription fee. But while Yahoo! has been charging $5.99 to $8.99 per month, Rhapsody charges $12.99 per month. Existing users will have their accounts automatically transferred to Rhapsody, with their music libraries intact. But when you’re contract runs out, you’ll be charged the higher rate

read more here: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/02/04/yahoo-hands-its-music-business-to-rhapsody/

I wonder how this all ties into the Yahoo! / Microsoft talks going on? Here’s some related reading:

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Tech Buzz: Microsoft Set To Launch Vista Plus! Pack

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 16, 2008

Interesting post from downloadsquad: Microsoft launching Vista Plus! Pack

Once upon a time Microsoft came up with a product called Microsoft Plus! that offered a handful of games and extra features that probably should have been included with Windows in the first place. There were Plus! packs released for every version of Windows from Windows 95 all the way up to XP. Plus! packs included everything from the first version of Internet Explorer to desktop themes and utilities for managing media files.

But when Microsoft launched Windows Vista, we thought they had killed off the Plus! pack in favor of Windows Ultimate Extras. But now it looks like Microsoft is bringing back the Plus! Pack.

Read more here: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/01/16/microsoft-launching-vista-plus-pack/

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End of Analog TV: February 17, 2009 “DTV” IS COMING

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 14, 2008

A page at the FCC starts with this phrase: “DTV” IS COMING
(AND SOONER THAN YOU THINK!).
 
Where you aware of the coming changes to television programming?

On February 17, 2009, federal law requires that all full-power television broadcast stations stop broadcasting in analog format and broadcast only in digital format.

Seems like a lot of folks are unaware and the switch will be flipped in about a year. If you have a DTV or already subscribe to digital cable or satellite you’re (probably) ok, but what about the average household using “rabbit-ear” or roof top antennas to get local, free programming, or folks in remote areas that use translater stations?

How Do I Receive Digital Broadcasts If I Don’t Subscribe To Cable Or Satellite?

If you receive only free over-the-air television programming, the type of TV you own, either a digital TV or an analog TV, is very important. Consumers who receive only free over-the-air television may view digital programming through a TV set with a built-in digital tuner (integrated DTV) or a digital-ready monitor with a separate digital tuner set-top box. (Both of these digital television types are referred to as a DTV). The only additional equipment required to view over-the-air digital programming with a DTV is a regular antenna, either on your roof or a smaller version on your TV such as “rabbit ears.”

If you have an analog television, you will have to purchase a digital-to-analog set-top converter box to attach to your TV set to be able to view over-the-air digital programming

And according to this link, TV Translator stations will not be affected by the impending deadline:

You may have noticed that Congress mandated that “full-power” TV stations will not be able to broadcast in analog after February 17, 2009. While the majority of the viewed TV broadcast stations are full-power stations, three other categories of TV stations exist – “low-power” stations, “Class A” stations, and “TV translator” stations. There is currently no deadline for these stations to convert to digital broadcasting.

If you do have an analog set you’ll need a converter box and you can get up to 2 $40 coupons to go towards the purchase of new equipment:

What About My Analog TV? Will It Still Work?

After February 17, 2009, you will be able to receive and view over-the-air digital programming with an analog TV only by purchasing a digital-to-analog set-top converter box. Between January 1, 2008, and March 31, 2009, all U.S. households will be able to request up to two coupons, worth $40 each, to be used toward the future purchase of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes. Eligible converter boxes are for the conversion of over-the-air digital television signals, and therefore are not intended for analog TVs connected to a paid provider such as cable or satellite TV service.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is administering the coupon program. For more information, visit the NTIA website at www.dtv2009.gov. The Commission’s DTV website, www.dtv.gov, also provides information for consumers on the upcoming digital-to-analog converter box coupon program. More detailed information regarding NTIA’s coupon program, what digital-to-analog converter boxes will be eligible, where and when they may be purchased, and the related costs involved will be provided by the Commission and NTIA as the commencement of the coupon program on January 1, 2008, approaches.

If you are at all concerned by the switch to DTV – do your homework to determine exactly how you’ll be affected and what, if any, steps you’ll need to take to continue getting television programming. Here are some great links to get you started:

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Big boost in traffic to video sharing web sites

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 10, 2008

NY Times has an intersting piece discussing the big boost in traffic to video sharing web sites, like YouTube. Here’s a clip from the article:

The audience for YouTube and other video sharing websites has risen sharply in the past year, with almost half of online adults logging onto such sites, reports a study from Pew Internet & American Life Project. In a national phone survey of 2,054 adults, 48 percent said they have visited a video sharing site, up from last year’s 33 percent. Fifteen percent reported using a site like YouTube “yesterday”, or the day before the respondent was contacted for the survey, compared to eight percent of users last year; this means the number of video site users has nearly doubled from the end of 2006 to the end of 2007. Of the demographic groups, daily traffic among high school graduates, women and respondents aged 30 to 49 has increased the most.

Here’s a link to Wikipedia’s List of video sharing websites and their Video sharing definition.

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The End of Analog TV in 2009 – Rabbit-Ear / Antenna Users Unaware

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 6, 2008

Interesting post on the demise of Analog TV: Rabbit-Ear Users Don’t Know The End (of Analog TV) Is Near. If you get your programming from cable or satelite (digital feeds) no need to worry but folks using older televisions with the “rabbit ear” style antennas, or even roof mounted analog antennas will no longer be receiving programming next year. What’s interesting is that a lot of people don’t seem to be aware of the change from analog to digital feeds and the impact on older sets or those who can’t afford to go digital. There are options available and gadgets you can get to make your set compatible but, again, the big problem at this point is the large number of folks unaware of the impending change:

Rabbit-Ears Analog AntennaIn less than 14 months, any traditional television set still connected to its antenna will receive nothing but static, as the broadcasting industry cuts over completely to its new digital frequencies.

A recent poll by the marketing arm of the cable industry shows that most people still have no clue this is going to happen.

In a telephone survey in November of 1,017 people, only 48 percent said they had heard about the switch to digital television. And only 17 percent correctly identified 2009 as the year that analog television will be cut off. (The survey had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.)

Most people don’t actually need to know anything. The switch won’t affect sets with cable or satellite service. But 17 percent of households don’t have pay service on any of their sets. And another 21 percent of households have cable or satellite on some sets, but at least one set left that gets television over the air. (Some of those are mainly used for playing video games or watching DVDs.)

The survey found that the group most affected by the analog cutoff — those with no cable or satellite service — are most in the dark about what will happen to their sets: Only one-third of them had heard that their TVs are set to stop receiving programs.

It’s interesting to note that the people most likely to be affected by the changes are in the group that knows the least about the coming changes. Hopefully networks will do more in the coming months to make it clear to everyone that programming changes are immenent. Even if you have digital in the house, your portable tv for camping/recreation won’t be receiving any broadcasts in 14 months and the emergency radio I use during power outages will no longer receive tv audio, which kinda sucks cause we really loved that aspect.

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She put the lime in the coconut, and drank them both up

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 27, 2007

Here’s a really cute picture of a tequila lime kitty that goes nicely with the well-known Harry Nilsson song:

Kitty LimeCoconut lyrics from the album Nilsson Schmilsson
by Harry Nilsson

Brother bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime
His sister had another one, she paid it for the lime

She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ’em both up (3x)
Put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up, and said

Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take, I said
Doctor, to relieve this bellyache, I said
Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take, I said
Doctor, to relieve this bellyache

Now let me get this straight
Put the lime in the coconut, you drank ’em both up (3x)
Put the lime in the coconut, you called your doctor, woke him up, and said

Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take, I said
Doctor, to relieve this bellyache, I said
Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take, I said
Doctor, to relieve this bellyache

You put the lime in the coconut, you drink ’em both together
Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better
Put the lime in the coconut, drink ’em both up
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning

Read the rest here:  http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/coconut.htm

And for all you nutty Muppet fans, here’s a great clip of the group performing the song

Tags: Coconut Song, Harry Nilsson, Nilsson Schmilsson, MuppetsVideo, Cat Humor, Funny Videos

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Cute Video: 4 y/o Hunter Hayes gettin down w/Hank Williams Jr

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 24, 2007

This video shows a 4 year old boy on stage at a live concert with the Big Boys, playing accordian and singing Jambalaya. He really gets down and you can’t watch without smiling 🙂 

Original Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQPEsa5e7K0

For more on Hunter Hayes:

Tags: Hunter Hayes, Hank Williams Jr., Jambalaya, Cute Video, Cajun Music, Accordian

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