Daily Archives: February 9, 2007

Seeing through the facade

I’m glad to see that at least some people aren’t being fooled by Steve Jobs’ sudden realization that the DRM he’s been forcing on his users for years is a bad thing. You can find countless arguments going around the web pointing out that there are songs on iTunes being sold without DRM on eMusic, that free items from the public domain are being wrapped in DRM by iTunes, and that said DRM is not put on until it hits your computer which makes skipping the step when not neccesary a trivial operation. Nevertheless, fanboys are cropping up to proclaim that Jobs is taking the fight to the Big 4 for his customers – a fight that coincides with Europe not being happy with Apple’s system. Then again, these are the same people who say that we should be happy that FairPlay is such a “nice” DRM scheme.

I’m also glad to see that I’m not the only one who finds those stupid “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” commercials… well… stupid.

The future of television

Are you tired of having to get up and adjust those rabbit ears every time you change channels? Does the constant stream of static give you headaches and induce nausea? Have you ever wondered what’s going on in the world on channels other that FOX? Are you the only kid on the block streaming the Super Bowl over the Internet because it’s on freakin’ CBS?!?! Then have I got the solution for you – it’s called basic cable! Or, in my case, FiOS TV Local.

That’s right, for just a low $12.99 per month, you won’t need to wait for the audience to start cheering before you realize that Kramer has stumbled onto the set during Seinfeld re-runs. No longer will the entire cast of The Simpsons appear as a single yellow blur. And, most importantly, you’ll be able to figure out whether or not the members of Lost have actually stopped shaving.

That’s right, I’ve given up on my free TV attempt for now. I still plan on doing the whole HD antenna hook-up at some point – but I’ll probably wait until the roof is no longer frozen solid. In the meantime, Lisa and I can actually watch new shows as they occur if we so desire. Honestly, it’s a very weird experience after 6 months of static. We still can’t tell if FiOS really does provide a much sharper picture than cable or if our eyes have just become so accustomed to the horrendous reception of our $20 Radio Shack antenna that VHS tapes from the 80s would like HD to us.