Archive | September, 2006

The Daily Loper – September 29, 2006

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That’s What I Like: The MX-500 Universal Remote

MX-500 Universal Remote The sad irony of home entertainment technology is that we love new media devices, but we hate their remotes. It’s not that the remotes are bad (although some are terrible), it’s that we hate the way they accumulate on the coffee table and add unnecessary complexity to what is supposed to be leisure time.

Consider the simple act of switching a home entertainment system from music mode to television mode. In the average living room this task might involve selecting three separate remotes from a pile of six and pressing the correct commands on each in just the right order. Pick the wrong remote or press the wrong button and you might spend 20 minutes trying to undo your mistake. It’s sort of like taking a roadside sobriety test in your living room – every single night.

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The Daily Loper – September 28, 2006

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TiVo, Lower the Price on Your HD-DVR!

series3hddvr-large.jpg When I made the decision to be a DVR early adopter, I chose Replay-TV over TiVo. It’s just that I thought that the Replay was slightly better for the money. It wasn’t a Mac vs. PC decision: I wasn’t taking sides in some great cultural war or anything. At the time, if you said that you were getting a DVR, people had no idea what you were talking about, anyways.

Meanwhile, a lot of other people got TiVo, and fell in love with its easy-to-use interface, and its iconic boo-bop noise, so it became the verb, even while teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. I bought a second Replay — the one with the infamous commercial skip — just a couple of years prior to the company being sold, and being sold again. Now, it’s essentially a software company, and good luck to them — rarely does a technology change my life the way theirs did — but their PC Edition doesn’t fit what I need right now, what with my HD TV and everything.

What does fit, it looks like, is this new TiVo Series 3 with the HD. There is, however, a problem. There is always a problem.

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The Daily Loper – September 27, 2006

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