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Breaking the chains. Dumping my cell phone contract.

17 May, 2008 (11:35) | rant |

First, let me say that this will not work for everyone and those teenagers that have their parents footing the mobile bill, unfortunately, will not feel the financial pain of owning a cell phone. At least, not yet. However, many people are in the same boat as myself carrying a work cell and a personal […]

NAB 2008 In Review.

4 May, 2008 (14:00) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, NAB, rant, TV |

This year’s NAB had a bit more energy among television broadcasters than the NAB show last year and almost all of it was around the mobile DTV plans and testing currently going on. Despite the interest in mobile DTV and the NAB claiming ~105,000 registered attendees, the North and Central halls were only mildly busy. […]

How the format war has changed my purchasing habits.

5 March, 2008 (16:00) | HDTV, rant, TV | 1 comment

To be succinct, I simply don’t (and won’t) buy as much as I did before. For the past few years I didn’t think too hard about buying the week’s more popular DVD release of the latest blockbuster (or near blockbuster). This is why my DVD collection sprang to over 400 titles! I didn’t always buy […]

Is the NAB Show going the way of COMDEX?

17 February, 2008 (14:07) | Computers, NAB, rant, TV |

For those that don’t know, COMDEX was a computer centric convention that ran in Las Vegas from 1979 to 2003 before lagging attendance from competing conventions and the convergence of consumer electronic devices ultimately made it uninteresting and killed it off. Back in November of 2007 Avid, currently facing too much competition from Final Cut […]

TV Broadcasters struggle to remain relevant. Probably too little, too late.

15 February, 2008 (01:12) | Analog Transition, DTV, NAB, rant, TV |

Traditional, over-the-air TV broadcasters are pretty screwed. Time and technology are rapidly shooting past and only now are they collectively looking for ways to recapture a lost audience. Only now are they, as a majority and as part of a coordinated effort, actively promoting the DTV transition, by way of shutting off the analog transmitters […]

Why media ownership caps are important. Censorship in action.

21 January, 2008 (12:41) | rant, TV |

I’m a dedicated Capitalist. I work for money. Money pays my mortgages and rent, keeps my fridge full, and house warm in the winter. Obviously, money is important and I want to earn as much of it as I can before I decide I’ve had enough of this “work” thing. That said, there are times […]

What broadcasters need to know about the core demo.

14 January, 2008 (19:44) | Computers, rant, TV |

They don’t watch TV. Mostly. Get it? OK, I’ll repeat myself. Broadcaster’s (and many cable networks) are not relevant to young people most of the time. This is not news any longer, however it bears repeating, because thick-headed, narrow field-of-view TV execs, GMs and news directors keep fooling themselves into believing they are just one […]

TV News. My apathy is becoming loathing.

5 January, 2008 (09:00) | rant, TV |

I remember the day I lost any faith in local or national news. It wasn’t when the Colombia Space Shuttle exploded and CNN put this erroneous ‘factoid’ on the air: A few years ago I was sitting in a department head meeting when the news director piped up about a story of significant public safety […]

My new PS3 – Go! Go! Blu-Ray!

24 December, 2007 (23:00) | Computers, Fun, HDTV, rant, TV |

Today I made the plunge and finally got off the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray format fence and bought a PS3 system. There were several reasons for this; first I did NOT buy it because I love Blu-Ray. I like that it has multiple studio and vendor support as well as about 25GB storage per layer, but the hardware […]

DTV Transition

14 November, 2007 (09:47) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, rant |

For the old…. err.. “seasoned” television viewer that doesn’t understand what a “Tivo” is and still tunes in to re-runs of Matlock (after adding more tin foil to the rabbit ears), a few items just popped up on my radar I thought I would forward to everyone. First is a website discussing the digital transition […]

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