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Why we just have basic cable …

April 29, 2007 at 04:04 AM | categories: Media, HDTV | View Comments

We got an HDTV last year.  After a few months of watching DVDs on it, I started wondering what HDTV was like.  I tried getting an indoor HDTV antenna which didn’t work so well.  I started looking at DirecTV and Dish Network and upgrading to higher levels of cable with Comcast.  There’s occasional things on ESPN that I want to watch and there’s probably a few things that my wife would like to watch.

But what keeps us from doing that are situations like this.  When my daughters (3 and 4 1/2) are at Nana Peg’s, they get to watch the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon and whatever else is out there for kids.  It’s a little frightening to see them glued to the screen.  Perhaps there’s a factor where the novelty wears off … but it doesn’t seem like it.  So they’ll need to make do with watching Dora the Explorer or Max and Ruby for the n’th time.

We do get some leakage of the marketing stuff on Saturdays, which is the one day they can see commercials.  So far that hasn’t had much effect.  Yet. 

Dell offering pre-installed Linux?

April 24, 2007 at 04:04 AM | categories: Open Source, Home Computers | View Comments

Was reading Deep Jive Interests about Deep Jive Interests » Dell’s Crowdsourcing More Than Hype: Tells Microsoft to “Suck It!”

I’ve spent some time the past 10 days or so putting Ubuntu 7.04 on 3 PCs, all of them dual-booting some flavor of Windows.  Obviously there’s a lot of interest in doing this on Dell’s site but it’s not clear at all that Dell is going to reduce the price just because they don’t install Microsoft.  I still don’t have hibernation working properly on my desktop - haven’t tried on the kids’ or my laptop yet - so I’m a lot more interested in paying the same price as a Windows box just to have hibernate and wireless work without a glitch.

Working on the hibernate scripts is not fun for me.  I can’t imagine it’s fun for a programmer.  So, OK.  I’m willing to pay to have better support for Linux.  It would be nice to be able to either specify “just hardware that plays nice with Linux” or have Dell lean on their suppliers to just make it happen.

20 must-see Greasemonkey Addons(No Technical Knowledge Req.)

April 03, 2007 at 04:04 AM | categories: FireFox, Open Source | View Comments

I love the way that Firefox and Thunderbird can be extended by extensions. But I’ve been somewhat concerned about the reliability and stability of Greasemonkey scripts. There were a couple of features that I wanted to try (more on that later) so I broke down and installed it on my laptop.

Wow. I’ve been very pleased with how well the scripts worked. I’m still cautious about installing them, since they’re not looked over anywhere near as much as extensions on the official Mozilla site are. But the Userscripts site lets you look over info from the author and comments from people before installing anything.

A good place to start is 20 must-see Greasemonkey Addons(No
Technical Knowledge Req.) »