So, I guess this thing still works! That’s a good thing because there’s a lot going on in the world right now. On the tech front, my trusty old Lenovo X41 Tablet seems to be on it’s last leg, so I’m very glad HP just announced the TM2 Tablet PC. Seems like it will be available just in time for me. SageTV is also vying for my attention, with rumors circulating about an all-new 3D user interface.

Add all this to a massive backlog of gadget experiences that I’ve had over the last year and I truly hope to find time for this website again.

I’d tell you to stay tuned, but the last 3 posts have said the same thing…so I guess I’ll just have to actually write something this time. :)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to fix all these broken links…

Dusting this old thing off and I’ve moved to a new webserver. Things should be MUCH faster now that I’m not dwelling with the unwashed masses at that webhost who makes all those racy Super Bowl ads.

Loving how fast this new server is and I should be able to make it do a lot more.

Fun stuff to come!

I’ve been trying to dust off this blog lately, but my day job keeps getting in the way. For those of you who don’t know, or haven’t visited the root of this domain, I’m a television editor and for the last 4 months of my life I’ve been laboring away as the Lead Editor on a new show for MTV called “Busted”.

It has been very grueling, but we’re making great headway and just started airing weekdays at 6pm ET/PT then replaying at midnight. You can see full episodes at this link.

On the SageTV front, I have been working a little on Meekell. I’ve added a bunch of animations and fixed some bugs. I’m planning on making a release sometime before the end of the year with reworked music and photos sections that should take advantage of the new 6.4 features.

With tech, I have my eye on Canon’s new HD camcorder the HF11. With SageTV’s support for AVCHD on the extender it should be an easy sell. With that purchase I also plan to pick up a Drobo to keep the video safe, then hopefully a new Mac Pro to really get into selling my photography as stock.

There is a lot of stuff on the horizon, so don’t forget about me! I’m still here.

I don’t normally re-blog, but this video was just too great not to share with as many people as possible. The song is called “How to Kill a Brand” by Doc Adams, a parody sung to the tune of “How to Save a Life” by Fray. It sums up perfectly why the PS3 won’t be finding a home in my entertainment center.

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I’ve been able to successfully install Vista Home Premium Edition on my X41 Tablet, and am REALLY liking the experience so far. I’m writing an article to help people decide if they’re ready to take the plunge, but in the mean time, I’ve gotten a lot of hits on my other X41 Vista post, so I thought I’d point people to a very helpful post I found.

Give Our Abilities Time has a great article on a couple of the pitfalls of installing Vista on this machine. Most notably, the relatively hard to find ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software v5.6 which is required to get the fingerprint reader working.

All in all, things are working pretty well, and I’m very happy with the overall experience.

I’ve finally had a little break and I really would like to write a full review of Zooomr, because I think it has a lot of potential due to the people in charge of it. (Thomas Hawk and Kristopher Tate.)

The problem is, I’m trying to merge my older GMail-based login with an OpenID login that Zooomr has migrated to and instead of combining them, it created a second account. Now I’m stuck having to send myself temporary passwords every single day.

I’ve tried their feedback email with no response now after over a week. I’d really like to get things together so I can write a good review when they release Mark III next month, so can someone get on this please? Thank you.

Update 2-11-07: Wow, that’s service! I was helped both the top guys at Zooomr, and we concluded that it was entirely my fault. The solution was quite simple, and I’m embarrassed to say that I managed to merge my Zooomr account quite a while ago with an alternate openID – one different than I’ve been using for a fair amount of time now.

So anyways, problem fixed, and I am really impressed with the great service I received. Seriously, how many companies have their CEO and Founder/Lead Developer helping out customers? Thanks guys. I really appreciate it.

Glass ManGlass Man Hosted on Zooomr

Bug fixes galore!

Release Notes:

Meekell 0.6.1

UI Changes:

  • v6 Conflict Resolution (Disable “Conflict Pop-ups” to use)

Bug Fixes:

  • Delete Confirmation Popup works again ;)
  • Conflict Menu issues resolved
  • Channel Change Request Resolved
  • A bunch of other stuff I forgot to write down

Get it while it’s hot.

Sorry for the extremely long hiatus. Here’s a new version for you to play with. Download it here.

I hope to follow this up with a quick maintenance release in a couple of weeks, so please email me with any issues you find.

As always, please let me know what you think!

Release Notes:

Meekell 0.6.0

Features:

  • V6 Video Compression!
  • EvilPenguin’s DVD Burning!
  • External Drive Support (like standard STV).
  • “Browse Media Files” option (like standard STV, go to a import menu, hit ‘options’ button).

UI Changes:

  • Added Settings Item to toggle ‘Delete’ in Video Library
  • Added “Auto-skip commercials” toggle to “Enhancements” menu
  • Un-Archive now available in recordings menu
  • Incorperated Default STV End Of File Options

Bug Fixes:

  • Weird delete button size issue in Stanger’s Imports menu
  • Channel Change deny prompt displays correctly
  • Commercial Re-detect popup now readable
  • Scroll Bar in main menu now works again. :)
  • Tons of other fixes – I lost track, sorry.
  • Various Theme Cleaning -* I’m SURE I broke some things doing this. Please let me know what looks weird. *

So while I’ve recently gotten severly addicted to Flickr, Zooomr is currently offering free pro accounts to bloggers. I figured that there were probably a couple of people out there who might be interested in trying out a new service, (especially those who’s accounts have been NIPSA’d) so I thought I might write up a comparison for this blog.

Check it out, Zooomr is launching v2.0 next week so it’s a great time to give things over there a try.


Ante Up

“Ante Up” – hosted on Zooomr

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Go to a conference lately? Any conference, tech or otherwise, and you’re likely to walk away with some incarnation of a memory stick with some vendor’s sales pitch on it. They’re passed around like candy, pretty much every chip company makes one – they’re everywhere. But to be honest, I didn’t really keep one until recently because I really couldn’t find a use for them.

Sure they’re good for holding documents, but my computer does that. If you work on your own desktop every day, your thumb drive begins to collect a lot of dust because it’s tough to remember to plug the thing in periodically to synchronize it. Honestly, I just had a hard time justifying the cost. Tough to justify free? No – the space. In order to have the opportunity to use it, you have to carry the thing around with you all the time, and I carry enough crap I barely use, I didn’t need anything new to pack in my pockets.

But after I was forced to purchase a large thumb drive to save my documents from a crapped out Windows installation, I was stuck with a 1gb drive and no way to return it. I set out on a quest to find alternative uses for the thing to see if I could find a reason not to sell it on ebay. I’ve succeeded.

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