Wednesday, February 23, 2005


This story on Reuters gives me some hope that someone might save TiVo, and that someone might be Apple. TiVo makes me sad because a company with such a cool product is failing to innovate anymore. I've always said Apple should buy TiVo and market it as "Apple TiVo," or maybe market it along with the Mac mini. There may still be hope, even though these are still just rumors.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

f0r teh p4r3n7s!

I'm confused as to whether Microsoft's recently published "Parent's primer to computer slang" is meant as a joke or to be informative to those parents who aren't smart enough to figure it out. It will be fun to hear parents telling their children that they got "pwn3d!" Or imagine bringing home a report card of straight A's to your mom and dad, and they reply with a joyous, "w00t!" All your base are belong to mom.

Controller of the Net

Apparently I have a button that controls internet access at work: Coworker: Scott, did you know that the internet is down this morning? Me: Yes. Coworker: Is there anyway you can get it back up? Me: No. Coworker: So it's down down? Me: Yes. Coworker: Okay, thank you! Me: GRRRRRRR!!!!! With this button, I shall rule the world! MUAHAHAHA!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Easily the best Valentines Day ever! Kristen surprised me Japanese style, first with lunch from Shogun, then with origami, Pocky, rice candy, and cool little takeout boxes. I shouldn't forget all the fortune cookies and chopsticks! The kids gave me lots of cards and candy, which didn't come as much of a surprise, but I still liked it! Later, I took Kristen out for a formal dinner and drinks. She gave me an incence burner, some really cool candles, and another lucky bamboo plant. The best thing of all was a box of my most favorite candy from my childhood in Japan, these tiny chocolate filled panda bears! I almost screamed in jubilation! Meanwhile, her iPod Shuffle has yet to even ship. I am hoping she will get it next week, as we're both very excited to try it out. Now it's time to plan for White Day!

Monday, February 14, 2005

Free Speech? Not in my town...

There has been some controversy about the First Amendment in my town lately. You can read all about it here. Police charged a man with a felony for having pictures of nude "devil women" depicting sexual acts on display on his car windows. Sometimes this town makes me sick. The bible thumpers need to get a life.

With Teeth, Yes Please

The date has been set and on May 3, Trent Reznor will let myself and thousands of other die-hard Nine Inch Nails fans take in his latest work, "With Teeth." Track listing for Halo 19 is as follows:

  1. All The Love in The World
  2. You Know What You Are?
  3. The Collector
  4. The Hand That Feeds
  5. Love is Not Enough
  6. Every Day is Exactly The Same
  7. With Teeth
  8. Only
  9. Getting Smaller
  10. Sunspots
  11. The Line Begins to Blur
  12. Beside You in Time
  13. Right Where It Belongs
The first single off of the album (Halo 18) will be "The Hand That Feeds," and I can't wait for Trent to feed it to us. Also, tour dates are selling out within 15 to 20 minutes, which makes me very nervous. I cannot die happy without seeing them live. Wish me luck. I'll try to post less of this fan-boy stuff in the future. Sorry if I made you queezy.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Palms away!

This post is coming from a Palm powered Sony Clie. There is really no point in this other than trying to do it...

Sunday, February 06, 2005

POP Goes the Gmail

For the longest time I have had my Gmail account set up to forward to my main email address. Now that I can set up Gmail as a POP account in Mail, I have 1 GB email bliss! The only downside is that it took about 5 minutes to download all the email I had ever received on Gmail. I still have some invites for Gmail to send out, so if you're curious to try the service out, gmail me!

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Riot in Redmond

This great article found on the San Francisco Gate website says everything I need to say about why Windows is mediocre and why Macs are superior. So I guess I won't say it. But it does make me smile! I agree with the author that Microsoft's customers should storm the corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA and demand a better system. Does your girlfriend's computer suck? If the answer is yes, then she is probably running Windows...

Thursday, February 03, 2005

One Reason to Work for Microsoft

While reading the other day, I came across one reason I'd like to work at Microsoft: turns out some figures in management have issues with employees who use iPods! If I worked at Microsoft and crossed paths with the likes of Bill Gates or Steve Balmer (or any of the top brass for that matter), I would make sure to say something like "OMG, the iPod is the coolest thing EVER!" Check out the full article here.

Music Downloads: Are Subscriptions Better?

Today, in an effort to compete with Apple's iTunes Music Store, Napster unveiled "Napster To Go." This new service model for Napster allows customers to download an unlimited ammount of music each month for a fee of $14.95 per month. This made me start thinking, "Should Apple offer an iTunes subscription plan?" I believe this is not a move Apple is likely to make. Napster is making such a move to try and draw users from iTunes, the most popular online music store, and switch to their store which uses different DRM and is compatable with different players. I believe that most users of the iTunes Music Store are "customers for life," much like myself. Ever since the store opened for business, I would not even consider switching to another format or store, partially because of the store's compatability with the world's number 1 MP3 player, the Apple iPod. The only other music store I have considered buying from would be Bleep, a rather innovative music store featuring artists from Warp Records (Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher). Bleep's downloads are also not weighted down by any sort of DRM restrictions, so play, burn, and share as much as you like! In conclusion, in order for Apple to have a profitable experience by offering an iTunes subscription service, I believe the monthly fee would have to be much higher than Napster's montly price. In the end, most users would switch to the subscription service only and Apple would begin to lose money on iTunes. Ramble ramble ramble...