When I was young (somewhere in the early/mid ’90s), I saw some program (I don’t know which) on PBS and they were talking about some guy (I can’t find the program, and don’t remember names, but I presume it was either Thad Starner or Steve Mann) at MIT who is wearing a computer with a Head Mounted Display and a single hand keyboard, and a computer kept in some sort of backpack. At that point I knew 2 things.
Just had a very frustrating chat with Comcast Customer service. My TiVo Premier has been on the fritz for the last several months. Rather than buy a new one, I decided to give Comcast’s X1 a try. So Barbara took our cable card into the Comcast service office this morning and asked for an X1. They told Barbara that the X1 would have to be professionally installed, so they scheduled an appointment to have the X1 installed on the 10th, and gave us a regular Comcast DVR to use in the mean time. She was told that this DVR would cost us $10/month (as opposed to the $1/month we were paying for our cable card) and that when the X1 is installed it would go up to $20/month because apparently it’s twice as good.
Barbara left the DVR for me to setup when I got home, which because of a GDG meetup I had tonight, wasn’t until about 9:30 pm. After getting home I spent a good 20-30 minutes reconfiguring our entertainment system to replace the new defunct TiVo with the Comcast DVR. Once I got everything hooked up, I went to comcast.com/activate to activate the DVR. I didn’t even get to the point where I could enter in the serial number of the new DVR before I was given the following error message. (more…)
Barbara and I are ready to attend the Rock Your Disney Side 24 hour event at Disneyland Park this Friday. For the third year in a row, Disneyland will be open for 24 hours from 6 am Friday to 6 Read more…
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For Many months now I’ve been recommending MoviePass to everyone I talk to who likes movies. It always had several restrictions that made it hard to justify:
- Only one movie per day
- You can only see each movie once
- No IMAX or 3D (you can’t even pay the upgrade cost)
- You can’t pre-buy your movie tickets, you have to go to the theater, check in, and then buy your movies (and if you have multiple people in your party with passes, you have to each make your transaction separately, which causes longer lines at the box office)
These were annoying restrictions but overall I still considered the pass to be a good enough deal to lock myself into a year contract at $34.99/month each (Me and Barbara) and do it. It gave me the opportunity to budget my love of going to the movies to a set amount per month and not have to think about “Do I really want to pay to see this movie in theaters or should I wait for BluRay?” If I was remotely interested in a movie I went to see it, and if it turned out to suck, I didn’t care because I’ll just see another movie the next day for no additional cost.
Unfortunately yesterday MoviePass made a sudden change with no warning that I find absolutely unacceptable, and to make it worse they tried to pass it off as if it was some exciting new feature for their customers. Yesterday I received an email from MoviePass with a subject line of “New Features.” This is what MoviePass had to say (more…)
It is hard to believe that it was just 1 year and 1 week ago, Google uploaded to its YouTube channel, a teaser video for a project they had been working out of from their top-secret “moonshot” [x] Labs called Project Glass.
The project was ambitious, an augmented reality layer over your very life, answering questions before you even asked, and all around simplifying your life.
2 Months later at Google I/O 2012, Google staged a “demonstration” involving a blimp, skydivers, BMX Trick bikers and more to show off the device as what seemed like little more than a network connected GoPro camera. They then asked Developers who are interested in getting an early look at the technology if they would be willing to fork over $1,500 for the chance to be one of the first non-Google employees with this whole new class of Technology.
I and 2,000 other attendees happily stood in a long line to put down our commitment to try it out. Then, months of agonizing waiting began. Waiting for a future that was so close we could taste it.