Tech

iPhone 2.1 Software – So far so good

So I upgraded to the 2.1 software this morning on my iPhone. There aren’t any new features, but the array of fixes that Apple promises with the new update are much needed, if it turns out to work. Increased Call Stability Better Battery Life Faster Backups Faster interface I’m reserving Read more…

By Nick Moline, ago
General

TiVo making a come back? Watch out Apple TV.

I personally have never owned a TiVo box, primarily because I knew there were a number of DVRs on the market that did not require a monthly subscription and I didn't see the benefit to paying $12/month for something I thought I could get for a one time fee. TiVo and Amazon have signed a deal recently that actually made me think twice about this policy however. As most people know, Amazon unveiled their Amazon Unbox program earlier this year to not much applause. After all iTunes has had video downloads for a while now, and it just didn't seem to make sense to buy movies from Amazon when I already had iTunes. Add to that the fact that Amazon Unbox does not work on a mac as their video drm is PC Only and I didn't give Amazon a second thought when it came to purchasing single episodes of TV shows or directly downloading movies. Similar to the reasons I previously mentioned why I didn't give TiVo a second thought, why would I get something that would require it's own monthly service when I could buy a cable box with DVR built in, or better yet, build a MythTV (though that requires lots of effort and is buggy). But then TiVo and Amazon signed a deal that I believe is mutually smart for both companies. Amazon Unbox now can be linked with your TiVo account, which means that as you are browsing the web from anywhere, (even away from home) you can purchase a movie or episode on Amazon, or even Rent a movie (something you can't do on iTunes) and then when you come home (or turn on your TV if you already were home) you'll find that in your Now Playing List on your TiVo, the episode or movie is already there, ready for you to watch on your TV or (in our case) Projector. I decided to take the plunge and find out. I purchased a TiVo and linked my TiVo account with my Amazon account, and now I've learned what I've been missing with Both services. (more…)

By Nick Moline, ago
Book

Deathly Hallows Deathly Near

The final book in the Harry Potter Series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released on July 21st, 2007 in English Speaking countries (just one week after the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie comes out). Barbara and I recorded a short WizardCast this morning Read more…

By Nick Moline, ago
Podcasting

Nick Moline is on the air…again

After several months, Episode 2 of WizardCast, a Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcast hosted by me, from wizards.pro and hogwartslive.com is finally available for download. Be sure to check it out. You can either hit the play button below to start streaming the podcast live, or you can download the Read more…

By Nick Moline, ago
Podcasting

Nick Moline is on the air

When I first started this blog just over 3 years ago (July, 2003) it was my second jaunt into internet pop culture. My foray into the culture of the web (after years of being a sort of web recluse) was to write a fanfic, then I created a blog, and now, now after these 3 years, I have published my first podcast episode. WizardCast is a Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Role Playing podcast by the staff of Wizards.Pro and the HogwartsLive RPG. (more…)

By Nick Moline, ago
Places

Road Warrior

Many of those of you who know me know and tease me about the fact that I hate driving. I don't know why some people (e.g. JMac, who drives just for the sake of driving) love driving so much, it causes me physical pain. I really should get a car with cruise control or something so it doesn't hurt so much, but after driving for a while my right heel hurts bad and generally I feel bad for being so cramped in the car, I just don't like it. That said, Yesterday I got up early, after my shower got dressed as nicely as possible, and then drove down to Austin, TX to meet with the creators of the Metadot Portal Server. (more…)

By Nick Moline, ago