Archive for February 28th, 2006

HDTV news

And so we got our HDTV and DVR combo from Comcast yesterday. I can’t say that I am fully happy with it. We were given a Motorola DTC-6412 model, which works well with 480p and 720p resolutions, but we encountered problems with the 1080i resolution (there was a certain “wave” on the screen). So we set the box to 480p and we are happy with the 15 HDTV channels that exist so far. Quality is ok on the HDTV channels and on most digital channels.

But the quality of the analog channels is now much worse than before! All channels from 02 to 80 are twice as bad than they were before. I did some googling, and indeed, the Motorola decoders SUCK at boosting the analog channels, lots of people are unhappy with that cable box apparently for that reason alone. Other than that, we are happy with our cable upgrade. HDTV looks ok, DVR is useful.

iPod leather cases == Unbelievable

This is just a major disservice to the Apple customer base. I mean, how the fuck is it possible for Apple to sell a leather case for iPods for a hundrend bucks? It probably costs Apple about $5 to make them and package them! To prove to you that this is a major raping of its customers, the iPod Nano leather case is not any cheaper than the iPod 5G case, even if the Nano case uses about 40% less leather. UPDATE: Haha, this one is cool.

For the rest of the products announced today by Apple, I commented at Thom’s blog. The boombox/speaker idea is stupid in general, and the Mac Mini still has no microphone jack or a (faster) desktop hdd instead of a laptop one (although it now comes with a Line-In, thanks God).

On a different note, I might be getting the Dell Inspiron B120 laptop. Good value for the money. Only a firewire port is missing (I need it for my camcorder), I am happy with all its other features it comes with for just $499.