Archive for March 20th, 2008

Comcast, the dinosaur

Oh, goodie, goodie… Comcast now squeezes some of their HD channels so much that quality is really low. Check the screenshots.

And they still haven’t brought Sci-Fi Channel to the Bay Area. Let me get this straight. Silicon Valley is comprised mostly by geeks. Most geeks love sci-fi and they are very likely to watch “Battlestar Galactica”. “Battlestar Galactica” is on Sci-Fi Channel and its last season starts April 4th. So where’s my HD version of Sci-Fi Channel?!? I certainly want it in the Bay Area before April 4th. Not realizing the market over here, is a huge marketing weakness for Comcast in my opinion.

Elsewhere, Comcast wants to sue FCC for intervening to their P2P net neutrality mess up, while I did mention the other day that they want to spy in your own house.

While Comcast is not a monopoly yet, it surely acts like one. Microsoft was a sheep in front of them. That’s not to say that AT&T was/is better of course.

Choosing the Right HDTV: Plasma or LCD?

From TechConsumer: I picked up the Samsung, took it home, and within thirty minutes of setting it up, I realized that, in the words of Gob Bluth, “I’ve made a huge mistake.” […] Suffice it to say that the Samsung was back in its box within an hour, and peace was restored to the Shumway home as the Plasma reclaimed its rightful place as the clear, superior technology.”

After 17 days with our Pioneer plasma TV we are happy campers. The only, only, gripe we have is that it doesn’t feature Sharp’s “smart stretch” algorithm to stretch 4:3 to 16:9 (and they could have easily licensed that from Sharp, as Sharp owns part of Pioneer). Other than that, this is a NEAR-PERFECT TV. We love the smooth movie look, and JBQ surely enjoys the dot-by-dot mode where makes video games look pixel-perfect.

Update: We are selling our old TV.

Nokia N810 is here

The Nokia N810 arrived yesterday, and I will be writing a review for it at OSNews soon. It’s a nice device, but my hands are too small to comfortably write on its hardware keyboard (the device is still too wide for me). Also, I didn’t like that they changed the mini-USB to a micro-USB port. Everything else is good. Update: Review here.

N800 vs N810

Oh, and its webcam makes me look fatter than I am. Ho-ho…

We love Jackie

Awesome performance

Shot in the business district of Paris. HD version here.