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Archive for August, 2005

The Littlest Greeter

Posted by pete on 29th August 2005

The Littlest Greeter

The Littlest Greeter,
originally uploaded by sigsegv.

This past Saturday, we went to our friends’ Jen and Matt’s wedding. It was a nice affair (Hmmm, maybe the wrong word to use ;) , but G could have been better behaved. In her defense though, the reception was very late and the food and dancing happened surprisingly late, after the reception started. She didn’t get much sleep during her nap — poopie emergency — and because we thought the food would start soon after the reception started, we didn’t feed her much beforehand. Since Lisa had Matron-of-Honor duties to fufill, I wound up watching (and diciplining) the small one. Welcome to the only photo of the wedding itself that I got. At least it’s pretty decent. It’s too bad G’s meltdown happened before the dancing started.

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G and the Ice Cream Clown

Posted by pete on 22nd August 2005

Ice Cream Clown

Ice Cream Clown,
originally uploaded by sigsegv.

Here’s a pic of G from her Ciocia Karen’s wedding. I just posted a few pictures from her wedding (only took a few), but they turned out pretty well. This is the only Gracie picture though.

BTW, I’m testing out Flickr to see how I like it. Please drop me a note if you have a comment about it, good or bad.

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?$?#*#$ DirecTV

Posted by pete on 16th August 2005

Well, it’s finally been announced. It’s been long expected, but DirecTV is finally dropping Tivo. For now, it’s just plans to stop marketing the Tivo service; it’ll still be available if asked for. I’m sure that in 2007, when the contract Tivo has with DirecTV expires, Tivo support will also expire.

This makes me sad, as I’ve found nothing with the quality and usability of my DirecTivo. To me, the killer feature is that you can record two raw DirecTV at the same time. There are no re-compression artifacts as you get with stand-alone (SA) Tivos, even at “best quality” settings. Plus, the raw signals are already compressed some, so not only do they look better than the “best quality” SA Tivo recordings, but they take up less space.

I have no love for DirecTV, only the DirecTivo. Cox, my local cable provider, seems to have greatly increased in quality since we moved into the area. If they were to ever produce a box similar to the DirecTivo that could record their raw signals, I’d be all over it. I’ll be interesting to see where the CableVision Tivo goes.

In the meantime, I guess I’ll start looking more seriously at other PC-based PVR solutions. Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Dual tuners — necessary
  • Raw signal recording — big plus to have
  • Network features
  • Nice, user-friendly interface
  • Local recording of programs, but as long as I can export them to a computer, this isn’t too important.

Got any suggestions?

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An Idea I’d Like to See Take Off

Posted by pete on 16th August 2005

I’d love to see this become popular. Think of the time saved and the pointless hassles you could avoid.

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Somehow, I Knew This

Posted by pete on 14th August 2005

Heard at breakfast this morning…

Me: I will love you forever and ever.

G: Even when I’m naughty?

Me: Even when you’re naughty.

G: Why?

Me: Becuase I know you don’t mean to be naughty.

G: Oh, I do!

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