What's on your TV: cable, satellite or OTA + the Web?

Someone asked today on a local mailing list for suggestion on local television options: Dish, DirecTV or Comcast (our local MSO). I noted that it used to be that if you wanted to get reasonable TV service throughout your home, cable offered the best option requiring no additional set top boxes for a good variety…

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Thinking about ditching cable TV? Steps to a more integrated entertainment experience with Windows and Xbox 360

Last Thanksgiving, I talked with my friend, prolific blogger/ Twitterer Beth Blecherman (aka techmama on Twitter) in Silicon Valley about the move in our house away from cable to a system that would allow us to get our TV entertainment programming using the free digital airwaves and the wide Internet pipe I had coming in…

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Suggestions for weekend reading, Bill Gates explains why vaccines matter, and more of what I've read this week

This week John C. Maxwell offered this famous QOTD: Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison To end the work week, Dominic Carr offers his own suggestions for weekend reading on the Microsoft Blog It’s Friday afternoon again, and time…

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Dell's new Inspiron Zino HD: ZDNet says it's "Dell's answer to Apple's Mac mini."

Of interest is the new Dell Inspiron Zino HD which ZDNet calls "Dell’s answer to Apple’s Mac mini." "The Zino HD is an interesting machine because Dell has managed to cram a lot of power into the Mac mini-esque 7.8 inch by 7.8 inch footprint of the system. Buyers can choose from a selection of…

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My life as a customer: this week, it's about cable television… and more than the 2009 DTV move

My life as a customer. This week, it’s cable television and the proposed digital television transition… not be confused with that other digital TV transition… as Tweeted today. If you read my post about my email and Tweet exchanges with Comcast, you’ll recall that I wrote to register my complaint of having to add another…

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Obama's team requests to postpone transition: I mean the digital TV transition on Feb 17, 2009.

An interesting metaphor given the wet, rainy weather we have this week in the Redmond area: 40 days and nights from now, the television world should be changing to digital broadcast in the States. But not if Obama’s team request for a delay in digital TV transition is heard. As Joelle Tessler, technology writer for…

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NBC Video Direct restores world order at home, saves my bacon

As I Twittered (tweeted? I’ll get this right), sometimes you forget to do something: pick up milk on the way home, feed the cat or empty the dishwasher.  On the whole, not so serious.  And with a digital vide recorder or a Media Center PC, you shouldn’t have to worry about missing an episode of…

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Ready to watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Windows Vista Media Center can help

If you are interested in catching up with all the Olympics but don’t have the time to wade through (or be awake for) the sporting event of you choice (the freestyle swimming, fencing, soccer and the Decathalon here at home), we’re pleased to announce NBC Olympics On The Go — powered by TVTonic on Windows…

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Is the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 too much? It depends...

Last year I posted an entry on how to choose the best computer which included an article by Mike Himowitz, columnist at the Baltimore Sun.  Himowitz wrote the article “Sticker tells shopper key parts of a laptop” which covers “the specific components of a portable PC.” Overall, I like Mike’s advice: I’ve found it to…

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CES 2008: Getting around Las Vegas on the Media Center Express

For those of you going to CES, Nick reports on the Windows Vista blog today that there will be one more way (aside from ) to cruise around Viva Las Vegas… the new the Windows Vista Media Center Express: “This year at CES we’re partnering with PodTech to provide ground transportation specifically for bloggers attending…

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