Monday, 26 January 2009

My most anticipated gadget for 2009

The Palm Pre
Engadget impressions

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

I WANT 10Gbps Fibre cheap and now!

That way we could subscribe to any DVR around the world and stream HD!

Friday, 16 January 2009

Good luck Steve Jobs

Hope he recovers soon!

I've not always been a fan of everything Apple (no cut/copy/paste on Iphone) -but they produce truly innovative and sexy products.

A truly great man.

DVR is now a more popular term than VCR or PVR

According to

29m for DVR
21.6m for VCR
11.9m for PVR

However the UK seem a bit behind:
on from UK only:
952k DVR
1.03m VCR
908k PVR

Should UK Digital Video Recorders be called PVRs or should this term be reserved for learning/smart recorders like TiVo and ReplayTV?

PVR in India is a chain of cinemas
PVR in Mexico is an airport
So I'm guessing they use the term DVR instead :) uses all 4 terms: DVR, PVR and DTR (digital television recorder) and HDR (hard disk or high definition recorder?)

Saturday, 10 January 2009

The PVR is now 11 years old

ReplayTV launched the first PVR in 1998/1999, with TiVo following a month later.

It's such a shame that Sky+ and all current UK produced DVRs have such poor EPGs and poor software features and design compared to either of those - and that's comparing to models 11 years ago!

Of course the PQ and sound quality improvements are immense, but I had hoped Sky, Topfield, Humax etc.. would have something vaguely as good by now.
I'm guessing it will be 2020 before the old 1998 TiVo and ReplayTV will be surpassed by Sky and Humax etc.. :(

I'm still waiting for Sky to enable a hundred features I had with ReplayTV and TIVo 11 years ago :(

Saturday, 3 January 2009

iPhone Sonos controller

A free download - means you don't have to fork out for another Sonos controller -very cool!