January 13, 2008

Netflix Waives Streaming Restrictions

I was waiting for this to happen, and apparently it’s coming Monday:

SAN FRANCISCO – Girding for a potential threat from Apple Inc., online DVD rental service Netflix Inc. is lifting its limits on how long most subscribers can watch movies and television shows over high-speed Internet connections.

Up until the change, users were limited by the cost of their subscription. (The popular $17 per month subscription yielded 17 hours of online streaming.)

The current library of films available to stream isn’t that impressive yet (especially the horror genre), but I was just given the reason I was looking for to keep my subscription as I haven’t been renting as many films by mail as I did when I first joined. There’s a great selection of foreign films and it will only be a matter of time before the rest of the library is expanded.


January 5, 2008

Good Riddance To Bad Text Messages

Too bad no one thought of actually making a phone call before sending the ill-fated text message:

NEW YORK – Geeta Citygirl just figured something was wrong with her phone when she realized the greetings she was sending as the ball dropped New Year’s Eve weren’t getting through. In Los Angeles, a half-dozen New Year’s text messages bounced back to Reggie Cameron on Wednesday, more than 24 hours after he thought he sent them out.

In fact, so many people tried to send text messages on New Year’s Eve that networks got jam-packed and many of the missives arrived hours later — or not at all.

Next-generation portable media players cum the various ways to digitally and electronically communicate are slowing killing genuine human contact. Why bother yourself with having to ask someone how they’re doing when you can just simply send them a quick message to prove they’ve been on your mind?

I certainly got my fair share of text messages on New Year’s Eve – perhaps more than I realized if any possible senders ran into the same problems mentioned above. But because I simply loathe the concept of “texting” I could care less if those impersonal missives ever reach me.

August 14, 2007

Windows XP Installation Music

Filed under: Random Facts Info or Housekeeping — acepundit @ 7:56 pm

Runs at 5:20 but loops twice making it a 16-minute track. I’ve listened to the whole thing and you can too if you’re still running XP.

Click Start.

Select Run.

Type: C:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\images\title.wma

Your default music player will start playing it automatically, or you can alternatively seek it out from your directory. It’s a mellow tune and reminds me of starting up a brand new PC for the first time. Good times. Good times.

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