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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

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Monday March 31, 2003
10:12 AM

Cringely

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This week's "I, Cringely" talks about TiVo and how it's changing television. His conclusion: More reality TV shows because they're cheap to make.

AAAARRGGHHH!!! I think if that happens I'll rip my satellite dish out of the wall and stick to DVDs.

Went out to dinner with Cringely on Friday night (picture the scene - Cringely, Heather and myself at a small french restaurant in Cheltenham - you can imagine the grilling he got from Heather about the name-change thing ;-). The night was mostly uneventful. The most interesting comment of the whole Cringely visit was that Palladium and TCPA or whatever it's called today is all about entrenchment - the computer manufacturers want to become irreplacible, and TCPA gives them irreplacibility. The other side of that is that TCPA doesn't benefit the consumer one tiny little bit. Scary thought.

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  • I think if that happens I'll rip my satellite dish out of the wall and stick to DVDs.

    Why wait?

    Broadcast TV (and cable for that matter) is primarily a vehicle for transmitting news (stock up on bread and milk -- there's a snow storm coming; a senior Al Qaeda planner has been arrested), watching sports (GOOOOOOOOOOOAL!), and previewing original productions that you want to view on DVD.

    (The Simsons on DVD is simply fantastic -- the color and clarity is stunningly gorgeous.)

    • Why wait?

      No more "Top Gear". No more instant-on pr0n ;-)
    • I am all for the TV-on-DVD revolution, but as far as I know, my shows aren't there yet. My list includes Smallville, the District, and Gilmore Girls. For the time being I am actually attempting to completely tape two of those series. I was doing the same for Sailor Moon before I found it on DVD and was awakened to the possibilities.

      It's so nice to be able to pop in a show to watch in the evenings when there is nothing on anymore (all my favorite syndicated shows are gone and the 6 to 9 timeframe is a w

      --
      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers