Monthly Archives: June 2006

Sirius Radio

For an early Father’s Day present, the family gave me a new stereo for the truck along with a Sirius receiver…

  • ESPN? … check!
  • Disney channel? … check!
  • NASCAR? … check, but not till next year.
  • Playboy? … Playboy, on the radio? I don’t think so.

So far I’ve managed to get the service activated which was pretty easy. Now I just need to learn how to work the stereo itself. It doesn’t seem that car stereo UI has advanced much over the years. But, once I figure it out, I’m looking forward to playing with satellite radio.

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ToRead Service

I’ve always been looking for a good way to handle my “readlater” items — websites or other information that I’ve found and don’t want to forget. I started with task lists (on the Palm) and recently use a ‘readlater’ tag in del.icio.us.

ToRead looks like an interesting alternative solution. It’s a free service that mails web pages to your inbox. After registering, you receive a bookmarklet that lets you quickly tag any webpage. Tagged pages are sent to your inbox where, presumably, you’ll get around to reading them.

I’m going to try it for a while to see if helps solve my “readlater” needs.

(Via Amit Agarwal)

Game Consoles Galore

When the Xbox 360 came out, I wanted one bad. For once, I thought, I’d be on the cutting edge rather than waiting. But, scarcity of supply and the outrageous premiums on eBay turned me off and I decided to wait and see what happens with the upcoming Sony and Nintendo systems in 2006 (2007?).

Steven Frank (of Panic fame), a pretty hard-core Mac guy, explains why he bought the 360 in a recent blog post. He too was watching the results from E3 this year to see the future of console game systems. His take on Sony was great:

By pretty much all accounts, Sony couldn’t have done worse if Ken Kutaragi had personally jumped over a shark tank on a motorcycle. Did they say SIX HUNDRED dollars? Oh, but hang on, it’s not just a console, it’s a media hub.

You know what, Sony? You are not a hard-hitting entertainment industry media powerhouse. You never have been, and no matter how many times you try to pretend that you are, you never will be. Take your Blu-Ray, your Memory Sticks, your DRMed rootkit-infected CDs, your “Universal” Media Discs that play in precisely ONE device, your MiniDiscs, your two PSP games that don’t suck, and shove them all up your LocationFree BetaMax.

Maybe I should just pull the trigger and get the 360 today (Father’s Day is coming up…). In the meantime I’ve overcrowded our entertainment center with second-hand PS/2 and the original XBOX systems (to go with the kids’ GameCube) — lots of games to try now, if we can just find the time :)