How about a real Apple TV (an Apple tablet)?

Ligia and I were watching cartoons in bed this morning, on my laptop, and I realized Apple still hasn't capitalized on the opportunity to create a real Apple TV. Here I was, after having ejected my external drives, disconnected the laptop from its peripherals, taken it off its stand and put it on our bed, [...]

Gotta give them something to do

It's easy to decry TV, movies and sports as nothing more than a time suck, as a constant push toward looser morals and a consumer culture, but they also provide a benefit that's not often discussed -- that of giving people something acceptable to do with their time. Among other things, they redirect energy that [...]

Alice in Wonderland official trailer (2010)

Tim Burton's version of "Alice in Wonderland" is out (the official version, that is). Guess what role Johnny Depp is playing? Alice in Wonderland Official Movie Trailer in HD Not to be nitpicky, but in the trailer, Alice's hair is curly before falling through the hole, straight as she's falling, and curly again when she [...]

I like "The Saint"

It got panned by the critics. Val Kilmer's acting was indulgent at times. It was somewhat cliché. What was up with those knee-high socks that Elizabeth Shue's character wore throughout the movie? Those are some of the things that come to mind when I think of "The Saint" (1997). But it struck a chord with [...]

How to use a Drobo with the WD TV

The WD TV is my favorite media player (I think it's better than the Apple TV), and since I also love the Drobo, I wanted to combine the two and have the ultimate media entertainment center: a Drobo packed full of videos, photos and music, connected to a WD TV, which is connected to a [...]

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

I was elated after I watched "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen". How can I put it so it's best expressed? This movie encourages you to achieve your dreams. It tells you that life is an adventure, and that you must go out there and live it to the fullest, chasing after your dreams, unafraid, believing [...]

Hardware review: Elgato Turbo.264

I've been using the Elgato Turbo.264 hardware encoder since February of 2008 (see item 5 here) and am happy with it. When I first saw it on the Elgato website, I thought it was a gimmick. After all, what could a little USB stick do that my iMac's or my MacBook Pro's CPU and GPU [...]

Hooray for Netflix Watch Instantly abroad

❗ Updated 8/11/11: The loophole detailed in this post has been closed off by Netflix, but there's a simple way to bypass their new rules, provided you have a US credit card and mailing address. I've written a new how-to article that details how I've been watching Netflix from outside the US for the past [...]

Netflix Watch Instantly comes to the Mac

On October 27 (last month), Netflix started testing a new way to stream movies for its Watch Instantly feature. They began using Microsoft's Silverlight player, which is platform-independent and can still handle the DRM that movie studios love so much. This meant that Mac users were no longer left out of the picture, and could [...]