Would you believe I made good on my 2010 tech resolutions just this week? Sure did. When the year began, I vowed to sell old and upgrade my equipment, namely my MacBook.
After wasting a whole year, I sold my MacBook and Xbox 360 this week. I’m fulfilling my resolution next year by upgrading to the new Xbox 360 Kinect and a 13″ MacBook Air. Really excited for both of them.
Additionally, I’m taking a Final Cut Pro course in February for work that I hope to use in my personal life as well. Thinking video Christmas card in 2011!
I really followed through on most of my tech resolutions, like redesigning my blog and — more importantly — posting to it more often than ever.
What are your tech resolutions for 2011?
I don’t really know how it happened. I guess I just got sick of the Phillies being so great in MLB 2K10 that I had to set it aside and find something else to play. Needless to say, a few quick games of Team Deathmatch and I was hooked on Call of Duty all over again.
Then I come across this video over at Giant Bomb. Sure, it turns out that it’s fake, but it makes me wish all the more that some publisher would just get the guts to go to a subscription model or straight up DLC already. I’m sick and tired of buying games that are more or less identical to the previous year with the exception of a roster move or a new logo or a new map. I’m willing to pay good money for something I won’t regret selling off a year later when it’s worth zilch. Charge me say $40 to buy the new game without all the packaging. The Earth would be better off without all that noise anyway.
Unless someone figures out how to charge less for games outright, which seems unlikely, there are probably some well known franchises that I’ll never buy again. I’m looking at you, Madden.
I’ve been pretty adamant about how much I love my iPhone. Since Charlie joined us last year, it’s been my go-to device for all things Internet and communication. I still break out my much maligned Macbook for the heavy duty usage, but the iPhone does what I need for the most part.
It’s an old, 2G iphone that came out in ’08. It’s banged up a bit, but the screen’s still intact, which is more than I can say for most iPhones I’ve seen of that vintage. I nearly jumped to the 3G when it was first announced. What can I say, I have a thing for GPS! But now I’m glad I didn’t. iPhone 4 is the device I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get my mitts on it. The new camera, complete with HD video, makes it perfect for taking on vacation. Everything about it sounds like the phone people started imagining once they held and played with the iPhone when it first launched.
Did I pre-order mine? No. Why, you ask? Because of AT&T. What a nightmare! Do I qualify for unlimited data at $30 per month? Yes, I do! But do I really need that much? How does this affect the plan I currently share with my wife? There are so many questions about how to get the appropriate plan that won’t result in gazillion page surprise bills at the end of the month. Fun!
Buried beneath the incessant iPhone 4 coverage was the introduction of a brand, spankin’ new Xbox 360! It’s quieter, meaning I won’t have to set the subtitles for every movie I watch on the thing. It has wi-fi, which means I won’t have to use a wonky adapter that didn’t work well enough to keep Netflix Watch Instantly titles from buffering nonstop. But that’s not all: word is that Red Ring of Death will be a thing of the past! Glory be! The best part? I can sell what I have right now for $205 at GameStop, which gets me within striking distance of the $299 price tag.
I should have both of these items in house by the end of the month. I can’t wait!
It’s easy to understand why some people feel completely overwhelmed by the entertainment options at their disposal. I do, too! When Netflix and Xbox 360 paired up to stream Watch Instantly titles, I suddenly found myself awash in on-demand options. Is it amazing (and a much better experience than watching on my computer?) Absolutely. Do I feel like like I can’t prioritize my entertainment options? Totally! All these options are a blessing and a curse to someone who likes more than his fair share of movies. How do I know where to watch them?
Here’s what I’ve watched recently and where:
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Comcast On Demand)
- Man on Wire (Netflix Watch Instantly on Xbox 360)
- The Horse’s Mouth (Comcast DV‑R)
- Gomorrah (actual movie theater)
- Salvador (Netflix DVD)
I’m looking for someone to pull together all of the entertainment options I have so I can manage them from a central hub. I want to be able to prioritize my Netflix queue by knowing if something will be available on Turner Classic Movies or not. I want to be prompted to record or rent when I search IMDB.com. I know I’m not alone. Who doesn’t want to get the most out of their cable and Netflix subscriptions? Isn’t stuff like this at the heart of the semantic web?
Engadget dropped this little tidbit last week about Criterion delaying their Blu-ray launch yet again. Do I suspect anything nefarious? Not really, but I wish Criterion would reconsider dumping money into a format that will never be adopted in any meaningful way. I’m hopeful that their flashy new website (pun intended) is an indication that they may be rethinking Blu-ray and considering some sort of HD digital delivery system.
With the HD Streaming Netflix on New Xbox Experience blowing my mind, I’d hope that they’d find a way to get their content uploaded there to spare the expense of authoring Blu-ray discs. I have my fingers crossed.