Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: Remember your first 17 inch CRT ???

    I was looking at my desk today and reminiscing about what it looked like when I had it made. It was 1986 and I had been in my new home a little over a year. I was poor but had finally saved enough money to create my study which included some custom shelves and the desk in this picture. I have a friend...
  • Blog Post: HDTV help needed

    I’ve been saving my pennies. I have enough saved to buy a really nice High Def TV. I have no idea what to get. I have decided it’s going to be a 50” screen. Moving from a 36” analog TV to a 42” high def TV seems too small a jump. Does anyone have recommendations on good consumer review sites? I want...
  • Blog Post: Interested in Windows Vista Digital Cable? Check this out!!!

    Ok, so you invested in Windows XP Media Center 2005. You've been using a lovely analog tuner for a while and finally purchased a HD tuner and have endured over-the-air programming (OTA) for the past couple of years. Sure, OTA high definition TV is better than nothing, and it sure beats a 120GB HD DVR...
  • Blog Post: Storage Management with SMfS, iSCSI Targets, iSCSI Initiators and iSNS Server

    Microsoft has made some recent bets on storage management. That is good news for me for a variety of reasons. First, it offers a glimpse of my HDTV future. What? Yes, you read that correctly. I’ll get to the explanation in a little bit. Second, it means our customers will have a broader range of...
  • Blog Post: I caved... I'm now a Motorola Q fanboy

    I wasn’t kidding when I said my Cingular Audiovox SMT 5600 was obsolete . Verizon made it easy for me. They dropped my employee discounted price to the “get off the fence” price point. I picked up my Motorola Q at the local CircuitCity store a couple of days ago. They have a rather...
  • Blog Post: Acer AspireRevo 3610 ATOM 330 Dual Core – first impressions

    Yesterday afternoon I received the Acer AspireRevo 3610-U9012 . It’s classified as a consumer desktop or nettop but HDTV and media center enthusiasts like myself are looking at this device for a different purpose.  In fact, I want the Revo for one purpose and only one purpose.  To replace my...
  • Blog Post: Lets ride the "Santa Rosa" wave

    Yesterday Intel and nearly every major OEM announced the initial wave of new laptops based on the "Santa Rosa" chipset's. The laptop world as you know it just changed, big time. Faster processors, more addressable memory, next generation video support, etc. In short, power users hungry for a portable...
  • Blog Post: I am in the dark

    After two years, my fiber connection is dark. Verizon is switching my account from business to residential so this is one of the steps toward that end. My cable provider has also been canceled and they picked up my television set top boxes. So I am without a cable tv feed or high speed internet access...
  • Blog Post: Is your HD DVR important?

    I've been reading and participating in some interesting internal Microsoft debates. I'm doing my own research and thinking on the subject of HDTV recording. There are many questions and few answers. One question that popped into my head is, "Does anyone care about their HDTV recording device?" Obviously...
  • Blog Post: PCIe ExpressCard 34/54 - your next laptop killer feature

    Introduction When you start looking at the feature set for your next laptop purchase, look very closely. At first glance, many of the new laptops appear to have two pcmcia card slots. Look more closely because most likely one of those slots is a PCI Express ExpressCard 34/54 slot. My team is getting...
  • Blog Post: Making the Next Technology Leap in HDTV

    You wouldn’t think you could actually make a technology leap in high definition television at home.  I mean after all high definition televisions are all displaying the same thing, right?  Wrong.  I did it this past weekend and the results are still blowing me away every evening. A few...
  • Blog Post: Verizon Begins Taking Orders For FIOS TV

    Verizon began taking orders for their new video service in Keller, Texas this week. The new video service uses their fiber optic network. While this may seem unimpressive to some, please keep in mind this is a large company entering into a new market. Southwestern Bell Communications (SBC) is next so...
  • Blog Post: Xbox360 High Definition game videos here

    Ok, what’s your excuse now? I see Xbox360 boxes for sale in all of the retail stores around my area. What about your area? I’ve been a bit of a gaming whimp the past few months. Work has consumed far too much time. After next week, I’m ready to tackle the games I have. If you are...
  • Blog Post: The holiday is over - back to work

    I don't know about you, but vacations never seem long enough and going back to work is hard. You know, it's like kick starting a motorcycle that's been sitting in the garage too long. Lots of kicks before it finally comes to life. In my case, the past couple of weeks have been filled with a number of...
  • Blog Post: TiVo rebates and official eSATA support

    For those of you with a HDTV, now you have a great new HD DVR upgrade to consider.  First of all, they have the $200 TiVo Series 3 rebate promotion going.  That means you can get the dual CableCard tuner Series 3 for $399 after rebate.  I still think it's the best deal on the market. ...
  • Blog Post: How do you learn?

    A recent Wall Street Journal article, " The New Workplace Rules: No Video-Watching " written by Bobby White highlights the fact that many people are watching videos at work. It's even more interesting that the heaviest consumption of those videos takes place during the lunch hours. I worry about this...
  • Blog Post: And you thought I was kidding about a 100Mbs fibre connection to my house

    NEW YORK - Verizon technicians are upgrading FiOS with next-generation electronics to dramatically enhance the speeds, and thus the capabilities, of Verizon's all-fiber-optic FiOS broadband, video and voice network. Known as gigabit passive optical network (G-PON) equipment, the new electronics can increase...
  • Blog Post: Xbox 360 LIVE Marketplace expands HD movie offerings

    When I switched from a Verizon rented HD DVR to the TiVo Series 3, I gave up video on demand and pay per view. At first glance this may be significant for many of you, but my family rarely purchased a PPV movie or event, and the VOD offering was entirely standard definition. Well, it's looking more and...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Vista Product Guide was here...

    Every so often, something really kewl comes along that you just have to have. The Windows Vista Product Guide is one of those objects of affection. It’s a comprehensive look at the Windows Vista product line and explains the features, the differences between the product versions, screen shots,...
  • Blog Post: TiVo Premiere is nearly here

    Now available for order at tivo.com
  • Blog Post: Dell XPS 420 six month report

    I've had my Dell XPS 420 six months now so I thought I'd give you an update on my impressions of the machine and changes I'm made to it since the initial purchase.  In reality, it just now does everything I want correctly.  Windows Vista SP1 fixed the last issue I had with the machine. ...
  • Blog Post: I wonder if they'll hook an Xbox 360 to this?

    Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision™ Is Dallas Cowboys’ Choice for New Stadium World’s Largest 1080p High-Definition LED Video Displays Will Span 60 Yards WARRENDALE, Pa.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--The Dallas Cowboys, whose ingenuity and reputation for excellence are the gold standard in the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Digital Cable Advisor and CableCard Copy Freely released !!!

    Microsoft announced at CEDIA that customers will now be able to add digital cable tuners with a CableCARD™ to any Windows® 7-based PC with Windows® Media Center. The Digital Cable Advisor tool is being provided by Microsoft to analyze consumer PCs to ensure that they are capable of a quality digital...
  • Blog Post: Faith in Mankind Restored – For Now

    Loyal blog readers know I haven’t been exactly kind to Dell over the years. The ridicule has been focused primarily on the lame GPU in my Latitude D820. I’m over that now. The machine is three years old so the rant can be put to rest. It’s also no surprise that on the internet you tend to hear more...
  • Blog Post: The HDTV holy grail of 1080p

    1080p nirvana has been reached in the HDTV market. This is happening at a time when the HDTV sweet spot is about to be reached. So lets talk about each for a moment. First, the sweet spot. It's generally recognized in the high def industry (and by the analyst), that when HDTV LCD, DLP and other display...