How the Other Half
IN MY OPINION
Books Read in 2008
THE FAILURE OF TECHNOLOGY
28 February 2008
I hope you really like the "Big Round Thing"
video 'cause it's the last new one you're likely to see for two more weeks.
I had hoped to attach the desktop keyboard
and monitor to the laptop, but the keyboard is not a USB connection and
there is no way to attach it, so I'll just muddle along with the laptop. The
main problem is that there is no place to put it that is convenient. It's
now on my auxiliary desk, which means I sit in front of a bunch of drawers.
I decided that if you lose access to your computer often enough, you eventually get it down to a science. Faced with two weeks without my desktop, I finally attached the external hard drive to the laptop. On the external hard drive are the back up copies of all of my journal entries, so I am now writing this entry the way I normally do, in wysiwyg format rather than writing code. It's a little thing, but it makes a big difference for me.
I had another rude awakening today. Ever since we have had a DVR, I have periodically copied things off onto DVDs, to save for myself. It's mostly nature stuff and episodes of "Inside the Actors' Studio" which I particularly like.
I also, from time to time, will burn DVDs for Peggy, since we generally like the same thing and it's nice to share things with her that I know she can't get in Australia.
Recently there were two programs on Celine Dion, whom Peggy likes. Biography did a program on her, and they showed one of her concerts. I saved both and was surprised when I went to copy them that I got a message saying that they could not be copied. I figured that it was something special the Dion had insisted on, and was disappointed, but figured that Peggy hadn't known about the shows anyway, so no problem.
But today, I decided, on the heels of reading James Lipton's book, that I would copy off the 3 "Actors Studio" shows that I hadn't watched yet to save for myself.
What's this? I can't copy those either?
Then I tried a Nature special. I copy Nature specials all the time, but I now can't copy that. And I have previously recorded "The L Word" for Shelly and Ellen, who don't have cable, so they could watch it. I've taped all of the shows this season up to the two that are currently on the DVR and -- guess what -- I can't copy those either.
So I guess the golden age of being able to save TV shows, at least by Comcast subscribers, has come to an end. Yeah, I know that probably technically it was always verboten, but people have been copying TV programs ever since VCRs were invented and I'm very disappointed that I can no longer do it. (What's the point of having a DVD burner if you can't burn shows from TV?)
So this has been a rather disappointing day, technologically, for me. The only bright side is that over the years I have learned how to make do without my primary computer so though my gerry-rigged set-up is not ideal, it's at least do-able.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
R.I.P., Mr. F'buckley
This is entry #2894