April 4, 2017

Article: DirecTV Now Later

It's been a few months since I signed up for DirecTV Now , and the service has been mostly positive after a very rough first month, especially for the lower volume of television that I'm watching these days. There were some early items that have been worked out, some continuing complaints, and increasing competition from other products. Just over four months later, I thought it was time to revisit the service…

January 9, 2017

Article: January 9, 2007

There will be plenty of articles published today looking at the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone. We’ll most likely see another round of items shared on June 29, the tenth anniversary of when you could actually buy one. The thing is, both were special, but the launch of the iPhone itself left a lot of people unprepared for how massively it would reshape the technology and communications industries…

December 1, 2016

Article: Early Thoughts on DirecTV Now

I was on a pretty nice promotional rate with DirecTV, taking advantage of AT&T’s love of bundling when the “All Included” plans were introduced last spring. Unfortunately, a move later, and I was dish-less due to not having a southern exposure to mount the dish at my new apartment. Rather than switch to AT&T’s U-verse product or Comcast (Xfinity is still a stupid brand), I decided to sit a month or two out, dust off my over-the-air TiVo from 2008, and see what developments happened in the world of streaming. Sony’s PlayStation Vue was already on my radar, as was Sling TV. I wanted to see what AT&T was going to offer with DirecTV Now, especially considering that they’ve already done an IP-based TV service before with U-verse and had some strong programming agreements in place through DirecTV…

November 14, 2016

Article: Slowly At First, Then All At Once

Aside from a few brief posts, it’s been a bit quiet on this site for awhile. Part of that has been because my day job has kept me quite busy, while the other part has mostly been that I haven’t felt like I had much worth saying. I’ve started a few pieces, but haven’t really gotten them where I liked them. Apple’s event last week got me thinking about a few things and the reaction from Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet pushed me over the edge to figure out how to put the pen to paper, so to speak…

July 9, 2016

Article: Defensive

Ever since the iPad was introduced, it has been dismissed as a content consumption device. Part of that seems to be that its initial sales were very good, and Steve Jobs introduced it as a device between your iPhone and a computer. Even some six years later, there is a large chunk of the technology-using population that is very vocal about what an iPad should be used for and its overall value. Most of these are negative comments, further complaining about the idea of content consumption, arguing that such a device could never be used for "real" productivity work or that the iPad is a useless device because it can't do a specific task that they arbitrarily picked out…