Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Facing the Future

Facing the Future

A while ago I was complaining to somebody about how I'd missed a TV program I really wanted to see. "You should have Tivo-ed it," he said to me. So, I started thinking about how I'm probably the only one in my "circle of friends" (which, admittedly, is not very large) who doesn't own a Tivo, use a Tivo, or really lust after a Tivo.

At the time, I thought I just didn't want a telephone line running across my living room, plus I don't really own a DVD player or burner, so I would avoid getting a Tivo until I absolutely needed one. Thinking it was just too much work, bother, or fuss, life as we know it went on without one.

Well, yesterday I decided it was time. I ordered a wireless Tivo, DVD player, burner that connects to my Netgear home router. It doesn't need a telephone line, it doesn't need an extra DVD player or burner. It's all in one handy dandy little box. It comes with a web interface.

Now, at first, you might think, "so what?" This actually has a profound implication upon my well-being. You see, a lot of times, I get caught up in what I'm doing and end up working late. I stay at work until 9, 10, 11, or even later, forgetting to "go home for the day" like a "normal" person. With this new web interface, I can go to a webpage, highlight the shows I want to Tivo, and keep working. Isn't technology grand? No more running home, fighting traffic, trying to remember what's on tonight.

How long do you think it will be before I'm able to blog about a TV program, only to provide a link to a Tivo download of the very same program?

Speaking of new gear, my "enable new devices" flag is still set. Yesterday, I got a digital camera, a Canon Digital Rebel. I don't really know how to work it, but I'm looking forward to learning.

I just IM-ed a friend, who asked, "how's the new camera?" with this response:

"At this point, camera gear has become like Unix to me. There ain't one I can't figure out, 'cause I've used damn near every one."

Point. Shoot. Click. Click a lot. Smile. Technology can make life more fun, it's all in the way that you use it.

Until next time...

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