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Les Paul

Les Paul on Ethernet

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Two particle physicists are sitting at a bar discussing string theory.  Two guitarists are sitting close enough to overhear the conversation and one says to the other, “So … What kind of strings do you use?”   Dumb guitarist jokes are going to have to be rewritten now that Gibson is finally going to add […]

Sony

Is Sony finally ready to play?

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Since Steve Jobs introduced the iPod, I have been rhetorically asking my clients, “… can you tell me why the number one consumer music product is now manufactured by a computer company and the number one consumer electronics company isn’t even in the game?”  My answer was validated in the following article.  Let’s hope that […]

Cablevision

Voom … did you see that?

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The NY Post Reports: In a rare blow for Cablevision patriarch Chuck Dolan, the company announced last night that it had entered a deal to sell its Voom satellite business to Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar for $200 million. Voom — part of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media unit — had been Dolan’s pet project, but twice in recent […]

Cablevision

Voom … it’s gone!

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From: Charles and Tom Dolan Yesterday, Cablevision’s Board of Directors in a split vote passed a resolution to sell or dispose of Rainbow DBS, i.e., VOOM and VOOM 21. While this news is startling, we wish to assure you that the board’s action is not in the slightest way a negative reflection upon you or […]

Special Agent Jack Bauer

More Mobisodes of 24 on a Cell Phone Near You

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The sight of Kiefer Sutherland’s anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer with a flip-top mobile phone clamped to his ear, barking orders as he once again goes about saving Los Angeles from annihilation, has become one of the enduring images of hit real-time drama 24. Now, with the launch of the fourth series of 24 on Sky […]

Final Cut HD

Apple TV, No … Apple HD

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John Markoff of the NY Times reports that: Onstage at the Macworld Exposition in San Francisco last week, Apple’s chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, proclaimed 2005 as “the year of high-definition video,” a strange declaration from someone who was not trying to sell television sets. He kept his laser-like focus on the iPod and the […]

Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Management Shakeup

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Just in case you missed this while traveling on Friday, here’s the CNN.com version of what’s going on at TWC:  NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Three senior executives are leaving Time Warner Cable, the company said Friday, as it seeks to bring day-to-day operations and its marketing functions under a single leader. The departing executives are […]

IBM

IBM open sources 500 patents

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This item has appeared all over the news in the last few days.  It is a pretty interesting play: IBM says it is providing free access to the information in 500 company patents to individuals and groups working on open source software. The company said it believes this is the largest pledge of patents of […]

Michael Jackson

Virtual Jacko – Not So Wacko!

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The power of television is sometimes described as, “… man enthralled with his own image.” The incredible popularity of voyeuristic television seems to bear this out. Now, mix in a little Shadenfraude and you’ve got a perfect recipe for big ratings … so hope the executives at E! Entertainment Television. There are no cameras allowed […]

iPod Shuffle

Apple Consumerism – Shuffle off to Mini Mac

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There’s an old cartoon that goes something like this:  It’s a diagonal split screen below a man is receiving a PC from Lucifer and above the same man is receiving a Mac from an Angel – the caption, Welcome to heaven here’s your Mac … welcome to hell, here’s your PC. Considering only 3-5% of […]

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