Saturday, January 30, 2010

Now I'm on TV

This is pretty sweet....I just read through the documentation, setup a "BurnsSoftware" channel and posted my content and I'm on TV. I can publish this out to the world. Pretty neat stuff.

Sorry the images are bad...i was on my way to a birthday party and had to take, process the raw images and upload them quick - but I can create, produce and stream HD quality content. Awesome!

IP TV on my TV

We'll I'm finally watching IP TV on my TV. Yeah, this is nothing new for me, but actually got a dedicated device for the TV - The Roku Player.

For those of you that don't know. I've got a computer (in the basement) hooked up to our LCD TV in the family room (on the first floor) via HDMI cable and it works great. It's nice to watch NetFlix or "Surf the Net" on a TV.

I've also got an XBox 360 in the basement hooked up to the plasma and that handles NetFlix, Web Surfing, and of course the gaming fix for the family.

But the LCD upstairs always needed an online injection of some type of content. Watching it with a laptop hooked up or netbook was always a pain. The netbook always dropped frames and hooking up a wireless keyboard and mouse, etc to the laptop worked, but having a keyboard in bed seemed wrong.

Well I had a couple of options. Purchase a XBox 360 for the bedroom also (not dropping $300 for that - the wife would never approve).

But the Roku was reasonable, I get NetFlix and IP TV from a bunch of the providers on the Internet. You can also connect to your Flickr/SnapFish accounts, Facebook, Major League Baseball, and my favorite (the TWIT network).

Cable and Satellite TV - you're being put on notice - your days are numbered!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

iPad = iSad

Listening to Steve Jobs talk about the iPad at the media event....

The bare minimum starts at $499 and if you want 3G built in radio for cell/data connectivity it costs another $130 so you're looking at $629 for a bigger version of the iPhone. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.

I think I'll stick with the iPhone and my 13" MacBook!

Apple could have done a much better job of this considering the competition. I'm not getting one as is...especially with the AT&T 3G network. Ouch!

Friday, January 22, 2010

What the heck are you doing in Redmond?

So I needed to install a small compact SQL based database at several hundred locations. No problem, sounds like the perfect scenario for Microsoft's SQL Server compact Edition. There are no royalty fees, etc so I'm good to deploy and go. Easy enough right?

I go to Microsoft's website and attempt to find the product for download. Well I can't find it. So I punch it into Google which returns me the correct link to download the 3.5 SP1 edition.

I install that into my Virtual PC 2007 Windows XP image. No problem, installs just fine. But then I have to write some code to create a database and test some queries against it. Since I'm in the initial phase of design, I figure, I'll just install the SQL Management Studio in the XP image instead of coding a couple of lines in to mock-up app - I'll probably need it down the road for testing anyway (plus it will help my support staff also if issues arise). Well I don't want to go through installing SQL Express tools, etc. but you can't just download that from Microsoft, you need another Microsoft tool called the "Microsoft Web Platform Launcher" so I do that and it wants to install all this other crap, but it gives me a link to the SQL Management Studio as one of the options, so I just click on that link and download that manually.

I start the management installer and it goes through some gyrations and says you need the Microsoft Installer 4.5. So I download that, install it, restart.

Then I start the management installer again and it goes through the process again, then at the end it states I need PowerShell. So I can't find version 2.0 on Microsoft's site, so I use Google and it's the first one, so I download that and install it.

Then I start the SQL Management Installer for the 3rd time and it FINALLY goes through!

What a pain! Hey Redmond, do you guys ever use your own tools? This could have been really easy to handle!