58: No More Numbers For You / The Four Tuners


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  by Rackspace comm one of the most [TS]

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  much anything hello john siracusa hello [TS]

  dan bentrim how are you doing today [TS]

  today's Friday it is an exciting week [TS]

  and has been a lot of stuff a lot of [TS]

  stuff happened [TS]

  that's true anything you want to talk [TS]

  about I think there is why why you lower [TS]

  volume today I could be louder if you'd [TS]

  like oh maybe it might just be my [TS]

  computer you're not you haven't changed [TS]

  anything on your end not a thing [TS]

  but I can I can boost the signal if [TS]

  you'd like should I edit this Audi when [TS]

  we leave this in it's part of the show [TS]

  it's up to you I'm just I like it it's [TS]

  real fascinated when things change the [TS]

  more the more things change the more [TS]

  they stay the same [TS]

  alright we got a lot of stuff to get to [TS]

  let's do it I'm actually going to start [TS]

  with a bunch of follow up on file [TS]

  systems I know it usually try to keep my [TS]

  topics that might have minority interest [TS]

  let's say to two shows or fewer usually [TS]

  one show on the topic and then maybe one [TS]

  show full of follow-up and then try to [TS]

  cut it off kind of like a dip with the [TS]

  video game controllers but there's still [TS]

  too much you could follow up on the file [TS]

  system stuff so yeah we will eventually [TS]

  get talking about the iPad don't worry [TS]

  but I do want to go through the last [TS]

  batch of file system follow-up before I [TS]

  get to that I can't believe there was a [TS]

  any follow up there was lots lots of [TS]

  them alright so first one is from this [TS]

  is a email from Adam milky I talked [TS]

  about ZFS deduplication I think in the [TS]

  last episode and I mentioned the show [TS]

  that I didn't know whether it happened [TS]

  at the time you did i/o [TS]

  or at a later point and it was some job [TS]

  that went deduplicated lots of [TS]

  enterprise storage products do that [TS]

  after the fact deduping well they will [TS]

  just crawl over your disk and find the [TS]

  blocks that are common and discard all [TS]

  but one of them ZFS deduplication [TS]

  actually is synchronous so what happens [TS]

  when you do the i/o and there's a [TS]

  significant memory overhead to it [TS]

  because it has to keep track of all the [TS]

  different check sums and everything to [TS]

  be able to quickly determine if there [TS]

  are duplicates and it happens [TS]

  differently the rationale given on on [TS]

  the on the blog entry area this is that [TS]

  they assume that CPUs have many cores [TS]

  and the CPU cost of searching through [TS]

  that table and finding people you get [TS]

  blocks [TS]

  they'll have plenty time to do that [TS]

  because IO is always going to be much [TS]

  slower than CPU and then the number of [TS]

  CPU cores keeps proliferating and he [TS]

  also had a point about that Solaris has [TS]

  a sort of time machine like mechanism [TS]

  that uses ZFS the last shot we talked [TS]

  about how Time Machine could be made [TS]

  more efficient by using some of the [TS]

  features of ZFS and Oracle has done [TS]

  something very similar to that they have [TS]

  something they call time slider I've [TS]

  linked it in the show notes that is a [TS]

  typical kind of Unix Linux II interface [TS]

  so there's no big fancy starfield and [TS]

  windows going back into the distance but [TS]

  it's like a slider control for going [TS]

  back in time to look at all of your [TS]

  different files and it's built on ZFS [TS]

  snapshots and all the stuff we talked [TS]

  about on the last show we also discussed [TS]

  on the last show in the context of SSDs [TS]

  the idea of this distinction we have [TS]

  between memory and disk and how as disks [TS]

  stop becoming actual spinning disks and [TS]

  start becoming memory chips how they're [TS]

  the storage hierarchy could be unified [TS]

  into one model and I mentioned this [TS]

  wasn't a new idea and Hugh Fischer wrote [TS]

  to tell me that a specific instance of [TS]

  this being done in the past in the 70s [TS]

  IBM developed a series of machines and I [TS]

  think they're still selling them called [TS]

  system 38 and the as400 line I've only [TS]

  ever heard of as400 system 38 looks [TS]

  vaguely familiar [TS]

  they do do this that have a unified [TS]

  memory filesystem type of model so there [TS]

  you go it's happening it's happening [TS]

  long ago and it continues to happen but [TS]

  certainly not in the PC space [TS]

  Sean Cohen writes in that palm OS of all [TS]

  things actually had a unified memory [TS]

  model back in 1.0 mostly because they [TS]

  all they had was Ram this is from the B [TS]

  palm wiki palm OS 1.0 does not [TS]

  differentiate between RAM and filesystem [TS]

  storage applications are installed [TS]

  directly into RAM and executed in place [TS]

  so that's that's neat that actually kind [TS]

  of went away when pomalyst 4.0 was [TS]

  introduced and it started to look more [TS]

  like a file system in RAM there was also [TS]

  ROM in the original palm you don't hear [TS]

  much about ROM these days but the [TS]

  original Mac and many older computers [TS]

  had some read-only chips they can [TS]

  like based version of the operating [TS]

  system or some routines that are always [TS]

  going to be used by the operon system [TS]

  just so they'd have to take up precious [TS]

  ram with that information because the [TS]

  RAM was more expensive than Rome ah Rick [TS]

  Faribault writes to tell me that modern [TS]

  hard disk drives do have their own error [TS]

  correcting mechanism built into them so [TS]

  they use a ECC fields on the sectors on [TS]

  the disk and try to detect and correct [TS]

  errors of various kinds he apparently [TS]

  began his career in the 70s at IBM and [TS]

  worked on the disk drive group worked on [TS]

  the Winchester family of drives remember [TS]

  that name from Shirley sure of course [TS]

  yeah uh and he worked on making disk [TS]

  drives work with the IBM 370 / 135 I [TS]

  love IBM's product names it's always [TS]

  letter a number / other letter and [TS]

  number Oh [TS]

  he also says his son listens to the show [TS]

  so hello Rick son your dad is pretty [TS]

  cool [TS]

  Andrew Richard pointed me to a talk by [TS]

  Abby Miller of Oracle at the Linux conf [TS]

  au the Australian Linux conference in [TS]

  2012 in January this is a very recent [TS]

  talk the title of the talk was I can't [TS]

  believe this is butter at or btrfs but [TS]

  it's not btrfs it's butter FS but I keep [TS]

  saying BTR I don't feel so bad about [TS]

  saying btrfs because I watched this [TS]

  video and in the video the presenter [TS]

  frequently is typing at the command line [TS]

  and the command line tool for fiddling [TS]

  with butter FS is called btrfs so he's [TS]

  speaking as he's typing trying to say [TS]

  okay and I'll just type it put his buddy [TS]

  you think he would say I'll just type [TS]

  butter FS space list space - whatever [TS]

  you know is but he says btrfs because [TS]

  he's actually typed in the letters BTR [TS]

  you can't bring himself to say butter so [TS]

  i don't feel so bad about flubbing the [TS]

  name so much but the reason I bring up [TS]

  this video and it's in the show notes is [TS]

  one I think it's pretty neat and the guy [TS]

  is this has a fun personality it's not a [TS]

  very dry presentation and at the end of [TS]

  it they did something that I had never [TS]

  heard of that I thought was a phrase [TS]

  that I can't use in this program but [TS]

  let's say pretty neat [TS]

  he had an ext2 file system and he said [TS]

  I'm going to show you how you can [TS]

  convert this to butter FS and the way [TS]

  the conversion works he didn't go into [TS]

  technical details so I'm going to make [TS]

  some speculation about the actual under [TS]

  the technical underpinnings but the the [TS]

  end effect is what he demonstrated the [TS]

  the way it does this is it initializes a [TS]

  BTR but RFS file system on top of your [TS]

  existing the xt2 file system by making [TS]

  all the metadata structures to point to [TS]

  the data on disk but the data that it [TS]

  points to is all the data where it [TS]

  existed in ext2 file system so it [TS]

  doesn't modify your ext2 file system at [TS]

  all it just makes a bunch of new [TS]

  metadata that says ok this is over here [TS]

  that's over there this piece of this [TS]

  files over here this is the information [TS]

  about this file and when it's done doing [TS]

  that and you reboot and then you reboot [TS]

  to tell you at the edit the HDFS tab and [TS]

  tell it that your file system is now but [TS]

  er FS it's not ext2 anymore because had [TS]

  already written information so you can [TS]

  boot from this and when you boot it [TS]

  looks like you have a brand new but er [TS]

  FS file system with a snapshot and the [TS]

  snapshot points to the exact state it [TS]

  was before you did the conversion and [TS]

  you know and then he you know he [TS]

  installed a bunch of stuff and showed [TS]

  how because this is butter FS we can [TS]

  roll back because we have a snapshot and [TS]

  all those other stuff but what you can [TS]

  actually do is roll back to the very [TS]

  first snapshot and in the very first [TS]

  snapshot your file system was the XD to [TS]

  us you can roll it back to the exact [TS]

  point at which you converted the volume [TS]

  and it will become an ext to file system [TS]

  again it doesn't actually do this in the [TS]

  video but the point is that you've [TS]

  non-destructively changed your entire [TS]

  file system and the reason you can do [TS]

  that of course is because but our FS is [TS]

  copy and write is never going to [TS]

  overwrite the the blocks that make up [TS]

  that ext2 file system leaves all of it [TS]

  exactly as it is on the disk and just [TS]

  writes new data to different locations [TS]

  and so it's it's kind of you know once [TS]

  you go back to the very very last nap [TS]

  shot and you remove all the all the [TS]

  butter FS stuff what you're left with is [TS]

  a valid ext to volume that you can boot [TS]

  from I thought that was amazing and a [TS]

  really fun consequence of copy and write [TS]

  like look we're not actually going to [TS]

  modify any of your data and suddenly one [TS]

  file system can look like it's another [TS]

  one [TS]

  because we will just point to all the [TS]

  same data in the same location so that [TS]

  was cool so thank you Andrew for [TS]

  pointing me to a video [TS]

  Boyd waters asks if I ever played with [TS]

  FreeBSD s dragonfly hammer file system [TS]

  I've heard of it I have not ever read [TS]

  much about it I put the link in the show [TS]

  notes to the page on the dragonfly bsd [TS]

  org site that describes it it has a lot [TS]

  of the similar features that we've been [TS]

  talking about snapshots file system [TS]

  multi volume file systems integrity [TS]

  checking mirroring a file history all [TS]

  the things you would expect it doesn't I [TS]

  didn't look into the tech specs enough I [TS]

  assume it's kind of like a copy-on-write [TS]

  buzzes and because that's the only [TS]

  reasonable way to support all these [TS]

  features but it didn't say explicitly [TS]

  but that is another option of the free [TS]

  option for if you're trying to set up a [TS]

  sort of home storage area network with [TS]

  multiple volumes and you want it to be [TS]

  reliable and redundant take a look at [TS]

  dragonfly bsd s hammer filesystem were [TS]

  you a big freebsd user you never never [TS]

  never I mean at least love FreeBSD we [TS]

  used to use that for all of our non [TS]

  Solaris four systems like four one two [TS]

  four one three four one two four time [TS]

  period before when they were starting to [TS]

  switch the Solaris to remember that I do [TS]

  not remember that but we're all using [TS]

  France beat FreeBSD now and if there are [TS]

  then we know it or not underneath there [TS]

  a lot of the same code whether you like [TS]

  it or not yeah Steve Schreiber writes in [TS]

  to tell me that he listened he listened [TS]

  to the whole show by file systems and [TS]

  got all upset about HFS boss the but [TS]

  then he said he we never told him what [TS]

  steps we take to mitigate this problem [TS]

  of HFS getting corrupted and stuff like [TS]

  that so for all people who are wondering [TS]

  what should I do about it now that [TS]

  you've heard all these bad things but [TS]

  HFS+ I would direct everyone to episode [TS]

  number two hyper critical way back when [TS]

  called backup vortex the summary of the [TS]

  advice in there is have multiple backups [TS]

  in different physical locations [TS]

  I do time machine to onedrive SuperDuper [TS]

  to another plus I use a cloud backup [TS]

  service I use Backblaze for one of my [TS]

  computers and use CrashPlan for the [TS]

  other [TS]

  that takes care of having your data [TS]

  backed up for combating H of s file [TS]

  system corruption I run Disk Utility [TS]

  pretty regularly not on a fixed schedule [TS]

  or anything but every once in a while [TS]

  when I get that feeling I'm not going to [TS]

  be in front of the computer for a while [TS]

  I will fire up Disk Utility and run [TS]

  repair disk and I'll run repair disk on [TS]

  my time machine volume I'll run it on my [TS]

  SuperDuper volume and then I'll run [TS]

  verify on my boot volume and verify [TS]

  finds an error I'll reboot from one of [TS]

  the other ones and repaired just doing [TS]

  that you know people ask is that [TS]

  something you should do regularly I [TS]

  wouldn't do it every day or maybe not [TS]

  even every week because it is highly i/o [TS]

  intensive and you could be you know [TS]

  wearing out here drive with all this [TS]

  extra i/o and it takes forever and [TS]

  especially when you do your boot disk it [TS]

  locks things up for a long time [TS]

  but I would put that as one of your [TS]

  regular maintenance things unlike some [TS]

  voodoo like resetting your pee Ram or [TS]

  repairing permissions or stuff like that [TS]

  like you want this to find no errors you [TS]

  want this to be a no op but I suggest [TS]

  running it because pretty frequently I [TS]

  run it and it finds a little problem and [TS]

  fixes it and it's much better to fix [TS]

  those little things as you go than to [TS]

  wait until they accumulate and maybe [TS]

  they can't be repaired or I've caused [TS]

  some problem already and of course what [TS]

  can I do about the bits actually [TS]

  flipping on the disk because of cosmic [TS]

  rays or other you know or just things [TS]

  going bad it's not much I can do about [TS]

  that it's not much anyone can do about [TS]

  that [TS]

  until we get the quote-unquote end end [TS]

  data integrity oh and speaking of Rick [TS]

  Faribault's comments about the the ECC [TS]

  things on drives that's all true with it [TS]

  but one of the points of ZFS is that its [TS]

  end-to-end data integrity that's their [TS]

  slogan which means that all that the the [TS]

  error correcting on the drive itself [TS]

  means is that the drive can tell well I [TS]

  was presented with this data and I wrote [TS]

  it to disk and I can try to be sure [TS]

  about that but there can be bugs in [TS]

  other layers of the storage stacked like [TS]

  for example just the disk controller or [TS]

  a crimped SATA cable or anything like [TS]

  that [TS]

  that will affect what appears to the [TS]

  drive so if bad data gets the drive and [TS]

  the drive dutifully records that bad [TS]

  data it's that's not helpful to you so [TS]

  ZFS is trying to say if there's any [TS]

  problem anywhere in the chain of the [TS]

  storage stack we will detect it that's [TS]

  the intent data integrity promise of ZFS [TS]

  so that's why I responded him and said [TS]

  that the error correcting codes on [TS]

  this drives are good but not sufficient [TS]

  to ensure that your data actually is [TS]

  what you expected to be all right that [TS]

  was pretty quick but that was the file [TS]

  system follow-up I had four and [TS]

  hopefully we the last of it [TS]

  it's not so bad yeah that's actually [TS]

  some of the shortest follow-up and maybe [TS]

  you've ever done kudos a lot of entries [TS]

  but I went through it quickly I think so [TS]

  ready to talk about the Apple event I [TS]

  would love to talk about this event did [TS]

  you I know that you have a people may [TS]

  not realize this but you are neither [TS]

  full-time doing this show nor are you [TS]

  full time as a writer for four Ars [TS]

  Technica you are full time in a mystery [TS]

  company you're a big big come your [TS]

  company man corporate stooge and dude [TS]

  well I'm it's the polite term that's the [TS]

  plight when I don't know that he'd be [TS]

  impolite one oh you go to your you're a [TS]

  working stiff stiff isn't it's not [TS]

  getting better okay yet so and so how [TS]

  did you see did you watch it when you [TS]

  got home were you there were you [TS]

  following along online did your boss [TS]

  know you were doing this I do wonder [TS]

  though sometimes if people assume that I [TS]

  have three full time jobs or two full [TS]

  time jobs is even two of those it seems [TS]

  like look how could you possibly I don't [TS]

  know anyway yes are you right that's not [TS]

  I was at work during the day [TS]

  I followed along tangentially in the [TS]

  live blogs you know like the little [TS]

  streaming thing of text but I didn't get [TS]

  to actually watch the video until I came [TS]

  home and the kids were in bed and so on [TS]

  and so forth [TS]

  so that that's how I watched but getting [TS]

  the news is enough you know and speaking [TS]

  of the video but a lot of people have [TS]

  asked that I tweeted several times about [TS]

  my trials and tribulations trying to get [TS]

  a high quality version of the video [TS]

  because Apple will post it on its [TS]

  website but I usually put like a web [TS]

  friendly bird and it's not so big and [TS]

  and sometimes they have the super ultra [TS]

  high def high quality version hiding [TS]

  somewhere and I always try to ferret it [TS]

  out so I put links in the show notes to [TS]

  the embedded video on Apple's website if [TS]

  you haven't seen this presentation and [TS]

  you want to watch it you can just go and [TS]

  it's on the website you can watch it if [TS]

  you want a higher definition version of [TS]

  it and you want to be able to download [TS]

  it not just stream it in your browser [TS]

  Apple has video podcast [TS]

  feeds for its keynote presentations and [TS]

  they recently reintroduced in HD one so [TS]

  I provided a link to the Apple keynotes [TS]

  HD video podcast feed it's still not as [TS]

  high-quality as occasionally you can [TS]

  find when they're like streaming it live [TS]

  and you can you know dig into the [TS]

  QuickTime files and find the actual [TS]

  things that they're referencing in the [TS]

  CDN and pull down the dot TS files then [TS]

  cat them together there's a whole I've [TS]

  done some crazy things because I like to [TS]

  have high quality archived version of [TS]

  this video but the HD video feed is what [TS]

  I suggest if you want to just have a [TS]

  nice downloadable copy that you can [TS]

  scrub around and peek it stuff and [TS]

  before we talk about the products in it [TS]

  is this was this the first major product [TS]

  announcement without Steve being there I [TS]

  can't I don't remember anymore well then [TS]

  now I mean major in the sense that it [TS]

  was new I I guess so I mean there was [TS]

  the iPhone 4s wasn't that announced [TS]

  while he was still alive and and toward [TS]

  the end there my memory so bad I don't [TS]

  know but did one of the things I noted [TS]

  it from watching in his house you know [TS]

  is the first time it struck me about how [TS]

  the presentation is different with Steve [TS]

  not here and the main difference was [TS]

  that I'll be his portions of the keynote [TS]

  presentations were imbued with his [TS]

  personality that's true of all the [TS]

  presenters out there it's just that his [TS]

  personality was different than their so [TS]

  you know Phil Schiller his personality [TS]

  is kind of you know goofy and fun and [TS]

  he's always been like that in his [TS]

  section of the presentation is like that [TS]

  and Tim Cook is very professional and [TS]

  he's all business and he's very serious [TS]

  and he's you know intense when he talks [TS]

  about the stuff that he's going to talk [TS]

  about and now Tim Cook has taken over a [TS]

  lot of the same stuff the jobs has done [TS]

  including the ending thing where he [TS]

  comes back on stage and puts the palms [TS]

  of his hands together and says something [TS]

  meaningful about the company as a whole [TS]

  the thing I really missed about jobs [TS]

  being there is that he was always just [TS]

  so kind of snarky about competitors like [TS]

  there was never there was never the [TS]

  moment in the presentation where he's [TS]

  got some formal formal things where he's [TS]

  talking about the slides and you know a [TS]

  great display and we really think this [TS]

  is a great blah blah and there's always [TS]

  that part [TS]

  where he goes let these competitors [TS]

  things that crap I mean he doesn't say [TS]

  that but like his tone of voice that's [TS]

  like hey they're doing this thing forget [TS]

  it you know he always wants to jab the [TS]

  other guys he's always wants to get in [TS]

  that little thing there and it was like [TS]

  peeking underneath the the the polished [TS]

  presentation to the guy who's just got a [TS]

  chip on his shoulder or just it is [TS]

  things to stuff is so much better than [TS]

  all the guys mad they even exist and no [TS]

  one in the current lineup of presenters [TS]

  has a personality that's like that or if [TS]

  they do they don't let it show on stage [TS]

  and one of the one of the reasons Jobs [TS]

  did is because who's gonna yell at him [TS]

  like who's gonna complain about this [TS]

  little unprofessional outburst same [TS]

  thing on earnings calls when jobs is on [TS]

  earnings calls everyone else is so [TS]

  controlled and careful on earnings calls [TS]

  but occasionally you could get jobs to [TS]

  go off on some sort of little rant and [TS]

  say something sort of not in the PR [TS]

  Handbook or a little bit too revealing [TS]

  or a little bit childish or vindictive [TS]

  nobody can be relied upon to be like [TS]

  that in Apple presentations anymore [TS]

  everyone is still very professional the [TS]

  closest you get is like you know Phil [TS]

  Phil's just I don't think that's Phil's [TS]

  personality period or if it is it's [TS]

  totally his personality in private but [TS]

  like when Phil Schiller was demoing the [TS]

  iPads connecting together with Bluetooth [TS]

  and having a GarageBand thing with four [TS]

  people jamming together Phil at the end [TS]

  is like I just wanted that guy at the [TS]

  end to take his iPad and smash it on the [TS]

  ground like you're smashing a guitar you [TS]

  know that's as close as you'll get to [TS]

  have something sort of off script alone [TS]

  sir that was scripted too but you know [TS]

  someone's personality showing through [TS]

  but that's a very different kind of [TS]

  personality than jobs and I don't see [TS]

  Tim Cook Tim Cook will tell you how [TS]

  everything is doing wonderful and how [TS]

  how it's better than what the [TS]

  competitors are doing but not in it in a [TS]

  childish taunting way and a little bit [TS]

  of child is taunting is fun so I missed [TS]

  that and I miss Steve ikg healing the [TS]

  chatroom points out the Forrestal has a [TS]

  little bit of that you can help work [TS]

  stalls got a little bit of a an attitude [TS]

  and wants to slam the other guy's a [TS]

  Forrestal gets gets a lot of I don't you [TS]

  say bad press but a lot of people say [TS]

  he's just trying to be a little Steve [TS]

  like he's imitating his personality he's [TS]

  looked at what Steve did and he wants to [TS]

  be like him I don't I don't know enough [TS]

  to know that's the case I'm willing to [TS]

  say that [TS]

  it just so happens that forestalls [TS]

  personality is very similar to jobs its [TS]

  personality and he's not doing an [TS]

  imitation or trying to is just being [TS]

  himself and and his personality is [TS]

  closer to what Steve was like but he [TS]

  wasn't on stage people saying where's [TS]

  Forrestal don't worry when I OS X is [TS]

  announced he'll be there you'll see [TS]

  plenty of for us though so enough [TS]

  meta-commentary it's perfect time after [TS]

  your metaphor for sponsor good idea [TS]

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  heard of them you ever heard of [TS]

  Volkswagen they use it and it will use [TS]

  it because it's great it's the simple [TS]

  reason why and I want you guys to try it [TS]

  they just came out I mean you can even [TS]

  first of all before I tell you what they [TS]

  just came out with you can you can use [TS]

  this on the web I mean that's really how [TS]

  they started they were a website but [TS]

  they've got an iPhone app I'm going to [TS]

  Android up and they've got a brand new [TS]

  native Mac App harvest format so you can [TS]

  track the time right from your desktop [TS]

  so here's the here's the thing you sit [TS]

  down you start working and then you know [TS]

  what a client comes in the office you [TS]

  get up you walk out yeah oh man I forgot [TS]

  forgot to stop because there's this [TS]

  global hotkey where you start recording [TS]

  when you're tracking your time right you [TS]

  forgot to hit stop you come back your [TS]

  desk like great now how am I gonna fit [TS]

  it's smart and it gets it it knows what [TS]

  you're trying to do it knows your [TS]

  machine was idle it can take away the [TS]

  idle time so you don't accidentally over [TS]

  bill your client and of course you can [TS]

  switch back to your browser and get [TS]

  features like invoicing visual time [TS]

  stuff the project budget reports here's [TS]

  the thing you go in there you get a 30 [TS]

  day trial it's free you don't give them [TS]

  your credit card you don't give them [TS]

  anything you just create a sign-in and [TS]

  you're in and you're using but if you go [TS]

  to get harvest calm slash 5x5 it's very [TS]

  important very important to use that URL [TS]

  after your trial period here's a coupon [TS]

  code 50% off your first month coupon [TS]

  code is five by five very important so I [TS]

  offer expires April 21st I'd really love [TS]

  for you guys to try this out we use this [TS]

  app and it really is great and proud to [TS]

  have these guys as a spawn [TS]

  get harvest calm such 5:05 the last week [TS]

  talked about what we thought our would [TS]

  be in the presentation yes and I think I [TS]

  did pretty darn well considering my [TS]

  complete lack of inside info I guess I [TS]

  was a little bit cheating by being close [TS]

  to the event so let's go over some of [TS]

  the things I said last week you asked [TS]

  about the Apple TV that I think there [TS]

  would be something else something not [TS]

  alluded to on the invitation [TS]

  specifically about a TV thing I thought [TS]

  the emphasis would be on the iPad and if [TS]

  they had anything about Apple TV would [TS]

  just be a new one of those little black [TS]

  boxes with bumps specks and maybe some [TS]

  1080p content to play on it and lo and [TS]

  behold that's what we got a new black [TS]

  box 1080p support and as I think I've [TS]

  said on past shows I was gonna wait to [TS]

  get an Apple TV until the new one came [TS]

  out the no one is out I ordered one it [TS]

  will be coming on 16th now 10 10 were [TS]

  you were you specifically waiting for [TS]

  1080p or you were just you were just [TS]

  hopeful or you just said you know what [TS]

  if I if I get a new one now I know this [TS]

  will be what they're going with why why [TS]

  now why wait I was not going to buy one [TS]

  that only did 720 because I my [TS]

  televisions are all 1080p why would I [TS]

  buy something like that 720 I wanted as [TS]

  I also wanted as a Netflix box because [TS]

  well Netflix doesn't even scream 1080p I [TS]

  don't think anyway it's just on [TS]

  principle why would I ever buy something [TS]

  doesn't do 1080p I don't think it's out [TS]

  of the realm like even the cheapest [TS]

  Costco you know television sets [TS]

  bargain basement things do 1080p these [TS]

  days there's no excuse for something not [TS]

  to do 1080 subs no I was never gonna buy [TS]

  a 720 only Apple TV I really hope they [TS]

  would add a Bluetooth remote they didn't [TS]

  but the up-res stuff is enough for me so [TS]

  I ballin and I plan to use it as a [TS]

  Netflix box basically because I have so [TS]

  many things that stream Netflix but this [TS]

  one has no fans in it and the TiVo the [TS]

  TiVo Netflix streaming I was now [TS]

  unusable for me because it's just so [TS]

  slow and unreliable and crashy so I [TS]

  would like to be able to stream Netflix [TS]

  without turning on the ps3 and I use the [TS]

  Apple TV do then and now I can finally [TS]

  do airplay stuff and also the [TS]

  things that you get with the appellee [TS]

  view that I thought were neat but [TS]

  wouldn't be reason for me to buy it [TS]

  alone something John our friend John [TS]

  Gruber pointed out is that you can now [TS]

  sign up for Netflix all on the Apple TV [TS]

  that you're in the past you have to go [TS]

  to their website sign up create it and [TS]

  then you'd go and you take your username [TS]

  and password go to the Apple TV enter it [TS]

  in there you no longer have to do that [TS]

  you can create your account and my [TS]

  understanding is that it actually will [TS]

  bill you through your iTunes account [TS]

  that you're not it's it's not like [TS]

  you're now going to get a separate bill [TS]

  that Netflix is billing through that and [TS]

  that you can do the same thing for those [TS]

  of us who are baseball fans you can do [TS]

  the same thing with the MLB at bat and I [TS]

  believe there's a couple other [TS]

  subscription services that you can now [TS]

  access and sign up right through the [TS]

  Apple TV and have billed through your [TS]

  iTunes account can you imagine what kind [TS]

  of deal Apple must be getting for [TS]

  Netflix like what cut of the of the [TS]

  subscriptions or some sort of per [TS]

  customer fee because man like Netflix is [TS]

  asking Apple I know you have your own [TS]

  service where you you know provide video [TS]

  for money over this box so we'd like to [TS]

  be on there too and you know customers [TS]

  like us so can we get on your thing and [TS]

  use your billing system because it [TS]

  really reduces friction Apple Ike all [TS]

  right but we're going to take who knows [TS]

  what that business deal is but I'm [TS]

  Netflix is getting the short end of that [TS]

  it monetarily but it's still probably [TS]

  worth it to them to get access to those [TS]

  customers I definitely think and I think [TS]

  it I think Apple should be very pleased [TS]

  whether they are on the better end of [TS]

  that deal or not simply because there [TS]

  are people like you who you know for [TS]

  whom Netflix is a huge selling point in [TS]

  fact we have we have two Apple TV's [TS]

  right now and one of them is is pretty [TS]

  much dedicated just for my kid to watch [TS]

  the Netflix stuff on it like that's it [TS]

  is a Netflix box for that for that room [TS]

  and no fans no fans it doesn't even get [TS]

  warm and I'll tell you what else the [TS]

  airplay you're really going to enjoy [TS]

  airplay with games if because you can [TS]

  you can simply project your games right [TS]

  up there on the screen now there's a [TS]

  little bit of a delay in a lag but if [TS]

  you've ever had your kid wanting to [TS]

  watch you play a game like maybe the [TS]

  game is too advanced for your kid [TS]

  although that that seems reverse mostly [TS]

  kids are better and stuff but there's a [TS]

  few games that I have that my [TS]

  four-year-old likes to watch me play as [TS]

  opposed to playing himself you just put [TS]

  those right on the TV you can sit next [TS]

  and watch it's great [TS]

  I think I'll mostly try using it for [TS]

  like showing photos and videos because [TS]

  right now I can do that in ten different [TS]

  ways I can show them from the ps3 I can [TS]

  you know I have to go to the computer [TS]

  and set up iPhoto and then I folk export [TS]

  them and then various things can read [TS]

  them on the TiVo or on the ps3 it's so [TS]

  much easier if I could just do that [TS]

  wirelessly oh yeah in the same room with [TS]

  an iOS - by sitting in front of the [TS]

  thing - just put up some pictures and [TS]

  from a different room John if you want [TS]

  yeah or car now with like with photo [TS]

  stream and the new iPhoto for iOS now I [TS]

  actually have access like my actual [TS]

  photo so this this will be great I think [TS]

  will be a good addition to the this set [TS]

  of stuff I've have in my house so the [TS]

  iPad my predictions on that were [TS]

  pregnant displayed I knew that I thought [TS]

  it would have the same case a little bit [TS]

  thicker that was heavily rumored also [TS]

  true we talked a little bit about the [TS]

  dock connector whether they replace it I [TS]

  said same dock connector that was right [TS]

  on pricing I said I thought the pricing [TS]

  would be the same and they would push [TS]

  down by continuing to sell the iPad - [TS]

  that's exactly what they did I said that [TS]

  I thought Apple should push upwards but [TS]

  they were afraid - and lo and behold [TS]

  they didn't there is no 128 gigabyte [TS]

  model top end price is the same as the [TS]

  previous top end price the CPU I thought [TS]

  I thought that the a6 wasn't ready and [TS]

  it wouldn't be quad-core and lo and [TS]

  behold it is the a 5x as rumored it is [TS]

  dual-core but they wanted to have [TS]

  quad-core somewhere in the presentation [TS]

  and on the spec stage so they said [TS]

  quad-core GPU we're really core counting [TS]

  is not the way GPUs tend to be measured [TS]

  these days but but that was an [TS]

  interesting bit of marketing needed [TS]

  their cameras I said I thought they had [TS]

  to find some way to try to get some of [TS]

  their markings back so I did not think [TS]

  they would have the iPhone 4s camera in [TS]

  the iPad in fact I said I thought I [TS]

  wouldn't be surprised they didn't change [TS]

  the cameras at all [TS]

  well they didn't change the front one [TS]

  it's exactly the same VGA FaceTime [TS]

  camera there was that and the back one [TS]

  has the 4s [TS]

  optics the optics from the iPhone 4s [TS]

  camera but not the same sensor it's 5 [TS]

  megapixels instead of 8 megapixels so [TS]

  they sort of split the difference there [TS]

  so I'm feeling pretty good about what I [TS]

  thought was going to happen and what [TS]

  they actually did what the [TS]

  my big miss was the one I walked about [TS]

  in the beginning I said that previously [TS]

  I was so sure that they were not going [TS]

  to do LTE but that in recent weeks I was [TS]

  feeling more doubtful about that I stuck [TS]

  to my guns and I said I think no LTE [TS]

  well I was wrong on that one and I was [TS]

  right to doubt it because they have LTE [TS]

  and I find it a little bit surprising [TS]

  mostly because I thought the power [TS]

  consumption would just be too much but [TS]

  that battery that they jammed in there [TS]

  is supposedly a 70% higher capacity it's [TS]

  not like you know like they made it like [TS]

  less than a millimeter thicker so you're [TS]

  like oh how much bigger could the [TS]

  battery be how much more capacity could [TS]

  possibly have you know 10% 15% [TS]

  apparently has 70% more capacity so [TS]

  those chips in that screen really are [TS]

  sucking juice and they they solved that [TS]

  problem by just jamming in more battery [TS]

  it makes me wonder I guess for the next [TS]

  year for the next model you would assume [TS]

  they're going to go back to starting to [TS]

  get thinner again and the way they'll do [TS]

  that is not by increases in battery [TS]

  technology because battery technology [TS]

  increases very slowly but by new [TS]

  chipsets that consume a lot less power [TS]

  than the current LTE chipsets and maybe [TS]

  reducing the power of the screen if they [TS]

  possibly can [TS]

  but not so much by saying ah now we have [TS]

  a battery that's the same size but twice [TS]

  the capacity that doesn't happen really [TS]

  that would be quite a breakthrough in [TS]

  battery technology so Apple is running [TS]

  up against physics with the amount of [TS]

  stuff they're jamming in here which is [TS]

  another reason I think they should [TS]

  consider going up scale to possibly have [TS]

  I don't know I don't know how this I've [TS]

  thought about this a lot I don't really [TS]

  see a way out for them but I I think [TS]

  long term the idea of an iPad is larger [TS]

  than 10 inches starts to become [TS]

  something Apple has to consider and do [TS]

  and at that point you can fit all sorts [TS]

  of things in there and battery life can [TS]

  expand greatly and now you're talking [TS]

  about like a professional pad we're not [TS]

  there yet we're not even close to there [TS]

  yet and we the real problem is how would [TS]

  software work you know considering if [TS]

  you try to keep similar sizes for [TS]

  everything now a regular iPad app is [TS]

  smaller in the center of the screen you [TS]

  have to have these iPad pro apps that [TS]

  are bigger that I think this will happen [TS]

  someday but not this year not next year [TS]

  and maybe not the year after that we did [TS]

  talk about the name briefly you asked me [TS]

  what I thought the name was I [TS]

  went back to the podcast and listened to [TS]

  see exactly what I said what I said [TS]

  my first reaction of the name is I'm not [TS]

  really interested in that because it's [TS]

  not going to change the product that's [TS]

  right [TS]

  apparently Apple's not really interested [TS]

  in the name either because they they [TS]

  pumped it on that uh when press was you [TS]

  essentially not going to commit to a [TS]

  name I said that I thought if the case [TS]

  was thicker than they would go with [TS]

  three but it was exactly the same case [TS]

  they get away with two s they decided to [TS]

  go with no name at all and what I [TS]

  tweeted during the presentation was like [TS]

  the Apple in in the jobs two era has [TS]

  been very anti speck where they didn't [TS]

  want to compete on specs anymore because [TS]

  they kept getting burned competing on [TS]

  specs they would and the PC world was [TS]

  all about the numbers and if if you show [TS]

  all your numbers you are sort of [TS]

  accepting that this is how products are [TS]

  compared you put them in a big table you [TS]

  say how many megahertz how many [TS]

  megabytes you know battery life screen [TS]

  size you just do the specs and say oh [TS]

  well for the ascent and then the price [TS]

  is the big number you say well for that [TS]

  same price I can get a PC that has [TS]

  better this better that better that [TS]

  because the numbers are bigger and if [TS]

  you keep playing that game apples always [TS]

  going to lose there because they they [TS]

  value different things and they put [TS]

  their money towards different things [TS]

  like yeah you know does this laptop a [TS]

  case yes checkmark case case seems like [TS]

  they're equal right well the Apple would [TS]

  spend all this money on these cases made [TS]

  of titanium or whatever and that is not [TS]

  represented by a checkmark and so yeah [TS]

  their CPU was slower the batterer your [TS]

  life was worse but the other parts were [TS]

  unaccounted for so Apple said you know [TS]

  we're just not going to talk about that [TS]

  anymore [TS]

  starting specifically with the iOS [TS]

  devices we're having to tell you what [TS]

  CPU is in it Ram yeah they have RAM but [TS]

  that's all we're going to tell you or I [TS]

  can tell you how much RAM is in them [TS]

  they really only wanted to focus on the [TS]

  spec so they think matter to consumer is [TS]

  like battery life or how long will the [TS]

  battery last they don't tell you what [TS]

  battery technology they're using or [TS]

  anything like that when it suits them [TS]

  they will tout specs that they think [TS]

  they're ahead on hey the Retina display [TS]

  look this resolution is bigger than HD [TS]

  quad-core GPU that's meaningless quote a [TS]

  quad-core GPU means nothing to anyone [TS]

  but it sounds fancy and they need some [TS]

  way to talk about the fact that the a5 [TS]

  has fewer doesn't have four cores [TS]

  because they touted the a5 dual-core [TS]

  bits like hey this is [TS]

  back we camped out twice as fast dual [TS]

  core whatever but they just don't want [TS]

  to play that spec game at and you know [TS]

  they only want to they only want to play [TS]

  it when for any specific narrow [TS]

  instances where they can win uh and that [TS]

  philosophy is served them well moving [TS]

  the conversation from you know don't buy [TS]

  that iPad because you can buy a Zune [TS]

  that has more megahertz you know I think [TS]

  it's silly conversations like that and [TS]

  even in the PC space talking less about [TS]

  the specs on the PCs and more about the [TS]

  the intangibles well as it turns out [TS]

  there's one other number that Apple [TS]

  needs to expunge from their product line [TS]

  and that is the number after the product [TS]

  iPad 2 [TS]

  iPhone 4 iPhone 4s iPhone 3G that one [TS]

  little place where they let in eighth a [TS]

  number that you need to increase that [TS]

  they let that creep into their product [TS]

  lines and they learned I think a hard [TS]

  lesson with the 4s where they said you [TS]

  know we're not going to call us the [TS]

  iPhone 5 we're going to call it the 4s [TS]

  same thing with 3G and 3GS and I just [TS]

  kept getting slammed because the number [TS]

  wasn't one bigger it's like well last [TS]

  year was a four and now it's still a [TS]

  four but there's a letter shouldn't it [TS]

  be a five you know it's a spinal tap [TS]

  well that's one louder isn't it but this [TS]

  one isn't one louder it's just got an S [TS]

  on the end and so Happold head you know [TS]

  what fine if you guys can't handle you [TS]

  know that if that suddenly becomes how [TS]

  we're judged and how public perception [TS]

  of our products is influenced by the [TS]

  stupid number at the end of proc game no [TS]

  more numbers for you iPad 2 and then the [TS]

  new one is just called the iPad so you [TS]

  know you're gonna happen how about the [TS]

  fact there's no numbers but at least [TS]

  you're not going to say well it should [TS]

  have been the iPad 3 but it's the iPad [TS]

  2s and we're all sad now and as many [TS]

  many people have pointed out on the [TS]

  internet like this doesn't phase me at [TS]

  all and I don't understand how like [TS]

  maybe your initial reaction it's like oh [TS]

  no numbers that's weird but the second [TS]

  someone reminds you because everyone [TS]

  knows this isn't like people knows [TS]

  reminds you that the MacBook Air doesn't [TS]

  have numbers the the MacBook doesn't [TS]

  have numbers the iMac doesn't have [TS]

  numbers and somehow we all survived year [TS]

  a year with IMAX coming out with what is [TS]

  just the iMac 7 the iMac 28 I don't know [TS]

  how can I tell that this iMac is but [TS]

  it's just the iMac it and once someone [TS]

  reminds you of that people it amazes me [TS]

  that people persist in saying ok [TS]

  but I still think it should be iPad 3 [TS]

  why but don't what don't you understand [TS]

  how these people are so okay with the [TS]

  iMac not having a number on it [TS]

  and yet still when they've gone back and [TS]

  thought about it are upset about the [TS]

  fact that the iPad doesn't have a number [TS]

  on it if if you need more if you need [TS]

  more convincing that that why this [TS]

  dropped the numbers is how the iOS [TS]

  devices are different than PCs well it's [TS]

  clear that Apple thinks that the iPad is [TS]

  the successor to the PC this whole post [TS]

  PC thing and the beginning of the [TS]

  presentation about this is a post PC [TS]

  world and Apple's the leader in this [TS]

  space and all the stuff that we already [TS]

  know but that's clearly apples pitch if [TS]

  the iPad is the thing that succeeds the [TS]

  PC why should it have to have numbers [TS]

  when Apple's PC products don't doesn't [TS]

  make any sense to me of course the [TS]

  situation we have in all the the Mac [TS]

  around is that we have these I was [TS]

  calling the support names some people [TS]

  call them Apple care names but they the [TS]

  products do have names and for the real [TS]

  nerds we know that it's like you know [TS]

  Mac Pro for comma one there are specific [TS]

  model numbers that are completely [TS]

  unambiguous that tell you exactly what [TS]

  your machine you have but then there are [TS]

  the support names like you know uh well [TS]

  I booked what does some of the name so [TS]

  she could look something up like a there [TS]

  used to be like mirror drive door Power [TS]

  Mac g4 or a primary key form your Drive [TS]

  door or white eye book late spring 2003 [TS]

  like they'd have all these weird phrases [TS]

  that would uniquely identify Apple [TS]

  support system the particular machine [TS]

  you had and they weren't the part [TS]

  numbers with it with the numbers and the [TS]

  comments and everything so there were [TS]

  two unique ways to identify your think [TS]

  one of them was techie and nonsensical [TS]

  you know the MacBook Pro 8 comma 2 is [TS]

  someone just pasted it into the chat [TS]

  room uh and then there were the longer [TS]

  names that had some parenthetical phrase [TS]

  about the time of release or the color [TS]

  of the thing or the dual USB iBook all [TS]

  sorts of weird phrases to differentiate [TS]

  it from the previous one and then [TS]

  finally was is the product name itself [TS]

  and even on the iPad even though it was [TS]

  called the iPad 2 and they use iPad 2 to [TS]

  the marking material when you bought one [TS]

  in the store it comes in a package that [TS]

  says iPad on it doesn't say iPad to any [TS]

  or on the package and same thing with [TS]

  the iPods the iPod Nano gap applied a [TS]

  note to the iPod Nano 3 the iPod Nano 4 [TS]

  they just can't make [TS]

  new iPod nanos and they didn't put [TS]

  numbers on them and they were you know [TS]

  they had product numbers and names and [TS]

  all this stuff where they could be you [TS]

  could identified - so the name thing [TS]

  just boggles my mind that I I'm not [TS]

  surprised that people have the distil [TS]

  reaction of all where's the number like [TS]

  that's natural it's natural to have that [TS]

  immediate reaction but once you've had [TS]

  the 5-10 minutes to talk about it and [TS]

  once you've seen the obvious rebuttals [TS]

  I'm amazed that people don't find those [TS]

  convincing and it continued to go well I [TS]

  think it's Jap numbers really really [TS]

  done let's see what else we have here [TS]

  Ram we never talked about RAM when we [TS]

  were talking about predictions to the [TS]

  show Matt or maybe we did in a remember [TS]

  I don't think we did actually [TS]

  so Apple does another spec that Apple [TS]

  doesn't talk about they don't they don't [TS]

  obey Ram in the pressroom room [TS]

  afterwards when the press goes in there [TS]

  and gets to talk to the Apple people are [TS]

  stacked nigga and other publications who [TS]

  are read by nerds dutifully ask every [TS]

  time how much RAM does it have and the [TS]

  Apple people do beautifully today we're [TS]

  not talking about that today or whatever [TS]

  the hell they're you know polite no [TS]

  comment answers that's that's so silly [TS]

  and strange like the fact that they [TS]

  don't talk about it fine they don't they [TS]

  don't think that's something I'd [TS]

  emphasize don't don't talk about it in [TS]

  the event but afterwards in the press [TS]

  room when some nerdy publication is [TS]

  asking you just tell them how much [TS]

  friend has it's not like they're not [TS]

  gonna find out on March 16th they're all [TS]

  gonna get the machines or I'm gonna fire [TS]

  them up and load the little dinky piece [TS]

  of software that measures the RAM and [TS]

  say and tell us how much ram it has and [TS]

  you know we have a pretty good guess now [TS]

  anyway everyone seems to think it's one [TS]

  gigabyte why not just tell us for sure [TS]

  why I leave this you know what what does [TS]

  Apple gain by obstinately refusing to [TS]

  tell us this when asked don't listen I [TS]

  respect Paige don't advertise don't put [TS]

  it in the presentation but when asked [TS]

  directly by a practicin for some obscure [TS]

  nerdy publication just tell them it's [TS]

  not you know it's not telling us does [TS]

  not make this information not known it's [TS]

  just like a spiteful two-week delay in [TS]

  us finding out for sure and similarly [TS]

  there was a another weird thing where [TS]

  apparently in the press room people were [TS]

  asking about the weight like is this [TS]

  weigh the same as the previous iPad and [TS]

  the Apple people kept saying that it did [TS]

  weigh the same but it doesn't weigh the [TS]

  same [TS]

  I mean on Apple's own speck on that if [TS]

  you were to go to their website I think [TS]

  and look it up you can get a spec that [TS]

  says that it doesn't weigh the same up [TS]

  but in the pressroom people were saying [TS]

  it weigh the same so why would Apple's [TS]

  press people be saying something that's [TS]

  contradicted by their own spec sheets [TS]

  and that and again as soon as people get [TS]

  them they can put them on a scale and [TS]

  it's not like we're not going to know [TS]

  which one weighs more and somehow by [TS]

  Apple not telling us that weighs [TS]

  slightly more than the other one that [TS]

  you know so I was thinking about that [TS]

  one is they could just be mistaken and [TS]

  they didn't know about the weight [TS]

  difference the second one is that there [TS]

  is no real downside for them telling you [TS]

  it weighs the same because telling you [TS]

  weighs the same even if they know it to [TS]

  be not true is good because it deflects [TS]

  the story for the for the publications [TS]

  that don't that aren't read by nerd like [TS]

  USA Today asked at an apple spokesperson [TS]

  does this weigh the same as the iPad 2 [TS]

  and the Apple spokesperson says yes the [TS]

  USA Today person publishes that case [TS]

  that I don't care I asked the Apple [TS]

  representative they said wait that [TS]

  becomes an on point in their stories [TS]

  even like the New York Times The Wall [TS]

  Street Journal if the apple spokesperson [TS]

  say weighs the same maybe maybe Walt [TS]

  Mossberg would be picky about that and [TS]

  sale actually doesn't weigh the same but [TS]

  for a lot of publications I'll just [TS]

  print what Apple tells them so that's [TS]

  upside for Apple because it deflects the [TS]

  story from talking about how this is [TS]

  slightly heavier and if you know and [TS]

  when eventually people get the things in [TS]

  weigh them or they go and look at the [TS]

  spec sheet and see that it's different [TS]

  and they call them on say hey Apple you [TS]

  said these weigh the same Apple said [TS]

  well come on it's like 80 grams it's [TS]

  basically the same and that's true it is [TS]

  basically the same which is why Apple [TS]

  thinks it's a non-story and why they [TS]

  don't want people to talk about it so [TS]

  that could be a slightly evil PR [TS]

  strategy to say look if we just tell [TS]

  them it weighs the same it just makes [TS]

  things easier that the Nerds you want to [TS]

  know we're going to find out anyway and [TS]

  so what and the people who don't know [TS]

  it's basically the same anyway let's not [TS]

  make this a story the other thing was [TS]

  the thickness they in the presentation [TS]

  they showed what the thickness was and [TS]

  you can look up an Apple spec sheet what [TS]

  this because of the iPad 2 was and [TS]

  compare the two numbers but they didn't [TS]

  make a big point out of it in the press [TS]

  room they wouldn't allow any of the [TS]

  press to take out their own iPad 2 as [TS]

  which I'm sure all had and lay them down [TS]

  next to the iPad 3 to do all those [TS]

  pictures like let me take a picture with [TS]

  my iPhone here's the iPad 2 is def ad 3 [TS]

  from the press room you can look at it [TS]

  from the side and see which one is a [TS]

  little bit thicker everyone [TS]

  going to do those pictures once they get [TS]

  their units to do the real reviews Apple [TS]

  I guess didn't want those pictures to [TS]

  happen now and the excuse they gave was [TS]

  like well the iPad 2 looks so much like [TS]

  the iPad 3 and we don't want people [TS]

  taking these things out of the room [TS]

  which I seems like it makes sense it's a [TS]

  good kind of PR II type excuse but if [TS]

  you think about it for a couple seconds [TS]

  just like well maybe if you're inviting [TS]

  press to your events who you think might [TS]

  steal the iPad 3 maybe don't invite [TS]

  those guys next time that's a little bit [TS]

  of a glib answer because you could say [TS]

  well if we knew they were going to steal [TS]

  that we wouldn't invite them but we know [TS]

  we won't find out until the first person [TS]

  steals one and then it's too late so [TS]

  really we would rather not let you have [TS]

  things like that so the test of this [TS]

  will be next year when the iPad whatever [TS]

  the new iPad comes out and it presumably [TS]

  it is thinner than the current one or [TS]

  maybe at least stays the same weight or [TS]

  Apple does have anything to hide about [TS]

  the thickness will then it become [TS]

  acceptable for the press to put their [TS]

  own iPad 3's next to the new ones and [TS]

  take photographs of it as these are all [TS]

  things you can ask Gruber about because [TS]

  he's actually in that room but I'm just [TS]

  going on you know reports that I've read [TS]

  from other people who are in the room [TS]

  but it's just weird Apple PR is weird [TS]

  sometimes they're weird with a purpose I [TS]

  think all the things they're doing here [TS]

  I can imagine [TS]

  reasonable purposes for it and not [TS]

  saying the way it's the same not [TS]

  allowing pictures side-by-side not not [TS]

  telling people the RAM is the toughest [TS]

  one that I had that I can you know [TS]

  figure out and especially since you've [TS]

  doubled the RAM like if it really is 1 [TS]

  gigabyte going up from 512 answer that [TS]

  question it's all there's only upside [TS]

  really I know you don't want to [TS]

  emphasize the RAM but I think just [TS]

  telling publications in the press room [TS]

  is ok you're not offering that [TS]

  information but when they specifically [TS]

  ask for it just tell them the answer [TS]

  it's silly not to we're going to find [TS]

  out as soon as we get the unit's anyway [TS]

  face time versus eyesight did you notice [TS]

  this in the presentation yeah there is [TS]

  an iSight camera specifically something [TS]

  identified as an iSight camera yeah and [TS]

  this is the thing you miss like when I [TS]

  was at work watching the live blogs go [TS]

  by a window on the side these nuances [TS]

  aren't expressed that [TS]

  in one of the transcripts typed through [TS]

  it I sighed and I thought it was funny [TS]

  to use eyesight but when you watch the [TS]

  actual presentation Phil Schiller says I [TS]

  will read his exact words here even [TS]

  though they're a little weird when the [TS]

  camera that gets when when the camera [TS]

  gets of such quality and capability that [TS]

  you're proud to use it as your everyday [TS]

  camera photographs we call it an iSight [TS]

  camera so that sense is in the [TS]

  presentation to explain to people who [TS]

  are paying attention why they're calling [TS]

  is eyesight when previously they were [TS]

  calling you know that they didn't have a [TS]

  name and they were calling things based [TS]

  on so the implication there is that face [TS]

  time means only suitable for video [TS]

  conferencing so we just want to see your [TS]

  face and send it to somebody over a low [TS]

  bandwidth connection you use a FaceTime [TS]

  camera but once the cameras cross a [TS]

  certain threshold of quality that Phil [TS]

  has defined as something you're proud to [TS]

  use is your everyday camera that's [TS]

  there's quite a bit of strange emotional [TS]

  connection put up in there it's not [TS]

  about quality it's about you being proud [TS]

  of it I'm proud to use this as my [TS]

  everyday camera what someone would be [TS]

  proud to use a gigantic iPad as their [TS]

  everyday camera I don't know but at the [TS]

  very least it's clear that once the [TS]

  quality crosses a certain threshold they [TS]

  call it an iSight camera which to me is [TS]

  really weird because the birth of the [TS]

  eyesight brand was in a camera that sets [TS]

  on top of your monitor and faces you for [TS]

  the purpose of video conferencing but [TS]

  now somehow FaceTime is the camera that [TS]

  faces you for the purpose of video [TS]

  conferencing and eyesight is the one on [TS]

  the back of your devices that's the high [TS]

  quality thing that you take videos with [TS]

  and pictures with look bit weird you [TS]

  know and finally I haven't read this yet [TS]

  but I linked it because this stuff is [TS]

  usually pretty good and nerdy and text [TS]

  coverage of the new iPad is filled with [TS]

  specs he for example he lists one [TS]

  gigabyte and speculation and information [TS]

  about the GPU and all sorts of other [TS]

  stuff so I would recommend people read [TS]

  that while they're waiting for their [TS]

  iPad threes to arrive and yes the the [TS]

  marketing name or the AppleCare name or [TS]

  the support name not the marketing and [TS]

  the support name of the iPad is iPad in [TS]

  parentheses third-generation so not very [TS]

  confusing if they really do release one [TS]

  of these every year it will still be [TS]

  very clear which model you have I don't [TS]

  know what the the number comma number [TS]

  version of it the thing is mary's ipad 3 [TS]

  comma one or something who knows [TS]

  so that's all I think I have on the iPad [TS]

  introduction you or your order yours I'm [TS]

  I'm still waffling on that hmm I'm gonna [TS]

  get one probably I guess kind of what [TS]

  I'm waiting for is to see whether I end [TS]

  up going to WWDC because if I go I'd [TS]

  like to use this as my main device I I [TS]

  brought my wife's iPad last year and it [TS]

  worked pretty well for me and it was [TS]

  certainly easier to carry around the [TS]

  MacBook Pro which I also brought so if I [TS]

  go I will want to have my new iPad 3 [TS]

  with me but if I don't go I don't know [TS]

  maybe I'll wait a little bit longer I [TS]

  also don't like to get the first batch [TS]

  of devices there's some sort of problem [TS]

  with them or the screens have some sort [TS]

  of yellowing thing or the home buttons [TS]

  get messed up I just let the early [TS]

  adopters work that I know just get it [TS]

  replaced under warranty it won't be a [TS]

  big deal but I just want the hassle so [TS]

  I'm gonna wait on that when I do get one [TS]

  I'll probably get a 32 gigabyte black [TS]

  Verizon 4G model that is my expectation [TS]

  okay good model yeah that's that seems [TS]

  to be all of our devices in our house [TS]

  are 32 gigs black and if there's 3G on [TS]

  them or any kind of cellular technology [TS]

  its Verizon that's exactly what what we [TS]

  got here there you go good choice yeah I [TS]

  heard Marco getting his now he got the [TS]

  miramare the millionaire model that's [TS]

  what he got that's right [TS]

  the millionaire millionaire model which [TS]

  is basically the the highest end [TS]

  everything max done everything I this is [TS]

  the first one 18 t though he did because [TS]

  where he lives in in Brooklyn ah-ha that [TS]

  apparently service there on AT&T for him [TS]

  is phenomenal I don't understand why he [TS]

  would be using the I I didn't [TS]

  disintegrate any to ask him why would he [TS]

  be using the 4G at home but maybe when [TS]

  he's out about in town it's better for [TS]

  him but I think universally here in the [TS]

  US people people report that Verizon [TS]

  gets better coverage although maybe the [TS]

  speeds on 18 T are better but I don't I [TS]

  I don't know if that's the case here's [TS]

  another question that that's come in do [TS]

  you know if people and [TS]

  this doesn't apply to an iPad because [TS]

  you can't do calls on an iPad but do you [TS]

  know if LTE it shouldn't have that [TS]

  limitation for the CDMA users where they [TS]

  can't do data and voice at the same time [TS]

  again I know you don't do this on an [TS]

  iPad but do you know what the status is [TS]

  of that I would assume that limitation [TS]

  is gone okay that was a believe in [TS]

  limitation inheritance CDMA right and [TS]

  will not be present at all on LTE and [TS]

  that's the other thing like the Verizon [TS]

  is like well you probably get better [TS]

  coverage but 18 these speeds are better [TS]

  when you're in some place with good [TS]

  coverage of both but for LTE I don't [TS]

  know what the answer is is Verizon's LTE [TS]

  just as fast as AT&T is assuming same [TS]

  signal strength I don't know I always [TS]

  get Verizon because the whole purpose of [TS]

  having cellular connection is you are [TS]

  away from Wi-Fi and when you're away [TS]

  from wipe I want a connection the most [TS]

  important thing is not the speed of that [TS]

  connection but whether you can get a [TS]

  connection and I do not get good signal [TS]

  from many cell carriers in my house but [TS]

  the only time I ever use 3G on the iPad [TS]

  that we have a 3G or my wife's eyes on [TS]

  is when we are away from our house on [TS]

  vacations come are mostly so we'll buy [TS]

  we'll buy a month of 3G when we go on [TS]

  vacation to the beach or whatever or if [TS]

  we go somewhere I want to use the iPad [TS]

  is like a big GPS or something or [TS]

  getting from the airport to a hotel and [TS]

  you're you know we're in a different [TS]

  state we're nowhere near you know so the [TS]

  coverage at my house is not that big a [TS]

  factor so I just want to have the best [TS]

  odds of wherever we happen to go getting [TS]

  covered and so I'm going with Verizon [TS]

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  blowing your nose or something no I I [TS]

  was closing browser tabs and by closing [TS]

  them I suddenly made the frontmost tab a [TS]

  video that decided once I'm the [TS]

  frontmost tab I should start playing the [TS]

  video and now I can't find where that [TS]

  video is I see I think it was the [TS]

  presentation video and trade that when [TS]

  you're sitting at a computer all sudden [TS]

  you start to hear audio and it's like [TS]

  which tab is this buried in they usually [TS]

  means I'm on the air yeah it was coming [TS]

  out of luckily I think I was muted so [TS]

  you didn't get to hear alright defo I [TS]

  just turned off my speakers so are you [TS]

  how you using the new Safari by the way [TS]

  I know this is a little off-topic might [TS]

  not be on there but I'm curious to know [TS]

  because you're mentioning tabs are you [TS]

  using the news of the beta of Safari no [TS]

  I'm not using I that I've you know I'm [TS]

  still grousing about five one that came [TS]

  with lion hmmm still suffering through [TS]

  the pee we now need to reload all of [TS]

  your tabs [TS]

  sometimes they announce that sometimes [TS]

  they don't sometimes I'll just be [TS]

  sitting there using something and all of [TS]

  a sudden all of my tabs are reloaded and [TS]

  that makes me very very angry I believe [TS]

  John that there was an update to Safari [TS]

  since the since that came out I know for [TS]

  sure that [TS]

  latest update seems to have addressed [TS]

  that problem it also brings to Safari [TS]

  what I believe is one of the best [TS]

  features of Chrome which is an address [TS]

  bar that doubles as a search bar so that [TS]

  you no longer need to hit command L to [TS]

  get over to the search you just start [TS]

  typing right in the address field and it [TS]

  become it's quite smart and figures [TS]

  things out and knows what you mean [TS]

  you're talking about safari 5 - yeah [TS]

  yeah no I haven't played with that beta [TS]

  but it also has fat tabs [TS]

  yeah I saw Gruber complaining about I [TS]

  see I actually think the fat tabs the [TS]

  only time when the fat tab looks silly [TS]

  is when it's the only tab or maybe if [TS]

  you have tunics always so tab bar though [TS]

  that's not the main problem don't have [TS]

  always show tab bar selected I don't [TS]

  ever have that like I don't want to see [TS]

  the tab bar when there's one tab and I [TS]

  think you know in my in the real Safari [TS]

  in five one three I don't have that [TS]

  checked and when there is one only one [TS]

  URL open there's no tab bar at all so [TS]

  we'll never see one fat tab or one [TS]

  skinny tab this is no tab just five [TS]

  student remove that option to not always [TS]

  show the tab bar uh no well so let's see [TS]

  if we go under the tab options right now [TS]

  it says I I do not I do not see an [TS]

  option there under tabs it says open [TS]

  pages and tabs instead of windows never [TS]

  automatically always there's a checkbox [TS]

  for command click opens a link in a new [TS]

  tab and there's a checkbox that says [TS]

  when a new tab or window opens make it [TS]

  active but I uh I don't see a tab but if [TS]

  I if well and hold on let me verify that [TS]

  I've got another machine here to check [TS]

  the the new one running so that's the [TS]

  current one now the new beta let me get [TS]

  this thing going here you know these [TS]

  these little uh these little errors they [TS]

  really do start up fast don't they so [TS]

  the options on the new the new one are [TS]

  identical yeah I don't see they used to [TS]

  be a thing that said oh you show tab bar [TS]

  yes no and I always turn that off I said [TS]

  of course I don't want to see the tab [TS]

  bar with only one tab so that option is [TS]

  gone and maybe they just changed the [TS]

  behavior in five two so now that it does [TS]

  show the tab it does it I'm not seeing [TS]

  it and and when you open a new window [TS]

  there's no tabs if you hit command T to [TS]

  start a tab [TS]

  you get two tabs one is closed closed [TS]

  one of them though and then they both go [TS]

  away all right oh so that's normal then [TS]

  yeah I've seen the fat tabs the two time [TS]

  I've seen it [TS]

  Mountain Lion mountain line is Safari [TS]

  five - so it has the same behavior III [TS]

  think it is you have just the one or I [TS]

  guess the two tabs there that does look [TS]

  a little silly but really I think it's [TS]

  great it you can see the full titles and [TS]

  they just get smaller and smaller and [TS]

  why would you not want them today you [TS]

  don't want because it means that [TS]

  clicking on the second tab is a longer [TS]

  distance for your cursor to go if you've [TS]

  only got your chitters next to the first [TS]

  tab and you want to go from the first [TS]

  head to the second time you've got to [TS]

  travel all across this vast expanse of [TS]

  probably empty first tab aha [TS]

  that's why and that feels worse if [TS]

  you're used to not having to move your [TS]

  mouse as much obviously the obvious [TS]

  advantages now you can see more of the [TS]

  title and that's why you know compromise [TS]

  is just shrinking the tabs to contain [TS]

  the title plus or minus some some [TS]

  fudging that at the title is [TS]

  ridiculously long truncated anyway I'm [TS]

  sure they'll tweak that stuff I'm not [TS]

  too concerned about it I do like that in [TS]

  five one they change to the chrome way [TS]

  of opening new tabs I really like this [TS]

  far away because I was used to it but [TS]

  then I use Chrome all the time - and [TS]

  then I'm using one browser they pay one [TS]

  way one browser behave the other way but [TS]

  now my both of my browsers are behaving [TS]

  the same way that is opening when you [TS]

  open a new tab it opens to the right of [TS]

  the tab that spawned it instead of [TS]

  always opening at the far out of the [TS]

  full list of tabs now that both of my [TS]

  browser's do that I find it more [TS]

  convenient so I don't have to go all the [TS]

  way to the right to find that tab that [TS]

  just open that's it's just to the right [TS]

  of the one that I opened it from but [TS]

  that's that's off topic I do actually [TS]

  have a second topic here besides the [TS]

  iPad if you think we're done with the [TS]

  iPad there was anything else you want to [TS]

  talk about I think I think we've one [TS]

  thing [TS]

  do do you anticipate using a case or [TS]

  cover free our pen I'm just or anything [TS]

  with the listeners life yeah my wife has [TS]

  a smart cover for hers I think the smart [TS]

  cover has problems the most annoying one [TS]

  for me is when I flap it around to the [TS]

  back of the thing that the very last [TS]

  little bit of it doesn't stick well [TS]

  because the back surface of the iPad [TS]

  curves away from it and the magnets [TS]

  don't quite hold it so I hate that [TS]

  little back flap falling down I've tried [TS]

  all sorts of other schemes of [TS]

  according up the accordion accordion [TS]

  hang up the case so it's also crunchy [TS]

  underneath your hand I don't like doing [TS]

  that either occasionally the magnets [TS]

  aren't up to the task of holding the [TS]

  thing on when I have an arrangement [TS]

  wrangle but for the most part I think [TS]

  the Smart Cover has way more pluses than [TS]

  minuses so I probably will get a smart [TS]

  cover for my iPad but I still also want [TS]

  a sleeve to stick it in for further [TS]

  protection when I'm not using it so that [TS]

  my plan is get a smart cover and then [TS]

  find some sort of sleeve that I can slip [TS]

  the thing into that will give an extra [TS]

  minor protection and then take that [TS]

  sleeve and smart cover covered iPad and [TS]

  stick it inside you know a bag a laptop [TS]

  bag or whatever messenger bag whatever I [TS]

  happen to be carrying more likely a [TS]

  backpack this is the second topic for [TS]

  the show if you think we have time yeah [TS]

  let's hit the second time second topic [TS]

  second topic is all my new electronics [TS]

  purchases which I will now complain [TS]

  about Wow how do you think we have [TS]

  enough time for that could be that could [TS]

  be huge I could just have one the [TS]

  highlight but at one of the thought [TS]

  lovers was a upgraded by [TS]

  lovers was a upgraded by [TS]

  wireless now my wireless my internet [TS]

  connection at home so now I am thirty [TS]

  five megabits up and down you're on the [TS]

  for those who don't remember these [TS]

  conversations you have FiOS or feet feos [TS]

  as you say mm-hm and this is provided to [TS]

  you by what company is it as Verizon yes [TS]

  and that means you have 35 up and down [TS]

  simultaneous yes it's like a paradise [TS]

  it's like living you you literally live [TS]

  in heaven it's pretty good but you could [TS]

  go up to what a hundred 100 by a hundred [TS]

  right well it's all I'm sure they will [TS]

  keep cranking it up like this is the [TS]

  same price as my old 25 15 because they [TS]

  just for because of competitive pressure [TS]

  because I can also get Comcast here and [TS]

  I can also get RCN I believe so there is [TS]

  competitive pressure I can get more [TS]

  download speeds from Comcast but Comcast [TS]

  connections are comically asymmetrical [TS]

  where it's like 72 megabits down and to [TS]

  up and that's no way to live it's no way [TS]

  to live so yeah I do this and Verizon [TS]

  not that good about capping you either [TS]

  because I do those speed test sites I [TS]

  don't know accurate those are maybe [TS]

  they're maybe they're fudged but I [TS]

  always get more than 35 I get like up to [TS]

  45 megabits down just because there's [TS]

  probably too much work for them to [TS]

  accurately cap the download speeds in [TS]

  some situations but I do like having [TS]

  good although speed but anyway as part [TS]

  of that was part of a big reshuffling [TS]

  that I did and my big reshuffling was [TS]

  finally getting rid of the standard [TS]

  definition television in the bedroom [TS]

  which had built-in DVD player and like [TS]

  the kids would watch movies in there [TS]

  occasionally and it had my old series [TS]

  two dual tuner TiVo attached to it [TS]

  recording standard def programs and I [TS]

  had one of those giant Verizon standard [TS]

  definition cable tuner things attached [TS]

  to it and then the TiVo would have to [TS]

  talk to the giant standard definition [TS]

  cable tuner thing either through an IR [TS]

  blaster or through a serial cable and we [TS]

  use serial cable because I thought it [TS]

  would be more reliable but occasionally [TS]

  the Teva would fail to correctly change [TS]

  the channel on the tuner and record the [TS]

  wrong channel and it's just it was just [TS]

  a mess and we knew you know it was only [TS]

  a matter of time before that all got [TS]

  replaced with HD so I got a new HDTV up [TS]

  there I moved the the TiVo HD XL from [TS]

  downstairs to the upstairs I bought a [TS]

  blu-ray player for the upstairs and it's [TS]

  like Christmas in your house [TS]

  so now it's now the kids can watch the [TS]

  movies on their still because you know [TS]

  once the TV goes with DVD player at Matt [TS]

  meant that I needed to get a new Tebow [TS]

  for downstairs and rather than talking [TS]

  about all those other things that I did [TS]

  and by the way I did this in a one giant [TS]

  thing where I had to get the Verizon [TS]

  change to the service the new cable card [TS]

  the new Internet service limits it also [TS]

  changed my phone system changed the [TS]

  channel lineups that I was receiving an [TS]

  HDTV bought a new television bought the [TS]

  blu-ray player they replace the TiVo [TS]

  with a new TiVo all the new cabling the [TS]

  new wireless connection for the upstairs [TS]

  TiVo because there's no wire thing I had [TS]

  to get all that stuff arrived at the [TS]

  house at the same time so that I could [TS]

  sit down when the weekend actually came [TS]

  and do everything at once while everyone [TS]

  was out of the house in like two or [TS]

  three hours without saying oh I missed [TS]

  the cable or all this doesn't work or [TS]

  this thing didn't arrive in time and it [TS]

  was pretty successful basically had [TS]

  everything arrived at the house within a [TS]

  day or two of each other [TS]

  all that was ready and waiting on the [TS]

  Saturday the kids and the wife leave the [TS]

  house to go on their their morning [TS]

  activities and then I just descend on [TS]

  the living room and bedroom and tear [TS]

  everything up the only thing I was [TS]

  missing was a right-angle HDMI connector [TS]

  so that the cable doesn't poke out of [TS]

  the side of the upstairs I can't believe [TS]

  that all you forgot that I mean come on [TS]

  like who does that though that that's [TS]

  one of my minor complaints about the [TS]

  television which I don't won't talk [TS]

  about today but there's four HDMI inputs [TS]

  on it and it didn't think to look where [TS]

  they were and so one HDMI input is on [TS]

  the back and I goes to the TiVo but then [TS]

  the blu-ray player has to go into one of [TS]

  the all three other inputs were on the [TS]

  side you know and like so one or two on [TS]

  the side is for when you want to just [TS]

  connect something up temporarily but who [TS]

  puts three inputs on the side and one on [TS]

  the back because then you have this [TS]

  cable poka straight out of the side and [TS]

  you try to bend it so it doesn't you [TS]

  know then you look at the TV and can [TS]

  always see this little curve of a cable [TS]

  poking out of the side so I had to buy a [TS]

  right-angle HDMI adapter so that the [TS]

  cable wouldn't poke into the side does [TS]

  the one thing I didn't have arrived in [TS]

  time but everything else I had [TS]

  everything all together and it all [TS]

  worked [TS]

  no Verizon still had to come to the [TS]

  house the cable card activation worked [TS]

  nicely but the main thing I want to talk [TS]

  about is the new Tivo for downstairs [TS]

  which I had been putting off buying for [TS]

  a long time and that is the TiVo premier [TS]

  elite I didn't want to buy a new TV [TS]

  premier because as I talked about on the [TS]

  very first episode of the show many [TS]

  complaints about TiVo and [TS]

  I couldn't believe that the Tebow [TS]

  products user interface and experience [TS]

  of using continues to get worse even as [TS]

  time progresses and in theory hardware [TS]

  gets faster and the premiere in [TS]

  particular changed its interface I [TS]

  believe they're using flash for it but [TS]

  whatever they're using it was way slower [TS]

  to navigate the menus you'd hit down [TS]

  down down and thing would go down oh you [TS]

  want to go down again down did you sit [TS]

  down I don't know that he sit down I'll [TS]

  check all you sit down [TS]

  it was just maddeningly slow so slow it [TS]

  was unusable so recently the premier [TS]

  elite came out which is a permit Evo [TS]

  premier but instead of having two tuners [TS]

  it has four tuners and a big giant hard [TS]

  drive and all sorts of other fancy stuff [TS]

  and as part of that release they [TS]

  released a software update initially [TS]

  only for the premiere leap I think now [TS]

  you can get it on any premier that [TS]

  supposedly made things faster made the [TS]

  menus not seem so horrendously slow [TS]

  because I'd used a friend of Mines TiVo [TS]

  premier when he first got it and I said [TS]

  oh this is so horrible I I can't buy [TS]

  this I have to wait until they address [TS]

  this in some way so the premier elite [TS]

  and the software update the company it [TS]

  seemed to address it in some way and I [TS]

  think I talked about in a show sometime [TS]

  in the middle of the run of this show [TS]

  about about that software update and [TS]

  said well and the TiVo premiere elite [TS]

  saying is the elite does the elite have [TS]

  a faster CPU does it have more RAM we [TS]

  know it has a bigger hard drive but is [TS]

  there anything about it other than the [TS]

  software update that makes it faster I [TS]

  think in my research I determined [TS]

  basically that it's all the software [TS]

  update that makes this thing faster but [TS]

  either way I like the fact that the [TS]

  menus wouldn't be so like unusable slow [TS]

  and I had to buy a new TV and I can't [TS]

  buy the one I have upstairs the TiVo HD [TS]

  and that one angers me greatly anyway [TS]

  because the name of the product is TiVo [TS]

  HD but it doesn't have a high definition [TS]

  interface a user interface not that [TS]

  drove me not so here here's the the list [TS]

  of the good and the bad about this new [TS]

  product a lot of people knew I was [TS]

  getting the TiVo premier lead wanted to [TS]

  hear what I thought of it [TS]

  the good it's got four tuners and he can [TS]

  record four shows at the same time that [TS]

  really works it works fine is to to [TS]

  cable cards for that no one cable card [TS]

  one cable card one multi-stream cable [TS]

  card activation was pretty darn [TS]

  let's just plug it into the back of the [TS]

  thing fall there's it's getting this [TS]

  thing I I feel bad for anybody who's not [TS]

  a nerd who it would have the the amount [TS]

  of stuff arrived at their house that are [TS]

  out you know because you get the cable [TS]

  card and that comes in a package with [TS]

  extensive incredibly detailed [TS]

  instructions that how to set it up and [TS]

  then you get the TiVo which also comes [TS]

  with like a giant fold-out post their [TS]

  card instructions a link to your elf [TS]

  instructions a giant manual of [TS]

  instructions just really detailed [TS]

  extensive instructions and step-by-step [TS]

  how to set things up and then of course [TS]

  you have a television which has similar [TS]

  instructions all those instructions can [TS]

  flick with each other none of them agree [TS]

  in any way it's up you were presented [TS]

  with a like well if I follow the the [TS]

  instructions that came with the cable [TS]

  card I can't also follow the [TS]

  instructions came with the TiVo but I [TS]

  follow the instructions come with the [TS]

  TiVo at some point I have to do the [TS]

  things it's on if I didn't know what to [TS]

  do I would have been entirely lost [TS]

  because everyone wants to help you and [TS]

  they want to do they want to provide you [TS]

  with incredibly detailed instructions [TS]

  but none of them know about each other [TS]

  because Verizon doesn't know that I have [TS]

  a TiVo premier and Tibor you doesn't [TS]

  know that I have Verizon [TS]

  you know I feel bad for the people who [TS]

  have to set this up themselves it is not [TS]

  simple at all so but the four tuners one [TS]

  multi-screen cable card no problems [TS]

  records for shows can watch another one [TS]

  absolutely no problem I'm in the good [TS]

  section so I won't say what's bad about [TS]

  for tuners way too that Dan and the next [TS]

  good item is that it does have an HD [TS]

  interface that means the menu screens [TS]

  are rendered in high-definition [TS]

  previously believe it or not the menus [TS]

  were rendered in standard definition and [TS]

  stretched to fill a sixteen by nine [TS]

  screen so one of the major interface [TS]

  elements in the TiVo user interface is a [TS]

  colored circle next to your program that [TS]

  indicates the age of that program and [TS]

  whether it's about to be deleted or [TS]

  whether it's been permanently saved and [TS]

  so every program had a little circle [TS]

  along the side of it well if you take a [TS]

  standard def interface and stretch it to [TS]

  a 16 by 9 HD screen all the circles [TS]

  become ovals and it looks silly and [TS]

  stupid and so now finally finally TiVo a [TS]

  product from TiVo and the premiere had [TS]

  this too not just the premiere elite [TS]

  program Pivo has a high definition user [TS]

  interface in which these circles are [TS]

  actually circular [TS]

  this ends the good portion of because [TS]

  this review I guess I should also say [TS]

  the implied thing and all this is that [TS]

  for all the complaints I'm about to make [TS]

  about TiVo the reason I keep buying them [TS]

  is because I know of no better DVR [TS]

  product and what I want is a DVR [TS]

  I want a DVR that does these things they [TS]

  can record many shows at once that [TS]

  accepts my you know cable subscription [TS]

  all my premium channels and records them [TS]

  for me and TiVo is the best product I [TS]

  family does that so for all these things [TS]

  I'm going to complain about which are [TS]

  all entirely true I don't leave the [TS]

  product or not buy it or buy something [TS]

  different because everything else I've [TS]

  looked at has been worse in some way to [TS]

  me so for example setting up my own [TS]

  media center PC I don't want to deal [TS]

  with that stuff I want it to be like [TS]

  TiVo where it's an appliance and I don't [TS]

  have to worry about I just want it to be [TS]

  good and not bad the the DVR that comes [TS]

  with it you know the FiOS TV are the [TS]

  ones that come with Comcast or any of [TS]

  the cable company DVRs I've used them [TS]

  18t u-verse I've tried them all out at [TS]

  other people's houses I do not like them [TS]

  they are much worse if I had to do a [TS]

  review of any of those products it would [TS]

  be even worse than what I'm about to say [TS]

  about the TiVo premier elite so don't [TS]

  take this as saying I'm not a fan of [TS]

  TiVo I've been user people forever they [TS]

  are the best that a thing that does what [TS]

  I wanted to do they just have so so far [TS]

  to go so the bad what's bad about this [TS]

  the menu UI though it is not unusable [TS]

  slow is still SuperDuper slow and is [TS]

  still slower than the TiVo hd's menu [TS]

  system and the TiVo HD menu system in [TS]

  turn was slower than it's your TiVo [TS]

  series - I don't remember long enough [TS]

  ago to say whether the TiVo series one [TS]

  had slower men had faster menus in the [TS]

  series - but I wouldn't be surprised if [TS]

  that was the case as I think I said on [TS]

  the first show there's some I can [TS]

  imagine some kind of allowance for the [TS]

  fact that when the TiVo product line [TS]

  went from recording standard definition [TS]

  television to high-definition television [TS]

  it's a tremendous increase in the [TS]

  processing power required to do that and [TS]

  the storage space and the i/o and [TS]

  everything it's just it's a big leap to [TS]

  go from standard def to HD it's like I [TS]

  don't know if it's 10 times as much but [TS]

  is it a huge amount of extra data and [TS]

  complexity and computation [TS]

  so I will give an allowance for during [TS]

  that transition period when they're [TS]

  changing from aged from standard-def to [TS]

  HD that it's okay for that first HD [TS]

  machine to feel a little bit slower but [TS]

  the overall trend over the 10-year life [TS]

  of the company or whatever should be [TS]

  that the user interface gets faster as [TS]

  as time marches on because as time [TS]

  marches on Hardware gets better and [TS]

  things should get faster the iPad 2 [TS]

  feels faster than the iPad 1 the iPad 3 [TS]

  I imagine will fail faster than the iPad [TS]

  2 certainly when the iPad has been out [TS]

  for 10 years comparing the user [TS]

  interface speed of the iPad 2 to the [TS]

  iPad 17 the iPad 17 should not feel [TS]

  slower am I crazy but every time I bring [TS]

  this up someone says what are you [TS]

  talking about Craig who cares how it's [TS]

  chip is fine it's not bad you should get [TS]

  faster shit crazy right it should it's [TS]

  just like it flies in the face of of [TS]

  logic and it's just crazy so the user [TS]

  interface is slower it's slower than the [TS]

  TiVo HD I don't like that I bought a [TS]

  more expensive machine presumably with [TS]

  more powerful hardware it shouldn't feel [TS]

  slower I should be able to go down down [TS]

  down down down and be down that number [TS]

  of items not wait for the thing to catch [TS]

  up not see it miss my my particular [TS]

  click J Flynn wrote in to tell me that [TS]

  the Bluetooth remote tiwa does sell [TS]

  Bluetooth remote with like a slider [TS]

  keyboard on it feels faster because I [TS]

  guess it takes the IR a recognition out [TS]

  of the loop right I don't like the [TS]

  Bluetooth remote because it's shorter [TS]

  and squatter so I haven't tried it but I [TS]

  ought that my friend of mine has it [TS]

  maybe I'll try his remote and see if [TS]

  that makes it feel faster but it's my [TS]

  impression that it's not just like the [TS]

  IR signaling because it's the series 2 [TS]

  in the series one had IR 2 and they felt [TS]

  much faster you go you as fast as you [TS]

  can hit that little button down it would [TS]

  move move down and speaking of the [TS]

  remote one thing they changed in the [TS]

  remote it looks same on the outside but [TS]

  they switch from four triple-a batteries [TS]

  the two double-a batteries and the four [TS]

  triple-a batteries were arranged in like [TS]

  a grid - on top of two the two double A [TS]

  batteries are side-by-side and that [TS]

  shifts the center of mass backwards on [TS]

  the remote a little bit and makes it [TS]

  feel less balanced to me I'm getting it [TS]

  - superb nitpicking but I over refer [TS]

  everyone to the title of the show I did [TS]

  like it better when the weight was more [TS]

  evenly distributed [TS]

  through the remote maybe I get more [TS]

  battery life out of these other two [TS]

  doublea's but we'll see so the second [TS]

  thing with the menus is that despite the [TS]

  fact that they put a high definition [TS]

  menus in the circles and now actually [TS]

  circles the old menu system is still [TS]

  there lurking very near underneath the [TS]

  surface so if you go into like settings [TS]

  or something or one of the other screens [TS]

  suddenly you're back into the old menus [TS]

  the old-style menus I I don't think [TS]

  they're standard def or maybe our [TS]

  standard Devon stretch but it's not [TS]

  there's a there's a new look for the [TS]

  menus of a side by side thing of like a [TS]

  primary and a detail view in this header [TS]

  and if you do anything out of the [TS]

  ordinary your switch back into the old [TS]

  menus this kills me because TiVo the [TS]

  first high-definition TiVo came out in [TS]

  2006 which was six years ago and right [TS]

  we're close to six years ago how long do [TS]

  you think it should take the company to [TS]

  convert this entire product line to to [TS]

  have the user interface in HD how long [TS]

  before we don't see those old menus any [TS]

  more certainly for example the new Apple [TS]

  TV that's coming out they've redid the [TS]

  menus there is renewing the menus in the [TS]

  Apple TV I suspect that when you go more [TS]

  than two menus deep you won't suddenly [TS]

  seen the old Apple TV man you know they [TS]

  redid the whole thing and by the way the [TS]

  whole thing is in HD [TS]

  somehow Apple can do this on a yearly [TS]

  basis and it was six years time people [TS]

  can still not expunge the standard [TS]

  definition or old style menus from its [TS]

  system can you reason out what why can [TS]

  you reason it out from a software [TS]

  developer standpoint return on [TS]

  investment maybe or like that maybe they [TS]

  invested in like because they think who [TS]

  cares about this only people like me [TS]

  care about the menus are NHD or you care [TS]

  about the jarring transitions do they [TS]

  say well if we had to dedicate we have [TS]

  these menus that work we have this whole [TS]

  system that works why don't we just redo [TS]

  the menus most people see most of the [TS]

  time but leave the more obscure menus in [TS]

  the old style because that's a better [TS]

  returner it's just it's bad [TS]

  prioritization I think it's not it's not [TS]

  as if the engineers are at fault here [TS]

  it's management deciding what we're [TS]

  going to pay money to fix and what [TS]

  they're going to do is make a fancy new [TS]

  UI and their only going to hit the the [TS]

  seven screens that people are most [TS]

  likely to see and the old obscure ones [TS]

  just use the old UI and the other thing [TS]

  might be that they use flash for the new [TS]

  interface and found out that it was not [TS]

  great performance wise and one of the [TS]

  options on the TiVo both in the premiere [TS]

  and merely is you can say [TS]

  let me use the old menu so you can [TS]

  switch the whole thing back to the old [TS]

  ugly user interface with the ovals and [TS]

  the stretched standard F stuff that is [TS]

  like a vote of no-confidence in your UI [TS]

  saying we made this fancy new UI but if [TS]

  you don't want to use it you can totally [TS]

  switch back to the old way which by the [TS]

  way is still not standard F and so it [TS]

  does really amazed me that like maybe [TS]

  that's your thing for your first HD [TS]

  product well we'll just add it the [TS]

  highlights let's not you know for the [TS]

  first HD procs didn't do the redo the [TS]

  main usability both series 3 use the [TS]

  standard def menus that was in 2006 the [TS]

  TiVo HD which is like a more affordable [TS]

  version of the the fancier season 3 in [TS]

  2007 use the standard def menus only in [TS]

  2010 four years after they made the [TS]

  transition to HD they put the very first [TS]

  high definition menu anywhere in their [TS]

  product 2010 four years later after the [TS]

  transition to HD the very first High [TS]

  Definition menu appears and then at that [TS]

  point it still not all the menus and [TS]

  here we are in 2011 the premier elite [TS]

  still standard menu and by the way when [TS]

  it changed the standard F menus if you [TS]

  don't have if you have the thing set to [TS]

  do native output because you want your [TS]

  television to do the scaling for you [TS]

  like I would set the Telos to do native [TS]

  output so it's a 720p sense 720p to my [TS]

  TV because I have more conference than [TS]

  my fancy TV can display 720p then I do [TS]

  to that allow the TiVo to do the [TS]

  conversion for you like you can tell [TS]

  TiVo always output 1080i no matter what [TS]

  the signal is that the show is 720p [TS]

  converted to 1080i and put it and send [TS]

  it to my TV or convert attend 1080p and [TS]

  send it to my TV I would rather have my [TS]

  television decide how to display 720p [TS]

  content how to display 1080i how to [TS]

  display 1080p cuz my television cost [TS]

  more money than my TiVo and I have more [TS]

  faith those people know what they're [TS]

  doing but that means that when you [TS]

  change menus and it changes from like [TS]

  you know a 1080i menu in the hi-def to [TS]

  the 720p which is a stretched version of [TS]

  the standard def menu you get this [TS]

  flickering and the whole screen goes [TS]

  black and it changes then terrible it's [TS]

  it's it's you know if you showed TiVo to [TS]

  Steve Jobs he would his head would [TS]

  explode everything wrong with it you [TS]

  could possibly imagine [TS]

  yeah so the new UI does say okay we've [TS]

  got a wider screen now so now we're [TS]

  sixteen by nine and we can put things [TS]

  side-by-side but [TS]

  good take advantage of the wider screen [TS]

  but they did move some stuff down the [TS]

  lower level in the sort of menu stack so [TS]

  one of the items that I use a lot is to [TS]

  keep until thing where you go into a [TS]

  show and you tell it out I have this [TS]

  season pass set for you to delete the [TS]

  shows if you need space but actually [TS]

  this particular episode I really want to [TS]

  watch so keep this show until I delete [TS]

  it and that changes the little circle [TS]

  next to the thing - a green circle so [TS]

  blue circle means that we just recorded [TS]

  yellow circle means is getting kind of [TS]

  old in yellow circle the exclamation [TS]

  point means I was going to get deleted [TS]

  soon and then green means will never [TS]

  automatically delete this will keep a [TS]

  trip and so I frequently go through like [TS]

  you know we have these kids programs [TS]

  recording for my children and [TS]

  occasionally my son or daughter will say [TS]

  I really liked that episode I don't say [TS]

  it they'll keep asking for it and I'll [TS]

  realize oh geez I better I better keep [TS]

  the Martha speaks episode where they go [TS]

  camping because it seems like the kids [TS]

  asked for it all the time so let me mark [TS]

  it as green let me mark it - to keep it [TS]

  forever so the other episodes will just [TS]

  go off the end in turn or whatever but [TS]

  any time they want to see the camping [TS]

  episode I'll know I have it and that's a [TS]

  frequent ask that I do on a per show [TS]

  basis not saying keep every single [TS]

  Martha speaks you record forever but [TS]

  just the particular episodes the kids [TS]

  wants I mark now that that's two more [TS]

  menus deep in the menu structure I would [TS]

  really like a shortcut for that there is [TS]

  a shortcut for delete if you highlight a [TS]

  program and hit the clear key it will [TS]

  delete the program amelie instead of you [TS]

  having to go into the program select [TS]

  delete from the menu or whatever there's [TS]

  no shortcut for keep until I delete [TS]

  which is like well fine you can't have a [TS]

  shortcut for everything but the tebow [TS]

  premier remote adds four buttons to it [TS]

  or four or five it's like it's got a [TS]

  color buttons like red green yellow blue [TS]

  whatever those buttons you normally see [TS]

  on on a blu-ray remote control and maybe [TS]

  you don't have a blu-ray player I don't [TS]

  but I've seen ya the colored buttons [TS]

  they put on they have a green button [TS]

  it's not being used for anything you [TS]

  push the green button when the program [TS]

  is highlighted and nothing happens it [TS]

  seems like if that should be the thing [TS]

  they should make to make the little [TS]

  thing green stuff like that it makes me [TS]

  think that that someone's not paying [TS]

  attention details the other one another [TS]

  example they would probably make Steve [TS]

  Jobs head explode is actually I don't [TS]

  even have this in my notes beche talk [TS]

  but anyway so when I got the new dinner [TS]

  TiVo as you can imagine of someone who [TS]

  lives their life on TiVo and has two [TS]

  kids we have a tremendous number of [TS]

  season passes season passes are where [TS]

  you tell [TS]

  TiVo that I will want you to record [TS]

  every episode of this program instead of [TS]

  me having to manually tell you every [TS]

  week to record it that's called the [TS]

  season pass and we have many many many [TS]

  of those we have ones for kid shows ones [TS]

  for the shows that we watch and you can [TS]

  put different options on you can say [TS]

  record only only the new episodes record [TS]

  repeats and the new episodes how long [TS]

  should I keep them should I keep them so [TS]

  you watch them or should I delete them [TS]

  if you don't watch them for a while all [TS]

  sorts of options and then you prioritize [TS]

  them it's like a big long list and you [TS]

  reorder them so that there's a priority [TS]

  order saying okay well these two shows [TS]

  conflict let me see which one is higher [TS]

  in the priority stack and I will pick [TS]

  that one to record so as you can imagine [TS]

  after it must be like 10 years of using [TS]

  steve-o's or maybe not that long but a [TS]

  pretty long time we have a big [TS]

  complicated stack of season passes in a [TS]

  particular order so that we get the [TS]

  shows recorded that we want to be [TS]

  recorded and when I get a new device [TS]

  unlike you know your iOS devices and [TS]

  with iOS 5 and iCloud you don't just [TS]

  enter your username and password then it [TS]

  sets it up for you it comes to you as an [TS]

  empty device that has no idea who you [TS]

  are or anything about you and used to be [TS]

  that was that was it like when I set up [TS]

  my my dual tuner series 2 I plugged in [TS]

  and what I had to do was before I [TS]

  disconnected the series 1 write down on [TS]

  a piece of paper this was a long time [TS]

  ago folks we had Pittsburgh the names of [TS]

  all the season passes noting in me of [TS]

  the options in the order that they were [TS]

  and then I would sit there with the [TS]

  remote control in front of the series 2 [TS]

  entering all these season passes again [TS]

  with a with a five-way control up down [TS]

  left right and select up down left right [TS]

  and select it takes a long time so I was [TS]

  excited to see on the TiVo website which [TS]

  they've been slowly trying to add [TS]

  features to that there's a thing to [TS]

  transfer your season passes for one [TS]

  device to another through with a web [TS]

  interface now ignoring the fact that in [TS]

  this day and age should be more like iOS [TS]

  5 where you just enter something in and [TS]

  it syncs a lot for you I'm like you know [TS]

  don't look a gift horse in the mouth [TS]

  just go to the go to the mouth go to the [TS]

  website and do this transfer thing I [TS]

  mean it doesn't hurt like how could it [TS]

  possibly cause any problems because when [TS]

  you get the thing out of the box it's [TS]

  got nothing on it so even if it doesn't [TS]

  work you have nothing to lose because [TS]

  you're starting with an empty box if it [TS]

  doesn't work well you got an empty box [TS]

  or whatever so I hope the thing up get [TS]

  everything ready go to the website go to [TS]

  the season pass [TS]

  thing pick you know the TiVo HD XL from [TS]

  the source thing pick TiVo from years of [TS]

  destination select all the bunch of [TS]

  checkboxes select all the checkboxes and [TS]

  say transfer please I click the button [TS]

  it goes grind grind grind shows me a [TS]

  little spinner thing or whatever and [TS]

  after a couple minutes of that it pops [TS]

  up a thing that says the following [TS]

  season passes could not be transferred [TS]

  and it shows the entire list of season [TS]

  paths it's another very bottom it says [TS]

  this could be because the this may be [TS]

  because the channel lineups are not [TS]

  identical on the t-bo's or at some [TS]

  obscure message like that and so what am [TS]

  I supposed to do with this information [TS]

  the channel lineups are not identical [TS]

  they're connected to the same cable did [TS]

  I set up the channel lineups differently [TS]

  am I going to go to the upstairs TiVo on [TS]

  the downstairs TiVo and compare their [TS]

  channel by Janet because you can turn [TS]

  channels on and off like you can say I [TS]

  don't want to see the standard F [TS]

  channels or I don't want to see you know [TS]

  HBO Latino or whatever because I don't [TS]

  understand Spanish like you can turn [TS]

  them on and off do I have to get and by [TS]

  the way I have like a thousand channels [TS]

  on my FiOS subscription so I would have [TS]

  to go a list oh through a list of a [TS]

  thousand things and match up for each [TS]

  one so they're identical if I was to [TS]

  take that error message at face value [TS]

  but as a long time TiVo customer I know [TS]

  enough not to take that message at face [TS]

  value and I assumed maybe it's just not [TS]

  ready for me to transfer season passes [TS]

  because it's only been a day or [TS]

  something or something hasn't been [TS]

  updated in system or god knows what I'm [TS]

  just like whatever I tried it a few [TS]

  times same error message every time I [TS]

  said forget it I'll do it manually so I [TS]

  go and I start doing it manually with my [TS]

  little written list this time on you [TS]

  know and iPad so I don't have to write [TS]

  it with a pencil and paper and enter the [TS]

  season pass is manually in the order [TS]

  that used to be accounting for the fact [TS]

  that now I have four tuners no probably [TS]

  fewer conflicts and I get them all [TS]

  arranged and by the way this is another [TS]

  adorable feature of TiVo when you're in [TS]

  the season pass list and you are [TS]

  rearranging season passes we have over [TS]

  100 season passes that sounds crazy but [TS]

  there are many things that cause us to [TS]

  have over 100 one of them is that TiVo [TS]

  has no way to know that the show will [TS]

  never air again or that the program info [TS]

  change so for one season of Survivor you [TS]

  set up a season pass for it when the new [TS]

  season of Survivor comes that is a new [TS]

  season pass it does realize that this is [TS]

  Survivor again right it has [TS]

  has no notion of that but that's that's [TS]

  across the board [TS]

  yeah and and also doesn't realize that [TS]

  the old season of Survivor is never [TS]

  going to air again you know what I mean [TS]

  so that's why we end up with 100 and and [TS]

  and it's like why don't you just clean [TS]

  them out while I'm getting to that so [TS]

  you have this big long list of 100 [TS]

  season passes and you wanted to be in a [TS]

  certain order so here I am entering them [TS]

  and sometimes rearranging them and [TS]

  moving stuff in the right place if you [TS]

  move one of those season passes in my [TS]

  season pass list and say okay please [TS]

  move this from slot 4 to slot 5 the [TS]

  thing will tell you please wait for five [TS]

  minutes sometimes longer go walk away [TS]

  you will not be able to use your TiVo [TS]

  again for a long long time as you can [TS]

  imagine if that's how long it takes to [TS]

  move one in one position rearranging the [TS]

  entire list would take forever now there [TS]

  is a trick where if you go over to the [TS]

  moving around thing and you never say [TS]

  okay this is where I want it but stay in [TS]

  the little moving around column there's [TS]

  like little arrows you can go on the [TS]

  right side of each item you go up up [TS]

  down down if you just stay over there [TS]

  and don't accidentally hit left don't [TS]

  accidentally hit right and don't [TS]

  accidentally hit select but just hit up [TS]

  and down you can rearrange all of them [TS]

  then say at the end okay now commit and [TS]

  then go walk away and and find something [TS]

  else to do for five or ten minutes but [TS]

  of course you are severely punished by [TS]

  accidentally hitting the wrong way and [TS]

  the five way pad so here I am carefully [TS]

  rearranging this list of things and [TS]

  entering stuff first I have to enter [TS]

  them all and then I have to arrange them [TS]

  all in one step and while I rearrange [TS]

  them I can't accidentally hit the arrow [TS]

  because I've just lost five minutes of [TS]

  time minimize what is walk away [TS]

  incredibly frustrating why does it take [TS]

  this long to rearrange them I don't know [TS]

  is there's some sort of you know [TS]

  quadratic algorithm that's that you know [TS]

  scaling exponentially inside so that you [TS]

  can rearrange one of them in in you know [TS]

  one second but you can rearrange 50 of [TS]

  them and you have to wait for the heat [TS]

  death of the universe I don't know what [TS]

  algorithm you see there it's like but [TS]

  it's bad maybe they don't expect you to [TS]

  have this many season passes maybe I'm [TS]

  an outlier or something but it seems to [TS]

  me that I'm one of their best customers [TS]

  because I'm really using their products [TS]

  maybe I'm using it too much but this is [TS]

  horrible so I do all this work get [TS]

  everything arranged as much as I [TS]

  possibly can this is exhausting to sit [TS]

  there in front of it you're not being [TS]

  entertained I'm not being entertaining [TS]

  while I'm doing this I'm just moving [TS]

  stuff around getting things set up [TS]

  making things so gonna record then go to [TS]

  bed wake up the next morning come [TS]

  downstairs [TS]

  what do I find I find that in the night [TS]

  something in TiVo's back-end system [TS]

  perhaps their website had decided ok he [TS]

  wanted transfer a bunch of season passes [TS]

  let me do that for him and shoved some [TS]

  crazy subset of season passes not all of [TS]

  them mind you but some of them and then [TS]

  scrambled the auto randomly so the new [TS]

  rule was ok let's never touch that [TS]

  website again does the season pass like [TS]

  migration thing obviously is pure evil [TS]

  we can never go to that page again don't [TS]

  even load that page because if we [TS]

  actually load that page for all we know [TS]

  it's going to scramble our season passes [TS]

  again is the whole process all over [TS]

  again of rearranging everything not not [TS]

  a good user experience Tebow no but and [TS]

  yet you're still loyal but yeah I but [TS]

  I've got one more this is the one more [TS]

  thing but there's one more thing like [TS]

  all the stuff I kind of knew what I was [TS]

  going to get going to I new season pass [TS]

  this load rearranged I figured the [TS]

  rearrangement thing was going to be a [TS]

  dud and it was it had one little sneaky [TS]

  trick where it totally destroyed all my [TS]

  work because I dared try to use it and [TS]

  it figured out that the channel apps [TS]

  weren't the same and tried to do it but [TS]

  amazingly amazingly there's one thing [TS]

  that even I and my pessimism and [TS]

  crankiness could not have predicted it [TS]

  would have been worse about this TiVo I [TS]

  totally do not predict this so on the [TS]

  TiVo there's a little button on the [TS]

  remote control called I don't know what [TS]

  it's called but it's the 30-second skip [TS]

  button that's what a long time TiVo's [TS]

  users call it out of the box it wouldn't [TS]

  skip for 30 seconds the first TiVo's [TS]

  what it would do is skip you to the end [TS]

  of the program it's a little picture on [TS]

  the button is an arrow with a vertical [TS]

  line narrow touching a vertical line [TS]

  that sort of universal symbol for goto [TS]

  end but there was a secret code you can [TS]

  enter in your remote not so secret that [TS]

  on the classic old TiVo's would change [TS]

  that button from go to the end of the [TS]

  program to merely jump forward 30 [TS]

  seconds and this button is great for [TS]

  skipping commercials because commercials [TS]

  tend to come in multiples of 30 seconds [TS]

  or close to it anyway and if you entered [TS]

  the secret code that button became [TS]

  jumped forward 30 seconds and the button [TS]

  to the left of it on the other side of [TS]

  the remote became go backward [TS]

  eight-second so the little sequences [TS]

  select play select 30 select that any [TS]

  long time TiVo owner can memorize it's [TS]

  like the Contra code 41 thinks that and [TS]

  that enables 30-second skip so and [TS]

  luckily TiVo supports this and remembers [TS]

  that even if you reboot the thing or [TS]

  unplug from the power it's kind of like [TS]

  a nudge-nudge wink-wink supported [TS]

  feature of TiVo and has been for many [TS]

  many years so when this TiVo came I [TS]

  tried the 30-second skip button to see [TS]

  what the default was and the default [TS]

  does not jump all the way to the end of [TS]

  the thing the default is kind of like a [TS]

  30-second scan where it moves forward 30 [TS]

  seconds but does it in kind of a really [TS]

  really fast fast forward even faster [TS]

  than the fastest fast-forward that you [TS]

  can do with the fast-forward Scan button [TS]

  it kind of goes bit into 30 seconds and [TS]

  when it does this it does his weird [TS]

  animation with the playhead on the [TS]

  scrubber on the progress bar where it [TS]

  jumps away ahead of where it's supposed [TS]

  to be then back and then ahead then back [TS]

  does some strange visual stuff I'm like [TS]

  ok I don't like that it's better than I [TS]

  guess jump to end maybe which you can [TS]

  still do with some other sequences of [TS]

  inputs but I like I want my 30-second [TS]

  skip back so I did it's like place like [TS]

  30 select and realized it didn't work I [TS]

  wasn't even looking at the screen but I [TS]

  realize it didn't work because when [TS]

  you're watching you have to type this [TS]

  when you're watching television when you [TS]

  hit select when you're watching [TS]

  television with the new HD interface it [TS]

  brings up a menu thing like that [TS]

  actually does something unlike on the [TS]

  previous TV O's where select did nothing [TS]

  and you were just entering your code and [TS]

  it was like watching your remote input [TS]

  to accept this code so then I'd to go [TS]

  back to the computer and say oh surely I [TS]

  would have heard about this this was [TS]

  actually a problem so a little bit of [TS]

  googling around found okay so the secret [TS]

  way to enable select place like 30 [TS]

  select on your TiVo premiere for all [TS]

  those people out there who might be [TS]

  wondering how to do this you have to [TS]

  switch to the old UI hey finally a use [TS]

  for the old for keeping the old UI [TS]

  around go to the interface say please [TS]

  use the old menus start watching a TV [TS]

  program and lo and behold now select [TS]

  does nothing and you can do a select [TS]

  place like very select done then I [TS]

  changed back to the new menus because I [TS]

  do actually like them better for for [TS]

  finding programs and stuff and hit the [TS]

  button and it jumps toward 32nd like yay [TS]

  fine turnoff done for the day then when [TS]

  I was actually watching TV with it maybe [TS]

  it was that night or some other time the [TS]

  first commercial break comes along and I [TS]

  do my typical thing to pick up the [TS]

  remote and go tap tap tap tap tap maybe [TS]

  usually like six times or whatever I [TS]

  just got how kind of having a two to [TS]

  feel for how many multiples of 30 [TS]

  seconds so I think this commercial break [TS]

  is going to be and as I get down to like [TS]

  the six or seven tap look up at the TV [TS]

  see if I can see a frame from the from [TS]

  the program that I was watching [TS]

  the button or maybe go back eight [TS]

  seconds the forward thirty back eight [TS]

  equation it's kind of hardwired into my [TS]

  brain after all these years of doing [TS]

  this now what they've managed to do on [TS]

  the TiVo premier elite the highest at [TS]

  high-end the most expensive the [TS]

  presumably most powerful box at TiVo [TS]

  sells is that now when you go tap tap [TS]

  tap tap tap on a 30-second skip button [TS]

  the video does not change it freezes on [TS]

  the frame that you are watching before [TS]

  the first time you hit the button if it [TS]

  doesn't have time between your taps to [TS]

  change the frame of the video so you [TS]

  have no idea when you should stop [TS]

  tapping if you go tap and then wait a [TS]

  second then you'll see a frame of video [TS]

  then tap and then wait a second oh then [TS]

  I see it for any video gotta go more and [TS]

  tap and then wait a second they've made [TS]

  the performance a 30-second skip worse [TS]

  with their more powerful elite super [TS]

  expensive highest end product it is now [TS]

  basically unusable because how can I [TS]

  skip come on like if I wanted to tap in [TS]

  and wait for their show frame I might as [TS]

  well just scan that's what I'm doing now [TS]

  I'm hitting the fast-forward Scan button [TS]

  three times like an animal just [TS]

  commercial that's no way to will live I [TS]

  don't want to see the commercial scan [TS]

  past me as a series of little fuzzy [TS]

  images and the thing is like how is that [TS]

  different what do you care if if it's [TS]

  the image of scanning past you first I [TS]

  just find that visually uncomfortable [TS]

  because what I'm trying to do is watch [TS]

  to see when the program is on again I [TS]

  don't like seeing the snuggle fabric [TS]

  softener bear going dancing by really [TS]

  fast or something else it just is it [TS]

  just made you that you find that like [TS]

  visually uncomfortable to watch [TS]

  something in a fast-forward scan with [TS]

  the intent that you're trying to see [TS]

  when you should stop like you're trying [TS]

  to watch you to see when should I stop [TS]

  when do the commercials end in the [TS]

  program I don't like seeing that which [TS]

  is why I love 30-second skip because I [TS]

  know that the commercial is gonna be at [TS]

  least you know one minute or two minutes [TS]

  or three minutes like you get a feel for [TS]

  how long the commercial breaks are I [TS]

  don't even have to look at the screen [TS]

  till the fourth or fifth app when I know [TS]

  me near the end and then I just see [TS]

  frame frame frame frame thirty seconds [TS]

  apart [TS]

  as soon as I see the first frame that [TS]

  looks like fringe I let go of the button [TS]

  or maybe hit back eight you know it just [TS]

  verses the scan thing where you do scan [TS]

  scan scan stands in and see the program [TS]

  and when you hit okay I see the program [TS]

  hit play it does this back off thing [TS]

  where it realizes you probably overshot [TS]

  so it backs off but backs off way [TS]

  farther than I need it to because it [TS]

  assumes I have the reflexes of an 80 [TS]

  year old or something [TS]

  so now you really back something off way [TS]

  into the in like okay this must be the [TS]

  middle the last commercial so just let [TS]

  it play and the commercial ends and [TS]

  there's another commercial you like it [TS]

  pushed me back past two commercials so I [TS]

  gotta wait until I see lots of it's just [TS]

  incredibly fresh I never would have [TS]

  imagined and never would have imagined [TS]

  that they would have made 30-second skip [TS]

  performance worse in their fancy highest [TS]

  and most expensive premiere elite [TS]

  product please tube they saw somebody [TS]

  somebody send them a hardware engineer I [TS]

  think like they're using some sort of [TS]

  CPU in there that's probably about [TS]

  similar to the CPU that's in my washing [TS]

  machine in the basement now it is a [TS]

  ten-cent part they cost them nothing and [TS]

  they have you know their h.264 encoder [TS]

  decoders and stuff whatever my you know [TS]

  my wife's MacBook Air as I don't know [TS]

  what kind of CPUs and my Mac Pro you [TS]

  know probably has like a $250 CPU the [TS]

  MacBook Air however much that cost I'm [TS]

  saying to TiVo I will give you an extra [TS]

  $500 for you to put it 250 dollar Intel [TS]

  CPU in my Tivo for me but whatever CPU [TS]

  have in there now must cost $20 please [TS]

  take my money I will give you 50% profit [TS]

  margin here's $500 buy a 250 dollar CPU [TS]

  and make it so that I can hit 30 second [TS]

  30 second 30 second 30 second and it [TS]

  doesn't freeze the video for the entire [TS]

  course of me doing that it just it [TS]

  bought this saw I know this is all a [TS]

  repeat of my very first episode major [TS]

  icing this you didn't hear the first [TS]

  episode but TiVo please I'm begging you [TS]

  you are still the best in the business [TS]

  but only because your competitors are [TS]

  our cable companies and they have no [TS]

  idea what they're there they're doing I [TS]

  don't want them to go out of business I [TS]

  want them to get better I I want them to [TS]

  progress with the rest of society with [TS]

  the rest of civilization how we get [TS]

  better Hardware as time goes on how [TS]

  things get faster TiVo can take part in [TS]

  that join us in civilization I don't I [TS]

  don't understand for a while there I was [TS]

  thinking that the the cable DVR was bad [TS]

  but I actually think maybe TiVo is worse [TS]

  now it's not though because I've used [TS]

  these cable DVRs they are they are worse [TS]

  there uglier they are slower they have [TS]

  far fewer features they have they are [TS]

  terrible and they're the reliability of [TS]

  like I said that the record but it's [TS]

  like it didn't and I don't know why or [TS]

  where did that chef go it they are worse [TS]

  and like that's a low bar like your [TS]

  cable company isn't if that's what [TS]

  you're competing with for hardware and [TS]

  software products this we've talked [TS]

  about it before I would've loved for [TS]

  Apple to make a DVR they're not going to [TS]

  do it that that's an old technology [TS]

  I like DVRs I like what TiVo does for me [TS]

  I would rather have my Devo DVR than not [TS]

  have it is just frustrating to me that [TS]

  they seem outside the the laws of [TS]

  physics time for some crazy reason yeah [TS]

  and have one more bonus item even though [TS]

  I'm not gonna talk about all the other [TS]

  stuff I bought maybe we'll do that in [TS]

  the show I have one more bonus I'd okay [TS]

  that's vaguely related so we can smoke [TS]

  alarms all over the house as you have to [TS]

  have one of the ones we have is at the [TS]

  top of the stairs and this was a smoke [TS]

  alarm that was in the house before we [TS]

  bought it it's not one of the new ones [TS]

  that we put in and it was really could [TS]

  look at it it was kind of like a you [TS]

  know an 80s or 90s style plastic smoke [TS]

  detector and we do like every six months [TS]

  or whatever go around the whole house [TS]

  with a bunch of nine volts and replace [TS]

  all the batteries because these are [TS]

  battery-powered they're not they're not [TS]

  wired in because when the batteries get [TS]

  low in a smoke detector it does this [TS]

  little beep little piercing beep once [TS]

  every you know 60 seconds or something [TS]

  and then you like where'd that come from [TS]

  Chris to be especially and it always [TS]

  happens like in the middle of the night [TS]

  where's that beep and you wait for it [TS]

  again beep yeah where's fresh it always [TS]

  happened when whenever we would have a [TS]

  houseguest it would happen yeah and you [TS]

  gotta find it's very difficult to sort [TS]

  of locate where a high-pitched single [TS]

  noise is coming from beep twice you have [TS]

  like better odds was you could like turn [TS]

  your head and compare did that you know [TS]

  your brain is doing this for you but [TS]

  like did I hear more of that in the [TS]

  right ear lifelike directional sound [TS]

  very difficult is you hunt it down and [TS]

  that's why you replace the batteries on [TS]

  a regular schedule every six months so [TS]

  you want to deal with that it's like [TS]

  they're all fresh and when you know in [TS]

  six months we'll just replace them all [TS]

  again even if they're not dead or [TS]

  whatever just easier that way but this [TS]

  one we recently did a big replacement [TS]

  this one was still doing like weird [TS]

  chirping and occasionally making louder [TS]

  noises like BP people like it's going [TS]

  off and like what's going on with that [TS]

  you know is it because it's like smoke [TS]

  from the kitchen or steam from a shower [TS]

  why is it you know and turns out we're [TS]

  just like look it just must be old and [TS]

  broken it's making too many beeps we [TS]

  know the battery's not dead we just put [TS]

  a freshman's just got a new smoke [TS]

  detector so down comes the old one [TS]

  get a new smoke detector from my wife [TS]

  water and know where she picked it up [TS]

  it's just you know you knew it's a smoke [TS]

  and carbon monoxide detector because [TS]

  they usually combine them these days so [TS]

  I can take it out of the box this takes [TS]

  a double ace instead of nine volts fine [TS]

  shove them in there push the battery [TS]

  compartment closed and this is a talking [TS]

  one so it says welcome set room name is [TS]

  this the bedroom living room got anyone [TS]

  you wait have to wait for it it has like [TS]

  spoken instructions which by the way the [TS]

  instructions are spoken at the same [TS]

  piercing volume it's the alarm [TS]

  if the klaxon it sounds when there's [TS]

  smoke and so you hold down the little [TS]

  button when it gets to the thing you [TS]

  want ours was at the top of stairs was [TS]

  hallway so it's like you have selected [TS]

  hallway you know then it says testing [TS]

  fire in hallway evacuate evacuate bpp [TS]

  evacuate you know fine whatever the [TS]

  voice I guess helps you know it still [TS]

  had the regular siren type noise they [TS]

  would wake you up is very very loud and [TS]

  and then at the end it says car monoxide [TS]

  detected event great beer at the end of [TS]

  the test it says previous carbon [TS]

  monoxide level was zero ppm you know [TS]

  it's just the test thing like alright [TS]

  fine so now we know what that's going to [TS]

  sound like it's all set I bet it will [TS]

  probably I think I read the instructions [TS]

  and like it will talk to you when the [TS]

  battery is low will say battery low in [TS]

  smoke detector in hallway I'm like [TS]

  that's much better than the single beep [TS]

  because then it will tell me where it is [TS]

  and we only have one talking one in the [TS]

  house anyway but it'll be clear when the [TS]

  batteries bit put it up in the ceiling [TS]

  make little new screw holes for its [TS]

  clicking in there all set that was like [TS]

  in the morning sometime in the evening [TS]

  we hear the little thing going off beep [TS]

  beep wording evacuated beep beep warning [TS]

  now by the way this is really hurting my [TS]

  parenting because when we're getting [TS]

  this new thing when the kids are in the [TS]

  house and trying to say wow kids what [TS]

  are you doing here the smoke detector [TS]

  now like don't hide in your room don't [TS]

  stop looking all over the house for [TS]

  mommy you go out of the house you don't [TS]

  go on the street you go to the neighbors [TS]

  you you know call the firemen like [TS]

  teaching kids what to do when they hear [TS]

  a fire alarm and I get this at school [TS]

  and take care to you know that I'm [TS]

  basically trying to avoid them getting [TS]

  scared hiding under their covers and [TS]

  staying in their room because you want [TS]

  kids when they hear a fire alarm to get [TS]

  out of the house even if they can't find [TS]

  you or perhaps especially if they can't [TS]

  find you get out of pass I don't know if [TS]

  that's where you're supposed to tell [TS]

  kids that's what I'm telling my kids [TS]

  because that seems like the most logical [TS]

  thing because I don't want them to hide [TS]

  in their bedrooms assuming you know my [TS]

  you know my wife and I are both dead in [TS]

  our beds I don't want them to say well I [TS]

  think go outside the house with mom [TS]

  again it's all quiet under my covers but [TS]

  if your thing goes off randomly and says [TS]

  warning evacuate warning like you just [TS]

  got through telling them they're [TS]

  supposed to leave the house so you can't [TS]

  tell them now like like you as an adult [TS]

  know that nothing is actually on fire [TS]

  but you have to - you know I almost okay [TS]

  kids like this is not an actual alarm [TS]

  but then you're telling them it's like [TS]

  like that the smoke alarm that cried [TS]

  wolf [TS]

  well when you hear it ignore it because [TS]

  most of the time is just a false alarm [TS]

  it goes off for real live like out it's [TS]

  just that thing going off again he [TS]

  always tells me to ignore it right so [TS]

  this is bad so it goes off in the middle [TS]

  of the day I don't like what that what [TS]

  is it doing up there it's like it I [TS]

  think my wife had just taken a shower [TS]

  likes it steam from the shower or [TS]

  something or is it broken or defective [TS]

  like I go up to it I hold on the little [TS]

  button I'm trying to make it stop but [TS]

  you you can't you know I hold on the [TS]

  button it doesn't stop and I keep [TS]

  pressing and pressing and some I think I [TS]

  pressed it after he'd finished and does [TS]

  the whole thing over again it says [TS]

  fasting fire in hallway testing fire you [TS]

  know so I'm like this must be the test [TS]

  cycle but why is it testing itself and I [TS]

  look up the little testing button it [TS]

  says test weekly I'm like well maybe a [TS]

  test itself weekly and like as an [TS]

  internal clock and just every week it's [TS]

  gonna do that sometimes the test I don't [TS]

  know [TS]

  so it was finally quiet and and I [TS]

  couldn't quite figure this thing out but [TS]

  I'm like I'm time to deal with it right [TS]

  so we all go to bed and now you know [TS]

  what happens it's like two am testing [TS]

  fun think iron hallway evacuate evacuate [TS]

  man BAM carbon monoxide detected a [TS]

  baguette I got I jump out of beds you [TS]

  know what the kids to wake up at 2:00 in [TS]

  the morning by the bed shove the little [TS]

  button thing to make the thing silent [TS]

  and my wife is like take that thing down [TS]

  everything comes down now like I agree I [TS]

  hate the thing down pull out the [TS]

  batteries go back to bed this thing is [TS]

  on this i would say is it unsuccessful [TS]

  our alarm device right because I don't [TS]

  I'm I'm kind of technically minded but I [TS]

  don't expect to have to like read [TS]

  extensive instructions on how to operate [TS]

  a farm it was an operator error was I [TS]

  doing something wrong did I not set it [TS]

  up correctly so the next morning I said [TS]

  I'm gonna read these damn instructions [TS]

  because you figure with the firearms got [TS]

  one button that's test slash silence [TS]

  it's got batteries and that should be [TS]

  and this one even talks to you so I [TS]

  there shouldn't be this big setup [TS]

  procedure so I find the manual which I [TS]

  saved and I sit there and I read it and [TS]

  I read had the setup instructions and [TS]

  what you're supposed to do my get butt [TS]

  did that yep I did that I did exactly [TS]

  that I look to see if it's got a test [TS]

  itself weekly says no I won't test the [TS]

  bra test ourselves weekly yeah not [TS]

  nothing about that nothing about self [TS]

  testing or going off randomly nothing [TS]

  about false alarms except it says you [TS]

  know where you should put it yet but I [TS]

  follow those instructions don't put it [TS]

  near the stove don't put it in a [TS]

  bathroom don't put it in play in all [TS]

  this true and especially senses that you [TS]

  know it would always say 0 ppm at the [TS]

  end so it's not detecting carbon [TS]

  monoxide like it's like are you sure [TS]

  you're not being poisoned by it was [TS]

  telling me 0 ppm every single time so [TS]

  it's not carbon monoxide that was [TS]

  setting the thing I'll feeder and it [TS]

  said the word testing in the beginning [TS]

  so it was triggering the testing [TS]

  procedure so finally I got the section [TS]

  of the manual to explain what was going [TS]

  on they said to test your bla bla bla [TS]

  fire alarm press and hold the testing [TS]

  button or use the channel or volume up [TS]

  and down buttons on your remote control [TS]

  to test it and I assume that it didn't [TS]

  say this this is if you have a very high [TS]

  ceiling in a room and the smoke alarm is [TS]

  like like a cathedral ceiling or [TS]

  something in a smoke alarm is up in the [TS]

  cathedral ceiling and you can't reach it [TS]

  that you can test it and silence it by [TS]

  pointing your remote control at it so [TS]

  this fire alarm has an IR sensor [TS]

  somewhere inside it oh no now there's no [TS]

  television is in the bedroom and totally [TS]

  facing the other direction is not facing [TS]

  you know so and we were asleep when this [TS]

  thing went off it's like 2 a.m. right so [TS]

  it's not our remote that's firing it but [TS]

  there is a line of sight from the smoke [TS]

  detector out the window through the [TS]

  neighbors window into the neighbor's [TS]

  house and I can imagine the neighbor [TS]

  probably has oh you've got to be kidding [TS]

  me [TS]

  an IR blaster of some kind you know when [TS]

  IR blaster is like you have some device [TS]

  that's controlled by IR but you want [TS]

  some other device to control it so you [TS]

  take this IR blaster which is something [TS]

  that sprays IR in all directions to try [TS]

  to activate your device and that's why I [TS]

  mentioned before the IR blaster for the [TS]

  TiVo what's going on was that my [TS]

  neighbor or something over there was [TS]

  watching TV in the middle of the night [TS]

  and just happened to point the remote in [TS]

  the wrong direction or the IR blaster [TS]

  came through there and they're [TS]

  activating like my white smoke alarm in [TS]

  the middle of the night and it was [TS]

  unbelievable yeah so I'm going to say to [TS]

  smoke alarm [TS]

  companies I think the idea of having a [TS]

  an IR sensor in your smoke detector for [TS]

  places where it's up high that I think [TS]

  that makes sense because you don't want [TS]

  someone to climb in a tall ladder and it [TS]

  would be nice to be able to test your [TS]

  thing or whatever uh but there has to be [TS]

  way to disable to disable that because I [TS]

  can literally not use the smoke detector [TS]

  because that's where it's all supposed [TS]

  to be the hallway smoke detector we have [TS]

  them in the bedrooms this is the hallway [TS]

  one and the hallway has line-of-sight [TS]

  apparently two sources of IR let's say [TS]

  I'm not gonna blame my knee before [TS]

  they're just watching TV or whatever or [TS]

  whatever they're doing so that smoke [TS]

  detector is gone and when I buy a new [TS]

  smoke detector now I have a new thing to [TS]

  look for on the box does this thing tout [TS]

  any feature that allows it to work with [TS]

  the remote control if it does I cannot [TS]

  buy it so let this be a warning to [TS]

  everyone when you the next time you have [TS]

  to buy a new smoke detector you may not [TS]

  know that many of them come with the [TS]

  ability to detect infrared signals [TS]

  consider not buying one of those if it's [TS]

  somewhere that you can reach the end [TS]

  that's terrible it's terrible terrible [TS]

  terrible and and quite funny John it's [TS]

  not funny at 2:00 a.m. let me tell you [TS]

  not funny at all oh boy now it's your [TS]

  wife just used to this kind of thing [TS]

  with you you cannot blame this on me she [TS]

  bought the smoke detector about me and [TS]

  I'm the one who has to get out of the [TS]

  bed because she can't reach the ceiling [TS]

  how no one has to get another better [TS]

  than it 2:00 a.m. and disabled the thing [TS]

  she still will find a way to be mad at [TS]

  me about it but that but it's not [TS]

  actually my fault let's keep that does [TS]

  think so yeah and I think she should be [TS]

  very happy with the fact that more or [TS]

  less within a two day window got this [TS]

  whole big reshuffling of internet that [TS]

  television phone in new television new [TS]

  TiVo blu-ray player everything all set [TS]

  up and she didn't have to worry about it [TS]

  and that's that's something I should [TS]

  talk about another show the effort the [TS]

  effort required by me to get a wireless [TS]

  connection to my TiVo in the upstairs [TS]

  bedroom not beyond my means as a geek [TS]

  but there's no way anyone who was not a [TS]

  geek could have successfully done this [TS]

  no way at all it was it intensely [TS]

  complicated so I think I'm still earning [TS]

  my keep and as I said she bought this [TS]

  smoke detector on me I should put a link [TS]

  in the show notes the smoke detector I'm [TS]

  going to buy to replace this but I [TS]

  haven't picked one yet but presumably I [TS]

  will be able to find one that [TS]

  emphatically does not have an IR [TS]

  detector and I'll buy that so in a [TS]

  little long talked about some stuff [TS]

  that's not really iPad related to put I [TS]

  think we're done now all right [TS]

  the the chatroom is under the distinct [TS]

  you know the consensus that this was an [TS]

  epic episode for you an epic rant [TS]

  mmm-hmm I agree with them it's just it's [TS]

  just my life just slice-of-life that's [TS]

  what this show is about I didn't fly out [TS]

  to San Francisco to see in a [TS]

  presentation [TS]

  you didn't after you know walking at [TS]

  2:00 a.m. by talking fire alarms [TS]

  different strokes really that's right [TS]

  all right well listen if you uh if you'd [TS]

  like to hear more of john's rants you [TS]

  can listen to the previous 57 of these [TS]

  episodes while technically 56 is one of [TS]

  them was a public service announcement [TS]

  by going to five by five dot TV slash [TS]

  hypercritical you can follow john on [TS]

  twitter siracusa si RAC u.s.a and he is [TS]

  a frequent contributor to ARS technica [TS]

  and read his stuff there you have a blog [TS]

  now you have a well we'll do more of [TS]

  this in the next maybe after dark but [TS]

  there is a if you just want to hear all [TS]

  of John's appearances across all shows [TS]

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  whoops I hit the wrong button [TS]

  anyway thanks everybody thanks for [TS]

  tuning in we'll be back next week have a [TS]

  good one [TS]

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