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bummer

It looks like WordPress.com’s TOS prevents me from putting any ads or income-generating links on this blog. *sigh* I guess it’s back to blogger.com for me.

I’ve moved all the posts that I have here over to blogger.com (good thing there aren’t many of them, yet). What a pain that was, since blogger.com does not have an import feature. Keep that in mind, folks, next time you decide to migrate your blog.

Good thing I was using Windows Live Writer, which allowed me to pull the posts off of this site and republish it on my Blogger.com blog (albeit, still one at a time, and I had to edit the post date to original dates).

See you on the other side!

Strange problem: Amazon Unbox video greyed out

One of the things that me and wife wanted to do this Thanksgiving weekend was to catch up on Season 2 of Heroes. I’ve actually been bad and have been watching without her on NBC.com (I’ve actually now caught up to the latest episode while hasn’t seen a single Season 2 episode, eeep).

I was feeling a little adventurous so I figured maybe I should give Amazon Unbox a try. Unbox is Amazon’s online video download/rental service. For $1.99, I ‘purchased’ the first episode of Season 2. It’s a high-quality video file (DVD quality), approximately 1 GB for a ~50 minute episode. It won’t let you burn to a DVD and won’t let you transfer to an ipod. It will only let you transfer to a PlaysForSure device, of which there are few.

Woe to my poor DSL connection, it took me about 40 minutes to even buffer enough video for me to start playing. Not a good way to start to make up to my wife.

Eventually, I tell my wife that we’re ready to watch. I press play and … hmm…why is everything have this grey wash? I fiddle with contrast, brightness, nothing. Uh oh. Weird. I restarted my computer. Nothing. I look guiltily at my wife and said, “Let’s just try Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature, instead“.

I still have not figured out why the video was like that. I deleted the video file and redownloaded it but no luck. I’m running Vista right now and I don’t know if that’s an issue. Unbox says that it’s compatible with Vista.

I miss my Audible audiobooks

I’ve owned a 3G ipod for 5 years now. Two months ago, the battery has been refusing to hold a charge. The battery is actually an aftermarket replacement that I installed myself (a separate story in itself) that worked for 3 years and is now giving out.

So, now I’m relegated to using my Sandisk Sansa e200 series MP3 player. I mostly listen to podcasts and audiobooks, so capacity isn’t really an issue. I’ve gotten so used to itunes and ipod and how it natively supports podcasting, that it took me a while to get a system going for the sansa.

I’ve tried different podcast catching software but nothing was easier than itunes. To get my podcasts in itunes synced with my Sansa, I use Itunes Agent. It’s an extra step, but it works.

The only problem now is that the Sansa is not audible-ready. The new version of the Sansa is, though, which I think is just a firmware improvement as I don’t see any difference in the hardware.

Sandisk! Why can’t you just release a firmware update for us early Sansa buyers!? I miss my audiobooks.