Tuesday, October 31, 2006

HOWTO: Disable WIndows XP Startup Programs

1. Download AutoRuns
2. Unzip
3. Run autoruns.exe
4. Click the Logon tab
5. Unselect items to disable

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Buckeye Fans Getting the Broadcast Run-around

I am not a fan of Time Warner [Cable] but I'm hating the ESPN manipulation even more. We're only going to see more of this in the future as the cable content providers start to wield power over the cable delivery services. Interesting to see how this will play out. My speculation: 5-10 years from now, ESPN will broadcast via the Internet...bypassing the cable companies entirely (although, what if your ISP is a cable company?) I really thought the satellite firms would wallop cable but that just doesn't seem to be the case/trend. Wired still trumps wireless. Perhaps Wi-MAX or UMTS will be strong Internet "carriers" in 5-10 years; or Broadband over Power Lines. Regardless, I think an alternative to cable will help drive competition, innovation, and thus, reduced prices.

Jeff...

ESPN blocks rerun of game
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Though widely promoted, the planned rerun of the Ohio State-Indiana football game on Time Warner analog Channel 24 didn’t happen.

ESPN told Time Warner and the Ohio News Network that only the ONN rebroadcast on the digital tier would be allowed, according to Time Warner and ONN.

The Indiana game was shown live on ESPNU, a 24-hour college-sports network that isn’t offered by two of the three major cable providers in central Ohio — including Time Warner.

ONN had acquired permission to rebroadcast the game after its end.

When officials at ESPN realized that Time Warner intended to show the rerun on both the analog and digital tiers (but carries ONN only on digital), they blocked the analog rebroadcast.

— From staff reports

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Free Website Content - Spy on Your Competitors; 10 Tips To Monitoring The Competition

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Frivolous Lawsuit and/or Poor Marketing of the Day

Emerson filed a federal lawsuit in St. Louis on Monday, seeking to block the NBC television network from rebroadcasting the pilot episode of the new show "Heroes," which depicts a woman damaging her hand in a garbage disposal made by the company.

The Ferguson-based maker of electric products says NBC Universal Television Studios did not have the right to use the company's In-Sink-Erator brand disposal in the show without permission.


Yeah, we need to stand up to The Man! No way will I buy an InSink Erator the next time I purchase a disposal. Grrrrrrr. ;-)

This suit is so ridiculous. I'm surprised anyone even noticed this let alone allow it to affect a purchasing decision--on an oft-purchased disposal. Please. If this sticks, does that mean studios will have to ask permission for every single item used on the set? "Hey! That 6-panel Chuck's Doors door was used without permission! I'm filing suit!" Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Theories:
(1) Emerson is marketing-clueless. Firms pay millions for product placements such as this. They should ride the wave.
(2) Emerson is marketing-savvy. They know the lawsuit will generate lots of buzz. Any buzz is good buzz.
(3) Emerson is conniving and malicious. Emerson competes with General Electric (parent of NBC).

I'm leaning toward mostly #2 with a spot of #3. I'm sure some Emerson exec caught this on their 1080i and started plotting. Who else would go through the trouble of examining a garbage disposal at a high enough resolution to make out the brand?

When will companies stop doing stupid things?!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Moral Fortitude Doesn't Take a Day Off

I'm troubled at this trend as a society to blame inequities for our lapses in judgement. "But, I'm an alcoholic." or "What do you expect, I'm on welfare." or "I'm [fill in racial minority]...how can I possibly overcome?" We all go through tough times. But I reject those of us who would hide behind a false crutch; requesting a "pass" on unacceptable behavior.

Did Lance Armstrong ask for pity when stricken with life-threatening cancer? No. He proceeded to attack the disease and use it to propell him to unprecidented cycling success. Did Oprah Winfrey give up because she was born into near-poverty? Did she use her minority status to give up? No. She used this situation to build herself into one of the wealthiest and most successful women in business and entertainment today.

If you make a mistake, own up to it. Take responsibility and make it right. If your life takes a rough tumble, use it as a platform to succeed. But don't hide behind a false crutch and don't use it as an excuse to stow your morals in the trunk of the car.

Jeff...