Several months ago I built a brand new computer from scratch and decided to go with the ATI Radeon 8500 All-in-Wonder AGP graphics card, a nice product that includes a TiVo-like PVR for TV capture. In addition to the TV capture capabilities, the card also supports media encoding for burning DVDs and has a dumbed-down TV Guide+ interface for scheduling recordings. Does my 180GB hard drive + TV Tuner Card (total cost of $330 after rebate) spell the end of stand-alone PVRs like TiVo?
Now that some of the furor over the recent FCC decision to relax media broadcast rules has subsided, I think that there are something interesting comments and opinions underlying the FCC’s decision. While I am no policy expert, I do think that this is a really interesting development worthy of some commentary.
I have been chomping at the bit to write something on the impending Palm/Handspring union but have been busy with other matters for the past two weeks. For those of you who haven’t heard, Palm is going to acquire Handspring for about $169 million in a transaction expected to close later this year. Palm’s website has a press release describing the business benefits associated with this transaction. I have a few thoughts and comments that I would like to share regarding this merger.
I am in favor of using software to make my life easier whenever it’s possible. I have already blogged my thoughts on bill presentment software, I have recently started thinking about whether all of the opportunities in consumer financial software have been exhausted. My recent (albeit somewhat dated) experiences with recent versions of Microsoft Money and Quicken lead me to believe that there might be a few other opportunities out there.