Vista, Nvidia and iTunes, Again.

So today, my wonderful geek husband got fed up with my laptop being unable to sync video to my iPhone directly from my hard drive. He put in a phone call to HP and asked if it would be possible for them to provide us with Windows XP recovery discs. He was told they would have to contact a supervisor to authorize it, and waited for the call back. The call back didn’t assist us at all. Not only would HP not be able to provide us with XP recovery discs, but if I choose to downgrade my machine to XP from Windows Vista, my warranty on this machine is void.

WTF?

As I have pointed out many times before, my phone is my life. If there were one other device in my life that were second to that, it would have to be my laptop. For the past five years, I have been very happy with the HP and Compaq machines that we have purchased, and have gotten a great deal of use out of them.… [Read More]

Clinton and McCain winners in NH!

In spite of the fact that Obama was polling well in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton managed to snag the win in New Hampshire today, with a reported 13 point lead. Apparently, it was her tearful moments after Iowa that won her some sympathy votes in New Hampshire, and I suspect that her husband’s attack on Obama created at least a small contribution to that end.

Regardless, congratulations to the winners in New Hampshire! More to come next week.

Though… to be honest with you, I can’t wait for all of this to be over with. By the time my primary comes around, I won’t even have a say in all of this because the front runners will already be decided which, I just want to say, sucks. Doesn’t mean I won’t vote in the primary, I will and always do, but it still sucks.… [Read More]

Blu-ray is looking great.

On top of the news that Warner Brothers is dropping support for HD-DVD this week, rumors abound that Paramount is about to execute its escape clause in its contract for exclusive HD-DVD releases. What this means for you and me, is that Michael Bay may finally get Transformers on Blu-ray just as he desired. What this also could mean, is a potential nail in the coffin for the HD-DVD format, which is great because consumers have been very soft on purchases in either next gen format, in spite of the fact that blu-ray sales are outrunning HD-DVD sales two to one. The players just aren’t flying off the shelves the way that retailers want them to, and the movie studios could care less about the players. Warner brothers bowed out of releasing HD-DVDs because they just weren’t selling enough of them. Blu-ray was making them more money.

It will be interesting to see where all of this goes, but I suspect that if Paramount throws in the towel, Universal will follow and the HD-DVD format will be dead.… [Read More]

Obama and McCain Lead Early NH Polls

Wow. I don’t think anyone expected this. A friend of mine said on New Year’s Eve that the one match-up that he would really have to sit down and think about, would be Obama vs. McCain in November, but at the time he didn’t seem hopeful that he had a shot in hell of seeing that match-up. I’m beginning to wonder about that.

The early news coming out of New Hampshire is showing Obama and McCain leading the polls, and again we are seeing record voter turn outs in New Hampshire.

The voters are speaking, the tide is changing. To what, I don’t know, but you can’t deny that something is happening out there. It’s a good feeling.… [Read More]

Sweeney Todd

I went to see Sweeney Todd with some friends on Friday night and I just have to say that if you loved the story of Sweeney Todd and have seen the musical, I think that you’d be very happy with Tim Burton’s treatment of the story. It really translated well to film and the performances in this film were absolutely fantastic. Most films that Tim Burton has lent his creative eye to that I’ve enjoyed are stories that are well designed for his artistic tendency toward the macabre. Batman wasn’t a good choice for Burton, but Sweeney Todd is the perfect story for Tim Burton and his view of the world.

One thing that I really appreciated in this film was the use of red paint for blood, as opposed to the realistic blood that we’ve become used to in films these days. I was relieved to see that because it gave the film a sense that you could have been watching this show on a stage on Broadway, with these vast sets and brilliant acting and stage direction.… [Read More]