Author Archives: jlrussell

Silver Linings – a Review of Rdio

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This review has been a longtime in the works for a few key reasons, each fairly central to my entire project of evaluating cloud-based media services.  With great dedication, I have probably logged about 75% of my music listening over the past 2-3 months on Rdio.  This left plenty of time to form many opinions about Rdio itself (detailed below) […]

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A Google TV Check-up – Bracing for battle

As rumors fly today about Google reportedly asking its hardware partners to hold off showing their new products at CES next month, I thought it might be a good time to check in on Google TV.  Between disappointing early reviews and sales, it was difficult to see a solid use-case or ideal customer for the product.  Given the existing options […]

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What is HDBaseT? But I just bought HDMI?!?!?!

HDBaseT 1.0 is a newly-announced hardware standard for connecting audio/visual devices like televisions, stereo receivers, Blu-ray players, computers, etc…. Similar to an HDMI cable, it is able to transmit fully uncompressed digital HD video and audio, but it does so over traditional cat5/6 ethernet cables with the usual RJ-45 connectors.  It will not, however, allow you to use standard ethernet […]

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What is Google TV good for anyways?

Google’s announcement at their i/o conference about Google TV is an exciting one for both A/V nerds and tech/web geeks. Turning your TV into an “open” (I use the word tentatively) platform for development is as enticing a goal as consumer electronics has presented to the larger tech community in a long time. The honest truth is that while the […]

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Heavy Rotation – “Enemy of the State”

Lupe Fiasco spitting hot fire over Radiohead. “School of Hard Knocks, I dean it// I done it, as well as a celebrated alumnus// I donate to the campus and my name’s on the arenas// But you can’t bring it to my court// Not even with subpoenas// Cause you can’t play my sport// But you can still cheer-lead us// And you […]

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Apple iPad Reaction – No Flash

I followed yesterday’s iPad announcement with a good amount of excitement. Anyone who knows me will tag me as a bit of a gadget head, so maybe it has just been too long since I’ve gotten myself a new toy. Regardless, my personal expectations for the day were mixed, but I always do hold out some hope for a surprise […]

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Fave Wikis: Williams College

In the interest of full disclosure, I suppose I have to fess up to having attended Williams. However, the many good times and incredible things I learned there are not the reason for it reaching Fave Wiki status. No, attending Williams only first brought me to this page.

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FTC to discuss the state of news organizations

Valleywag has a great writeup about an upcoming FTC public hearing aimed at what sounds like propping up newspapers. The specifics of the hearing are best summarized in their article, so I won’t repeat it here. Just know that I wholeheartedly agree with their feelings on this issue. In my own post, I would like to draw attention to something […]

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Planet Earth Intro – Young Jeezy Remix

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