google, you do it right

i’m blogging from the kripsy kreme in mountain view getting wifi courtesy of googlewifi. google, you sure know where to put your wifi hotspots. krispy kreme gets great coverage and i thank you for that. it’s too bad that krispy kreme is more accommodating to wireless users. i guess i’ll just have to see how long my batteries will last me.

it is freezing here in krispy kreme. freezing, i tell you. so this is the second time that i’ve been to krispy kreme and i was not offered a free sample. what’s up with that?

i’m doing some work now, waiting for a database to crank out some results. i don’t know how muc longer i will be able to stick it out here, it’s too cold to be comfortable. i wonder if that is a strategy for krispy kreme. the one thing that i find rather disturbing is that half the tables here are dirty. you’d think that they would spend a little more time with upkeep around here.

travel arrangements

i have booked tickets for cindy’s wedding at the end of this month. i have been trying to decide for a long time whether or not i should fly or drive down there. i think that the cost difference between the two still makes it more economical to drive, but the time sink AND the fact that i’d be doing the drive solo made me reconsider.

i’m going to be staying with warren and viki while i’m down in LA. i will finally be able to check out warren’s projector setup. it’s only been a zillion years since he first got it set up. i’m also very interesting in checking out his audio solution. he spent quite a bit of money on his speakers, so i’d like to see how much of a difference it makes. i’m sure that it will be quite noticeable.

ps3 and twonky on d-link dns-323

i bit the bullet and purchased a license for the twonky server on the d-link dns-323 nas. i’ve tried other solutions, but none were as reliable as the twonky server, i’m sad to say. it really upsets me that there isn’t a good open source solution, but i guess we’re talking about a pretty limited platform, so i shouldn’t really be complaining.

full video streaming works just fine on the ps3 with the twonky server, i’m happy to report. i did have some issues getting it to work with the twonky server version 4.4.6, so i downgraded to 4.4.5 and all seems to be working well. not sure exactly what is going on there…

so right now, to make the ps3 truly perfect, these are the things that i wish it had:

  • samba support (!! this seems like it’d be an easy thing to add, what is the deal here?)
  • mkv support. i want my hi-def downloaded tv shows to play on the ps3 natively!
  • tv tuner support (i would be willing to pay a fair amount for a very good solution here)
  • DVR support with tv tuning

    i think that’s about it.