Roku Digital Video Player Review

I’ve been a Netflix user for several years now anyways, and I’ve come to love the service like everyone else. Now as part of my service plan I also get to use their “watch now” feature that essentially allows you to stream to your computer an ever growing number of movies and TV shows. Now don’t get me wrong this feature is wonderful, but sometimes you just want to watch it on your TV (in HD even).

Enter the Roku player. This little box, yes I do mean little, it’s only 5″ x 5″ and only 1.75″ high can be hidden most anywhere. On the back are most any audio/video connection you would need [Composite video, S-Video, Component video (Y/Pb/Pr), HDMI]. Also this little box will output in the following formats [16:9 HD (720p), 16:9 anamorphic (480p) , 4:3 standard (480i)] leaving out only the 1080i/p folks but most HD stations don’t even broadcast in them anyways.

Once you’ve figured out how your going to connect the box to your TV you have to pick how you want to connect it o your network (Internet). The Roku player comes with 2 choices, wired or wireless. The wired is pretty straight forward, and the wireless lets you use Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) with WEP, WPA, and WPA2.

Once you have it connect you just follow the on screen directions and you’ll be streaming Netflix “watch now” movies and TV on your TV in no time. As you add items to your “watch now” queue they show up in the list of available titles on the box almost immediately.

Overall I’m more then happy with it and would recommend it to anyone that likes the “watch now” feature of their Netflix subscription but has tired of watching them on the computer. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the picture quality even on my standard TV was as good if not better then the computer stream and didn’t have to stop once to buffer.

Time Warner changes ToS to allow tiers & throttling

Well it seems good old Time Warner is at it again, looking to screw over the customer. It has recently changed it’s ToS to make it possible to charge some people it feels are using to much of their “unlimited” plan. Oh and just to make it even more sneaky they have excluded their voice (VoIP) and video (cable TV) from any bandwidth caps/measurements.

I would urge everyone that wrote/called/emailed last time to do so again and let Time Warner know that your not going to support their underhanded tricks to extort more money from folks that are just using their online service the way they advertise it.

(source: Gigamon [mirror due to slashdoting])

Almost Forgot

So the day we left cedar point we missed something that probably would have scared any of us silly. The Top Thrill Dragster got stuck perfectly @ the top!

dragster stuck

dragster stuck 

Dragster stuck at top

Dragster stuck at top 


Webcam image from Dragster


As you can see from the webcam image being stuck at the top must have been really intense. You can see a few more pics as well as read comments from the park blogger @ Cedar Point site.

Cedar Point

So, this past weekend I scared the bajesus out of myself over and over again on some of the craziest coasters around. I would highly recommend it if you love to be scared and/or love roller coasters.

Anyhoo here are some pics I took as we were on our way out of the park (as I forgot all about pictures while being scared out of my mind).

moe. Live at Riverside Festival Site on June 12, 2008

w00t! I got moe. tickets for this summer. I really can’t wait to see them again as they are one of my favorite bands. I was surfing around on and decided to find the last moe. show I attended and to post it here so maybe someone curious or who loved the show can listen. 🙂

Set 1: Stranger Than Fiction>Ghost f Ralph’s Mom>Sticks And Stones,YOY>All Roads Lead To Home>Moth

Set 2:Yodelittle*>Mcbain>Understand,Cajun Moon#,Sensory Deprivation Bank>Recreational Chemistry

Encore: Spine Of A Dog

*stage/pa lost power at begining
# w/ Reid Genauer