Weekend Ideas (a little late)
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By jank - Last updated: Wednesday, September 3, 2003 - Save & Share - One Comment

First: When I start drinking again (Gonna try to give it up while Missy’s pregnant, kind of as a support group, though I’m hesitant to pass up a few months of no arguments about who’s the designated driver), I’m starting with “Old Whiskey River.”:http://shop.store.yahoo.com/randalls/rws25259.html Proving that marketing has entirely taken over our lives, each bottle is packaged with a Willie Nelson CD; all that’s left is to get drunk and start breaking glasses on the floor!

Second: I’ve decided I’m completely sold on the digital house/digital hub etc idea. This is a certain amount of preaching to the choir, but this is going to break fast.

I cracked open the Sunday paper this morning, and the first thing I noticed was a 802.11.b router for $30 next to a PC, with monitor, for something silly like $200. All of this was a page or two away from the $300-500 surround sound systems and the many $K huge TV’s. Home entertainment is where it’s at.

Granted, we’re mostly early adopters here (at least the audience that’s identified itself), I realize. I’ve been using my laptop to run entertainment through my TV/Sterio for a while, ever since it became my first DVD player, but there was some serious trial-and-error involved at that point. OS X/ Win XP and consistient standards such as the 802.11.b/g convergance (I went through two generations of non-standards wireless technology before I had a network that worked consistiently).

But we’re getting close to honest-to-god Plug-n-Play (is that trademarked?). To the point where normal, non-early adopter people are going to be tempted to shell out an extra couple hundred and get the home networked. TV over IP from the dish to the rest of the house. Self-correcting systems. Smart content locaters. Companies who will verify your CD collection and will cut you a hard-drive to match for a small fee.

IMO, this is the “Next Big Thing.” Were I a kid coming out of college, or at a more stable point in my financial life, I’d be seriously contemplating a digital lifestyle installation contracting company to go out to the ‘burbs and wire up McMansions. Buy me a couple of “Linux boxes”:http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2225971&cat=106562&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A106562 from Walmart and start (un)wiring folks without the time or inclination to learn it themselves.

Last observation: An easy way to date houses built between ’99 and 2003 will be to look for LAN cabling. When we moved to Houston about that time, almost all of the new developments were pushing that as a big feature (along with central vaccuums). While there are some aspects of a wired house that appeal, my bet is that WiFi and Bluetooth are going to push wires out of the home.

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One Response to “Weekend Ideas (a little late)”

Comment from jank
Time September 3, 2003 at 6:12 pm

And CNN even adds to my point…

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