Evening Reading: 1/4/13

As part of my new cost-savings initiative, I would really, really like to cut the cord and get rid of my rising satellite TV subscriptions.  About the only things holding me back are some HBO and one Showtime shows that I don’t think I can get without subscribing.  If and when I do take the plunge, Guidebox may become indispensable.  Really nice interface.

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Apple’s iRadio service may be launched this year.  I would be a little interested except for this: “We expect iRadio to be incorporated into the iTunes iOS app with personalized radio functionality akin to Pandora, integrated with iTunes to purchase music an other music related content such as concert information/tickets/merchandise via Live Nation and Ticketmaster.”  There are few lengths I wouldn’t go to to avoid iTunes.  There are none I wouldn’t go to to avoid LiveNation and Ticketmaster.

I actually liked the ability to buy music via Spotify.  I was hoping it would come to the US.  Guess not.

I am amazed at the stupid things people put on Facebook.

I've seen this expression before
I’ve seen this expression before

Sometimes you have to chill just to survive.  I get the above expression every time I tell my kids anything.  There is a lesson here somewhere.

Here’s some info on the forthcoming version of Microsoft Office.  Two things.  One, I’m never, ever going to pay for Office on the web.  I want an app, not a service.  Two, I hope Microsoft doesn’t completely forget about the Mac version.

I updated our News Page last night.  It automatically pulls top stories from several news sources.  It now has weather, for Bellaire, TX at least.

As another part of my new cost savings initiative, I have moved some of my web hosting and all of my online backup to Amazon S3 and Glacier.  It is a little harder to get set up, but a lot cheaper.  A lot.  Look for a tutorial soon.

Happy birthday Luke!  Seven years ago today.

Luke and friends with some horrifying rodent
Luke and friends with some horrifying rodent