Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Netflix Player - by Roku

The Netflix Player - by Roku is just the sort of device I've been waiting for and its capable of streaming HD content - wirelessly.  Luckily, I've got a Ethernet drop behind the TV!  It would have been nice if they spent a little more time on the form factor to make it look less like a black brick.

Of course, the dream was to have Netflix stream directly to my XBox 360.  (WARNING: Complete hypothesis alert!) I mean, Netflix already has what appears to be customized version of Windows Media Player that they require you to use installed inside of Internet Explorer.  What so hard about delivering that on the XBox 360?

All that being said, I think I know what I want for this years Fathers day!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Travelin man ... travelin man, yes I am.

Finally turned in my expense reports for what seems like the last month on the road! 

First week on the road, I found myself in Monterrey, Mexico.  Lots of watching the business team in action, working through process flows, etc.  Few brief moments in the sun when it was my turn on deck for vendor related discussions.   The business team really had it all sewn up, so I was mainly there for window dressing.  We say "potato", they say "patata", its all good.

Second week on the road, I found myself in Redmond, Washington.   Beautiful place, really, just so far away from everything - like Dallas! Very intense week with the Connected Systems guys/gals, who were great hosts!  The unusual aspect (besides invitation only) was that I was traveling with a co-worker from another silo.  GASP!  I know what your could "they" possibly risk the cross pollination contamination of a free exchange of ideas across those business silos?  That goes against the very grain of corporate America!?  Still not sure how we managed to get that past the powers that be.

Met some great people and had some great discussions! 

Then it was back to Dallas briefly.  Like the weekend.

Third week, found me in an overnighter to Atlanta, Georgia, for another vendor. 

No lost luggage, no really bad flights, some crazy cabbies, but no bad food and some really good notion motion!  Back to work!