Sunday, November 13, 2005

David A. Vise/Washington Post: AOL to Have Reruns on Demand:
America Online Inc. and Warner Bros.  Entertainment Inc. are planning to put thousands of episodes of once-popular television shows like "Welcome Back Kotter" and "Chico and the Man" on the Web site, where high-speed Internet users can view them for free.

(Via tech.memeorandum.)

Accessing media in legal ways is getting easier and better and all thanks to Apple, iTunes and the iPod raising the stakes. Especially for people like me, who don't like having a TV, and don't have a TV. I prefer to watch what I want, when I want. Times limited. If I have to wait for something, I'd rather not.

I watched Chico and the Man, when I was doing O'Levels (Highschool) in Pakistan. Or was it earlier? Don't remember. But those were the days! :)

Go to sleep at 9pm, wake up at 3 A.M. connect to BBS/Internet. Phones are not busy at that time, and most BBS systems were run during night hours by other college students. Downloading a Six disk linux distro over a 14.4 Kbps connection which dropped every 12 minutes. Took a month to download! But I finally got to see what the big deal was about Unix, the shell, X, fvwm95 and VI!

Take apart the computer to see what it looks like... $0
Understanding how to assemble a computer back from its components... $1000
You mother seeing all the parts spread out on the bed, exclaims "You broke it!!!"... Priceless!