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Comment: The downside of Boxee (Score 1) 335

by stickyc (#26816247) Attached to: Build a BoxeeBox and Wean Yourself From Cable
I'm a huge Boxee fan, but it's biggest differentiator (from XBMC, Plex, and similar forks) is also it's biggest liability.

In order to be an effective "social" media player, where titles can be shared and recognized by others, it has restrictions on the media sources. If your content isn't in IMDB, Hulu, TV Guide, or one of the other supported providers, there's no way to get it into Boxee.

The biggest offenders are TV series on DVD. Boxee understands Battlestar Galactica Season 1, Episode 5, but can't parse the DVD rip of Battlestar Galactica Season 1, Disk 2. Or, likewise, the DVD rip of Pixar's Short Films Collection (but it can parse the individual short films).

To be fair, last time I checked, none of the XBMC forks could parse these media (someone really should write a Netflix scraper plugin), but at least you could manually enter them.

Comment: An easier solution (Score 3, Insightful) 335

by stickyc (#26816053) Attached to: Build a BoxeeBox and Wean Yourself From Cable
For those who don't wish to spend as much time assembling and tweaking, but still want to enjoy Boxee goodness; You can buy a refurbished Mac Mini, DVIHDMI dongle, and 1tb external disk for roughly the same price as the author spent on his Ubuntu rig. Boxee is available (and started) as a native OS-X application. Plus, with OS-X, you can get streaming HD Netflix.

Comment: Re:Since we can't RTFA, I don't get it (Score 2, Informative) 335

by stickyc (#26815895) Attached to: Build a BoxeeBox and Wean Yourself From Cable
The wins with Boxee are:
  • It's got a fairly high WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) in that the UI is pretty easy to use (certainly much easier than Finder/Explorer).
  • It's a "social" media player. In that it has a "friends" system like most other social sites. You can see what your friends are watching (opt-in, of course) and use that as a tool to find new content.

Comment: Re:Highlights one of the problems.. (Score 2, Insightful) 195

by stickyc (#26507101) Attached to: Google Terminates Six Services
Google notebook seems redundant with Google Docs imo.

I disagree. As a Google Notebook user, I found it very fast and easy to access. The cost (in clicks) of getting into a Google doc and organizing said doc after is much higher than with Notebook, plus there was an integrated FF plugin that made it very useful for clipping pages.

While Google's statement is "no new development", I think odds are that it will be shuttered completely within 24 months as other notebook services' (Evernote, Zoho) feature sets become compelling enough for existing GNotebook users to migrate, thus lessening the outcry when Google does pull the plug.

I'm sad that they're closing it down, but if you've got to end a service, this is a good course of action.


+ - US Patent Office To Try Wiki Style Patent Reviews

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bendodge writes "From the Washington Post:

The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments but also use a community rating system designed to push the most respected comments to the top of the file, for serious consideration by the agency's examiners. A first for the federal government, the system resembles the one used by Wikipedia, the popular user-created online encyclopedia.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.