Saturday, 12 April 2008
Since I "needed" a new high-def disc format player (specifically Blu-Ray Disc) to take the place of my suddenly-antiquated HD-DVD hardware, and since Thursday was my 41st birthday, I decided to get what is arguably the best Blu-Ray player out there. The Playstation 3. Ah mid-life and gadgety toys, heh.

As luck would have it, my dad called me and asked what I'd like for my birthday. We go through the same conversation each time, and it's really kind of funny. I say I don't know and we end up in a friendly stalemate. I told him what I was looking at buying for myself, and he got interested. It was too much money, really - but he insisted (thanks, dad!). And so I went to the local big box store and picked one up and brought it home last night.

I'm not going to do a PS3 review. Yes, it's great hardware and the Blu-Ray discs play great. Watched 3:10 to Yuma last night (good flick). I was impressed, just as I was with HD-DVD.

But you know what impresses me more? In the past few weeks I have seen device after device - from different, even competing manufacturers - communicating with each other to share media on the network.

My Windows Home Server and Windows Media Player devices can share out media with the Xbox 360, with my DirecTV HD-DVR receiver, and now I see also with the new Playstation 3. Streaming audio around the house that's stored on the Home Server is a daily occurence around here. The XBox 360 is, of course, also a front-end for Media Center (which runs on my Vista Ultimate machine), and once we see a real-world version of the DirecTV USB component receiver (dubbed the HDPC-20 and currently in limited beta we're told), that's going straight into my den and should truly round out my interconnected, media-driven home.

With about 2TB (yeah, terabytes - who woulda thunk it a few years ago eh?) of Home Server storage and all these devices spread around that stream various media, it really is turning into a whole different kind of user experience - and a good one at that.

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Saturday, 12 April 2008 08:47:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

Happy birthday and congrats on your new gadget acquisition. My wife is a big fan of the PS3's Blu-Ray player. She develops Blu-Ray apps and has worked with many players and the PS3 is the best.

-- Steve
Steve Sexton
Saturday, 12 April 2008 09:09:24 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I'm glad you found a good use other than high-def movies for the PS3. Oh, and I never got around to telling you happy birthday the other day, dang podcast recordings. So um, happy birthday!
Sunday, 13 April 2008 23:46:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Thanks Steve and Tim :)
Monday, 14 April 2008 07:48:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
By the way, your birthday was NOT on Thursday (April 10)--I recall, quite vividly, that you were born on April llth !! :) :) Love , the mom
Monday, 14 April 2008 14:14:24 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Oops good point. My birthday was Frday, not thursday. See??? I am gettig old...
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