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Star Trek Voyager: 18 episodes to watch with kids

Star Trek Voyager: 18 episodes to watch with kids

  If you’re introducing your kids to Star Trek, you might be tempted to start with the original series, or with The Next Generation. But our rigorous family testing shows that the original series is just too damn old and slow for kids these days, and TNG...
Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

When I drove past a billboard earlier this week that promised me a new universe of streaming media, I nearly pulled over to the side of the road so that I could try it. Right. Now. Was this the day I’d been waiting for? The day when I’d finally experience...
Bing helps us search for the meaning in our tech choices

Bing helps us search for the meaning in our tech choices

It’s not easy to break into a market that is dominated by a player whose name is literally synonymous with an entire product category. In a world that uses “Googling” to refer to the very act of searching for something online, it’s a wonder...
Status report on the perpetual home media overhaul

Status report on the perpetual home media overhaul

Gillian Shaw’s delightful weekend story in the Vancouver Sun covered online alternatives to cable, and outed me once again as the World’s Most Committed Cross-Platform TV Consumer: And then there are the techno geeks like Vancouver’s Alexandra Samuel...
TV for multi-tasking: 10 shows to help process your e-mail

TV for multi-tasking: 10 shows to help process your e-mail

We’re 5 days into the 7-day quest for Inbox Zero by 2011, which means we’re now at the drudgery phase. One of my productivity tricks is to save mindless, tedious chores for the evening, when I enjoy our home media setup by watching TV shows while I do my...
Star Trek for kids

Star Trek for kids

Many parents focus on preparing their children for a digital future by working on their basic math skills, helping them use a computer, or even teaching them the basics of programming. These parents are fools! If there is one thing I have learned from working with...
Why on earth would you want to watch TV?

Why on earth would you want to watch TV?

Blogging my incredibly elaborate efforts at The Perfect Tech-Enabled TV makes me conscious of all the people who are wondering why I care so much about watching TV in the first place. After all, most of my friends are highly evolved creatures who divide their time...
Ingredients for a Mac home media center (or two)

Ingredients for a Mac home media center (or two)

As part of my 2010 Home Media Center Overhaul and Documentation Festival, I’ll begin by summarizing the current components of our all-you-can-watch emporium. I’m actually documenting two media centers here: the main living room setup, and then a similar...
Where The Social Network fails, does Gossip Girl succeed?

Where The Social Network fails, does Gossip Girl succeed?

My latest blog post for Harvard Business Review talks about what The Social Network tells us about social media. Or rather, it looks at what The Social Network doesn’t tell us about social media, since the movie used the birth of Facebook as the backdrop for a...