There's apparently a band 'a fuckin' cockknockers running the show at the San Francisco Chronicle. They fired technology reporter Henry Norr
for participating off-the-clock in a protest against the Iraq war. The Chronicle
's ethics code does not
prevent employees from participating in public political events, and apparently was changed following Norr's suspension.
In another window, I discovered Griffin Technologies' Total Remote
. It's a small plug-in device and software package for PocketPC systems that turns it into a beautiful universal remote control.
I've been looking at high-end universals lately, in hopes of clearing the five remotes I have to use daily to run the living room setup. My biggest complaint about most universals is they lose the menu keys that let you adjust your TV set, program your VCR, and do anything but the most mundane tweaking of stereo systems. The $300-and-up universals give you some of this back, but it's a little cumbersome. And nothing supports the TiVo properly.
The Total Remote doesn't require much in the way of hardware. I figure I can find an old iPaq handheld on eBay for cheap, and have something far more flexible. You can create custom skins for TR, plus it's a learning remote, so it oughtta drive damned near anything. The possibilities that a wireless Ethernet CF card add are stunning.