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Saturday, January 01, 2011

thanks for the memory 

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Some radio producers are reminiscing on the phenomenal advances in digital memory over the past, few years. They, of course, all used PCs. I didn't start on the 'net with a PC. Here's my memory:

In 1998, I bought a WebTV http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSN_TV
, mostly to help the kids in my "War Zone" neighborhood with their homework. While one could record briefly with an external microphone, the quality was terrible, although one could snag small wav and midi files from the 'net. I know a woman who COMPOSED music on a WebTV. But voice audio? Nope.

WebTV had virtually limitless memory, as we were on a network, and needed no real hard drive. But one could not up- or down-load anything.

Then, Microsoft bought it, cannibalized the hardware and it became X-box. Those of us still using the interactive television set-top box were neglected and ignored. They still exist, as broadband, television appliances, and are popular in hotels overseas, such as in Germany and Japan.

It was a brilliant idea that was neglected to death by Microsoft.

I never could have produced radio with one, but I had a nice following as a writer of "Surfaris" for Net4tv "Voice," an internet magazine for interactive television appliance users. http://www.net4tv.com/voice/
Happy New Year

posted by Rogi  # 1/01/2011 10:02:00 AM


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