Rooz Rules

Rooz Café is now my fave Bean Hut. Compfy reasonably quiet interior, great coffee served in nice big mugs and tasty breaksfasts! Oh – and FREE WiFi!

Rooz is on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.

I’ve been canvassing many East Bay cafés looking for good coffee and free WiFi. Went to check out some I saw listed on the BeastBlog.com site and was disappointed. Next time I’m firing up the laptop before I order. Brewed Awakening and Café Neffeli on Euclid were both a waste of time.

Some might disagree with me that WiFi is important for a Café. I like to be able to grab my laptop and work on projects when I’m out. I also enjoy the fact that people on laptops are usually quiet people. Having to overhear some UCSC TA blab on and on about them selves at the next table is no treat.

Flimmity Flam – The Pat McCormack Band

Jay Wilson

Last month I went to down to Santa Cruz and saw my old pal Jay in his latest project, The Pat McCormack Group. He pulled some strings and got me a free pass to get inside the historic Catalyst nightclub. It was a special evening as there was much anticipation for the headline act, Blue Oyster Cult.

Blue Oyster Cult use to be pretty big. They would play 3rd or 4th at a big Day on the Green stadium rock festival type of show back in the late 70s. Now they’re better known as the mocked band in the SNL ‘More Cowbell’ skit.

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Apple Surprises Today?

Though many pundits are predicting some sort of Video iPod. I think something much more interesting is in store for us.

If you look back to the beginning of the year, Steve Jobs declared this year, ‘The Year of HD’. Apple upgraded it’s iMovie and Final Cut Pro video editing apps, introduced wide screen LCD displays and more importantly introduced QT 7 with the H.264 codec. With this codec content can leap frog DVD in quality.

The DVD is DEAD

There is a big boom in HD TVs these days. Comcast cable is expanding it’s HD offerings and bundling HD DVRs with it’s new subscriber packages (I’ll review this in a later review). Unfortunately, the DVD, the previous high quality delivery medium, doesn’t deliver HD in it’s previous version. Blu-Ray and HD DVD are on the horizon but are having to go through a format war and more meddling by Hollywood.

Now I think Apple is going to seize the opportunity and put it all together! Using a delivery app like the iTunes Music Store, create an ‘iMovie Music Store’ to deliver H.264 HD content to users computers. But, watching a video or movie on your computer is fine but it’s more preferable to relax and watch a movie or TV show on your wide screen HD TV. How do you get your program to your TV? I sometimes hook up the DVI cable connector from the laptop to the TV equipment and then hook up a audio cable – what a hassle…

The Real Surpirse

I think the coolest thing to be possilby announced is a WiFi A/V connector for your TV setup. It could be either like a fancier AirPort Express or a little set-top box. Downloaded HD content once downloaded, could the be easily picked up wirelessly by your new HDVideo Express box and delivered to your TV. Now you will have a ‘lean back’ compared to a ‘lean forward’ video watching experience.

If these things happen at today’s announcement, I believe HD will really take off. I was really first introduced to HD through finding HD quality TV shows over the last year. I did a lot of moving and didn’t have access to cable or a TV. I found you can download HD TV shows in higher quality than can be viewed from my friends regular Digital Cable TV.

If Apple makes a compelling easy to use online Video Rental store, the local DVD will have some serious competition. The DVD has to be physically delivered and I personally, I hate DVDs, they are slow and I dislike how producers can keep you from skipping over startup screens etc. No one likes to be forced to watch content. Oh, and did I say they are slow? Waiting for a disk to startup and then find your content is a pain.

Oh yeah, and One More Thing…

Well, yeah, with all this in place, a Video iPod could be a nice accessory to view this content on the go, but I think it’s more of an accessory – maybe announced at a later time. Anyway, it’ll be fun to see what’s on tap today. Maybe you’ll be able to download some Madonna videos too?