ADV Universe Digital Store

I’ve been thinking for some time that (legal) digital downloads of anime would be a great idea. The episodes are relatively short, and there are lots of them. There’s a relatively small but very dedicated fanbase. Animation compresses well, compared to live-action. It just seems to me that anime is a much better fit for the iTunes treatment than most of the stuff that’s already up there on the iTunes store. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any sign that Apple is interested in this.

ADV has just opened their own store for digital downloads. I’m a bit disappointed in their model though. They’re charging $5 per episode, which seems a bit high; I think $2 or $3 would make more sense. They’re using Windows DRM, too, so you can’t play the files on a Mac. Nor can you burn them to (watchable) DVDs.

I guess I’ll stick with watching whatever shows up on Cartoon Network, and buying the occasional DVD.


I’ve been using Juice to download and manage podcasts on my Mac for quite some time now. When Apple added podcast support to iTunes, I though about just using that, but there are a few things I don’t like about the way iTunes does stuff. Also, iTunes doesn’t have BitTorrent support, and a couple of the podcasts I subscribe to use BT. Juice is pretty good, but it’s a bit slow on my machine, and there are a few quirks. I’d like to try out Transistr, but it’s been in “coming soon” mode since January, I think. This recent blog post indicates that they’re making progress on it, though. I don’t know if there are any other good podcatchers for the Mac.

Karl Pilkington

I finished listening to the first season of the Ricky Gervais Show today, on my way home from work. Here’s a recent article about Karl Pilkington, “the odd-thinking fall guy” of the show, as the article puts it. I did enjoy the show, though it falls into a bit of a predictable pattern after a while. Still, I think I’ll pop for the second and third seasons from iTunes.


Some time ago, I tried to set up an IM client on my Mac that would connect to my company’s Sametime server. It might have been an older version of Adium, or it might have been Mercury. I can’t quite remember. Either way, I couldn’t get it to work, and just gave up. Well, I took another shot at it today, this time using the current version of Aduim, and it worked like a charm.

The official Sametime client for Mac is in beta right now. It looks pretty good, from what I’ve seen, but it’s nice to have something that works well in the meantime.

Right Stuf Geneon Sale

Right Stuf International has a bunch of Geneon DVDs on sale, 10 for $50 or 25 for $100. I have to admit I got sucked in on the latter deal. They had a bunch of stuff listed that I’ve been meaning to pick up, plus some stuff I was just curious about. I should be buried in anime DVDs in a week or two. Anything I don’t like can get traded off on Peerflix.

computer books

I just finished ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer’s Notebook. Looking back through old posts, it appears that I’ve been working my way through this one for quite a while now. Oh well. The next book in my stack is Expert C# Business Objects which, according to Amazon, I bought on Sept 20, 2005. So I guess it’s about time to crack it open, right? Of course the C# 2005 version is out now. I’d like to read that one instead, but I don’t want to just toss out a $60 computer book. I guess I’ll start reading the one I’ve got, then maybe think about “upgrading” to the new one if it’s really interesting.