Day: June 25, 2004

  • TiVo Prices Tumble

    A few days ago I noticed some 40 hour TiVo units at Best Buy for $119 after rebates.  Yesterday I saw the same unit for $129 at Circuit City.  Both prices are extremely impressive and seem to be mirroring DVD prices.  A few years ago it was unheard of to pick up a halfway decent DVD player for less than two hundred bucks or so.  Today you can buy one at Wal-Mart for $40.

    Right now PVRs seem to be nearing just above that $100 or so range that VCRs spent so many years in and where a good solid (non-barebones) DVD player can still cost today.  Here’s the kicker: Tech Bargains has a link to a refurbed 40 hour TiVo direct from the source for $80 after rebates.  I’m sure that it won’t last long, but it’s a hell of a deal.

    I wonder how long it will take GPX to put out a 15 hour PVR in a little translucent plastic box for $50 at my local big box store…

  • Python Development with Eclipse and Ant

    The Daily Python-URL is chock full of Python linkage today.  The one that has the biggest wow factor to me is a link to Python development with Eclipse and Ant at IBM developerWorks.  The article, which I managed to miss when it came out on June 15, details how to set up Eclipse as a Python development environment.  The story glues together PyDev, a Python Eclipse plugin, Python Ant tasks, and even manages to make mention of Mark’s feed parser.

    The eclipse solution sounds like it would be much more elegant and coherent than my current uses of Pythonwin and IDLE on Windows and the text editor of the moment, the command line, and the interactive interpreter on Linux (usually over SSH).