Our little claim to FAME on every TiVo Premiere! (and YouTube)

Check it! My wife and I are on the videos for every TiVo Premiere box being shipped in the country (maybe even the world)!


No, we’re not models or actors like my gaming buddies Rick Malambri or his wife Lisa Malambri, but this opportunity presented itself as more of a happen stance. My wife Joyce has an old high school friend who has been working at TiVo for some time now in the Marketing and QA departments. Being that TiVo is based in the Bay Area, there’s been a couple of times that her friend has been asked to find people to do some in person focus group style sessions. I initially attended one of these after being a long time TiVo subscriber with Direct TV (this was back when Direct TV still had TiVo boxes leased through their company).

A few months later, TiVo was looking for a few real life users in the Bay Area to talk about how they use (and love) their TiVo products for an on camera spot. We signed up for this with sending our cute pictures, had a good word put in, and got scheduled for the shoot a few days later. All of that video work was done with about 5 other families/couples, and was primarily to show the different usages of the TiVo HD box.

Almost a year later, we were contacted again by Shannon from TiVo (the former voice/main spokesperson of TiVo), that they were looking to do another TiVo shoot with the same group that they had earlier. We went in, were shown and told a little bit about their new Premiere Box, and shot some more footage that was used along with the old footage to launch their new product dubbed “The One Box.”


It was quite a funny shoot, as we had watch our old video and find the same clothes we wore in that first shoot (I think my hair was a little longer the first time as well). The video crew couldn’t find the same couch either, but worked with what they had. It was a fun time catching up with the same crew that we worked with last time. As a result from the shoots, they came up with 5 total videos with us featured in several of the final products highlighting all that the TiVo Premiere box can do.

Here’s some of the videos from TiVo’s YouTube account in case you don’t yet own a TiVo Premiere (but you really should!)

Oh, I almost got called back for another video as well. They were filming another session (this time up in Oregon, but without Shannon Carey, as she had left the company by then), and apparently they didn’t have enough people of diverse ethnic backgrounds up there, so they were almost going to fly me up to Portland for 2 days to do a shoot. That would have been a blast, but didn’t pan out. Next time, call me TiVo! 😉

Warblade’s 2011 NBA Playoffs Predictions

I’m not one normally that into sports, though I do follow most of the NBA and the Lakers (not really a band wagoner, my wife is from LA, so I have a reason to like em. =P). Here’s my prediction for the 2011 NBA Playoffs. We’ll see how accurate I am come June! Here’s to a great NBA Playoffs and to the Lakers 3rd Three-peat attempt!


Uh Oh! Running out of room in Gmail?


So I got my Gmail account back in 2004 (6/23/2004) when it was still in the Invite only Beta stages. It’s been close to 7 years with a total of over 100,000 emails in my “All” folder. Google’s been constantly giving more and more room to Gmail users (Starting at 1Gb, jumping to 2Gb, and has still blossomed to the 7.569Gb I have today), yet I’m already using 61% of that space!

I looked back to some older entries where I discussed the amount of space and got these stats:


So it really looks like I only have 2 1/2 years until my Gmail box will be full. Sadness.

Review of the Razer Onza 360 Controller

History of the Onza:

So it’s been nearly a year from the first announcement of Razer‘s entrance into the console gaming market with two new peripherals for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. At CES 2010, they announced (and had a working demo unit) of the Onza controller, and a 5.1 surround sound headset named the Chimera.

Both their products kept getting pushed back, and it wasn’t until January 2011 that they allowed pre-orders for the Onza (while the Chimera is still on hold). Razer did expand both lines a bit further to include two versions of each product. For the Onza, there’s a Tournament Edition with a few more features (adjustable tension sticks, braided cable, rubberized surface) than the Standard Edition. The Chimera was also expanded to have a 5.1 system over a 5.8Ghz band and a standard stereo system over 2.4Ghz.

There’s been much talk on the ASTRO Gaming Forums about the Onza with many members pre-ordering it. Let me also admit that I was planning to pre-order it as well, but it went out of stock on the Razer site so quickly (even for a pre-order) that I missed out entirely. Razer’s handling of shipping the item out a few weeks late added to the frustration of many customers online. Just this week, some of the members on the forum mentioned that BestBuy was getting them in stock. I checked the next day and was able to secure one at my local BestBuy.


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