Technology is Like That

November 30, 2006 11:45 PM

I was watching TV tonight when I saw something I wanted to share with my co-workers. So after the segment was over, I rewound the show on my PVR, paused it, took a photo of the screen with my camera, transferred the photo onto my laptop via Bluetooth, then posted the image to my internal company blog.

Try doing that ten years ago.

It would have been better if I could have just told my laptop to grab a screenshot straight from my TV. That's going to take another ten years. The technology is all there, but first we have to break the hegemony of the Intellectual Property extortionists, and the purveyors of deliberately incompatible proprietary standards.

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