Ron Lindeboom's Blog https://blogs.creativecow.net/RonLindeboom en-us Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net What Happened at Apple? Where did the Quality Control go? https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14526/what-happened-at-apple-where-did-the-quality-control-go https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14526/what-happened-at-apple-where-did-the-quality-control-go One thing I have never minded was paying more for my Apple gear. Why? Because at the end of the day, I got a lot done with it and it nearly always did it with ease and a level of being trouble-free that our PCs rarely matched. But something's changed over the years and when my 15" MacBook Pro with i Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:21:56 GMT My excuses for not buying a drone are disappearing. Here's why... https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14517/my-excuses-for-not-buying-a-drone-are-disappearing-heres-why https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14517/my-excuses-for-not-buying-a-drone-are-disappearing-heres-why I have to be honest, I'm a guy who loves the idea of drone technology but, like many, I have been reluctant to buy a drone because I've watched one after another of my friends crash their drones into trees, buildings, rocks and just about anything else that happened to be around. Crashing a drone h Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:43:21 GMT One of the baddest shows in the history of television... https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14507/one-of-the-baddest-shows-in-the-history-of-television https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14507/one-of-the-baddest-shows-in-the-history-of-television When the History Channel announced a few years back that they were going into original dramatic series television with VIKINGS, I was already sold as the time and history of the vikings is one that has always fascinated me. Some of my friends know I joke about one day suing the descendants of the v Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:57:56 GMT ACORN TV: Compression Issues Abound https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14115/acorn-tv-compression-issues-abound https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14115/acorn-tv-compression-issues-abound My wife and I signed up for the free 30 day trial subscription to Acorn TV but couldn't make it a few days before turning off our account and being done with it. We even uninstalled the app from our system. Why? While we like to explore television from other countries of the world, we like to see a Mon, 04 Apr 2016 22:47:00 GMT Another International Cable Cutter Find https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14116/another-international-cable-cutter-find https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14116/another-international-cable-cutter-find   As I've mentioned before, my wife and I really like learning how other cultures look at the world and learning a bit of their history, as well. One of the easy ways we've found is to explore their television programming. For a few years now, one of the cultures we have been spending some time Fri, 01 Apr 2016 20:23:00 GMT My new cable cutting book is now at Amazon.com https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14117/my-new-cable-cutting-book-is-now-at-amazoncom https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14117/my-new-cable-cutting-book-is-now-at-amazoncom CUTTING THE CABLE: Covers ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast & Others is now available at Amazon.com. While the obvious mission of the book is to teach readers how to save money on their cable TV bill, the book also gives readers an immersive journey into the rapidly changing world of t Fri, 01 Apr 2016 17:53:00 GMT Apple TV 4 and Cable Cutting Basics https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14118/apple-tv-4-and-cable-cutting-basics https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14118/apple-tv-4-and-cable-cutting-basics One of the surest ways to save on the high cost of cable if you are an Apple TV 4 user, is to get a good digital over-the-air antenna to pull in your local channels. (We use a $50 MOHU Leaf indoor digital antenna. We're in a very mountainous area and so we use the amplified model.) We don't have a Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:31:00 GMT Why and How Television Is Changing https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14119/why-and-how-television-is-changing https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14119/why-and-how-television-is-changing Whenever new things come along, they nearly always attack the low-end of the market first. Why? It's the least defended market segment and the one that well entrenched companies will sacrifice while they focus their attention on their most profitable customers. That is good business. The problem co Sun, 13 Mar 2016 22:03:00 GMT Apple TV 4: First Impressions https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14120/apple-tv-4-first-impressions https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14120/apple-tv-4-first-impressions We have just purchased and installed the new Apple TV 4 and have begun getting to know it. It's clear that this is a new environment and so there are not as many apps as there are for Roku or Amazon Fire TV. While you may read claims that say that Apple TV 4 has over 2600 apps, Kathlyn and I have b Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:40:00 GMT Don't Waste Money On Smart TVs You Don't Need https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14121/dont-waste-money-on-smart-tvs-you-dont-need https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14121/dont-waste-money-on-smart-tvs-you-dont-need One thing that people spend a lot of money on, which in many cases is not a good use of money -- because they are paying for duplicated features they likely get from other options -- is buying Smart TVs. Smart functions built into the TV are very expensive and add hundreds of dollars to the cost. Y Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:04:00 GMT A great free channel you will find on Roku https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14122/a-great-free-channel-you-will-find-on-roku https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14122/a-great-free-channel-you-will-find-on-roku The Roku Sci-Fi Station I haven't yet found this station on either Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV -- if you have, please comment below -- but Roku users who enjoy science fiction and fantasy will like this great free channel. Sci-Fi Station is full of recent release newer films, not the old sci-fi that Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:33:00 GMT Cable cutting is about freedom and user advantage https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14123/cable-cutting-is-about-freedom-and-user-advantage https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14123/cable-cutting-is-about-freedom-and-user-advantage We are about to turn off the last of our Dish Network package because we have added a digital off-air antenna through which we now get our local networks for free. We got one of our two Roku devices by paying our Sling TV bill in advance for three months. When that 90 day period runs out, we will l Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:07:00 GMT Creative COW Magazine: It'll be five years, come December 19th https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/3523/creative-cow-magazine-itll-be-five-years-come-december-19th https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/3523/creative-cow-magazine-itll-be-five-years-come-december-19th It seems like only yesterday but on December 19th it will be five years since we first officially and publicly announced our plans to launch Creative COW Magazine. Five years already? Time flies. At the time, it was an insane gamble but the last five years have proven it to be a risk worth taking. W Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:00:29 GMT It might be one of the best industry trade magazine issues, ever https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/3476/it-might-be-one-of-the-best-industry-trade-magazine-issues-ever https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/3476/it-might-be-one-of-the-best-industry-trade-magazine-issues-ever The newest issue of Creative COW Magazine explores the idea of Divergence in acquisition, production, and distribution in broadcasting. Gone are the days when the Big 3 networks -- CBS, NBC and ABC -- could count on the audience coming to them. Now, the networks are addressing issues of shrinking au Wed, 22 Sep 2010 22:13:31 GMT Wow, one day's iPhone sales crashes Apple's server farm with over 650,000 orders in 24 hours https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/2654/wow-one-days-iphone-sales-crashes-apples-server-farm-with-over-650000-orders-in-24-hours https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/2654/wow-one-days-iphone-sales-crashes-apples-server-farm-with-over-650000-orders-in-24-hours I knew that the new iPhone 4 was going to be a winner the moment I saw it. I thought to myself: "Hey, even Tim Wilson's going to end up getting one of these." That's saying something, because even though Tim has been a fan of the iPhone, in principle, he also has resisted the iPhone siren call becau Thu, 17 Jun 2010 14:23:53 GMT My phoneless iPad makes better calls than my iPhone https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/2553/my-phoneless-ipad-makes-better-calls-than-my-iphone https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/2553/my-phoneless-ipad-makes-better-calls-than-my-iphone Yes, my iPad makes MUCH better calls and is a FAR more pleasant experience, than trying to use my iPhone for calling. Not only is the clarity much better but the volume (when needed in louder situations) is much better and has greater "presence," as well. While talking with Tim Wilson on the phone t Sat, 08 May 2010 13:18:18 GMT A demo reel from Poland to make a Paso Robles Californian proud https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/2519/a-demo-reel-from-poland-to-make-a-paso-robles-californian-proud https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/2519/a-demo-reel-from-poland-to-make-a-paso-robles-californian-proud THE RAMBLE... One of the nice things about living in Paso Robles, California, is that in the 1930s and 40s, then world renowned Polish-born pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski made it his home and built one of the early vineyard/wineries in the area. He came here at the advice of one of his w Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:38:32 GMT The new year starts out well in our Video-Reels section https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/1030/the-new-year-starts-out-well-in-our-videoreels-section https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/1030/the-new-year-starts-out-well-in-our-videoreels-section As many of you already know, we have been having a contest in our Video-Reels section looking for the best TRAILER entered. We are awarding $1,000 to the winner, and we will give $500 to the person who leaves the most astute and insightful comment when voting. So, even the voters have a chance at wi Fri, 08 Jan 2010 02:16:41 GMT What a year it's been...another record breaker for Creative COW https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/1017/what-a-year-its-beenanother-record-breaker-for-creative-cow https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/1017/what-a-year-its-beenanother-record-breaker-for-creative-cow Last year, around this time, we posted that in late November of 2008, the COW passed the Google Analytics ONE MILLION unique visitors a month marker. This year, as we wind down to year's end, we have passed the Google Analytics 2.2 MILLION unique visitors a month threshold. In fact, Q3 of 2009 susta Tue, 15 Dec 2009 18:07:29 GMT The greatest book you will read all year -- or next https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/1003/the-greatest-book-you-will-read-all-year-or-next https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/1003/the-greatest-book-you-will-read-all-year-or-next Those of you who read some of my posts may have bumped into my enthusiasm for Philip Kotler's "Chaotics: The Business of Managing and Marketing in the Age of Turbulence." If I had to pick the single most important business book that I read during all of 2008 (when I started it) or 2009 (when I finis Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:21:31 GMT