Technology reviews

Bastard the PVR continues to live up to his name

The hardware may have changed, but Bastard, my PVR, continues to be a bastard.

And it all looked so different a couple of weeks, when I discovered he could now record two things at once. Cracking! No more worrying about scheduling conflicts, no more worrying that the end of episode one is going to get recorded on the beginning of episode two if there’s an over-run.


Except I updated him to version 3.1.1 of his EyeTV software, which worked fine in most regards, except with exports. Suddenly, little Bastard didn’t like to export programs with their soundtracks intact. I didn’t realise this until about a week later, by which time I’d deleted the originals.


So I downgraded back to 3.1, using Elgato’s preferred method. Except I didn’t restart my computer since they didn’t ask me to. Now Bastard won’t start recording unless EyeTV is already running. The problem went away after a restart, but not before it had failed to record one programme: American Outlaws, starring Ali Larter.


Meme of the week: Shows you look forward to

Last week’s meme was a bit of a disaster. Absolutely no one was interested in it.


Oh well, let’s try something different.

Everyone has shows they like and watch, but are there ones that you actually look forward to, where you think “Oh God. I’ve got to wait a whole week until the next episode,” and then the clock ticks for the rest of the week until it’s on again.

For me, it’s Heroes and 24. How about you? Thoughts on your own blogs or in the comments below, please.


Tuesday’s visible gossip girl news

The Prisoner

Doctor Who


British TV


Dick Heads

Dick Heads: Sparkie Stare (from DMW)

Richard Armitage

Slowly, the army is awaking. DMW has sent us this picture of Richard Armitage’s head and there’s now a few more in the pile, so Dick Heads is safe. This one’s called Sparkie Stare and I think is from some mini-series where he played someone called Sparkie. I did look it up but then I forgot.

Captions, haiku or anything else Richard Armitage’s head inspires in you and can be set down in writing, please.

Got a picture of Richard Armitage’s head, preferably wearing a hat? Then leave a link to it below and if it’s judged suitable, it will appear in the “Dick Heads” gallery.