So, I’ve got a extra computer that sits on one side of the room. Every once in a while, when I’ve got an extra hour, I download and install any of the various freeware TIVO-esque software packages out there that allow any computer with a TV tuner card to perform as a DVR. I’ve never actually hooked it up to my TV and used it on a daily basis, but I have high hopes that someday I will have enough time to tweak it and enjoy the fruits of my labor (all the while with a grin on face from having stuck it to the MAN).
There is a Bill being proposed in Washington that would make activities like this impossible and probably criminal. I won’t go into large details here, but I think everyone should visit BoingBoing.net, read up on the issue, and follow the link to the Electronic Frontier Foundation site and use the form to email and fax your local congressperson. I did, and I feel better because of it.