This means, when one tax goes down, the others automatically benefit. Calculating the effect is complicated by things like people not itemizing their deductions, or their other taxes not being enough to exceed the default deduction... and of course it all depends on the average tax rates by tax revenue (not per person).
A simple example, though. Suppose you were making $100k in CA when Bush's tax cut reduced your federal rate from 38% to 35%. CA tax rate is 9%. So, at 38%, you paid $38k in federal taxes, so your income for CA was $62k, so you paid $5580. When the fed rate drops to 35%, you taxes to the fed drop to $35k, leaving $65k for state, paying $5850, an increase of 4.8%.
Obviously, there are a lot of other factors involved, its not nearly that simple, but its an interesting point to think about: A federal tax cut is a very complicated tax transfer to the states.
I have no idea what to think of the Clubman. Its a mini, but its bigger, but not much, and its funky... Maybe I should go smaller.
Its got my current ridiculously simple archive_tivo.py. I've got plenty of ideas, but I mostly decided it wasn't all that important. It was useful to be able to pull the video off from some important NHL games.
One idea I considered: having my computer maintain an ipod format copy
of all of the videos currently on my Tivo. This makes it as easy as
possible to just drag what I want to watch onto my ipod before running
out the door. Well, easier would be if it synced magically... or I just
used my slingbox to my
TreoCentro instead. I could
probably write an Android app that watched for the device being on my
local wi-fi and synced the videos down, but even over wi-fi that'll take
a long time, probably not great for battery life. And assuming Android
devices will have wi-fi.
While working on this, I wasted another couple days trying to get "good" video conversion. Quicktime requires a paid plug-in for mpeg2, and supposedly can't handle the Tivo mpeg2 stream anyways (looks like Tivo uses some allowed by unusual features of mpeg2). I wanted to convert the mpeg2 stream to an h.264 stream to save space and to make it possible to play the videos in FrontRow. You'd think "same quality" conversions would be easy... not. Using ffmpeg's -sameq flag generates an h.264 video that's almost 2x the size of the mpeg2 video, and isn't as good. Interlacing is the enemy there, I think, but in general, the best I could do was a "pretty good" copy using mpeg4 (h.263) and getting about 80% of the space of the mpeg2. Didn't seem worth it, another reason I haven't really finished this project.
Anyways, it looks like Nolan should be going home tomorrow. Wonder if we've got any peanut butter at home?
There are exceptions, though. I just bought a new Palm Centro phone, and went to use the install cd... and found that I'd left a cd in the docking station from the last time I'd used it: the install cd for my old Palm Treo 700p, from almost 2 years ago. So, there's an indication of just how often I've needed the cd-rom on this machine.
Not that I'm going to get rid of all of them. My desktop box at home has two DVD drives in it, which I'm using quite a bit to rip my DVDs. I've also needed those drives for games, either because they're huge (MS Flight Simulator was two DVDs) or because they require the disk to be in the drive to play for copy protection (really annoying). And I even wrote a DVD recently when I upgraded my home linux server, and needed a DVD drive to do the upgrade. But when you have multiple computers, you can definitely get away without having an optical drive.
On the other hand, my wife appreciates that my personal laptop, a Sony Vaio TZ, has a dvd drive, since she uses it as a portable DVD player on trips. One device is better than two in a lot of cases.
As for the HD-DVD/Blue-ray debate... I don't actually own either player. Just like when DVDs came out, the studios think they can charge more for the "better" format. I'm not going to pay $35 for a blue-ray disc, period.
Currently, I'm storing my DVD's on an Infrant ReadyNAS NV+, and playing them with a Mac Mini. Check the jump for the road to this. Also, I've now got a bunch of scripts to manage this, which may or may not be useful to anyone else, feel free to email me for some pointers.
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