Monday, January 22, 2007
Joost Your Life?
As if we do not spend much time at our computer, there is another distraction from family time together.
Singapore will be part of the many countries that will receive free-airing TV programmes via the Internet. In its beta stage now, but Joost.com will make its debut here in March.
Like Demand TV or pay-per-view, the programmes are downloaded from a series of programmes available for watching. Other similar concepts have have been long operating this elsewhere in the world for all I know, but still an interesting concept to... watch.
So, if your computer is fast enough and that you have a broadband connection, you can multitask it together - doing your work or whatever that you use your computer for while watching a TV programme that runs on a small screen on your desktop.
I have not downloaded the beta testing software yet, so I am still ignorant about it, but have registered for its progress and updates newsletter.
Not mainly because I need more time to spend on my computer already, but mostly for the technology part of it. It is so interesting to know how things work and how it will revolutionize TV watching specifically in Singapore.
Whatever philosophical good or the downside to it is still debatable. You just cannot escape technology... a two-edge sword of sorts, but how well you can manage living in balance with technology riding most part of your daily life for yourself, your children, and your family.
TV has somewhat replaced most part of human communications especially from a family. Everybody may be in one room, but few words may be spoken as the focus is on and eye glued to the screen. The Internet, makes us glued to the monitor instead.
So we have more time saved with technology helping us out our daily chores, we seem to have less time with one another. 24 hours does not seem enough for one day as it moves too fast to here.
Joost may take off like a rocket or may be just another fad.
It may become an integral part of our lives here, or it may just blow-over like bubble tea kiosks phenomenon in Singapore a few years back; or the Internet bubble that burst the dot-com companies around the world into obscurity.
Somehow, after the disintegration, something new is continuously being reinvented... for the better?
Will just have to watch the wave for ourselves as it comes... starting this March 2007.