Vertigo on the flatscreen

We all got a kick out of Google’s satellite view and enjoyed zooming around with Google Earth. This week Microsoft launches their local.live.com service with it’s cool Bird’s Eye views of landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge.

But if you really want to knock your socks off, you have got to try Big Eye in the Sky Quicktime VR site. Photographer Ed Fink has taken 360 degree views from a helicopter and the results are stunning.

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Origins of the “TiVo” moniker

The winning answer was we were naming the next TV. I thought it should be as close as possible to what people would find familiar so it must contain T and V. I started looking at letter combinations and pretty quickly settled on TiVo. I also liked that “i” and “o” were a part of the name from the “in and out” engineering acronym. Additionally I thought “vo” had a nice connection to “vox” and “voce” from the latin for vocal sound and Italian for voice, vote and vow are part of the same root words. In a way, every selection one makes with TiVo is a kind of vote. It was all beginning to make some sense. We created a beginning lexicon of TiVo expressions to help create what we anticipated would be a TiVo culture. One of the expressions was “TiVolution”. I liked the similarity of sound to the rock band DEVO and their devolution stance.

Seven Questions with Michael Cronan, designer and creator of the name “Tivo” and the mascot