Technological Marvels

Well, last weekend I signed up for Sirius satellite radio. I already have DirecTV, and had an unfortunate experience with DirecWay satellite internet service. (DirecWay gets the gasface!) I figured I would give it a shot, and had received a free hardware deal, so what the heck. You have to sign up for one year by the terms of the deal, but it’s $140 for the year (or somewhere thereabouts), but you get 60 channels of tunes with no commercials, and 40 channels of news/sports/etc. that do sometimes have commercials. Either way, not a bad deal. So I got the house kit to hook it up, and will eventually pick up the car kit.

I received the hardware this week, and activated the service. So far, my only complaint is that I’m having a bit of a hard time finding the perfect spot facing Westward to put the antenna (it can go in a window or outside). Probably because the way my audio systems are set up make it too far away for the wiring. So I’m trying to figure out that situation. I’d like to permanently wire the antenna somewhere, so perhaps that’ll help. Plus, the wire needs to be a bit longer. This one is like 10-12 feet, and I need to have some more. Maybe Best Buy or someone will have it. If anyone knows about this, let me know.

Otherwise, when I have it set up (not being blocked by trees or hurricanes) it works great. I’m definitely happy with how it sounds (as compared to FM), and the variety that they offer. Definitely worth the loot, if you ask me. I’m curious to see how it runs in a car, however. No listening to the radio in the tunnels and whatnot, I would suppose.

All in all, it gets a thumbs up from me.