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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


As I'm sure you're aware, the TV and movie content owners in Australia have really dragged the chain on selling their content online. Pay TV operators tend to do this a bit better (I remember paying a couple of pounds per movie for a download from our ISP/pay TV provider NTL in London way back in 2000/2001. But what if you don't want a pay TV subscription just to download movies on demand? Even Apple's iTunes store lets us down in that department, which is why their launch of Apple TV seemed so hollow - why get an IPTV box when they won't sell you the "V" to watch with it?! I just read a post from Last 100 which gave an overview of 11 (count 'em, 11) video download services in the US. Of course they're mostly US only, but the article did mention a couple which sell globally. Jaman specialises in independent and world cinema rental/purchase for Mac/Windows - and claims to be working on a hack to allow it to work with Apple TV. I'll definitely be checking out Hungry Flix - which specialises in non-DRM independent and niche videos. The writeup says it's "radically different" to other offerings:

"All videos are offered as non-DRM’d MPEG4, so as to be compatible with both Mac, PC and Linux, as well as many portable devices, media extenders and set-top-boxes, and the service specifically targets portable media players such as Apple’s iPod or Sony’s PSP."

Video Download Stores Compared


The stress of living paycheque-to-paycheque got you down? If your palms get sweaty every time you glance at your bills, web site The Motley Fool offers five smart tips for ending the madness.

You're suffering from Paycheque-to-Paycheque Syndrome, a malady that can affect anyone -- regardless of income -- who regularly runs short of money in the bank. Associated symptoms include sleepless nights, high blood pressure, fits of guilt, and denial.

The steps—evaluate and attack the illness, cure your denial, prevent future illness and relax—follow a basic but effective course of action. If you've been there, share your tips for how you got out of the paycheque-to-paycheque rut in the comments.

5 Steps to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck