2007-05-19 15:56:00 by Andrew Hitchcock G+
Amazon's Unbox is having a sale this weekend where you can rent movies for 99 cents and I thought this would be a great opportunity to test it out. Last night I booted into Windows on my MacBook and installed the Unbox software. Initially it had trouble configuring my system, but restarting Unbox fixed that right up. I rented Casino Royale and it began downloading. The downloads are pretty quick, and you can start watching after a minute or two. I was impressed with the quality of the videos (it should be high quality since the download is over two gigabytes!). I watched half the movie and then went to bed. I did some work in OS X this morning, and then restarted into Windows to finish the movie. To my surprise and dismay, Casino Royale was gone! I quickly realized why: sane operating systems store the time on hardware as UTC, but Windows stores the local time. This results in my system clock being wrong every time I switch between Windows and OS X (at least until they contact a time server). For a few minutes, Windows said it was 22:30, which caused Unbox to believe my 24 hours had expired and delete my rental. Fortunately, Amazon provides phone service for Unbox, and in a few minutes I got a one time re-download. However, now I have to wait a long time (in Windows no less) for the download to reach halfway so I can resume playing where I left off. If you are dual-booting Windows and using Unbox, be careful!