I’m a huge fan of the Olympics. I’ve got my AT&T U-verse DVR setup to record all the coverage that’s being shown on NBC, but sometimes that just doesn’t give me everything I’m looking for. I know I’m an odd-ball, but I actually enjoy watching the curling events and I’ve yet to see any coverage of that on the mainstream channel.
Yesterday I missed the USA vs. Canada hockey game because it was being televised on MSNBC instead of NBC. I’ll probably be talking about my frustration with that in another post I’ll be writing later.
What I discovered today though as I was catching video highlights of the hockey game was something that I though was brilliant! I’m sure other websites have used and the NBCOlympics.com site isn’t the first, but I love their execution.
Within the controls of the video coverage of the events there’s a “BOSS” button you can click that will immediately display a blank Vista desktop with an empty Microsoft Excel spreadsheet displayed instead of the video so you’re not caught watching online video instead of getting that important work done.
Now, I think if they’d put some dummy data in that spreadsheet (like medal counts or something, event sport times) and would identify what operating system you’re using and display the appropriate desktop.