Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
It was just thirteen days ago that Zap2It Labs had dropped their free XML listing service used by MythTV and other open-source media programs, but Schedules Direct has already reached its second milestone. Schedules Direct is the paid service established by the demise of Zap2It Labs and with this second milestone the pricing has been lowered. Using Schedules Direct will cost $15 USD per six month period, as opposed to three months previously. The next planned milestone by Schedules Direct is to offer their XML listing service for $20 USD per year. Find out more about these lower prices and extended membership on the Schedules Direct mailing list.