Archive for February, 2005

AMD demos dual core Opteron

Thursday, February 24th, 2005
My AMD Athlon 64 3200+ already handles all of the Photoshop work I can throw at it. The next step is to speed up my Pinnacle Studio video rendering — we just have to hope someone recodes the renderer for 2 cores.

I wish I had time for games, perhaps someone will one day make a game that uses dual cores, but I doubt it would catch on. I could use a dual core system at work, however. I’m forever compiling 2 different programs at the same time (or could be).

Motorola to Build “Skype Ready” Cell Phones, Headsets

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Via X-bit labs [edited for brevity]:

The focus will be on Motorola “Skype Ready” Bluetooth headsets, dongles, and speakerphones, as well as Skype Internet Telephony on some Motorola mobile devices.

Style changes

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

So I took the “classic” WordPress style and started tweaking it a bit.
I renamed it “techtok” so we still have the orginal “classic” around.
I don’t like how it is now — too much like ReidNews.
But at least “classic” was what’s called a “liquid” layout, where the width of the main text is not fixed to 400 pixels or something.
That really bothers me, as you may know.

Btw, Jeff and Iain, I think you both have enough privs to modify the layout too.
Poke around, and feel free to play with the “Presentation/Theme Editor” and stuff.

iPod “news”

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Cnet MP3 Player Story
They use the word “Whopping” for 11% of Americans using MP3 players. Sheesh, WHERE have these people been for the last 7 years?
Wikipedia article on the MP3 player

Roger’s HDTV PVR Again

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Very recently I noticed that the layout of my PVR menus had changed. I explored a tad and discovered that without any notice to or input from me, the machine is now capable of copying recorded programs to VCR, and it does it in the background while you can record and watch other shows. Automatic software upgrades are cool. Now to find out about the firewire port on there.

“sage” – RSS reader for Firefox

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

I looked at
a while back, but it’s being mentioned in quite a few places recently, so maybe it’s time or another look.

No Functional Spec

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Good article about doing
visual design first, programming second
(at least for web apps).

Fix for recent-comments WP plugin

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

I noticed that un-apparoved comments (mostly ads for online poker) were showing up in my “recent comments” section on
So I poked around and.. found a bug!
So here I present a patch for recent-comments.php, the plugin file I use to generate that list.

Index: recent-comments.php
RCS file: /home/rae/cvsroot/sites/,v
retrieving revision 1.1
diff -u -b -w -r1.1 recent-comments.php
--- recent-comments.php 17 Jan 2005 19:59:23 -0000 1.1
+++ recent-comments.php 9 Feb 2005 20:08:12 -0000
@@ -10,7 +10,7 @@

function get_recent_comments($no_comments = 5, $comment_lenth = 5, $before = '<li>', $after = '</li>', $show_pass_post = false, $comment_style = 0) {

global $wpdb, $tablecomments, $tableposts;

- $request = "SELECT ID, comment_ID, comment_content, comment_author, post_title FROM $tablecomments LEFT JOIN $tableposts ON $tableposts.ID=$tablecomments.comment_post_ID AND post_status = 'publish' ";

+ $request = "SELECT ID, comment_ID, comment_content, comment_author, post_title FROM $tablecomments LEFT JOIN $tableposts ON $tableposts.ID=$tablecomments.comment_post_ID WHERE post_status = 'publish' ";
if(!$show_pass_post) $request .= "AND post_password ='' ";

$request .= "AND comment_approved = '1' ORDER BY comment_ID DESC LIMIT $no_comments";

$comments = $wpdb->get_results($request);

Oooh, I feel so accomplished.
I just changed an AND to a WHERE.
It was ignoring the bit about comment_approved = '1'.

I did this while I was eating pizza at my desk at entrac.

Skype 1.0 is out for Mac & Linux

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Iain and I played around with
a little while back.
It was okay, but it crashed.

Well, now they’ve released version 1.0, so hopefully it will crash less.
The big deal with Skype is not so much it’s me-too instant messaging, but rather the way it interfaces with the real phone system.
They have a pay service called
Skype Out
that lets you call long distance for pennies a minute.
It may be worth looking into..

1 TB HVD – over 20x bigger than HD-DVD and Blu-Ray

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Six firms form
the HVD Alliance
around 1TB disc – from Engadget.