AMD demos dual core Opteron

http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60402975
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).

Style changes

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.

Roger’s HDTV PVR Again

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.

Fix for recent-comments WP plugin

I noticed that un-apparoved comments (mostly ads for online poker) were showing up in my “recent comments” section on
ReidNews.
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/rae.tnir.org/html/wp-content/plugins/recent-comments.php,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


Iain and I played around with
Skype
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..