Archive for February 15th, 2006

PowerBook G4 CPU upgrades available

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Daystar has
some CPU upgrades for G4 PowerBooks.
You can upgrade a 1.5 GHz machine to 2 GHz for $500 US.

Unfortunately, my 1.67 GHz PowerBook is not supported. I think the motherboard is very different, like it has DDR2 RAM and stuff.
I would expect our upgrade to come out later (and preferably FASTER).

WolfKing gaming key..pad

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
WolfKing keypad
click for larger pic

Iain pointed out
an article on ExtremeTech
that talks about this thing called the WolfKing.

It’s designed for first-person-shooters (FPS’s), where you use the q-w-e/a-s-d/z-x-c section of the keyboard a lot.

Personally, *I* use ‘q’ for move left and ‘e’ for move right, but there are many (most I think) who use ‘a’ and ‘d’ instead.

If they were smart, they would just make this thing a USB hub, so you can plug your keyboard into it and then plug it into the computer,
all without using up another USB port.
Don’t know if that’s what they did though.

Collaborative Word Processing on the Web

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

(there are some wide pics in this post. If there is a blank space below, make your browser window wider)

Writely.com
is an online word processor.
I briefly mentioned it in
an earlier post about AJAX apps.

Writely editor

Along with just editing, it allows you to collaborate on your documents with anyone else.
You hookup to them using their email address.

Writely editor

Here you can see me sharing a document with David Barker.
Assuming he reads his email, that is.

Btw, Apple’s current version of Safari (2.0.3 417.8) is claimed to be unable to use writely.
I think that’s a load of bunk, since Safari jumped way forward not too long ago, and writely just hasn’t had its page updated.
But oh well, you need to use Firefox or Camino or something to access the page normally.
Personally, I used the Debug menu in Safari to masquerade as Mozilla 1.1 and it worked fine.

HD-DVD and Blu-ray are delayed

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006


This Ars Technica article
explains that both HD-DVD and Blu-ray share some of the same encryption system, and that system is delayed.
So both are stuck for a month or two.


It’s ironic in that AACS — the encryption system — will be cracked within a few months anyway.
Ya, they’re trying to makeit “dynamic” so they can put new code on newly released discs.
This is supposed to combat the once-it’s-broken-it’s-broken-forever problem that DVD had.
But let’s be clear here – the code would be *on* *the* *disc*.
Um, ya, that’s secure.

In other news, it looks like HD-DVD players
will be $500-$800 US when they come out.

The HD-DVD people of course claim that Blu-ray players will cost a gazillion dollars.