Archive for April, 2006

Live OS-switching with 3D transitions

Sunday, April 30th, 2006
VirtueDesktop

Virtue Desktop

Parallels

Parallels

Below is the movie I was showing at gaming Friday night.
It shows a Mac running OS X, Windows XP and Red Hat Linux.

Desktop switching is being done with VirtueDesktops,
an awesome workspace-switching program for the Mac (finally!).
Actually, I just installed it after typing the first 5 words of this paragraph, and I am very impressed.
highly recommended.

The OS stuff, however, is being done with
Parallels,
a $40 app similar in some ways to VMWare.

Note that there are performance drawbacks to this software, in that you wouldn’t be able to run 3D games at full speed.
Everything else is pretty much full speed though – MS Office (Mac or Windows version), databases, Excel, etc.
Anything compute-intensive (as opposed to video-intensive) will fly at full speed.

Note also that this consumes other hardware resources for each OS too, like CPU and RAM.

I’m looking forward to getting a quad-core Mac Pro (or whatever awful name they give the new Power Mac) later this year!

First HD-DVD reviews are coming in

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Reviews on the HD-DVD versions of
Serenity
and
The Last Samurai
are up.
So I guess this means that HD-DVD has “arrived” as of Mon Apr 17, 2006.

Now we see how big the gap is until Blu-Ray shows up..

Hope it’s not *too* long.

Download BitTorrent podcasts in iTunes

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Very cool.
iTorrent is a Python script that simply turns itself into an RSS proxy for BitTorrent downloads.

Virtualization – run Mac OS X, Windows and Linux at the same time on the same machine

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

(provided you have enough CPUs, of course).

Techworld notes
that the Russian-based company
Parallels
will have details concerning their virtualization support on Macs later this week.

Hmm, running Linux at the same time would have appeal for me.
I would run Windows mainly for games, and would thus want as many hardware resources available as possible.

WiMax for $45/month

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

rogers portable

Rogers’ WiMax offering



Bell’s offering

Rogers and Bell are rolling out WiMax service for
Toronto and a few other cities.
It’s a joint venture between Bell and Rogers, called
Inukshuk Wireless Inc.“.
The price structure looks like this:

Speed down/up Price Company
½ Mbps/125 kbps $45 Bell
1½ Mbps/¼ Mbps $50 Rogers
3 Mbps/384 kbps $60 Bell

Interestingly, despite
WiMax’s symmetrical up/download speeds,
the service is asymmetrical with slower uplaod speeds than download.
This may be an artifact of the head end’s limited internet connectivity.

Alas, the
number of cities with WiMax available
is pretty small at the moment.
I was hoping to get my Mom on it.

Also, the modem is a separate box that needs its own power, not a PC-card for your laptop or something nice like that.

Excellent article all about it over on
Ars Technica

Roger’s Explorer 8300 HD PVR

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

I upgraded to this unit. The local cable company does not support the HDMI connector, but based on reports that it worked for some people’s TVs, I tried it. It works okay for me using a $100 HDMI to DVI cable to the back of my SONY Grand Wega. The image contrast seems to have improved slightly over component video. The main issues other people have had with HDMI have been unsynchronized audio, I was told. I have also read that even though Roger’s employees are discouraging it, external SATA-300 drives can be plugged into the back. I want to buy a 400Gig SATA-300 tomorrow and try it. This would be about 100 hours of HD programming that could be stored. I have read elsewhere on the net that people have been successful with this. I still expect better technology in this area shortly, so “rental” is the key word here.


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