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.

nVidia HD

Friday, March 3rd, 2006
nvidia

nVidia
basically announced a new driver
that (finally) allows for hardware H.264 accelleration.

ATi has made promises of a similar driver upgrade, but it looks like nVidia beat them to the punch.

What remains to be seen are the driver’s stability, speed and quality.
It won’t do anyone any good if it’s slow, crap quality and crashes a lot, will it?

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.

Canada on Rails conference in Vancouver, Apr 13-14

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006


The
Canada on Rails
conference takes place Apr 13-14 in Vancouver.
Until I saw where it was I was thinking of going.
But Vancouver, well that’s a bit too far.
Maybe Ottawa, or Montréal; but not *Vancouver*.

:-)


Thanks to their page, I found out about a
Rails podcast.
I will have to listen and see what it’s like.

Right now I am trying to get Rails running under IIS 5, which is proving a challenge.
Fortunately there are a few pages
like this one
that help.

Microsoft May Delay Windows Vista if Quality is Unsatisfactory – Exec

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Oh great,
more Vista delays.
Just what everyone needs.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

At last an economical Windows-based photo-editor has arrived that can import and edit 16 bit color depth raw digital SLR files. It seems to run okay on Windows XP-64 so far as well, although the box itself didn’t mention XP64. Now I don’t have to boot up Linux just to adjust shadow lighting on a photo. Phew. I need to educate myself on “Jpeg 2000” and such, however. I think that’s being used because of the color depth.

Sony comments on iPod

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Xcp Faq–iPod

Logitech Harmony A/V Remote Control

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Since I purchased a new DVD recorder for my system (as a VCR I was using failed and needed to be replaced), I needed to also upgrade my universal remote. The web-based Harmony takes a while to set up (downloading upgrades), but for someone who knows how they wired up their own system, it winds up being very nice. It has all of the PVR controls I need, unlike most other remotes. Harmony — you should be able to find the H628 for under $100 CAD.

Blade Runner-like Image Enhancement

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

Enhance nighttime camcorder image
While playing with some astronomical programs like
Registax,
a rather buggy piece of free-ware (there are commercial programs that do this too),
I was surprised to find how easy it was to do some image-enhancement magic.
The image above (seen in full here:
TFS on Bloor viaduct)
was shot at night with an older NTSC camcorder that was presenting a lot of CCD noise in the image and there were cars driving back and forth through the frame and there was a bit of camera shake because I zoomed in a bit.

I captured the DV stream on my PC, then used Virtual Dub to select out about 40 or 50 frames that didn’t have much motion,
deinterlaced it and then fed that to registax, and after a few seconds, all of the CCD noise, darkness, moving cars and camera shake disappeared just like magic.
Well, okay, its surprising the first time you do it anyway.

[edited a bit by rae; hope that’s okay, Jeff]

Windows Text Editors

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

The topic of text editors came up recently
on a mailing list I’m on
and a few Windows editors were mentioned.
I thought I would mention them here to see if people had tried them or had opinions about them.