People, it’s about the frickin’ HIGH DEFINITION!
Remember that? I wonder if they are avoiding the words “high definition” because it will remind people of HD-DVD? Hmmmm…
Cisco comments on IPTV: It was another hot day on the markets in generel. The buzz on the news-feeds for the stocks in my imaginary portfolio at Yahoo-finance-portfolios seemed to be in the race to get broadband IPTV equipment to market. Nortel (NT.TO) seems to be promoting its efforts — are they on time? The news article calls the area “hotly contested” amoung Alcatel, Cisco/SFA, etc. Personally I’m not as excited since this technology should be delivered to the PC, right? I suppose there must be something behind the scenes in the routers to cut down on the bandwidth usage?
Xbit Labs is reporting
that the hold-up by AACS is gone.
So it probably delayed the intro of both Blu-ray and HD-DVD by about 2 weeks.
This seems to be zip.ca’s system, but it was advertised to me here on techtok through a google ad a few days ago, so I tried it out. The first 2 DVDs arrived today. I was busy catching up on the Olympics (Hurrah for Shizuka Arakawa! She got the gold for Japan in the lady’s figure skating. When I found out, I went and ran through the PVR recording of today’s stuff. Ack, I was rooting for Miki Ando (JPN), but she totally cracked — it was hard to watch.) so I haven’t watched the DVDs yet. Well so anyway, the first movie I received in the mail was “Blackboard Jungle”, a classic movie of some sort which pops up in a DVD quiz game I like to play, so I thought I’d better watch it. The service is good for things you might want to get caught up on. It has (somewhat erroneous) lists of Film Festival movies, for example, and I also lined up “To have and have not” (Bogart) to be sent to me automatically when I mail back the 2 movies I have right now (also popping up in the movie quiz game we play here).
Another bonus is that the local Roger’s doesn’t rent Mystery Science Theater 3000, but rogersvideodirect.ca (zip.ca?) does rent them out one disk at a time. This is good because I’m a newbie with MSTK3000 and don’t know if it’s to my tastes. I also lined up several Toronto Film festival movies and since its a new service, I was sure to skew their ratings system for “The Island” 2005 along with a review of it.
From a financial markets perspective, I think the future is there for Amazon or Google or Cisco to grab hold of a bunch of dark fiber and start shipping the old movies at full resolution (as opposed to Yahoo!’s lo-res thing which has been around for about 3 years now(?)). In the mean time zip.ca’s blu-ray or hd-dvd snail-mail will have to do.
There is a command called
scselect that allows you to switch your current location in Mac OS X.
Locations are Mac OS X’s way of storing a set of attributes that you can switch easily all at once.
Examples of locations are “Home”, “Office”, “Hrach’s place”.
is a Mac app that runs a mini-web-server that uses WebDAV to translate Finder requests into accessing of the iPod’s database of songs.
was sort of launched today.
One hopes that it will get better over time.
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I haven’t been a big fan of
mostly because it was a very US-centric site, where non-US people could only enter the city they were in, so you would get a group of several hundred people all piled up on one dot on the map.
is a firmware replacement for many mp3 players, including the iRiver and iPod (even the latest iPod Video).
It adds much functionality, especially in terms of file formats that can be played.
The RockBox team built upon the success of the
Note that RockBox requires an iPod formatted for FAT32, not HFS.
Here is a brief quote from the (slightly outdate – doesn’t mention iPod yet) manual:
Open Source jukebox firmware for the Archos Jukebox 5000, 6000, Studio, Recorder, Recorder V2 and FM Recorder MP3 playersRockbox is a replacement firmware for the
Jukebox Studio, Recorder and Ondio players made by Archos. It is a complete
rewrite of the software used to make the Jukeboxes play and record music, and
contains many features and enhancements not available in the original firmware
supplied by the manufacturer. Among the things that Rockbox has to offer are
- Faster loading than the Archos firmware
- Uninterrupted playing of MP3 files â€“ skipping is very rare
- More control over how your music is played
- Built in viewers for several common file types
- Sophisticated plugin system that allows the Jukebox to run games, a calendar, a clock, and many other applications.
- Totally removable. (Removal of Rockbox before returning the Jukebox for repair under warranty is advised.)
- Optional voice user interface for complete control without looking at the screen.
Rockbox is a complete from scratch rewrite of the Jukebox software and uses no
fragments of the original firmware. Not only is it free to use, it’s also released under
the GNU public license, which means that it will always remain free to both use
and to change
It was mentioned in
this Slashdot comment,
which piqued my curiosity.