Sunday, January 29, 2006
It's in the Koran
Friday, January 27, 2006
Reaching 128kbps audio bliss.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Apple, Though shall do no evil.
Apple ad copies The Postal Service music video. Dell, Intel's love partner for years, must be ecstatic about this commercial. Yea, the ad and music video has the same directors, but Apple did not and still hasn't sought licensing the material from the band.
The MacIntel is only 25% Faster than G5. Not 2x and 4x as Jobs claims.
iPod's design looks a lot like a 1954 radio. For a company claiming to be the origins of all that is cool, they seem to be copying a lot.
I am sure Steve has a message for me. Ah, I see. It's in the movie poster.
Netscape releases 8.1 browser.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Sounds of a Dying Hard Drive
Head damage 4 sounds great! I think I have a new Windows startup sound. Imagine a techie's response walking near your computer as it starts up and hears that sound. Aaaaah!
The End of Personalized Menus
The idea is flawed from the get go. Personalized menus are supposed to display frequently used functions and hide infrequent functions. The problem I have is the hiding of the infrequent functions. In order for something to be promoted to frequently accessed, you have to know it exists. How do you know it exists if it's being hidden?
Discovering an application's abilities is like an Easter egg hunt. Even after you performed your initial scan of what's available, which is an inconvenient process in itself, you are liable to forget your discoveries. The functions remain hidden. Out of sight; out of mind.
I am happy they are gone, but surprised it too this long for Microsoft to discover they don't work. Maybe the notion was hidden in a personalized menu.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
From the "What took so long?" Department
Friday, January 20, 2006
Poor Tom Cruise (Bonus: Free South Park episode!)
Watch this commercial-free South Park episode featuring Tom Cruise and John Travolta. It has an interesting explanation of Scientology.
Indoor Ski Resort in Desert
Another Cool Ad
And don't miss the Gap ad if you haven't seen it.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
The Mind of Minolta Closes
All the Pretty Boys (and Girls)
The bad habits of the music industry are spreading into Hollywood. The music industry began manufacturing bands by first picking artists based on looks. Whatever musical flaws exist can be worked over with a professional song writer and a digital mixer. It's no so easy for Hollywood. You can only throw so much special FX around an actor to makeup for or bury poor acting.
A recent conversation topic I raised, before Christopher Lee uttered his words, was about how ugly men have a better chance making it in Hollywood than less-than-pretty women. My theory is because women movie watchers are more forgiving of shall we say "flawed looks" whereas men movie watchers are not so forgiving of women actresses. Women with less than stellar looks have to work harder at acting than men to overcome visual prejudice. It's a shame it is this way because there are some really good actors and actresses who are not hotties, but are overlooked by Hollywood.
Nagin and the Chocolate City.
Ann Coulter provides hilarious commentary on the event amongst other things.
In true American fashion, someone has already begun selling t-shirts.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Who said Rubik's cube is dead?
Friday, January 13, 2006
Katrina Storm Surge Analysis
Those Nifty Video Card Features
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Louisiana resident files recall petition against Gov. Blanco
Nice round up of the 2006 Detroit Auto Show
Monday, January 09, 2006
O'Reilly Gives Letterman the Smack Down
Friday, January 06, 2006
Nano-ITX: That's small!
Wrightspeed Electric Supercar Ride (0-60 in 3 seconds)
Thursday, January 05, 2006
BabelFish reaches Yahoo Messenger
It's not November, but let's talk JFK assassination.
Other JFK assassination material:
John F. Kennedy assassination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Free video, vintage and new, of the JFK assassination and investigation. Interesting stuff to watch.
A recent story (1/4/06) hypothesizing on an assassination carried out by the Cubans. If only Cotton Hill got his job done...
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
AOL Pictures Promotion
Digital Prints: Retail vs. In Home
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
How Dry I Am
Here's an old but valid map showing the areas affected...
This site has some interesting fly over photos showing fires around Dallas. His primary web site has cool photos of storms in the great plains area, so check them out too.
CBS11, a local news station, has a slideshow of the burns.
DoCopenhagen: Top 50 Music Videos Of 2005
Correction: Unreal Tournament 2007 will not launch with PlayStation 3
Twice as many Catholics killed in 2005
Notice the countries listed. I don't see any middle eastern countries. Here are a few reasons why. Pick the one you like.
1. The middle east is really a peaceful place. It's a cosmopolitan of faiths, and everyone is happy as long as the United States butts out.
2. Non-Muslim faiths have already received their beat down. Life as a dhimmi ain't so bad.
3. Deaths for the faith in the middle east aren't counted as to not offend Muslims.
The other thing I notice is the continued accuracy of Mike Judge's comedy. Look how many deaths occurred in South American countries. It seems the clergy in South America need to become armed and trained like King of the Hill's Monsignor Martinez.
Tour of VW Plant
Monday, January 02, 2006
The Strangeness of PC Magazine Reviews
They give Nero 7 an overall 4 out of 5 star rating. They also give CD Creator 4 out of 5 stars. Scroll down the reviews till you see the sub-category ratings. I assume the sum of these ratings contribute to the overall rating.
When you compare PC Magazine's Nero and CD Creator ratings breakdown, they give CD Creator the edge. Yet, both packages score the same overall score. Huh? Nero scored lower, sometimes a full point lower, than CD Creator in a number of categories. How could they be rated the same? PC Magazine, please explain.
They also say Nero's MPEG-4 video implementation is proprietary. I am not sure what they are referring to. From what I've read, Nero can produce standards compliant MPEG-4 video.
I came upon this while doing work to compare the latest DivX and Nero 7 Ultra. Dr. DivX is now open source, but the encoder it uses is not. DivX's latest web site makes things confusing. From what I can tell, you still have to buy the DivX CODEC to encode video. DivX Pro comes with a six month trial. That is a long trial, but I believe it is to provide the CODEC virtually free because the trial renews upon a new release. As long as a new release comes at least every six months, you're covered.
DivX has been bragging about their 6.1 CODEC and its speed, but I don't see it. Its fast, but not as fast as Nero 7. DivX 6.1 does take advantage of dual cores, but not to their full potential. Nero 7 does. Nero 7 is faster. I give no opinion on which has better quality at this point. At this point, I am leaning towards Nero 7 for DVD library archiving as it is easier to work with and is fast.