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Better video compression is coming soon.
- mark 5-16-2012 2:58 am [link] [add a comment]

Here’s a blast from the past:

You are receiving this message because your email address is associated with an
unmigrated legacy Blogger account. As we announced in April of last year, legacy
accounts will no longer be accessible after May 30th, 2012 unless they are updated
to the Google Account system. Any blog content associated with this account will
also be unmodifiable after that date.

It was 1999 when Jim started this site; wow. I remember using blogger in the early days, and agonizing when it went down at inconvenient times. I trust this has no implications for our content at this point..?

- alex 4-27-2012 12:21 pm [link] [1 comment]

Default email signature on new Samsung phone.
- jim 4-19-2012 6:33 pm [link] [add a comment]

Sony adrift.
- mark 4-16-2012 6:30 am [link] [add a comment]

Code can't be stolen.
- mark 4-13-2012 8:05 pm [link] [add a comment]

cubo libre
- mark 4-05-2012 8:44 pm [link] [add a comment]

- mark 4-05-2012 1:25 am [link] [add a comment]

Screened call follow up.
- bill 3-28-2012 12:56 am [link] [add a comment]

VLC for Android, including HW acceleration.
- mark 3-27-2012 1:53 am [link] [add a comment]

Field Guide to the Verizon/Specturmco/Cox deal. Doesn't sound good.
- jim 3-23-2012 3:01 pm [link] [4 comments]

Payment for digital goods.
- mark 3-13-2012 12:21 am [link] [add a comment]

Say it ain't so, Netflix.
- mark 3-07-2012 9:33 pm [link] [add a comment]

Windows on ipad / denied

- bill 2-24-2012 10:09 pm [link] [2 comments]

- mark 12-14-2011 10:32 pm [link] [5 comments]

DASH, which has HLS-like and smooth-streaming-like capabilities, is another MPEG standard. VLC is supporting it.
- mark 11-13-2011 8:42 pm [link] [add a comment]

Low tech wi-fi boost w/ beer can here

- bill 11-08-2011 7:54 pm [link] [add a comment]

For the first time, the number of wireless devices connecting to cellular networks in the United States and its territories over the past six months has surpassed the country’s total population. A semi-annual survey conducted by the CTIA found that wireless subscriber connections now total 327.6 million while the population of the U.S. and its territories is now 315.5 million people. This means the wireless penetration rate in the U.S. in now 103.9% according to the CTIA, marking the first time that wireless penetration has surpassed 100% in the U.S.

- jim 10-11-2011 8:27 pm [link] [1 comment]

I met my first Apple fanboi in about 1980. He was a fellow electrical engineering student. I did some HW and SW work with microprocessors, but did not actually have my own computer. A few people did. I was waiting until they were better.

I remember asking this guy a smart ass question about the sticker on his truck. "Why is there a hunk out of that apple? And why is it striped? I've seen red apples, green apples, golden apples, but not one with stripes." He ignored my smart ass intent, and launched into a spiel about how great Apple was. I saw the Apple ][ as just another crappy little toy computer with *gasp* a weak ass 6502.

His excitement while talking about Apple was palpable. He could think of nothing better than moving to Cupertino to work for them. I didn't get it. I guess I did take away from that exchange that Silicon Valley is the place to be. So I did at least grasp that.

Thanks Steve, for making engineering a little more exciting.

- mark 10-06-2011 5:41 pm [link] [add a comment]

Steve out.
- mark 8-25-2011 4:38 am [link] [2 comments]

Now that I've done a little research I am completely confused about televisions. Maybe Mark can help? I am pretty price constrained, and I need a 32 inch set. Do I want LED over LCD? Is a 720p set from a maker I know (Samsung, Sharp, etc...) maybe a better choice than a 1080p from a maker I do not? For instance, this 1080p Vizio is a little more than I wanted to pay, but much less than other 1080p sets I've seen. Ever heard of them? What would you buy for around $400?

And lastly, just out of curiosity and because I feel like it is something I should really know the answer to: why can't I buy a nice 27 or 30 inch computer monitor and use it as a TV as well? Or maybe I could do this? Obviously it would be more than a $400 set but I'd get double use out of it. Seems like this isn't possible though, or somehow doesn't work out so great.
- jim 8-01-2011 2:56 pm [link] [4 comments]