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Facebook API Bug Deletes Contact Info On Phones

NightLamp WinPhone 7 unaffected (178 comments)

Somehow nothing was affected in my Windows Phone 7 contacts list which amalgamates across: Exchange(x2), Facebook, MSN and Gmail.

I feel like I should be angry at this but it just didn't affect me.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's Surface Caught Windows OEMs By Surprise

NightLamp Re:Apple (565 comments)

The value proposition with ARM WinRT is new, you get a copy of Office (desktop version) with every license. This hasn't been done before, at the price that an ARM WinRT license goes for ($85-$90) you get the OS and Office, thus sharing a slice of the massive revenue Office brings.

I don't think MS is worried about OEM's taking the opportunity seriously, I think they genuinely want to push the envelope on design and quality, it's like saying "if you can't beat this (Surface), then you are going to lose.", that is a legitimate business strategy.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8: .NET Versus HTML5 Metro App Development

NightLamp Re:Idiot (179 comments)

Early on in the article you used the phrase "the HTML5 Metro interface" this is a misnomer and demonstrates a basic misunderstanding of the platform as a whole. Metro is not HTML5 however you may write a Metro Style App in HTML5+JavaScript (are we just saying HTML5 now?). In addition you may write a Metro Style App (all of which will work on ARM) using C# and a subset of .NET through the Metro CLR, or in C++.

The only unknown is whether or not Microsoft will eventually port the Desktop CLR to ARM. It has not been announced for the release however one must consider that it may happen at some point in the future.

You may read this article to obtain a better understanding of an (admittedly confusing) situation.

more than 2 years ago

Wear a Mask During a Protest In Canada: 10 Years In Jail

NightLamp Re:roadrage demonstrations. (342 comments)

In consideration of the PM bad wigs are excluded from this bill.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon To Launch Kindle Tablet?

NightLamp Re:any rumours on the next Amazon e-ink device? (140 comments)

I also wish this was being talked about more, I am not interested in 10 hour battery life, I'm interested in a 15 day battery life for a tablet - it doesn't require a back-lit LCD 60Hz screen, but an app store would be nice.

I wonder at this point what the best multi-purpose e-ink tablet is?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Adventure Game To Start With?

NightLamp Unreal (480 comments)

Great adventure - beautiful worlds, amazing creatures, great sound, Nali!, bonus: learn FPS controls.

Also, UT3 needs more players :-(

more than 3 years ago

A Windows Phone 7 For Every Microsoftie

NightLamp Re:Gir's Analysis: Doom, Doom, Doom (298 comments)

WinPhone 7's killer app: makes AND holds actual phone calls.

On a serious note I think the combination of 3rd party hardware with minimum specs and an itunes-like sandboxed app store could be a real challenger. Let's not underestimate the traction of Office either - the '97 bailout of Apple by Microsoft wasn't just about the $150 million after all. Office Mac truly gave Apple room to breathe and it continues to do so.

more than 4 years ago

Why Windows 7 "Slate" Tablets Won't Happen

NightLamp Re:No current OS is "right for a slate" (467 comments)

I think, far from dropping the ball on 'slate' form-factors, Microsoft has given away a great idea in the form of the Courier - a book-like, protected and familiar form. Clearly, based on recent news, they are not going to make and market such a device.

I would enjoy making one. I have the know-how to emulate the functionality witnessed in the tech demos of the Courier, in .net. Really, they have all the important ideas laid out - what form factor, what you want to do, how it can benefit YOU. Seeing the desire for the product and the opportunity to make one is a situation that comes along rarely. In form it is basically an evolved Nintendo DS, easily possible, challenging to make cutting-edge.

As with many Microsoft ideas it is ahead of its time - already on high-end Dell tablets one can purchase a touch-screen which is friendly to both finger and stylus. This will only get more common - right tool for the job. To focus exclusively on fingerprint-sized interaction on a non-keyboard device is a mistake, why can't I use my fingernail? duh.

I own and use an HP TC4100 Tablet, Nokia N800, Wacom tablet an iPod Touch and a Sony E-Reader. Have used an iPad,

Angels, call me!

more than 4 years ago

MPEG-LA Considering Patent Pool For VP8/WebM

NightLamp Re:On2 video patents (399 comments)

Yeah because On2 is going to be able to takedown Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Hitachi, Fujitsu, LG, Philips, Fraunhofer, Sharp, Seimens? You're joking right? These companies have a far more vast patent portfolio than some little dinky company like On2 could ever dream of having.

What I need to know, then, is why these giants didn't ever get around to shaking down On2 before it was open-sourced.

more than 4 years ago

A Skeptical Comparison of HTML5 Video Playback To Flash

NightLamp Re:This is early days for the video tag (391 comments)

It truly does seem that Apple is intentionally crippling OSX in order to promote an agenda, I don't begrudge any corporation formulating a plan to make money and following through with it, but the DRM debacle has taught Apple that shackling your customers, in this case by intentionally not providing the best web experience possible, is a recipe for increased profits.

I, for one, will not support this strategy. I hope in the future, much as the separation of church and state in politics, there arises a mandated separation of hardware and software (OS) vendors. I realize there are gray areas and fuzzy lines in this separation but in order to protect ourselves as consumers (like we do as citizens) this is seeming more and more necessary.

more than 4 years ago

What To Expect From HTML5

NightLamp Re:End of Proprietary Formats? (272 comments)

However we open a door for a lot of bad implementations of HTML5

The door is already open, an HTML5 canvas renderer and implementation in Flash is definitely possible, much like Chrome Frame for IE it could help spur adoption for legacy browsers. Silverlight could accomplish the same thing - possibly in a more complete way since custom video decoders can be written for it.

Think about this issue inside-out, what happens when full web browser functionality is replicated in Flash(AIR) or Silverlight(OOB)?

more than 4 years ago

Open-Source JavaScript Flash Player (HTML5/SVG)

NightLamp Re:This is great! (300 comments)

Can't we ditch JavaScript and _just_ use Flash - a nice blockable scripting engine that isn't integrated so deeply with HTML that disabling it breaks scores of sites with otherwise useful information?
If I want maximum battery life I block scripting, period. If I want fancy UI doo-dads and continuous browser-server communication I can enable Flash. What I don't want is great gobs of busted HTML when I don't want to run any kind of scripting engine. Just because you can doesn't mean you should, I'd like it if JavaScript became a "can't".

about 5 years ago

How To Hire a Hacker

NightLamp Re:The joke was too easy (370 comments)

once, just once, I'd like to be in the position to answer that question that way,
nice one

more than 5 years ago

HTML 5 Canvas Experiment Hints At Things To Come

NightLamp Re:Awesome (321 comments)

I really hope we don't have to go through another "skip intro" phase.

Of the three main objections to Flash: Proprietary, Resource Hog, Inaccessible - this standard addresses exactly one.

more than 5 years ago

Good PDF Reader Device With Internet Browsing?

NightLamp Re:Your are not the only one looking... (167 comments)

I also have an n800 and use it to read .pdf every night (there is a download to let you set the lcd to 1/128 brightness), during the day I read the same book on my Touch Pro but the n800 has a much better screen. I use Evince to read the pdf files, it is one of my favorite pieces of software.

Evince lacks reflow but I can maximize the font by reducing the margins to 0 in Acrobat.

Evince beats the WinMo Acrobat reader because it remembers your page when you re-open the file, this is a feature not to be underestimated. On the other hand WinMo Acro has reflow and zoom which make a book readable on a very small screen. WinMo Acro. though, doesn't remember your settings per book, or at all, which makes it irritating when the device needs to be rebooted ( every 2 to 3 days )

The next evolution for me is probably going to be e-ink in the form of a Foxit eSlick Reader (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/ebook/) I have handled the Sony readers in the Sony store and they are really nice to hold, too expensive but hopefully the eSlick will be as good and cheaper.

atb good luck

more than 5 years ago

HTML 5 Takes Aim At Flash and Silverlight

NightLamp Re:Tne answer's simple. (500 comments)

I agree they will support the tags but will they add Theora or will it be plugin-dependent?

I guess open-source plugins are the lesser evil but it is hard to imagine Theora penetration achieving critical mass without easy IE integration, and without that YouTube will remain Flash due to the h264 licensing debacle.

Interesting discussion about HTML5 video implementation

more than 5 years ago

Using 1 Gaming Computer For 2 People?

NightLamp Re:RDP (424 comments)

step 1: buy lots of old computers
step 2: buy some serial cables
step 3: beowulf the computers
step 4: use the rs232 cables with appropriate mices.
step 5: make sure you are using linux
step 6: direct the serial signals appropriately
step 7: either use a vm xp or linux to play the game
step *: never give up trying to make it work, remember, your time is infinite - spending $300 for a dell vostro is like spelling the word "DEFEAT" in a snowbank with dead penguin bodies.

more than 5 years ago


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Intel G965 Graphics Chip

NightLamp NightLamp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I bought an Asus P5B-VM mobo for my new comp in Nov 2006. I was sold by the literature on the new Intel G965 graphics chip, and the price; CAD$145.00, and I've had good results with asus boards in the past.

The G965 performed well at first boot of xpsp2, my dell 24" monitor was supported and win was ok with the 1920x1200 resolution. Then I started to notice, after a monitor resume after suspend that the text was banded across the screen, every inch or so the text would appear bolded, I applied changes to the few options provided by the Intel graphics driver with no positive result, reboot fixed it about 1/2 the time. For the next 2 months I checked for driver and bios updates on both the Asus and Intel websites. Eventually some new drivers were published, but this banding still happens once in a while, the quickest fix is to cycle power to the monitor and hope that it goes through its auto-adjust phase which seems to fix the banding.

Performance is good for 2d and mixed for 3d:
Unreal Tournament '99 runs at 90+fps 1280x1024
Second Life won't work at all
Xpand Rally(steam) gets miserable frame rates, ie 10, at any resolution (dx9 or gl)
Civ IV runs fairly well although late in a game (1950+) the plethora of overlays on each tile appears responsible for the sluggish scrolling and zooming.



you gotta break some eggs to make an omelette

NightLamp NightLamp writes  |  about 11 years ago I just wanted to post my new sig.
ok, here it is:

the good news is, the bee stings make you smarter
- Joe FearFactor

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