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VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

drewness Re:why phase out DVI? (704 comments)

Because mini-displayport is more expensive, I mean "better".

In what sense is it more expensive? Apple made the license free and it's been submitted and accepted as an official part of the VESA DisplayPort 1.2 spec. And unlike DVI, you can also put audio over it. HDMI also supoorts audio, but it costs $0.15/unit in licensing fees plus an annual $10,000 fee.

more than 2 years ago

Gmail Accidentally Resets 150,000 Accounts

drewness Re:Not good but backups are your friend. (401 comments)

If you use a forward slash instead of backward in the folder name, you might trick your mail client to arrange the mail in a tree structure. I noticed this with GMail in Evolution on Ubuntu.


That's not so much tricking the client, but rather a feature that Google added to GMail a few years ago. If you put a slash in a label name it makes nested folders in IMAP, and also if you go into the Labs settings in GMail, there's a "Nested Labels" lab you can enable to get it in the web interface.

more than 3 years ago

Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

drewness Re:Open Platform? (459 comments)

Didn't Google stop selling phones directly?

Yes and no. They have a new Google branded and unlocked phone called the Nexus S, but instead of selling it directly themselves, they've partnered with Best Buy so people can actually touch it and try it out before buying. The theory being that by having it sold in a brick and mortar store it will sell better than the Nexus One, where people just had to buy just on Google's good name, basically sight unseen.

more than 3 years ago

Doctor Marries Doctor's Daughter, TARDIS Explodes

drewness Re:HHGTTG Connection as well... (326 comments)

Then you might as well mention that DNA also wrote several Dr Who episodes.

Yeah, well, he was also the script editor for the tail-end of season 16 and all of season 17 (1979). In modern terms would be called the show runner, ike Russell T. Davies for new Who seasons 1-4.5 or Stephen Moffat currently.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Silverlight 4 vs. Adobe Flash 10.1

drewness Re:To appease the most visitors with ease (379 comments)

Agreed. Seems like basically anything using features above Silverlight 2 doesn't work in Moonlight, e.g. Netflix or

Netflix is a (somewhat) special problem. Microsoft won't license the Silverlight DRM library to Novell for implementation in Moonlight. Novell is still trying to convince them, but no luck yet.

more than 4 years ago

How HTML5 Will Change the Web

drewness Re:It Won't (208 comments)

The answer is No, YouTube has not switched, and has no plans to switch, from Flash to HTML5.

They can't because some browsers (most notably Firefox and Opera) will not support H.264, yet nearly all of their content is already in H.264. Thats game over right there for YouTube converting to HTML5. Maybe in 5 years or more, and only when all major browsers support a single codec.

But Google is also offering (or is in the process of offering) all YouTube videos as WebM, and the next versions of Firefox and Opera will have WebM support, and the dev channel of Chrome already has it. They really want to switch to HMTL5. I'm sure at this point they'd prefer IE and Safari to support WebM as well, but obviously they have the storage to keep every video as H.264 and WebM.

more than 4 years ago

What To Expect From Windows 7 SP1

drewness Try WPA2 Enterprise instead of WPA Personal (344 comments)

My wife's Dell laptop (running Vista) works fine on our wpa2-secured wireless connection.

I just recently set up the wireless at work to use WPA2 Enterprise with an Airport base station and Mac OS X Server 10.5. With Mac laptops you just enter your username and password and click "continue" when it complains about a self-singed cert. And done. I've also connected with XP and 7, and they both have different multi-step with multi-sub-step procedures for connecting the first time. I suspect that if we were a MS shop, it would Just Work (as the steps are mostly undoing stuff relating to it trying to authenticate with your Windows domain credentials), but since we're primarily Apple, it's a huge PITA.

more than 4 years ago

What To Expect From Windows 7 SP1

drewness Um, no need to be metaphorical (344 comments)

Nah, Windows 7 is more like a point release. 6.1 if you will to Vista's 6.0. They had to give it a new name because "Vista" became marketing poison. But that's why 7 has done pretty well out of the gate stability wise, it's not really a new OS at all. It's a refined version of the last one.

It's not LIKE a point release, it IS a point release. It literally is Windows 6.1 to Vista's 6.0, whether I will it or not.

more than 4 years ago

Sega Dreamcast Turns 10

drewness Re:To bad really (193 comments)

What the hell word is that even supposed to be? I guess "ruminate" would be the closest word that sounds remotely similar to "laminate" and also makes sense in context.

I'm guessing "lament" was the target word.

about 5 years ago

AMC Releasing a New "The Prisoner" In November

drewness Re:If the link worked... (174 comments) is using the latest version of Flash to bring you the best quality video. Please update your current flash player by clicking here

Does not update a x64 based linux OS nor can I find one on download sites.


You should be able to find an x86_64 Linux version of the current flash. I'm running Debian Testing/Unstable and the current version of flashplugin-nonfree gets the 64bit Flash 10 plugin.

If you just want a tarball of it, you can download it from Adobe Labs.

about 5 years ago

Windows 7 Igniting Touchscreen PC Market

drewness Re:Poorly Marketed Sector (257 comments)

The current Macbooks have a touchpad interface that supports multi-touch. You can right click on those by pressing and holding with one finger and then tapping with a second finger.

You can also set it up on the newer ones (that have no obvious button) so that a click on the right side of bottom part of the touchpad (which actually is also a button that clicks and everything) is a right click. A middle click still requires command+click, but two zones is still good.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 To Sell In UK For Half the US Price

drewness Re:Good news for others (487 comments)

It's this sort of news that makes the $29 price for Snow Leopard just look better and better.

And through the Up-to-Date program, it's only $10 for an upgrade copy if you bought a Mac after June 8th .

more than 5 years ago

Original Futurama Cast Seals Deal With Fox

drewness Re:Matt Groening (94 comments)

A mention of Checkov actor, Walter Koenig, is appropriate here.

And also of House Minority Leader John Boehner. Or Wayne Newton's song Danke Shoen.

It seems to be American English standard for German names that have an o-umlaut or oe (which is the same thing; the umlaut started out as a small e laying on it's side on top of another vowel) to pronounce it like "ay", instead of like the German sound English lacks or even "ur", which is more like how I think most English speakers hear o-umlaut.

p.s. Curse /. and their lack of support for non-ascii characters.

more than 5 years ago

Examining the HTML 5 Video Codec Debate

drewness Re:It's a toughy (459 comments)

Really, by not forcing a codec on HTML5, what does that do/what impact? I don't really understand. Can someone clarify?

The biggest problem it causes is that you can't just stick one video inside a <video> tag and know it will work with all browsers. You can specify several videos of different formats and browsers will play the first one that they can (and right now you also have to put a flash based player or something in for IE, but that's a separate problem), but you still have to at least generate an h264 and a Theora video.

more than 5 years ago

Examining the HTML 5 Video Codec Debate

drewness Re:It's a toughy (459 comments)

Can you spell that out a little more? I mean, a few years ago, I was aware of a lot of services selling DRM wrapped WMAs, but I can't think of a service that uses DRM wrapped WMVs. Mostly I hear about people using Hulu, which isn't using Microsoft's DRM. It doesn't seem to me that DRM with video isn't any more prevalent than it was a couple years ago.

If you want an explicit Microsoft DRM video example, Netflix uses Silverlight DRM for their PC and Mac based player. It's basically the only part of Silverlight they haven't licensed to Novell for Moonlight. So, no Netflix for Linux, even once Moonlight 2 and 3 are ready.

more than 5 years ago

Mono Squeezed Into Debian Default Installation

drewness Re:Good (503 comments)

IronPython runs on the .NET framework. Dunno about Mono though.

The Mono package for MacOS X comes with IronPython. I haven't really tested it, but it does at least start. I don't see why it wouldn't work essentially the same as on Windows, except maybe with GUI stuff, if there's some Windows.Forms classes that Mono hasn't implemented yet.

more than 5 years ago

18 Android Phones, In 3 Flavors, By Year's End

drewness Um, Rush Limbaugh? (152 comments)

Can't be, he made a negative comment about Obama. I don't know of any Apple freaks that speak ill of Obama.

Rush Limbaugh has been a long time Apple user and he pretty much does nothing but badmouth Obama and the Democrats.

more than 5 years ago

US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

drewness Re:Amusing story (1186 comments)

Typical subcompacts are around 8l/100km.

For a while VW was selling a subcompact - Lupo TDI - that did 3L/100km. (Or ~78MPG in American terms.)

42MPG = 5.6L/100km
50MPG = 4.7L/100km

more than 5 years ago

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

drewness You left out a few in Ohio (1385 comments)

Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati are core cities in Ohio on the Chicago Hub line, not just Cleveland. Five dots in Ohio. People never seem to realize that Ohio is actually a pretty highly populated state with six metro areas greater than 650K people. This rail plan is going to be great for my home (but not current) state.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support For XP

drewness Re:Why not open it up (580 comments)

Technically Darwin includes the kernel, which Apple closed down when they started releasing an x86 edition, in the name of preventing people from running OSX on non-Apple computers. This of course failed.

Really? Because when I go to the Apple OpenSource page, the XNU kernel is there and under the APSL, which is an OSI approved license.

I think there was a kind of long delay after they released the first x86 Macs before they released the source, but it's there.

more than 5 years ago


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