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Will AT&T Charge Extra For MMS & Tethering?

peterdaly Favorite Quote (326 comments)

"Just as the old AT&T stifled landline innovation in the 20th century, the new AT&T is stifling wireless innovation in the 21st."

more than 5 years ago

Will AT&T Charge Extra For MMS & Tethering?

peterdaly By Design - US lags world in wireless features (326 comments)

The iPhone, with itâ(TM)s global reach and marketing may be the first phone that makes it obvious just how far the US is behind other parts of the world in wireless technology. I hope this opens the eyes of many people. Most people have no idea how we compare to the rest of the world, due to the AT&T and Verizon stranglehold. Those two companies buying up all the regional carriers, as well as having incompatible technologies, has lowered functionality and disrupted normal market forces.

more than 5 years ago

Has Bing Already Overtaken Yahoo?

peterdaly Not so fast! Has bing bung? (319 comments)

Not so fast. Same source indicates the bing has already fallen back down to (less than) levels.

TechCrunch: Bing was #2 for a day then Yahoo regained its place as Bing fell.

"As Matt Cutts (who yes, works for Google) points out in the comments, StatCounter updates every few hours, so there is also data for today already. And itâ(TM)s more bad news for Bing. Itâ(TM)s now down to 5.65% in the U.S. â" yes, thatâ(TM)s less than what was at last month."

more than 5 years ago

Styling Web Pages With CSS

peterdaly Fail (104 comments)


They missed the chapter on how to encrypt DVD.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Starter Edition — 3 Apps Only

peterdaly Bad user experience, piracy or Linux will win out. (695 comments)

Artificial limitations like this seem to me to be an invitation for problems and end user frustration.

What is an application?

Are tool tray apps possible, or allowed?

What about apps that launch other apps as part of their functionality?

Would Chrome be limited to two tabs? (One for the host window, two and three for the first two tabs.)

I would say this is an invitation for piracy, but if it really is intended for netbooks, most consumers would find it very hard to install a new OS on a computer with no cd drive. It will make users angry, although potentially limit things on machines with small amounts of RAM.

If it's intended for developing countries, I suspect piracy (or Linux) will win out.

more than 5 years ago

"Apple Tax" Report Backfires On Microsoft

peterdaly Look at page 3 (993 comments)

See Page Three of the PDF:
"And by holding a price umbrella over the entire market, even with arguably better products, Apple allowed the entire Windows ecosystem to establish itself underneath."

Imaging that. Charging more for a better product!

more than 5 years ago

Segway, GM Partner On Two-Wheeled Electric Car

peterdaly /me thinks this idea won't save GM. (394 comments)

Too big for a standard sidewalk.

Too small to be safe on the road.

Has a roll-cage...because it needs one. /me thinks this idea won't save GM.

more than 5 years ago

Solar Powered Car Can Get Close To 60 mph

peterdaly Pushing the limits of tech (119 comments)

This is very interesting technology. These solar races really produce odd looking vehicles. Three wheels makes sense in terms of rolling resistance, but I can help but think what might happen if it needed to take a turn fast.

Programs like this are great, and help push the technology envelope. Although it's neat that it can hit 60Mph...the article really does not have much real information in it.

I hope to see some of this technology filter down into production cars. I've always wondered how much power could result from the sunlight hitting the roof of my car all day long when I'm at work. Seems like there is potential missed opportunity there.


more than 5 years ago

MySQL Founder Monty Quits Sun (Or Not)

peterdaly Is it still MySQL? (148 comments)

With the founder leaving, the name MySQL no longer fits.

Next slashdot poll...

MySQL's new name should be:
1. TheirSQL
2. SunSQL
3. JavaSQL
4. CowboynealSQL

I vote for #4.

about 6 years ago



How to use bluetooth headset with office phones?

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peterdaly writes "I'm in the market for a new headset for my desk phone at work. The popular "high quality" wireless headsets that work with office phones seems to start at $200 and go up from there. Knowing what the technology costs for cellphones, I can't help but feel like that's a rip-off. What I'd really like to do is take a high quality bluetooth headset, like what is popular with cellphones, and find a base that it will talk to that will hook-up to my desk (office/pbx) phone. Doesn't seem like a lot to ask, but I'm unable to find any product that seems to fit that description. Does such a project exist? I can't be the only person wanting to do this."
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Google to Microsoft - Enough of the buggy whips

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  about 6 years ago

peterdaly writes "I think the media has it wrong. Google Chrome is not about an attack on Microsoft, but the real story isn't as mass media's about the technology, or lack there-of. None of the current browsers have made the serious advances needed to allow further advancement of serious web applications. Google had not choice but to take matters into their own hands.

Are the current iterations of Firefox and IE the buggy whip industry, getting their first glimpse of the Model T?"

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Install MythTV Screencast - MythDora 5

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peterdaly writes " has posted a three part screencast of the process of installing MythTV using the MythDora distribution. MythTV is the Linux based open source DVR.

As MythDora installs MythTV and Linux, it will format your hard drive, install all the MythTV components, and walk you through the configuration of the critical components.

Popular MythTV features include the ability to detect and remove commercials, a web interface, and client server architecture you can use to build a distributed DVR for your entire house. MythDora is designed to transform a spare PC with a TV tuner card into DVR appliance similar to Tivo."

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Mythbuntu 1.0 Overview and Install Walk-through

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peterdaly writes "Mythbuntu has recently released version 1.0 of their MythTV centric Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Justin Garrison has written an excellent five page Mythbuntu overview that gives a walk-through of the Mythbuntu installation and highlights the key features that makes Mythbuntu different from KnoppMyth and MythDora, the other popular MythTV Linux Distributions. A distinguishing feature is that it can be installed on top of an existing Ubuntu 7.10 system using a simple installer. MythTV is a popular DVR (digital video recorder) application for Linux."
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peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peterdaly writes "MythDora 4 is a MythTV 'in-a-box' style distribution based on Fedora Core 6. With the help of a RedHat Employee and Author Jarod Wilson, MythDora 4 has made great strides in hardware compatability and ease of installation. It is designed to format your hard drive and install everything needed for a fully functional MythTV System. has created a three part screencast of the installation process covering, MythDora Installation, Configuration, and MythTV Setup.

If you have had problem installing MythTV in the past due to hardware compatibility problems, the improvements make this is a great version to give another chance."

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peterdaly writes "A media server doesn't have to be a power hungry energy wasting beast of a machine. Here's one way to build an energy efficient MythTV server without wasting watts. Based on the Via EPIA Mini-ITX M-Series platform, this real world example cuts the power usage of a home media server by more than half. The machine it replaced pulled an average 83 watts. This one tips the meter at 37 watts. In this case, it saves about $40/year in addition to the environmental benefits."

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peterdaly writes "MythTV is open source media center software that runs on Linux. Although it's powerful, it can be very difficult to install yourself. KnoppMyth and MythDora are Linux distributions that aim to automate the installation of linux and MythTV. Here are screencasts of the KnoppMyth and MythDora install process. There have been claims that the current version of KnoppMyth can be installed on fast hardware in as little as 10 minutes. MythTV is an excellent open source alternative to the DVRs offered by cable companies, Windows Media Center, or Tivo."

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peterdaly writes "Could a little bit of hacking be the only thing holding the AppleTV back from being the perfect Linux Multi-Media set-top box? The specs say it's Intel based and has a 40GB hard drive. Sounds a lot like a computer that may be able to boot Linux at some point in the future. With all the video ports, it would make a perfect MythTV Frontend or similar Linux device. Even without the video aspects, 48-watt power draw could make this an excellent general purpose home Linux server."

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peterdaly writes "This seven and a half minute screencast walks you through how to install KnoppMyth to create your own home media server. KnoppMyth is a Debian based linux distribution that tries to make the installation of MythTV and Linux as easy as possible. KnoppMyth R5E50 is the first release of the popular KnoppMyth distribution to be based on the newly released MythTV 0.20. This shows how you can have KnoppMyth up and running in as little as 20 minutes."

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peterdaly writes "MythTV obliterates the paradigm that a Digital Video Recorder is an isolated box that sits at your TV. While MythTV can certainly fill that standard role of an isolated box sitting next to your TV, it has a lot more potential. MythTV can be setup so any connection to your network, real or wireless, can be transformed into a node of a distributed Digital Video Recorder that extends across your entire network. With a distributed MythTV system, the network becomes the DVR."

peterdaly peterdaly writes  |  about 8 years ago

peterdaly writes "Once considered to be a fringe language and framework, the Ruby language and the Ruby on Rails Framework seem to be catching on with an ever-increasing number of people and projects. It's gaining more mainstream acceptance and may have reached the tipping point for mainstream adoption. Many claim it's the most productive web development environment available. I think Ruby on Rails has reach the critcal mass tipping point to mainstream adoption.

As a professional web developer, it's important to keep up with the emerging trends as they become mainstream. I've personally decided it's going to be mainstream enough that I need to learn it, but what do you think?

Has Ruby on Rails hit the critial mass needed for widespread adoption, or is it still a fad that is going to level out or even fizzle out?"


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