smoketetsuo: (Doctor 10)
This article talks about how we should have universal gigabit broadband in the US by 2015. It says that we are behind a lot of countries when it comes to broadband and I believe it. I mean I've seen quite a few places that talk about it and for example.. my neighborhood has just got 1.5Mbps DSL just recently. Sure it's better than dial-up and satellite but it's still behind what most others have... especially in other countries like Japan.

They say the only two things we have for next gen internet access are Fiber Optic To the Premises (FiOS) and a newer version of DOCSIS (3.0) the technology behind cable modems. Neither of which are being deployed in any kind of hurry. Over here we have fiber optics almost to the premises except the fiber only runs to the big box across the street and we are hooked up to it via conventional wires so we only can take advantage of it using either analog telephone or (recently) DSL.. not FiOS. My phone company (Qwest) doesn't seem to be interested in it either.

I know quite a few people think what we have is good enough and don't see any reason for advancement but with more and more things going online and applications we haven't even thought of yet not to mention being left behind by other countries I think I would like to see broadband advance in the US. Particularly its penetration into rural areas. Wireless radio internet may help in that arena but I don't think it's the only answer. With fiber being rolled out in a lot of rural areas like mine I think we should be able to take even better advantage of it than we do now. DOCSIS 3.0 wouldn't do me any good. Cable doesn't seem to reach my neighborhood at all.

Even casting a vision for broadband would be useful, but "the current Administration in Washington has simply refused to come to grips with the reality of America's descent into mediocrity on almost every internationally-recognized indicator of success in broadband deployment."


I know the cable companies and satellite TV companies may not like it if we all got gigabit internet in our houses and we started using the internet for all our media wants\needs. But it would be great even if only to get away from those stupid Enzyte or GGW commercials. ;)

I've been watching quite a few videos on hulu.com and that site seems to be pretty easy to use and well made. They've got quite a few good TV series available to watch online that are good and it seems to work even better than joost did. Joost required you download a client which was pretty buggy, flaky and didn't even run on my Mac (I only experienced it on a PC). The only complaint I have against Hulu is that since it uses flash it takes more CPU power to play a standard resolution video than it takes to play that same video as a .avi or a DVD.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
This article talks about how we should have universal gigabit broadband in the US by 2015. It says that we are behind a lot of countries when it comes to broadband and I believe it. I mean I've seen quite a few places that talk about it and for example.. my neighborhood has just got 1.5Mbps DSL just recently. Sure it's better than dial-up and satellite but it's still behind what most others have... especially in other countries like Japan.

They say the only two things we have for next gen internet access are Fiber Optic To the Premises (FiOS) and a newer version of DOCSIS (3.0) the technology behind cable modems. Neither of which are being deployed in any kind of hurry. Over here we have fiber optics almost to the premises except the fiber only runs to the big box across the street and we are hooked up to it via conventional wires so we only can take advantage of it using either analog telephone or (recently) DSL.. not FiOS. My phone company (Qwest) doesn't seem to be interested in it either.

I know quite a few people think what we have is good enough and don't see any reason for advancement but with more and more things going online and applications we haven't even thought of yet not to mention being left behind by other countries I think I would like to see broadband advance in the US. Particularly its penetration into rural areas. Wireless radio internet may help in that arena but I don't think it's the only answer. With fiber being rolled out in a lot of rural areas like mine I think we should be able to take even better advantage of it than we do now. DOCSIS 3.0 wouldn't do me any good. Cable doesn't seem to reach my neighborhood at all.

Even casting a vision for broadband would be useful, but "the current Administration in Washington has simply refused to come to grips with the reality of America's descent into mediocrity on almost every internationally-recognized indicator of success in broadband deployment."


I know the cable companies and satellite TV companies may not like it if we all got gigabit internet in our houses and we started using the internet for all our media wants\needs. But it would be great even if only to get away from those stupid Enzyte or GGW commercials. ;)

I've been watching quite a few videos on hulu.com and that site seems to be pretty easy to use and well made. They've got quite a few good TV series available to watch online that are good and it seems to work even better than joost did. Joost required you download a client which was pretty buggy, flaky and didn't even run on my Mac (I only experienced it on a PC). The only complaint I have against Hulu is that since it uses flash it takes more CPU power to play a standard resolution video than it takes to play that same video as a .avi or a DVD.
smoketetsuo: (Doctor 10)
This article talks about how we should have universal gigabit broadband in the US by 2015. It says that we are behind a lot of countries when it comes to broadband and I believe it. I mean I've seen quite a few places that talk about it and for example.. my neighborhood has just got 1.5Mbps DSL just recently. Sure it's better than dial-up and satellite but it's still behind what most others have... especially in other countries like Japan.

They say the only two things we have for next gen internet access are Fiber Optic To the Premises (FiOS) and a newer version of DOCSIS (3.0) the technology behind cable modems. Neither of which are being deployed in any kind of hurry. Over here we have fiber optics almost to the premises except the fiber only runs to the big box across the street and we are hooked up to it via conventional wires so we only can take advantage of it using either analog telephone or (recently) DSL.. not FiOS. My phone company (Qwest) doesn't seem to be interested in it either.

I know quite a few people think what we have is good enough and don't see any reason for advancement but with more and more things going online and applications we haven't even thought of yet not to mention being left behind by other countries I think I would like to see broadband advance in the US. Particularly its penetration into rural areas. Wireless radio internet may help in that arena but I don't think it's the only answer. With fiber being rolled out in a lot of rural areas like mine I think we should be able to take even better advantage of it than we do now. DOCSIS 3.0 wouldn't do me any good. Cable doesn't seem to reach my neighborhood at all.

Even casting a vision for broadband would be useful, but "the current Administration in Washington has simply refused to come to grips with the reality of America's descent into mediocrity on almost every internationally-recognized indicator of success in broadband deployment."


I know the cable companies and satellite TV companies may not like it if we all got gigabit internet in our houses and we started using the internet for all our media wants\needs. But it would be great even if only to get away from those stupid Enzyte or GGW commercials. ;)

I've been watching quite a few videos on hulu.com and that site seems to be pretty easy to use and well made. They've got quite a few good TV series available to watch online that are good and it seems to work even better than joost did. Joost required you download a client which was pretty buggy, flaky and didn't even run on my Mac (I only experienced it on a PC). The only complaint I have against Hulu is that since it uses flash it takes more CPU power to play a standard resolution video than it takes to play that same video as a .avi or a DVD.
smoketetsuo: (Me)
Yesterday my DSL equipment came in. I spent most of the afternoon setting it up. If you have an existing router it's not as plug and play as a cable or a satellite modem. We ordered the self install kit so I was of course the one who had to install it.

Details Inside )

It's kind of ironic to me how we now have DSL but we don't have paved streets.

The reasons why this is better than my previous ISP?

  • Lower Latency: I can do things like VOIP or games now.
  • Faster Uploads
  • No 17GB a month bandwidth cap
  • Cheaper (no more $80 a month)

The modem being smaller and nicer looking doesn't hurt either.

I've packed up my satellite modem into the box it came in. I just need someone to de-install the dish on the roof and I can sell the equipment maybe at the wild blue uncensored forum.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Yesterday my DSL equipment came in. I spent most of the afternoon setting it up. If you have an existing router it's not as plug and play as a cable or a satellite modem. We ordered the self install kit so I was of course the one who had to install it.

Details Inside )

It's kind of ironic to me how we now have DSL but we don't have paved streets.

The reasons why this is better than my previous ISP?

  • Lower Latency: I can do things like VOIP or games now.
  • Faster Uploads
  • No 17GB a month bandwidth cap
  • Cheaper (no more $80 a month)

The modem being smaller and nicer looking doesn't hurt either.

I've packed up my satellite modem into the box it came in. I just need someone to de-install the dish on the roof and I can sell the equipment maybe at the wild blue uncensored forum.
smoketetsuo: (Me)
Yesterday my DSL equipment came in. I spent most of the afternoon setting it up. If you have an existing router it's not as plug and play as a cable or a satellite modem. We ordered the self install kit so I was of course the one who had to install it.

Details Inside )

It's kind of ironic to me how we now have DSL but we don't have paved streets.

The reasons why this is better than my previous ISP?

  • Lower Latency: I can do things like VOIP or games now.
  • Faster Uploads
  • No 17GB a month bandwidth cap
  • Cheaper (no more $80 a month)

The modem being smaller and nicer looking doesn't hurt either.

I've packed up my satellite modem into the box it came in. I just need someone to de-install the dish on the roof and I can sell the equipment maybe at the wild blue uncensored forum.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
[Article]

It looks like if Steve totally had his way we wouldn't even have the arrow keys on our keyboards or number pads for that matter (I never owned an original Mac.. I just used them at school). It is true that sometimes less is more and simpler looks better. I actually agree with it to a degree... like I do with the iPhone and other things (see below). But sometimes it's counter intuitive and counter productive.... there's such a thing as too much of a good thing or taking things too far.

The spirit of simplicity extends even to Apple retail stores. The elevator in Apple's popular Tokyo store, for instance, has no floor buttons. It stops on every floor of the four-story building


What the? It sounds like if you are on the second floor and you want to get to the first floor you have to wait or go all the way to the top floor stopping at each floor and then again coming down. =P But I do like how the Mac Mini is designed the only thing you see from the front is an aluminium box with a slot for the disc and a white power light. The power button is on the back and I hope if they update the Mac Mini they never put it on the front. There are no other lines or breaks to the front of it unlike most computers. I like how the Apple cinema display has no buttons on the front frame and instead has them on a shiny portion on the sides. I like how the PowerMac G5\Mac Pro has mostly a unified front grill with holes cut out for the optical drives.

On a related note It's not true though at least anymore that Apple's computers are for the less technically savvy. They have plenty of features.. more than a lot of people make use of. It's also not true that their mice have one button anymore.. but the way they handle having multiple buttons on their own hardware (Mighty Mouse) leaves something to be desired... although on the other hand it is nice looking. Any mouse works just as well on OS X as it does on windows.. right click and all. The same right click menus that you'd expect to be there are there. They just need to make the sensors on the Mighty Mouse more intelligent so if you left click and keep your finger resting on it and then you right click it'll still work. Right now you have to lift up your left finger before right clicking. In other words it should be pressure sensitive.

But I'm glad that they did relent a bit and stopped making mice that absolutely only have one button even if the new ones are virtual.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
[Article]

It looks like if Steve totally had his way we wouldn't even have the arrow keys on our keyboards or number pads for that matter (I never owned an original Mac.. I just used them at school). It is true that sometimes less is more and simpler looks better. I actually agree with it to a degree... like I do with the iPhone and other things (see below). But sometimes it's counter intuitive and counter productive.... there's such a thing as too much of a good thing or taking things too far.

The spirit of simplicity extends even to Apple retail stores. The elevator in Apple's popular Tokyo store, for instance, has no floor buttons. It stops on every floor of the four-story building


What the? It sounds like if you are on the second floor and you want to get to the first floor you have to wait or go all the way to the top floor stopping at each floor and then again coming down. =P But I do like how the Mac Mini is designed the only thing you see from the front is an aluminium box with a slot for the disc and a white power light. The power button is on the back and I hope if they update the Mac Mini they never put it on the front. There are no other lines or breaks to the front of it unlike most computers. I like how the Apple cinema display has no buttons on the front frame and instead has them on a shiny portion on the sides. I like how the PowerMac G5\Mac Pro has mostly a unified front grill with holes cut out for the optical drives.

On a related note It's not true though at least anymore that Apple's computers are for the less technically savvy. They have plenty of features.. more than a lot of people make use of. It's also not true that their mice have one button anymore.. but the way they handle having multiple buttons on their own hardware (Mighty Mouse) leaves something to be desired... although on the other hand it is nice looking. Any mouse works just as well on OS X as it does on windows.. right click and all. The same right click menus that you'd expect to be there are there. They just need to make the sensors on the Mighty Mouse more intelligent so if you left click and keep your finger resting on it and then you right click it'll still work. Right now you have to lift up your left finger before right clicking. In other words it should be pressure sensitive.

But I'm glad that they did relent a bit and stopped making mice that absolutely only have one button even if the new ones are virtual.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
[Article]

It looks like if Steve totally had his way we wouldn't even have the arrow keys on our keyboards or number pads for that matter (I never owned an original Mac.. I just used them at school). It is true that sometimes less is more and simpler looks better. I actually agree with it to a degree... like I do with the iPhone and other things (see below). But sometimes it's counter intuitive and counter productive.... there's such a thing as too much of a good thing or taking things too far.

The spirit of simplicity extends even to Apple retail stores. The elevator in Apple's popular Tokyo store, for instance, has no floor buttons. It stops on every floor of the four-story building


What the? It sounds like if you are on the second floor and you want to get to the first floor you have to wait or go all the way to the top floor stopping at each floor and then again coming down. =P But I do like how the Mac Mini is designed the only thing you see from the front is an aluminium box with a slot for the disc and a white power light. The power button is on the back and I hope if they update the Mac Mini they never put it on the front. There are no other lines or breaks to the front of it unlike most computers. I like how the Apple cinema display has no buttons on the front frame and instead has them on a shiny portion on the sides. I like how the PowerMac G5\Mac Pro has mostly a unified front grill with holes cut out for the optical drives.

On a related note It's not true though at least anymore that Apple's computers are for the less technically savvy. They have plenty of features.. more than a lot of people make use of. It's also not true that their mice have one button anymore.. but the way they handle having multiple buttons on their own hardware (Mighty Mouse) leaves something to be desired... although on the other hand it is nice looking. Any mouse works just as well on OS X as it does on windows.. right click and all. The same right click menus that you'd expect to be there are there. They just need to make the sensors on the Mighty Mouse more intelligent so if you left click and keep your finger resting on it and then you right click it'll still work. Right now you have to lift up your left finger before right clicking. In other words it should be pressure sensitive.

But I'm glad that they did relent a bit and stopped making mice that absolutely only have one button even if the new ones are virtual.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
They have an article about some kind of dynamic Animated desktop they say they are working on for Leopard. Some people say "Active desktop seems nice, if for no other reason than it might do away between the abrupt differences between login screen, screensaver and such versus the desktop." But is this really as big a problem as they make it out to be? They make it sound like you are abruptly thrown out into the cold traumatically. Personally I don't think the login screens on Any OS are that animated\dynamic. Sure you might get icons changing size and sliding around but the desktops themselves are already getting similar animations when you do certain things. Screensavers I might give you but the rest... nah.

I say If this is anything like Quartz Composer files as desktops which you can already do on OS X if anything it'll take more resources than a static picture. And we wont be able to point to this as an advantage over windows because they are already doing the same thing. This even includes the dynamic stuff... (like stuff that happens at certain times in the day). Sure if it's true what stardock says about video cards handing the whole thing it might work ok but... it probably won't save RAM (video card or otherwise) unless it's simple solid colors. You still have to store what you generate somewhere. This is not magic.

Even if we had this and it worked great it better be optional. I still will probably want to use static pictures sometimes. Unless this can automatically procedurally generate any photo or character without loss of quality, or whatever I want then there still are plenty of static pictures that I would want to use. Sometimes you might just want a static picture or even a solid color so it wont be distracting.

I wouldn't mind if you could make a desktop wallpaper that is in different layers though so it can adjust itself to your screen size. The enlightenment people have been doing this for a while now. At any rate I don't think it's something that Apple should get a patent for.

Having a desktop wallpaper optionally change when you enter\exit certain programs might be a good idea. You could have whatever wall you want for regular times and then perhaps a solid neutral color for when you are working in photoshop\illustrator might be a good idea as well. I'm not sure if anyone else has thought of that yet. Having photoshop in a MDI window like in Windows might give a similar effect but I don't like that myself and would not like to see Apple go in that direction.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
They have an article about some kind of dynamic Animated desktop they say they are working on for Leopard. Some people say "Active desktop seems nice, if for no other reason than it might do away between the abrupt differences between login screen, screensaver and such versus the desktop." But is this really as big a problem as they make it out to be? They make it sound like you are abruptly thrown out into the cold traumatically. Personally I don't think the login screens on Any OS are that animated\dynamic. Sure you might get icons changing size and sliding around but the desktops themselves are already getting similar animations when you do certain things. Screensavers I might give you but the rest... nah.

I say If this is anything like Quartz Composer files as desktops which you can already do on OS X if anything it'll take more resources than a static picture. And we wont be able to point to this as an advantage over windows because they are already doing the same thing. This even includes the dynamic stuff... (like stuff that happens at certain times in the day). Sure if it's true what stardock says about video cards handing the whole thing it might work ok but... it probably won't save RAM (video card or otherwise) unless it's simple solid colors. You still have to store what you generate somewhere. This is not magic.

Even if we had this and it worked great it better be optional. I still will probably want to use static pictures sometimes. Unless this can automatically procedurally generate any photo or character without loss of quality, or whatever I want then there still are plenty of static pictures that I would want to use. Sometimes you might just want a static picture or even a solid color so it wont be distracting.

I wouldn't mind if you could make a desktop wallpaper that is in different layers though so it can adjust itself to your screen size. The enlightenment people have been doing this for a while now. At any rate I don't think it's something that Apple should get a patent for.

Having a desktop wallpaper optionally change when you enter\exit certain programs might be a good idea. You could have whatever wall you want for regular times and then perhaps a solid neutral color for when you are working in photoshop\illustrator might be a good idea as well. I'm not sure if anyone else has thought of that yet. Having photoshop in a MDI window like in Windows might give a similar effect but I don't like that myself and would not like to see Apple go in that direction.
smoketetsuo: (Giger Art)
Well.. this is another thing that is being debated and that is whether or not there is a difference when using higher bit rates for MP3... or what the difference is between an MP3 or an Uncompressed wav version of a song. Recently I have found a uncompressed version of NIN - Capitol G which has 1411kbps bit rate. I took this file and ran it through the iTunes converter converting it to a 192kbps Variable MP3 file and compared the two and the uncompressed version simply had more resolution and more highs than the compressed version which sounded kind of muffled when comparing the two.

The amount of muffling of the frequencies gets worse the lower the bit rate you put the file through and especially if you convert the song several times. There are more intelligent encoders like LAME that do a better job converting songs to variable bit rate. I use the LAME plugin for iTunes to rip cds and I have it set to 192kbps Variable with the variable setting set to highest quality so the bit rate usually hovers in the 200 and it does a better job at conveying more of the frequencies than just using lower bit rates but I do realize it's not exactly like the CD. It's a trade off on size\quality that I choose... and considering that today we aren't as strapped for hard drive space as when MP3 first came out it's wiser to use a higher bit rate nowadays.

Although you have to realize that whenever you compress a picture\song\video there has to be something lost in order to get that compression. There is of course formats like FLAC that alleviate this but unfortunatly devices like my MP3 player don't support those kind of files and I don't want to have to transcode them every time I want to transfer so I go with a high bitrate variable MP3 for my music.

Also the type of quality that is acceptable to a person is subjective and it also depends on a lot of factors including quality of speakers\headphones, your listening environment, etc. Some people don't like any kind of digital music at all and that includes CDs.
smoketetsuo: (Giger Art)
Well.. this is another thing that is being debated and that is whether or not there is a difference when using higher bit rates for MP3... or what the difference is between an MP3 or an Uncompressed wav version of a song. Recently I have found a uncompressed version of NIN - Capitol G which has 1411kbps bit rate. I took this file and ran it through the iTunes converter converting it to a 192kbps Variable MP3 file and compared the two and the uncompressed version simply had more resolution and more highs than the compressed version which sounded kind of muffled when comparing the two.

The amount of muffling of the frequencies gets worse the lower the bit rate you put the file through and especially if you convert the song several times. There are more intelligent encoders like LAME that do a better job converting songs to variable bit rate. I use the LAME plugin for iTunes to rip cds and I have it set to 192kbps Variable with the variable setting set to highest quality so the bit rate usually hovers in the 200 and it does a better job at conveying more of the frequencies than just using lower bit rates but I do realize it's not exactly like the CD. It's a trade off on size\quality that I choose... and considering that today we aren't as strapped for hard drive space as when MP3 first came out it's wiser to use a higher bit rate nowadays.

Although you have to realize that whenever you compress a picture\song\video there has to be something lost in order to get that compression. There is of course formats like FLAC that alleviate this but unfortunatly devices like my MP3 player don't support those kind of files and I don't want to have to transcode them every time I want to transfer so I go with a high bitrate variable MP3 for my music.

Also the type of quality that is acceptable to a person is subjective and it also depends on a lot of factors including quality of speakers\headphones, your listening environment, etc. Some people don't like any kind of digital music at all and that includes CDs.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
This product looks interesting... I actually like the look of gadgets as they are like the iPod or my Mac Mini but it would be nice if they where more scratch resistant. I kind of question whether it is worth what they charge for it but I just like the idea to make gadgets more scratch resistant. I wish I had put something like that on the top of my Mac Mini before I attempted to upgrade it because I accidently scratched the top when I turned it over to upgrade the RAM. I'm not sure I'd want to pay 24 dollars for that privilege though. Especially since I'm not sure of the quality or how they would affect the visibility of the screen for example or how durable they are.
smoketetsuo: (Inquisitive Kitty)
Some guy got 12 days in jail because his school messed up with daylight savings time.

This slot machine looks interesting. It's a mini slot machine and it's all mechanical and stuff kind of like steampunk.

This iPod case looks interesting.. I think it looks better than the one they used in Painkiller Jane.

I'm not sure this is really all that good an idea. I think coiled cords went away because they always get messed up after a while and get real tangled and just plain messed up.

Saitek has an interesting looking mouse although I'm a bit skeptical about the touch sensor scroll thingy. I also don't care for how it has red around that touch sensor and then white next to the sides. I would prefer it if it was just one color for the shell. They should also have one that is shiny white. But Saitek does make good products even if they are not the best looking and this is their best looking product to date. I own one of their gamepads and I like it the most out of any pad I have used and would like to get their ugpraded model. One person had a good idea

"Hmm, with a little work, this could make the perfect BOFH mouse.
/make the whole thing jet black.
/make the touch sensitive part slightly raised, vs indented.
Would make the mouse appear to be just a black stone sitting on a desk."


I heard the next pirates of the carribean movie is going to run three hours. I know a certain person who probably isn't going to want to watch it at the theater because of that. She went to go see Grindhouse and could barely handle sitting there that long for that movie and said if they are going to make another one she's probably not going to go see it because of that.

I might get more things to post about later but that's it for this moment.

Here is an article that might interest those who want to edit out backgrounds from their images and make them transparent so they can make icons\avatars out of them. Although I kind of wonder how wel it works with complex things like my icon where I edited it but kept the whiskers\fuzzy fur or if this is just for hard edged things. I used masking to do that.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
This product looks interesting... I actually like the look of gadgets as they are like the iPod or my Mac Mini but it would be nice if they where more scratch resistant. I kind of question whether it is worth what they charge for it but I just like the idea to make gadgets more scratch resistant. I wish I had put something like that on the top of my Mac Mini before I attempted to upgrade it because I accidently scratched the top when I turned it over to upgrade the RAM. I'm not sure I'd want to pay 24 dollars for that privilege though. Especially since I'm not sure of the quality or how they would affect the visibility of the screen for example or how durable they are.
smoketetsuo: (Inquisitive Kitty)
Some guy got 12 days in jail because his school messed up with daylight savings time.

This slot machine looks interesting. It's a mini slot machine and it's all mechanical and stuff kind of like steampunk.

This iPod case looks interesting.. I think it looks better than the one they used in Painkiller Jane.

I'm not sure this is really all that good an idea. I think coiled cords went away because they always get messed up after a while and get real tangled and just plain messed up.

Saitek has an interesting looking mouse although I'm a bit skeptical about the touch sensor scroll thingy. I also don't care for how it has red around that touch sensor and then white next to the sides. I would prefer it if it was just one color for the shell. They should also have one that is shiny white. But Saitek does make good products even if they are not the best looking and this is their best looking product to date. I own one of their gamepads and I like it the most out of any pad I have used and would like to get their ugpraded model. One person had a good idea

"Hmm, with a little work, this could make the perfect BOFH mouse.
/make the whole thing jet black.
/make the touch sensitive part slightly raised, vs indented.
Would make the mouse appear to be just a black stone sitting on a desk."


I heard the next pirates of the carribean movie is going to run three hours. I know a certain person who probably isn't going to want to watch it at the theater because of that. She went to go see Grindhouse and could barely handle sitting there that long for that movie and said if they are going to make another one she's probably not going to go see it because of that.

I might get more things to post about later but that's it for this moment.

Here is an article that might interest those who want to edit out backgrounds from their images and make them transparent so they can make icons\avatars out of them. Although I kind of wonder how wel it works with complex things like my icon where I edited it but kept the whiskers\fuzzy fur or if this is just for hard edged things. I used masking to do that.
smoketetsuo: (Marvin the Paranoid Android)
They have been showing a lot of commercials on TV for Marriott's "new ultra adaptable rooms". So I checked out their web site for it to investigate and read what could be considered the fine print. It's not as cool as it may seem from the commercials. The commercials make it seem like you get a bunch of ultra cool displays, speakers out the wazoo in a transforming room like in a sci-fi movie. Click on the "watch TV spots" link to see what I mean. But really you are just getting a 32 inch TV that is lower than HD resolution at 1366x768 and a few jacks on the front of the cabinet it's on to plug in the equipment you bring with you. Keep in mind that full HD is 1920x1080. So they are cutting corners and using marketing to make it look cooler than it really is. It's practically false advertisement. I also read that it's not going to be in all their rooms so it just makes them look cheaper than they already did to me putting in the type of TVs they are putting in there. Watch them also want to charge a premium for those rooms since they have spun them to look so ultra techy. When all you are getting most likely is a regular looking hotel room with a rather common cheap wally world LCD TV in it.
smoketetsuo: (Marvin the Paranoid Android)
They have been showing a lot of commercials on TV for Marriott's "new ultra adaptable rooms". So I checked out their web site for it to investigate and read what could be considered the fine print. It's not as cool as it may seem from the commercials. The commercials make it seem like you get a bunch of ultra cool displays, speakers out the wazoo in a transforming room like in a sci-fi movie. Click on the "watch TV spots" link to see what I mean. But really you are just getting a 32 inch TV that is lower than HD resolution at 1366x768 and a few jacks on the front of the cabinet it's on to plug in the equipment you bring with you. Keep in mind that full HD is 1920x1080. So they are cutting corners and using marketing to make it look cooler than it really is. It's practically false advertisement. I also read that it's not going to be in all their rooms so it just makes them look cheaper than they already did to me putting in the type of TVs they are putting in there. Watch them also want to charge a premium for those rooms since they have spun them to look so ultra techy. When all you are getting most likely is a regular looking hotel room with a rather common cheap wally world LCD TV in it.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
Try 128 cores in the newest pro graphics card from nvidia. This card definitely belongs in a Mac Pro. However they should also offer an 8800 for those who don't want to spend more ~1 to 3+ grand on the video card alone. And most people, including myself would think even 600 dollars is a lot to spend on a video card!

Actually it's not 128 cores per say. It's 128 "stream processors" which are mini processors that do a specific job.. not a bunch of full general purpose cores. It's sort of like how the cell in the PS3 has 8 SPUs which is similar to this but to most people that doesn't matter... and marketing isn't above spinning it to make it sound cooler. But it still is cool in its own way. I almost consider it like SPUs are like a pack of sled dogs and full general purpose cores are like horses. You can hook either 2 horses or 8 sled dogs to your sled. For some jobs the dogs may be better but for others the horses are better.

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