nullstream weblog - May 2005

Tiger, Bling or Bang?


May 26, 2005 09:49 PM PST

Channel register writes a not quite so favorable review of Tiger.

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Inside the Xbox 360


May 25, 2005 09:37 AM PST

Ars is running a series of articles entitled "Inside the Xbox 360". Part I covers the Xenon memory and cache architecture and how it relates to Microsoft's gaming concept of procedural synthesis. I'm a hardware guy at heart so I really dig stuff like this.

This article has a Geek Factor rating of 4 stars. ****

What is 'Geek Factor' you ask? It is the Nullstream rating of nerd technical spicyness where 1 is; yawn, a TLA was used and 5 is; break out the turbo propeller beanie, my brain is on fire.

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Play h.264 on a PC

Cool Tech

May 24, 2005 10:20 PM PST

Info on how to play h.264 video files on a PC can be found here. I have not tried it yet however.

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Star Wars III


May 19, 2005 07:01 PM PST

Natalie PortmanPaul's seen the new Star Wars movie with his illustrious company, and the rest of us will be doing the same tomorrow. In fact, we had to rent a whole chunk of the Galleria to fit our whole crew.

Let's get your first impressions...

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Let's All Go To The Lobby

Kult of kewl

May 14, 2005 08:03 PM PST

It's a pretty good year for Sci-Fi and Fantasy movie buffs... I grew up reading The Hobbit, LoTR, The Narnia Series, Hitchhiker's Guide and The Phantom Tollbooth, and most of these have become fantastic movies. I guess I can add the Harry Potter books to that list.

Here are the movies that I'm looking forward to this year:

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Xbox 360

Cool Tech

May 14, 2005 10:51 AM PST

The captain sent me this link to the colony video on the 360. This five minute video is more interesting and informative than that dumb Mtv special.

The more I think about it the 'guide' is one of the coolest things coming. Just think about the possibilites here for delivering content to the TV such as movies, music, news, feeds etc. I'm not sure how they will use it in the end but the possibilities are impressive.

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May 13, 2005 10:51 AM PST

ShiriShiri is the biggest budget action movie to come out of South Korea at about $5 million It's pretty a pretty standard plot, with some typically asian ultra violent scenes out of the blue. The depiction of North Korean troops and training reminds me a lot of how US films used to portray the USSR, and I found that interesting. It's worth seeing if you like this type of movie, and it stars the Korean gal from the "Lost" TV show. Now that that's out of the way...

Shiri has a scene or two where characters are typing on the computer in Korean characters. I noticed that in order to get the characters with a western keyboard, they were hitting the same key multiple times to cycle through to the right one. If I have this wrong, please let me know. It's one of those things I can't believe I haven't run across before, but I guess I never thought about it.

The interesting thing about this input method, is that it provides a clue as to one of the reasons text messaging is so popular in Asia! Obviously in crowded spaces and such, it's less intrusive to text message than just talk, but I've never been able to get over the nastiness of 10 key input for typing out full messages. "Press '7' 4 times for 'S'" - No thanks! But if I was used to each key (on the keyboard) cycling through an Asian character set, I wouldn't think twice about doing it on a cell phone number pad. Does this seem like a reasonable factor? Is this already painfully obvious to people?

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Joel's Apprentice


May 12, 2005 06:59 PM PST

Joel on Software is sponsoring a documentary of new product development by interns. paints it as an apprentice type show, but my take is that it's more likely to be similar to or e-Dreams - two stories of .com companies that went boom and bust.

Not that Joel's company will suffer the same fate; like many others in the computer industry I find a well thought out blog about the software development industry. I'm really looking forward to this DVD documentary being released in the Fall.

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I'm Insane, Bitch!


May 12, 2005 09:22 AM PST

I'm Rick James, Bitch In case you're wondering where the third season of Dave Chappelle show is. If you haven't seen the show, both of the first two seasons are on DVD now. There's a point in each show where you'll say "I can't believe he just said that on TV". If you don't like Eddie Murphy or Richard Pryor, you probably won't like Chappelle.

I don't want to make fun of people's problems - this just goes to show that Chappelle can make us laugh even in his worst times. Click through for another picture.
Continue reading "I'm Insane, Bitch!"...

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Apple Patents a Tablet?

Cool Tech

May 11, 2005 12:23 AM PST

By now this is floating around everywhere. Engadget seems to have more illustrations that some other sites. This is just filling in some details on info from last August. My question is 'what' are they patenting? There is obviously prior work here so it must be something specific. Some have speculated that is might be more of a 'smart display', but there is prior work here as well. Viewsonic is still selling them under the name 'wireless monitor'.

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May 9, 2005 12:08 PM PST

My microdrive died this weekend. Spinning media really sucks, especially in portable devices. I didn't drop it or anything. I put it in my USB reader and copied over a video file, it all worked fine. Then I removed it and put it into my Ipaq (power off) and it was no longer recognized. Now it seems to have a mini 'click of death' sound coming from it.
What makes this an even larger shame is that I was on a forum a week or so ago defending their reliability. Oh well.
I looked online to see how much they are now, and they have really come down in price over last year. About 160.00 now for 4G. They also have the 6G generally available now. Flash is still too expensive for large sizes.

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U2 Tour


May 5, 2005 11:47 PM PST

I saw U2 in Seattle and Vancouver and ran across a sweet U2 Flickr slideshow where people had posted pictures of various shows on the tour. This is one of those photos (not taken by me):

Credit: Flicker U2 Group

Continue reading "U2 Tour"...

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More Ascii Vision

Cool Tech

May 5, 2005 08:41 AM PST

The Matrix in Ascii Vision. This one done at the U dub.

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Taking a few days off

May 3, 2005 01:10 AM PST

So my wife decided that we should take a few days off and get away from it all, probably not a bad idea. Maybe I should take a break from all this high tech stress and get back to nature. This picture was taken from my balcony, not a bad view. Its been pretty relaxing kicking back with my feet up reading a book and listening to the wildlife. As for the tech break, well I wouldn't exactly be making this post if I were cut off from my toys now would I? turns out this bed and breakfast has wifi access now. Oh and I confess the book I'm reading is on design patterns. Sigh, maybe I should get some help, but man 12 steps really seems like a lot. Oh well at least I'm not working.

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