nullstream weblog - July 2008

More Netflix Devices

Home Theater

July 31, 2008 10:42 AM PST

Netflix is expanding its list of supported devices. In addition to the Roku box and the up coming 360 support, LG has just announced that it's new BD300 networked Blueray player will stream Netflix as well.

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July 30, 2008 01:47 PM PST

Microsoft finally goes after Vista's pervasive negative image. I'm surprised they waited this long. It's pretty funny, and sneaky actually. Now admittedly I'm not the biggest Vista advocate, I don't run around trying to convert people. But when the topic of Vista comes up in casual (non geek) conversation I am amused at many people totally slam it without 1. every having ran it or seen it, and 2. even knowing what they are talking about. Public opinion is a powerful thing, you really don't want that against you.

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July 28, 2008 06:32 PM PST


I picked up a cheap Princeton 24" monitor from Ebay to replace my ancient Dell 20" monitor that died. I got a great deal by stacking a 10% Ebay coupon on top of 25% off from Microsoft's Live Search "buy now" cashback. The seller was claiming that these were OEM to Dell. Somehow I doubt that, but it doesn't matter.

I have it fired up and so far so good. No dead or stuck pixels from my preliminary inspection. I didn't look to carefully though, and I won't look again. It's better not to know. The vertical viewing angle is definitely not as good as my 2405, which is as expected. The specs claim 160. I can't say much about the brightness, however, as I turned it down to 10 right away. I find both of my monitors to be far to bright at their stock setting to be comfortable for extended use. Contrast is 1000:1. Response is 5ms. Don't ask me about color accuracy, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a good monitor and a bad one.

The monitor is nothing fancy, just VGA and DVI input - oh and there are speakers on it somewhere. But as a second monitor it will do just fine.

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More Apple Tablet Rumors


July 22, 2008 10:19 AM PST


More rumors on the Apple Macbook Touch (i.e. Apple Tablet) over at Gizmodo and others. I'm telling you this thing is coming. The main reason I know is because Steve said he'd never do it. Just like he'd never make a PocketPC (ala iPhone). The crazy thing is that tablet pcs (which have been out forever) are stupid... until Apple makes one! Then they are going to be the hottest thing Steve ever invented.

Here are some fan boy quotes on Giz's page: "want want want ", "This will be my first Mac. This would cause me to cross over from the PC side", "Sweet mamajama. Let it be so. "

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New 360 Goodies


July 14, 2008 01:25 PM PST

Lots of new 360 goods announced today. Direct download of games to HD, new dashboard, 6:10 support, new resolutions, web live marketplace purchases and of course the sweet Netflix support.

This is the product that just keeps giving. Man I'm glad Apple didn't make this thing - they'd charge you another 30.00 for each semi-annual upgrade.

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A new category of UMPC

Mobile Tech

July 11, 2008 08:51 AM PST


Kohjinsha SC3
Wow the atom processor is enabling a whole new class of UMPC. This is another one that won't reach the US, like the Gigabyte M912, but of course you can import it. Maybe it will show up on Ebay buy now so you can leverage MS's live search 25% discount. It is supposed to be available starting today. I've seen two un-boxing videos so far. (I hate un-boxing videos).

I am much more interested in a device like this over the eepc - even though they are not in the same cost category. This is mostly due to the touch screen which allows you to take handwritten notes in meetings. Some really cool features:
1. 1.3 Atom CPU
2. Up to 2G ram
3. 60G HD
4. GPS in high end model
5. Express card slot!
6. 7" convertable, daylight viewable, touch screen.
7. 1.8 lbs.
8. 1 - 1.3" thick.

I still doubt I could type on a device like that, but I'd certainly go for the keyboard if I could for a Samsung Q1 sized device.

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