In a previous post, I mentioned that XM is delivering navigation data in their stream, and the Acura RL is using this data in its navigation stystem. I was hoping that someone would come out with an after-market system that uses this data. This post at Droxy mentions that Pioneer has announced their AVIC-NC2.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
In a previous post, I mentioned that XM is delivering navigation data in their stream, and the Acura RL is using this data in its navigation stystem. I was hoping that someone would come out with an after-market system that uses this data. This post at Droxy mentions that Pioneer has announced their AVIC-NC2.
- Better QoS. The QoS in our Vonage ATA only handles upstream bandwidth. The QoS in the Linksys does QoS on both upstream and downstream. (previous post)
- Better reliability. I was never sure about how reliable the Motorola VT1000v is. Since the Motorola VT1000v was connected directly to the broadband connection, and the Netgear was connected to the Motorola, if the Vonage ATA crashed, my whole network would be in accessible.
Monday, December 27, 2004
A while ago, I setup s/mime certificates for my email accounts. I just noticed that the certificates are about to expire. So I created some new certificates, and these are the steps that I followed. These certificates will work with Apple's Mail as well as Mozilla.
There are several reasons that I do this:
- Whenever I send emails, I always sign the messages. Many email programs (Apple Mail, Mozilla, Outlook) will automatically notify the recipient that the sender has been verified, and that the message has not been modified. So when someone receives an email from me, they can be certain that I sent the email.
- Signed messages get marked with a lower score from spam filters, so there is less of a chance of false positives
- When sending email to a recipient that also has a s/mime certificate, most email programs will give you the option to encrypt the message.
Sunday, December 26, 2004
For Christmas we got a lot of DVDs (Baby Einstein 15 DVD collection), and last night I wanted to enter them into the application that I use to manage our DVD collection. During the process of entering the DVDs, the application started crashing. So, I decided to find a different one. DVDAttache is the best one that I have found.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
I fixed a bug in the code that I did for implementing MetaWeblog xmlrpc support. If no categories were specified for a post, the server would get an error.
The thing that I want to work on next is to get the dateCreated that is specified by the client to be used for the resulting article.
I have posted the updated script here.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
After backing up my previous installation, I downloaded the latest version of PostNuke. I then followed the steps listed here. (They should do something similar to gallery, where the archive always expands to the same name, so it is easy to do upgrades).
It is fun watching our son defeat the childproofing devices around our house. We have the Safety 1st Secure Grip Door Knob Covers on one of our door. I had been noticing that the door was open when I could have sworn that I had closed it.
Normally an adult will squeeze both sides of the covers and then turn the knob. A kid can't do this so I was interested how he was getting in.
In a previous post, I mentioned that there was a web site that had been posting my content without permission. I had contacted Google since this web master was attempting to make money by posting Google AdSense ads on these pages.
The response that I got was that Google only is responsible for the contents of the ads, and not the content of the the web pages that the ads are displayed on.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Friday, December 17, 2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
To turn on inline autocomplete in Firefox...
Enter about:config in the URL field
Right-click on the page and create a new Boolean value
Enter browser.urlbar.autoFill as the preference name (note, case-sensitive: 'F', not 'f')
Set the value to true
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
We have been dealing with what appears to be a scam by an anesthesiologist. In September, our daughter was born by cesarean. We knew that the surgeon and the hospital was a part of our health insurance network, so we knew that their charges would be covered.
A couple of months later, we received a bill for the anesthesiologist, requesting payment, since the insurance company only payed 70%. Since the hospital assigned the anesthesiologist, and the hospital was under the contract with the insurance company, I though that it was strange that the anesthesiologist wouldn't be covered. I call my insurance company, and then they said that they agreed to pay 100%. But that is 100% of what they deem to be the correct cost. So I am still liable for the difference.
After I posted a recent post, I noticed that there was one client accessing an image about every 3 seconds. This was the referrer:
It looks like mod_pubsub is causing this traffic. mod_pubsub is an interesting project. it looks like the goal of the project is to create a "realtime" browser. It will automatically update the contents of a browser as content changes, without requiring a reload.
HitMaps is back, and is creating maps for traffic on websites. It looks like they have a new solution for sites that have a lot of traffic. Admins of sites with a lot of load will have to upload a comma separated file to their web server, in order to generate the maps.
I just saw this post today about how Sirius will be including traffic maps and data with their service. The more interesting thing is that XM is already sending this data in their XM NavTraffic system. They are sending traffic data in their signals that can be sent to a car navigation system and overlayed on the map. Also the navigation system can reroute the directions to avoid traffic congestion. The 2005 Acura RL has this system as standard equipment.
Monday, December 13, 2004
The Apple Blog has a review of the different Virtual Desktop applications that are available for Mac OS X. At different times I have tried these Virtual Desktop applications, and wasn't impressed. I think that I expected an experience similar to that in KDE on linux. I am trying again with Desktop Manager, and I will give it a chance.
Desktop Manager has one of the features that I want in a Virtual Desktop; The ability to mark windows to appear on all desktops. Now I can keep the windows with my server output on the background of all of my desktops
I have been using Fast User Switching in Mac OS X. I have found that it is a great way to test new software, without worrying about the software corrupting my user files. I have created a test account, and I run the software with that user. I can easily switch back and forth between my account and the test account.
The only problem with Apple's implementation is that the user switch menu item is pretty large, as it uses the users full name as the menu title. WinSwitch is a better implementation of this menu with a lot more features. Not only does it let you change how the menu appears, but you can specify scripts or applications that get run when switching to or from a user.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
I have been trying to find a solution to fulfill all of my needs to listen to my music. I have about 40Gb of Music on my linux computer at home. I have netjuke installed there in order to allow me to listen to my music on my computers when I am at work, as well as listening to my music on my TiVo at home, using NetjukeTiVo.
Normally, I would just create a m3u for a collection of music that I have an urge to listen to now, and I would add that playlist of music to iTunes. This doesn't allow me to use the main feature of iTunes, where it can do a very good job at organizing music, and creating smart playlists.
What I want to be able to do is to play all of my music randomly, skipping over the Children's and Holiday music and the comedy tracks.
One way to solve this is to copy all of the music on the linux computer to my PowerBook, but I don't have enough space on my laptop. Also, I really don't want to have two copies of my music.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
I have been noticing some strange web access in my logs. I mentioned them in this earlier post. The request looks like this:
213.172.36.XX - - [07/Dec/2004:16:05:53 -0800] "GET /index.php?op=viewarticle&articleid=105&blogid=2 HTTP/1.0" 200 49712 "http://www.XXXXXX.info/" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"
All of these request have the same interesting traits:
- All of the urls have been converted to lower case. (With my blog system, this will cause the main page to be returned everytime)
- All of the requests have referral urls in the .info root domain
- The hosts specified in the referral do not resolve. But domains appear to have been registered though a French domain registrar, with made up names for the contacts
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
I have to say that I have been very happy with the support over at Etheric.net. They have been very responsive to fix problems when they occur.
For example, when we were hearing noise on our Vonage line, caused by latency problems, they fixed the problems quickly. Also last night our connection went down around midnight. I called and talked to someone in Technical support and they had the problem fixed within 5 minutes.
Sunday, December 5, 2004
This weekend, I replaced the left and right mirrors on our 1993 Sentra. These mirrors have LED turn signals on them. I bought them on ebay for $10, so I figured that even if they didn't work, I wouldn't be out much.
Installation took longer than I expected, but I have finished the majority of the work.
Thursday, December 2, 2004
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
It looks like Ryan Gordon, who brought the last couple of Unreal Tournament games to the Mac, has ported Nuke Nukem 3D to Mac OS X. This installer will install the shareware version, or the commercial version if you have the PC "Atomic Edition" or the MacSoft version.
Now I can waste more time, playing this game that I used to play a long time ago.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Hack the Planet weblog as a post about different service offering to save bandwidth for users and webmasters. Of the two listed on that post, I think that the most promising is RSScache.com. RSScache.com is a web proxy that supports rss feeds.
Monday, November 29, 2004
I Hate My Cubicle!!! had a post about BlogLinker.com, which is a blog linking service. The way that it works is that you add web sites to your url list. Then, in addition to that url appearing in your list, your url will appear in their list, if they have also signed up with BlogLinker.
This is an interesting way to get traffic to your website.
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Saturday, November 27, 2004
I have been playing with BitTorrent for a little while, and Azureus is a great cross platform client. It is written in Java, and it runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It allows you to quickly download large files quickly, by using a little bit of everyone's upload bandwidth.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
In August, Boing Boing had a post about a eBay query to RSS feed service. I just started to use rssauction.com, to keep an eye out for parts for my 1993 Nissan Sentra. It is pretty cool, since you can see the new auctions in your rss aggregator.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Our son's room does not have an overhead light, so I install this wireless X10 light switch. It has been working great, except it gets reprogrammed periodically. This switch gets programed by pressing an hold the buttons for a few seconds. Since our son is tall enough now to press the buttons, he reprograms it regularly.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
I have gotten these instructions to work on Mac OS X and on my RedHat 9 Linux computers
XName is a service that provides primary and secondary DNS servers for people with their own domain. These services are free, but they do ask for a donation if you like the service. This is good to have in case your primary DNS server is not available. You will still be able to potentially get email and web traffic.
Monday, November 22, 2004
MacCentral has a post that mentions that XM Radio adds Mac OS X support to their XM Radio Online. It looks like it will support any platform that can run Windows Media Player 9.0 or newer. This is pretty cool, as I listen to XM Radio driving to and from work, and now I can continue to listen when I am not in my car.
If you are trying the websites like FreeiPods.com or FreePhotoiPods.com, GearLive is a way for you to trade your referrals. When you register, you can list all of your current open offers. You also list all of the offers that you are eligible for. Then you can search for all of the people who can help you fulfill your offers.
Friday, November 19, 2004
IM Smarter is a interesting service, that works with most IM protocols. It is a services that keeps a log of all of your im, so you can search through them later. The more interesting features are:
- Set up reminders
- Create blog entries directly from your im clients
I have been noticing that there have been requests to my blog, with the referrer of "http://220.127.116.11/". One of the interesting things about these requests is that the whole url has been converted to lowercase. (Which means that they were only seeing the main index page, and not the page that they indented.)
After I searched for that referrer url on Google, I found this post. It looks like this is a signature is for a blog spammer. Even though they did not successfully post any spam comments, I decided to blog these requests.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
I have updated the changes that I mentioned in a previous post, to better support the metaWeblog API in plog. The new file is here. In order to use it, remove the .txt extension and place it in your plog directory.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
I have been playing with an xmlrpc client for posting to my blog. ecto is the best client that I have seen so far.
It is client that supports any weblog system that uses any of the standard xmlrpc APIs. With this appliication, you can create new entries, as well as manage the existing ones.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Zinio.com is a pretty cool service. Instead of having physical magazines delivered to you home, you can not have some magazines delivered to you electronically.
The electronic versions of the magazines are probably rendered from the original source material. Some of the interesting benefits of the electronic versions are:
- The urls become true hyperlinks
- The content is searchable
- It is very easy to retain an archive of the content, without taking a lot of physical space
- It is possible to send articles to people you know.
Friday, November 12, 2004
in order to post from my Mac. I have been not been able to get it
to work completely. When I load the existing posts, it puts the
titles of messages into the body section. Also when creating new
messages all of the message body appears in the title section.
Here is the map for paulstimesink.com:
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Keyspan has come out with a remote for the AirPort Express. It plugs into the USB port of the AirPort Express, and it send the commands to the Mac playing the music. It will go on sale in mid-November for $59.99
Now someone should come out with a USB lcd display. This would show the track information about the playing tracks.
This has been built into SpamAssassin 3.0, so if people start using these headers SpamAssassin will give these messages a lower spam score. Here are the instructions for SpamAssassin
Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Here is the link to sign up.
Sunday, November 7, 2004
spam. Spam Poison is a web site that you link to from your web
pages, it has links to pages that have a bunch of fake email
addresses. This is supposed to fight spammer is two ways.
- Spam web crawlers will waste time on these web pages
- All of these fake email address will waste the resources of the spammers
I am not sure about how effective this web site will be. I would
assume that the spammers will just not crawl hosts in the
I realy like the form factor, but I don't like the fact that they only have Windows software. Maybe they will release the protocol, and some one will come out with a open source server software.
Friday, November 5, 2004
- 20Gb hard drive
- built-in MP3 player
- Adapter for hooking it up to the car stereo
It is listed for around $800, so it is around the same price as the TomTom Go. If this can be mounted on the dash, this would be very cool.
I noticed something interesting a couple of days ago, while doing a
copy of a large file to a WebDAV server. It looks like the Mac OS
X Finder first it caches the file to the local disk, and then during
the "Closing file" state, it actually transfers it.
I wonder if this is done to help problems with the connection.
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Tuesday, November 2, 2004
A while ago, I wrote a post about Turtle Beach coming out with a USB audio device that has analog and digital outputs. On November 15th, Miglia is coming out with a similar device. Their HarmonyExpress is pretty much the same type of device as the Audio Advantage Micro, but it doesn't support true AC3 DTS output. Also, it costs over twice as much as the Audio Advantage Micro, at $70.
Friday, October 29, 2004
I would love to see someone make a "network video card". This would be a video card that does not actually connect to a monitor. It would actually have a ethernet port. Instead of rendering the video to VGA it would render it to VNC. Then anyone with a VNC client could look at the computer "screen". Also, I was thinking that this video card would have either a USB cable or a PS/2 mouse and keyboard out, so the clients could control the computer. This solution would allow remote controlling of all features, including BIOS settings.
The SkiFi 2 has some minor tweaks, but the most interesting change to be is that they added a 30-minute buffer. Son now it willbe possible to pause and rewind into the buffer.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Monday, October 18, 2004
Since it uses the arp cache, the post has instructions on quickly access each machine on the network to populate the arp cache.
I think that this product will solve this problem:
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Saturday, October 16, 2004
It shows photos from iPhoto, music from iTunes and all music files from the Movies directory in the home directory. It will play MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivXÂ¨, 3IVX and XVID video files and AIFF, MP3, WAV, (unprotected) AAC, Ogg Vorbis adn unencrypted WMA audio files.
I think that this is soo funny. Do these types of calls really affect the election? Are there people out there who really think that this an individual call from the Governor?
What does this cost the Republican Party, to call each of the registered voters in the state? Who pays the bill if they call my cell phone, and I have to pay minutes?
Monday, October 11, 2004
I start out by creating a random couple. I build them a little
seen below, with a door. One they've both walked in to check their
"home" out, I get rid of the door. As you can see, the room contains
* A ghetto chair
* A fireplace
* A clown painting
Link (via Boing Boing)
Sunday, October 10, 2004
This afternoon, I installed the Delphi FM Modulator for the Delphi SkiFi in our 1993 Nissan Sentra. It is great to be able to listen to XM, without using the tape adapter or the cigarette lighter. Also there isn't the problem with tape hiss.
Thursday, October 7, 2004
There was only one problem that we saw. When it was first installed, there was about a 5 minute period that the connection stopped working. Since the installer was still here, he called technical support and by the time that he was off the phone it was working.
The one thing that I would love to see is BlogExplosion generate an rss feed that contains urls to the blogs to be viewed.
Update: This rss feed would just have a url to the blog, and not show each of the blog entries.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Monday, October 4, 2004
Thursday, September 30, 2004
They are pretty expensive: 40, 60, and 80GB models are around $800 USD, $1000 USD, and $1300 USD respectively. Maybe this makes sense for a computer case that has only one drive bay.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Since mysql in Fedora Core 1 comes with version 3.23.58 of mysql wirth InnoDB support configured, all that was needed was to enable it in the configuration file. Using the instructions I found on this page, I added the following lines to the [mysqld] section of my my.cnf file:
# You can write your other MySQL server options here
# Data files must be able to hold your data and indexes.
# Make sure that you have enough free disk space.
innodb_data_file_path = ibdata1:10M:autoextend
# Set buffer pool size to 50-80% of your computer's memory
set-variable = innodb_buffer_pool_size=70M
set-variable = innodb_additional_mem_pool_size=10M
# Set the log file size to about 25% of the buffer pool size
set-variable = innodb_log_file_size=20M
set-variable = innodb_log_buffer_size=8M
- Stop Amavisd - "/etc/init.d/amavisd stop"
- Flush the bayes database - "sa-learn --sync"
- Backup the database - "sa-learn --backup > backup.txt"
- For each of the tables, run the sql commands:
ALTER TABLE <table name> TYPE=InnoDB;
ANALYZE TABLE <table name>;
- Start Amavisd - "/etc/init.d/amavisd start"
Monday, September 27, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
Here are the reviews of Etheric Networks on BroadbandReports.com
Thursday, September 23, 2004
PVRblog has a review of this player. The DVD player has a price of $119 on gateway.com.
One downside of this DVD player for me is that there isn't Mac OS X or Linux server software for it.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
- Built-in support for URI Blacklists like SURBL - This allows SpamAssassin to mark messages as spam, if they have urls that are in a lot of reported spam messages. Previously this was a plugin for the older SpamAssassin, which had to be installed separately. Here is my post where I described it.
- Built-in support for Sender Policy Framework - This helps SpamAssassin determine when messages may have a forged sender. Here is my post were I talked about SPF.
- Support to have the Bayesian databases put into a mysql database. - This one really interst me for two reasons:
- To allow backup mail hosts to have the same bayesian database for spam checking. Most people who have a backup mail server only have the up to date bayesian database on their primary mail server.
- To have the potential to have a some centralized bayesian database server. Imagine if everyone running SpamAssassin send their bayesian tokens to this centralized server. Then everyone could benefit from this large corpus of spam and ham data
The Spread Firefox team is giving away over 2,000 Gmail invites. Here are the rules:
- The site must have a Firefox button, logo or banner linking to the Firefox project either through sfx or directly.
- The person must not already have Gmail.
- The site must be publicly viewable with some content.
- The site must not consist mostly of advertising.
- The site must not contain any adult content.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
It gets the hostname from the page's URL and mixes it together with
your personal master password using a little cryptographic magic we
It will always get the same result if given that hostname and master
password, but will never get that result if either changes. (Well, once
in a few billion times it might.)
Friday, September 17, 2004
I was looking into getting a component XM Radio, and I only found one. Polk is coming out with their XRt12 tuner, wich is an A/V component that plays XM radio. This is advertised as a high end device.
I am not sure that this is worth the $329.95 price. I am not sure about how good the quality will be, especially since the source audio is inherently low quality (MPEG). This would just the same a playing an MP3 on a high end audio system.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Paul Westbrook, since you've been using A9.com recently, virtually everything at Amazon.com is automatically
an additional π/2% (1.57%) off for you. Collecting this discount is zero effort on your part. It will be
applied automatically at checkout (it will happen whether you use the shopping cart or our 1-Click
ShoppingÂ®). You don't need to do anything to get this discount except keep using A9.com as your regular
The latest version of the Firebird browser autodiscovers the RSS feeds of sites that you visit and puts an RSS badge in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Clicking on the badge let's you add the feed to your bookmarks folder. Then, clicking on the bookmark folder gives a list of the most recent posts on that site. At this point, I'd say "good start." Here's why:
Around 2pm, I checked the line and the problem had not been resolved. So, I called SBC to check on the status of it. The automated system still stated that the problem would be fixed by 6pm, but I wanted to see if I could get the time that the technicion would be here, so I could make sure that I was here, so I pressed 0 to talk to an person. The person that I talked to said that a cable had been cut and the problem would be fixed by Saturday at 8pm.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
I am sure that Amazon will be using the search history as a way to suggest products from their store.
The Firefox team has come out with their Preview Release of Firefox 1.0. I have been using it for a couple of days, and it looks like a great browser. Here are some of the features that I like that weren't in the previous version:
- You can subscribe to RSS feeds in your bookmarks
- Status message is displayed when a pop-up is blocked
- Displays the domain associated with a ssl certificate, for secure sites
- Displays the address bar with a different color when viewing a secure site
You can download firefox here.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
I had been using Shrook, but it seems like it doesn't work that well if it is not able to connect to shrook.com. The one feature that I would love to see in NewsFire is the ability to mark articles.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
- Playing MPEG-1,2,4 video files
- Playing MP3, un-DRMâd AAC, WMA files
- JPEG, GIF, and PNG photos
- Scales video and pictures to the TVs native resoultion
- DVI, composite-video, component-video, S-Video and VGA video outputs
- analog and coaxial SPDIF audio outputs with Dolby 5.1 pass through
- Play Audio CDs and MP# files
- Play DVD and DivX video files
- Download music and videos to it's hard drive
- Display digital photos
- Watch, record and pause TV
- Update the program guide data (available in France)
- Burn CDs and DVDs
- Contains web browser and email client
- Runs all Windows software, including games
Friday, September 10, 2004
- HDCP compliant DVI output
- Faroudja FLI2301 DCDI deinterlacer
- 3:2 pull down detection
- HDCD playback
- 480p, 720p and 1080i up scaling
Thursday, September 9, 2004
Saturday, September 4, 2004
Thursday, September 2, 2004
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
making calls on my Vonage phone line, so I decided to switch the phone
cable to the jack that has our second phone line (the one with the
DSL). I then went to work. I got a call from my wife
stating that our Vonage phone line was not working. When I looked
into it, I noticed that our dsl was down.
I was able to fix the problem, just by switching the phone cable back
to the Vonage phone line (I could have also just added a DSL
filter). But this made me want to find a way to at least be
notified when our dsl is down.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Also Aruba worked out a deal with Ortronics to make 802.11 access
points that are built into the ethernet jacks. This seems like a
great product to use when wiring a house. I would have loved to
use it when I wired our house. This would solve all of the
wireless dead spots in our house, since there would be more consistent
described the Linksys Music System. I really like how inexpensive it was.
Now it looks like Roku has brought down the price on their SoundBridge, by including free 802.11.
the people who have already bought one of One of the SoundBridges, they
can get a free Roku tested 802.11 card, $100 off another SoundBridge or
their High-Def media player, or send a $50 refund check.
I really like the features of this player. The one that really interests me is that it can work with the open source server software made by SlimDevices.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
The Linksys Wireless-B Music System is a 802.11b device that plays MP3 and WMA music files from a PC, as well as music streams from the Rhapsody Digital Music service. It looks like it is only compatible with Windows PCs. If it were compatible with Mac OS X, this would be a serious competitor to the Squeezebox, since it is so much cheaper.
Panasonic makes a BL-C10A which is a ethernet network camera. It has a 100-degree per seconds pan-and-tilt control that can be operated remotely. It looks like it has a web interface to see the pictures, as well as sending pictures via mail or ftp.
It looks like it supports different versions of Windows, I wonder if I could use it with Mac OS X, from the browser.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
I don't think that this will be serious competition for Google, but they do have some good features.
2Wire is working on a pretty cool DVR. The MediaPortal is a PVR that can receive standard def and high def satellite signals, as well as ATSC and NTSC broadcasts. It will record HD broadcasts in 480p, 720p and 1080i. It will record up to 180 hour of standard def content, and up to 25 hours of high def content.
In addition to the DVR functionality, it will play, store and organize video, music and photos localy and from networked PCs.
Friday, August 20, 2004
The vonage phone line is only connected to the new jacks that are were
wired when I ran structured wiring to a couple of places in our house.
The next thing that I want to do is to wire the original jacks to this
phone line. What I will do is run the new Vonage line on one of the
pairs of wires on the Cat 5 that goes from the distribution panel, to
the external junction box. Then I will connect this line to the rest
of the house wiring.
I probably will not do this until I get a UPS for the phone adapter, and the DSL modem.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Since SBC does not have have Local Number Portabilty, I still have to keep my old line. I have cancelled all of the other features, except for Call Forwarding. I also change the line to be at a Metered Rate. So now I am playing $9.21 for a line that I had paid $60.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
With Mac OS X, it looks like it will only output analog stereo audio or PCM digital audio. With Windows, it looks like it will output Dolby Digital or DTS. Also on Windows it can have simulated surround sound.
This looks like a great device for only $30.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Sunday, August 15, 2004
- Hush ATX Aluminium Case with 3 Heatpipes,
- 240 Watt Power Supply, Fanless,
- Mainboard FIC P4-865PE, Socket 478, Intel Chipset 865PE, FSB 800
- 2.8GHz IntelÂ® CeleronÂ® Processor,
- 512MB DDRAM PC400 (2x256MB),
- 160GB Samsung HDD, 7200 RPM,
- Teac DVD-R / RAM / CDR-W Combo, DV-W22E, Slim Line,
- Radeon 92V, 128MB DDR SDRAM incl. Graphic Card-Kit
- DVI+CRT+TV out, Fanless, AGP 8X RiserCard,
- Hauppauge NOVA-S, Digital SAT TV Card PCI,
- 4x USB 2.0, 2x IEEE 1394 FireWire, RS232, parallel, Mouse and Keyboard Ports,
- 6 channal Audio Realtec ALC650 Sound 5.1, SPDIF out (Optical/RCA)
- 10/100 LAN Ethernet on Board,
- USB / FireWire Panel in Front, for 2xUSB + 2xFireWire in Front,
- ATI Remote Wonder - Remote Control
Also I am not sure about how much this will cost when it does come out, and if it comes out in the US.
The AVX Music Server has a 160Gb drive, and what I think is the coolest features is that it is fan less, so that it should be silent, except for the drive. A couple of things that I would love to see are digital audio out, as well as video out, so you are not tied to the PDA based remote.
/. mentions the Hush ATX which is a Silent PC, made by Hush Technologies. The whole case is made from a bunch of aluminum heat sinks, and it is fitted with heatpipes. Here is a review from TrustedReviews.
Logic Supply has them for sale for $1675, for a 2Ghz Celeron model. It looks like they are out of stock now.