February
15
Filed Under (Geekspeak, TV) by Justin on 2006-02-15

I’m sure that by posting these two screenshots, I’ll have cease and desists arriving in my inbox and suspicious black Ford’s cruising my street, but – oh well. I started out with the lovely Tivo2Go software and transferred my recordings from “AGENTSMITH” to my PC. I then used a nifty utility called DirectShowDump to (how clever) “dump” the

.tivo

files into standard MPEG-2 video files. Luckily, the Divx Create package (which I received free through some offer a while back) ships with a free trial of their MPEG-2 convertor. So, I filtered the

.mpg

files through there and boom! 75% reduction in file size with no visual or audible loss of quality.
Tivo Files in Divx format

Tivo Files in MPEG-2 format

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February
14
Filed Under (Love) by Justin on 2006-02-14

So today is the holiday formerly known to me as Single’s Awareness Day. I want to wish the love of my life a very happy Valentine’s Day.

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February
14
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-02-14

The news broke late yesterday that Intel and Skype are excluding AMD in an agreement that they have reached regarding how many callers are allowed in on a conference call. Intel-based chips will be allowed to have up to a 10-way conference call while AMD chips will be throttled at 5-way conversations. This is the most infuriating tech news I’ve read in a while. The fact that a software vendor would discriminate against the type of processor their user chooses is just borderline-insanity. I hope that there is enough uproar around this to cause them to rethink this position. Personally, I don’t use Skype because I despise actually “talking” to people, but as a tech-savvy guy and a huge AMD supporter, this is pitiful. If they go through with this, what’s next? Microsoft Office 2008 limited to only two open documents and AOL only allowing three concurrent IM conversations on AMD processors? Come on folks, the buck needs to stop here.

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February
14
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2006-02-14

Daily Tech (as well as many others) are reporting now that Portions of Google Pack Coming to Linux. Google has apparently given the Codeweavers team the job of porting the app to run on Linux. This is a good move for Linux on the desktop, as IMHO, Picasa is a superb piece of photo management software.

However, for KDE users, you already have something just as good, and it’s a native KDE app. digiKam is the KDE Photo Management application, which may very well have been modeled after Google’s Picasa. Features include tagging, web-based album generation, camera-interfacing, watched folders, easy red-eye correction, cropping, and the list goes on and on and on. If you’re running KDE, check it out.

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February
13
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-02-13

The post title seems like an oxymoron I know, but Slashdot is reporting that some research is being conducted in order to create Polite Cell Phones. I was in a conversation with someone a couple of weeks ago and they mentioned that certain places (churches were specifically mentioned) should purchase and use jamming equipment to disable phones whenever they feel the need. With Bluetooth becoming more and more popular, and cheaper as well, I don’t see why they don’t create a standard protocol for something along the lines of “accept location volume settings” and then places such as theaters, restaurants, and churches could broadcast there preference. With the quality of cell phone hardware getting worse and worse, in a few short years, 99% of the world would be compliant. Surely someone smarter than me is working on this already…

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February
08
Filed Under (Sports) by Justin on 2006-02-08

So the game didn’t end perfectly, but for a team that starts four freshmen (two of those four are walk-ons), I’m still a proud TarHeel fan this morning. The guys have talent and they have a good coach, only more experience could have helped them win that game.

“I wasn’t expecting to get the ball,” he said. “And when I did I kind of froze up. My natural instinct was, `Go.’ I wasn’t even thinking about a three-pointer. I’ll learn from my mistakes.”
-Danny Green

Adam Lucas, as usual, has written quite an article detailing the game and the rivalry titled Being Part of It. It’s really required reading for any TarHeel fan, but specifically those of you who, like me, have a pastel shade of blue running through your veins.

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February
07
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-02-07

Does anyone else find it as hilarious as I do that practically every site you visit on the internet has some Flash embedded in it somewhere, but that Macromedia.com has none? It’s always my first instinct to visit that site when I want Firefox to go and tell me that I need to install Flash Player but it never works. Then I remember to just go to Brandon’s site.

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February
07
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2006-02-07

I messaged netnomad earlier this morning to pass him a link to the CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit and we had a good laugh or two at the product. He says he has to wait long enough to get in the bathroom as it is, let alone if his two cats started lining up outside the door. Bonnie has always said that it’s be neat to toilet-train them and I’ve always laughed at her. However, the longer I leave that tab opened in Firefox, the more intriqued I am.

At first, the seat is filled with litter. As your feline friend gets used to the idea of hopping up onto its new throne, sections of the seat are taken away. When all the litter and all the sections have been removed, your cat is officially potty-trained.

I’ll have to think about this a while – the thought of never scooping litter again is pretty enticing.

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