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General Discussion / Re: What You Got For Xmas
« on: April 23, 2010, 11:29:06 am »
Hm. Well, I got a mixed up mind as I forgot about GCLF for a bit of time and then noticed this thread.

Otherwise, I got, about, oh, almost 5 months ago now...
1: XBox 360 Elite
2: Misc goods
3: Highway 1337 sign (custom made at the state DOT signshop).
This Latitude D610 makes me want to punch small children. It's from Cart I at BOCES - they stuck our class with the crummiest laptop cart.

And the domain controller sucks.

I almost thought you were using Mac OS 8/9 from that screenshot.

Nah. I enjoy flipping the layouts around every now-and-then even if it looks too much like the Brand X competing product(tm).

EDIT: Another screenshot, this of TONR, my Tilt2 (FUZR was my ex-FUZE):
I use Eagle, is ExpressPCB/SCH better?

I hate Eagle's learning curve. You look for one part and there's 2000 different libraries in your way to find a simple #%@# resistor. Sure the SparkFun/LadyAda libraries help, but I like ExpressPCB for its' easy curve and simplicity. I have faith in routing my own boards for class now in EPCB compared to Eagle. Especially when I've ended up making an entire schematic using the Eagle symbols library and going to Board view to have every part missing.

And, the latest screenshot, proving I've gone crazy:

Yes, I bought a satellite phone. Yes, it works and its' CDMA side is activated on a prepaid carrier. And yes, soon, I will have its' satellite side activated with Globalstar. Love it for the $58 I paid for it on eBay compared to its outlandish $300+ it commands from dealers for a near-mint phone.

Although, as an aside, Globalstar requires a Call Availability Tool (that G'Star Call Times icon) because of the fast orbit of the satellites, which causes you to have 15 to 20 minute windows of calling time available at the maximum. That's why the service is so cheap - $35/mo unlimited until the end of 2010. And thus, here I am today.
my two friends, the AS/400 and the laptop:

Argh! The aviation geek inside me is coming out...

This is my current desktop setup, sparing the 1600x1200 image from this forum so that it doesn't choke.
As I sit here listening to Royksopp's Happy Up Here to calm my nerves down, I might as well share my displeasure with Windows Media Center and the fun of Live TV setup gone awry.

To start out: My Media setup consists of an XBox 360 Elite used as an extender (the primary interface for the entire setup) and a Dell Optiplex GX270 running Windows XP Media Center Edition. I'm trying to get the Dell set up in such a way to serve media to the 360 along with live TV to view from the bedside LCD panel designated for the 360.

I've gone through three capture devices with a forth on the way - that I made a mistake in ordering and has to go back after I receive it - and then a fifth receiver.

To go in order of why they don't work...

Pinnacle DVD "Recorder", aka a regular old capture card - verdict: NO
This is a simple device I had connected to my VCR with an IR blaster to hope to use it as a Media Center tuner. "TUNER NOT RECOGNIZED", the magical box said. I'm sure Linux might have better support for IR blasting + manual capture devices, but they don't work with the Extender functionality I need.

eBay Special: the $13 TV tuner from China - verdict: NO
With the included application, it doesn't even lock onto the proper cable frequencies. Media Center testing not worth it nor would it probably work.

Hauppauge WinTV 878 series tuner - verdict: NO
This took me over 5 hours to set up. Why? Media Center expects to see a hardware encoded TV capture device, not a software-based one as most Hauppauge products are. Media Center was a massive kludge: install drivers, manually extract some "SoftPVR" application and register a module manually, hook it all up and hope it works.

It did.

Audio? What audio? I had to connect speakers directly to the tuner card for audio output when using my Extender. Changing channels? What a joke - it locked up both ends.

But with WinTV2000? Sure, it works. But on the PC, not my Extender.

HDHomeRun single-tuner networked receiver - verdict: HDFoulBall (no.)
THIS is the greatest @#$@ up I've made so far buying this $98.99 pile of heaping crap. Why? ATSC and QAM tuning only - no NTSC analog TV tuning, which I need.

Because the ever-so-lovely cable companies do not like unencrypted QAM - or any form of user freedoms, I cannot use this tuner that I've ordered - unless I want two CBS channels and 4 PBS channels. And 7 OnDemand channels that don't work with the box anyways.

Although, if you have a lot of OTA HD channels and such, I do recommend picking up one of these or a dual-tuner model: they're designed for multiple Media Center machines to use the tuners at the same time - since it IS operated over the network. 15Mb/s a stream, take note of that.

Yep, no warning from RadioShack that it doesn't pick up *every* channel I normally would get - and I can't cancel the order because it's already pulled in the warehouse.

Meaning... I've got to wait up to a week for it to get here, another few days returning it, and then finally going in the store to buy another tuner.

Update: Yep. Just as I expected. Lots of encrypted QAM channels (thanks TWC) and only 14 available unencrypted. AKA... PBS and WWNY/CBS/FOX.

Still waiting on my RadioShack refund.

Hauppauge (ugh) WinTV 850 USB Tuner - verdict: UNKNOWN
I'm going to end up returning the HDFailRun for this tuner - again, from Radioshack.

I have no idea if it'll work properly for the needs, but I sure hell hope it does - I'm getting sick of setting this damn thing up as it stands.
Wiki Discussion / Re: Web Browsers Supported...?
« on: December 13, 2009, 09:31:53 am »
In terms of browser compatibility GCL 1.0 is probably set. We know it works in Firefox (+Seamonkey and whatever else out there uses the Gecko engine) and IE, which is roughly ~80%.

I think the main focus now is the wiki. Mediawiki should be cross-browser as-is but I think the current version has some kind of issue with Chrome and possibly Safari (fixed in MW 1.14 I think? The current version is 1.16 I believe).

As outlined above Firefox is the main browser to pay attention to (over 50%), IE falls secondly and Chrome/Safari and Opera take the remainder. I believe strongly in an open and accessible web, so at a minimum the site should be compatible with:
* Firefox 2.0 + other Gecko-based browsers
* Internet Explorer 6.0
* Opera 9.0 + DS and Wii versions
* Chrome 3.x
* Safari 3.x + iPod and iPhone versions

Don't forget Windows Mobile and the Android browsers D:

Pocket IE works fine (6.5's is perfectly rendered in 'Desktop' mode), Opera Mobile works, and on the Android side, the native Android browser works great (since it's WebKit IIRC).

This guy (other than looking like he just came off the set of a Geico Cavemen commercial), is part of a group named 'Fusion Garage', who is relaseing a device called the Joojoo. The story of Joojoo is long and hard and is currently in limbo with a lawsuit with another company - due to their involvement in this.

To sum it up in the beginning: TechCrunch, a webblog, had a post - they wanted help from the user community to build a fully open source Web tablet for approximately two hundred to three hundred dollars. It'd be the ultimate couch surfing machine.

TechCrunch partnered with Fusion Garage. This device was dubbed from the start the CrunchPad. Well, TechCrunch had their own issues that forced FG to work on their own to get the device to launch.

In essence, told from Fusion's side...
  • "Unfortunately, Michael [Arrington, the guy behind TechCrunch and this CrunchPad idea] was unable to deliver at the project's date end, in February 2009... pictures of a birthday cake do not mean a contract is in place. If the project was to go forward, it was up to Fusion Garage."
  • "There was never any agreement of any kind between the two companies. This was nothing more than a potential acquisition that didn't occur. Michael sat back while we took all the risk. The suggestion that Michael or TechCrunch owns anything is simply ludicrous."
  • "TechCrunch didn't contribute a single line of code... As Michael wrote in his own April 2009 blog post, 'All credit should go to Fusion Garage.'"

But besides the legal disputes like an old married couple, the tablet itself is fairly nicely built. Turns on and boots to Linux in about 10 seconds, gets you where you want, handles HD flash video fairly well.

The key issue here is price of why I wouldn't personally buy it. $500 was deemed "unrealistic" - after all, FG's CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan says that an iPhone apparently costs $299 and a netbook $399 without a touch screen.

Netbooks I've seen recently are NOT $399. FAR from it.

And Joojoo's specs are not impressive, either:
  • 1.6 GHz... Intel Atom N270. (you guessed it)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Unknown graphics, possibly Ion
  • 4 GB SSD
  • 12" capacitive touchscreen

As such, I'd like to point out the other solution that I've happily named JewJew (no offence):
  • $200 Eee from eBay
  • $50 Aeeeris tablet kit
  • $50 touch screen mod kit from eBay

Oh, hey, look! The "unrealistic" price point is realistic!

Oh, and one more thing: This tablet was supposed to be FULLY OPEN SOURCE. No information has been given from Fusion or TechCrunch about the open-ness of this device. TechCrunch's open source vision was to give full source code, schematics, bills of materials, and so on - so that in theory, someone could build one themselves or even modify the platform for their own needs.

Open-source has become a marketing gimmick.
And up for today's screenshot:

Windows Seven, with 'small icons' turned on for Superbar and to "always show" labels.
Sucks I can't get the Classic menu without installing third-party crapware.
Computers and Technology Discussion / Re: First iPhone Worm Found
« on: December 12, 2009, 11:56:32 am »
This is not due to a hole or anything, it only affects people who were too stupid to change the default password for SSH.

Coming in a month late but - it's also only affecting people too stupid enough to install - and then leave open - SSH. If you didn't have SSH installed (or turned off when not in use), you're a hellofalot more safe than someone leaving SSH open.

It's also partially a cellular network issue - why - just WHY - would you assign a device a public IP address, knowing its' capabilities?

AT&T hides their devices on the network behind several gateways - you have an internal 10.x IP (haven't confirmed if I can ping other AT&T devices inside this network with my FUZE yet) and an outward-facing gateway IP that you share with thousands of others.

Sprint... gives you public IPs. Not too hard to enable Telnet or SSH on a Pre... and then allow it to listen on said public interface - but you as the user must manually perform that step in a terminal as-is, compared to iPhone - with a one-swipe of the "On" switch turning on SSH to all interfaces and IPs.
Computers and Technology Discussion / Re: Windows 7: Worth It?
« on: October 29, 2009, 06:50:08 pm »
Case in point: Apple.
Apple’s iPod and iPhone are practically the definition of controlled hardware, but the company really contributes a lot to open source:
  • Webkit
  • CUPS
  • Darwin
  • LLVM
Also while Ubuntu is all right, the transition isn’t perfect. Trading a bunch of Windows niggles for a bunch of Ubuntu niggles is basically walking in place (though things really get better once you realize you can live without Flash).

Don't forget software - namely - the draconian App Store policies. They block Google Voice but allow scantily-clad Asian models.

I don't have a retail copy of Vista. It was preinstalled on the laptop. Presumably the Win7 upgrade disk won't do a full install; otherwise it wouldn't be an upgrade disk.

See - it does indeed work as clean install media.
Computers and Technology Discussion / Re: Windows 7: Worth It?
« on: October 28, 2009, 02:29:39 pm »
My ideal setup would be to run the Windows inside a virtual machine. Unfortunately, the only information I can find regarding how to migrate an existing Windows install to a virtual machine comes with dozens of caveats.

Also unfortunately, the Windows 7 free upgrade is only an upgrade, not a full installer.

Uh, for a simple way of installing Seven via your retail media into a virtual machine?

* Create VM in whatever software
* Tell it minimum 512 MB RAM, minimum ~30 GB HD
* Go into whatever 'options' and add a virtual CD drive mapped to your retail ISO or physical media
* Tell it to boot from that media
* Run the installer
Computers and Technology Discussion / Re: Windows 7: Worth It?
« on: October 25, 2009, 05:44:05 pm »
I can't wait for MissingNo to see this.

Uh, yeah, it's worth it, even back in the pre-7000 builds era. Fast, slick, friendly, makes up for Windows ME 2.0.

I won't buy windows 7 unless it allows at least 90% compatibility with the programs I have on my laptop.

Also, I can try out Windows 7 anytime thanks to my mother's friend that I'll be living with for 6 months starting November 1st.

Windows Ultimate let's you run XP in a window to run those programs that don't work for some reason with XP compatibility mode, that, and it has Vista Compatibility mode.

XP Mode needs hardware virtualization support on the processor.
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