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elife

there are times to be bill,
there are times to be steve,
there are times to be i
there are times to be my
and sometimes you just gotta say : why?

February 24, 2010 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

The Return of the Comeback II

Should you be wanting to comment on that special YouTube vid, but lack the time to think of something to say, here’s the all new Best of YouTube Collected Comment Snippets for you.

  • gay
  • rofl
  • you’re so stupid
  • nOOb
  • f*ck *ff you liberal commie
  • my brother can do this too, but way better
  • my mum can do this too, but way better
  • your mum is gay
  • if you’re so good let’s see your vid
  • gay
  • lolZ
  • ghetto power – check me at http://www.ghettopowerrulezforever.net
  • lol, U r NOT from the ghetto, you’re from the gay-to
  • i saw him live in 1997
  • me in ’95
  • ’95? back he when he was gay? like you?
  • stop hatin gays
  • stop gaying hate
  • pepsi is so waaaay better than coke
  • coke is the shitz, pepsi is da ballz suxor
  • dude where’s my car
  • you’re car is gay dude
  • first
  • you should get off the crack pipe
  • you should get off the crack ho
  • at least i’m not gay…
  • “this fire is out of control, we need more water, sand, …anything” thats da best line ever
  • “this fire is out of control, we need more water, sand, …anything” lolz
  • “diz fire is out of control, wee need mor water, sand, …anyting” lolw
  • “this fire is out of control, we need more water, sand, …anything”
  • “this fire is out of control, we need more water, sand, …anything”
  • rofl 1:12 –> “this fire is out of control, we need more …”
  • that wuz the gayest movie evr…sooooo gay
  • second
  • gay

( any similarity between these and actual YouTube comments is completely and utterly semi-coincidental  )

July 6, 2009 at 11:29 pm Leave a comment

Extremely concise guide to hotel guides

If there are no pictures of the exterior then it probably looks like one of these :

Crappy Exterior 1

Crappy Exterior 1

Crappy Exterior 3

If there are no pictures of the rooms then then they probably look like one of these :

Crappy Room 1

Crappy Room 2

Crappy Room 3

June 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm 1 comment

Deleting Files ( on Windows )

Shift + Delete = Bad
Delete = Good

Shift + Delete = False sense of empowerment
Delete = Wise approach to one’s own fallibility

Shift + Delete = Lost forever
Delete = Still there when you need it

Shift + Delete = Old Fool
Delete = Old Skool

Shift + Delete = Clever road to utter madness
Delete = Becoming one with the universe

The only thing you need to remember is :

like_this

not_like_this

April 3, 2009 at 6:57 pm 7 comments

Home Entertainment Schmamblings

Between the last article and this one I have been busy putting together our home entertainment system.

Since I like Visio, I made a diagram in Visio.

Home Entertainment Network

Home Entertainment Network

Interesting items in this setup :

  • Popcorn Hour media player
  • Western Digital MyBook NAS
  • DVB-T antenna

This setup does not include digital cable television. Currently we get a couple of real good stations through our antenna. So we get to see the news and several very good shows. This is more than enough for us for what tv is concerned.
We also use it for radio. The disadvantage is that your tv has to be on, because it contains DVB-T decoder.

The Popcorn Hour media player is the device that connects to all media that is not tv or radio : it streams off the MyBook NAS, internet stations and USB storage. It is also capable of acting as a server, but I do not have an internal drive for it yet. That internal drive is going to be a Compact Flash card with a CF to SATA converter module.
For two reasons : it’s fast, quiet and cool. Well, that’s three reasons. So three reasons then : fast, quiet, cool and cheap. Again, the four reasons for using a CF to SATA converter are : fast, quiet, cool, cheap and an almost fanatical devotion to the pope.

This is not the ultimate setup. There is no ultimate setup. Video format wars, hardware vs software dialectic, smaller and faster components, network technology advancements and Boxee are all things that make your setup quite crappy in regard to the ultimate setup. Which does not exist, but would currently be something like a mix between LinuxMCE, Boxee and Apple TV. All of this working flawlessy of course, playing every media format known to man.

The disadvantages of our current setup are :

  • Popcorn Hour does not have a movie or music jukebox built in
  • Popcorn Hour does not seem to play .mp4 files that my Lacie Cinema Premier did play. They play but there is no sound. And by playing them, the Philips Soundbar is audiophonically tilted, refusing to play any more sound.
  • .mkv files seem to work best for the Popcorn Hour. But alas they do not play well on the Vista laptop using either VLC or Mediaplayer, nor on the Aspire One using VLC. Apparently MPlayer would be the solution for the Aspire. One more media player removed from bliss.
  • There is no tv recording.
  • There are three remotes. This will be remedied in the future with a Logitech Harmony 885.

You could probably come up with a couple more disadvantages, but I’m quite happy with this setup. My main requirement was bridging the lean-forward pc media environment to the lean-back television world. Having the complete South Park collection at my fingertips sitting in a comfy sofa is a great feeling. A reward for all those years of neck- and backache inducing late night pc sessions.

Note : you could be thinking when reading this article that the all the devices in the network have access to the internet. But this is not so. Only the laptop currently has got an internet connection in the form of a USB modem using the GSM network. The real internet will be installed on March 10.

February 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm 5 comments

Home Entertainment Ramblings

A while ago we moved to our new house. At last we have the space and comfort we always wanted. And comfort is relative, since several parts of the house still need to be completed. But the essential things are there. Well the essential essential things at least.

One thing that we do already have is a new tv. I have searched high and low for the optimal television set. Plowed through endless lists of specs, prices and reviews. I also went to electronics shops to see for myself what the picture quality of some of these tv’s was really worth.

The result of the search was this tv :

I ordered it online, from Redcoon.be. Its price was unbeatable for this particular model. But do your own research before buying one, things move fast on the web. Just google for ‘<thing you want> price [|prix|prijs|preise]’.

The next thing on my list was a decent set of amplifier and speakers combo. I didn’t really care for a specific setup like 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, plain stereo, biamp stereo,… It just had to be something relatively cheap – which rules out high-end receivers and speakers – and decent sounding.

And the results of the groundbreaking jury ( that’s just me in fact, there’s no real jury, I just made that up for effect, but I soon realised that this lie would not hold for long, so I just thought it better to confess right away ) are :

This device uses a technology that creates surround sound using just one speaker cabinet. Of course you need the subwoofer for the lows as well. Two features, simplicity and compatibility, made this device stand out from all the others.
It has been ordered, but not yet delivered.

So now that we have the two main devices sorted, the question poses itself : what to hook up to them? How to have a big collection of movies, music and photographs that is accessible from anywhere in the house?

Do I use small specialized pc’s? Or dedicated devices?

Do I buy a media streaming client? And a server? Or do I set this up with an old pc featuring Ubuntu? Or should I look at media disk drives?

Will I switch to Apples’s iTunes/iPod/Apple TV?

Every setup has its drawbacks and imperfections. It looks as if with current technology you should be able to make a setup that is perfectly suited to your needs, but whatever you think of, there is always a catch.

And the truly terrible thing is : whatever you eventually install, you’ll always have that nagging feeling that you did it wrong.

Next time I’ll ramble some more about possible setups and their drawbacks.

And what the hell is up with these expensive HDMI cables anyway? Don’t people realise that a digital signal is mostly an all or nothing affair over such a short distance? Either you have bytes or you don’t. The bytes don’t care about gold or nickel, shielded or unshielded, expensive or cheap. This is more than adequate.

January 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Why?

On my laptop – Vista Home Premium – the soft restart doesn’t work. Never has. Doing this always results in black screen. It gets stuck somewhere. Also doesn’t matter if it is triggered manually or from an installer.

So, that means I have to apply the five second rule : I press the power button for five seconds, then it shuts down. It’s not really a rule, but what the heck, it sounds cool to say : “OK, I guess I’ll have to apply the five second rule”.

Why does my laptop behave like this? Who knows? Who cares? Is there a fix? Who knows? Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t? Why is applying a restart so much harder than shutdown followed by a start? Who¬† knows? Is there anybody out there who knows what Vista is up to? Has the complexity caught up to the developers? Is the complexity resulting in chaos? Is the chaos resulting in boundless indeterminism? Is indeterminism something like intelligence? Who knows? Anybody?

September 10, 2008 at 6:55 pm 2 comments

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