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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? April 2006 Entries
Blu-Ray is only new to consumers. Professionals have been using it for over a year!
With all the hype about the high definition disc war, many people are inclined to believe that these two formats are both brand-new on the market and both sides are scrambling to try to get their product ready for release. Not completely true. There's an important factor that has not been brought up in the media. Sony has already been selling Blu-Ray technology in their professional camcorders for over a year! Only 8000 are in the field now, but they've gotten very positive feedback from that discerning ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:17 PM

Toshiba HD-DVD player runs on Red Hat
If you haven't read this post about dissecting the HD-A1, you should start there. I got the flash disk connected and checked out the contents a little. After trying two different motherboards the USB connector was always in a completely inconvenient place, making it impossible to connect. So I ended up buying a USB cable and cutting it in half to expose the four connections inside. With a voltmeter I found the +5 and GND lines, and from there was able to figure out which were the balanced signal ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 1:07 AM

Toshiba HD-DVD player firmware on USB - the pinout is standard!
In my last post, I tore into a new Toshiba HD-A1 to see what interesting discoveries could be had. I must say that the post was more popular than I ever thought it would be! Thank you to the over 25000 people who stopped in to take a look, and also a big thanks out to the various news sites that had linked to it in their articles. It looks like the world really is interested in high definition, which thrills me to no end. In our last episode I had postulated that the daughtercard was basically a ......

Posted On Sunday, April 23, 2006 3:27 AM

Up close and personal with Toshiba's new HD DVD player (the HD-A1)
Upon hearing rumors that Toshiba put a 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 CPU and a gig of PC2700 DDR RAM in their new $500 high definition set-top DVD player, I was intrigued. When I heard that they also put in a standard desktop HD-DVD reader, I had to buy one and see if these wild accusations were true. So I called around and found that just about the last one available in Phoenix was to be had at a Best Buy on the edge of town. $560 later it was mine, and on its way to the surgery table for close inspection. ......

Posted On Friday, April 21, 2006 3:10 AM

Desert Code Camp schedule is now posted
I never expected when we started putting together a Code Camp in Phoenix that we would have 20% of our speakers interested enough to fly in just for the event, some from over 2000 miles away. Hats off to all the dedicated people who have signed up to help us out. I just published the full schedule of events out on the site for anyone that would like to join us for a day PACKED with good geeky fun:http://desertcodecamp.c... material there to easily do 2 days of sessions. Unreal. A big “Thank ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 19, 2006 4:54 PM

A dancing dog defines the shape of things to come
My excuses for not blogging in awhileHas it really been almost a month since my last post? Time really flies with work keeping me quite busy, along with preparations for the Desert Code Camp, which is now only 3 weeks away. Big thanks to the all 50 people who have signed up to present sessions. We have 350 registered attendees, and it looks like we could reach our goal of 600 by the time of the camp. If you are from the Phoenix area then please sign up and join us on May 6th! More fun than cow tipping, ......

Posted On Monday, April 17, 2006 3:31 AM

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