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Yonah is definitely here and at bellow $750. Compaq V5000T 1.66 Duo 15.1' 40GB DVD/CDRW $675 after ($250 in rebates) might or might not have IEEE on the Left side - check. For that matter HP dv1000t 1.83 Duo 14' 80GB $895 after ($150 rebate and free upgrades) or $999 with 2.0 GHz Duo but the same Intel PRO/wireless 3945ABG and similar no Giggy or remote ......

Google maps tiles are PNG and about 15K. Both phones do not support PNG and JPG would be 19K-10K depending on compression. At street level resolution (zoom=2 gives street names, zoom=4 only avenues but covers most of Ile-de-Montreal in 3x3) 10x10=100 tiles would cover area from Papineu/Henri Boussa to Decarie/Park Kent and would take ~ 1.5M. So with ......

27
Apr 06
Quebec Épopée en Amérique Les belles histoires des Pays-d'en-Haut Le Survenant Le temps d'une paix. L'Acadie sans frontières History Histoire du monde. Les rois maudits Les mystères de la Bible L'inexplicable. Elvis Misc L'amour avec un grand A Télé-Québec Voyage DVD guides Poissons d'eau douce Espaces verts Pêche ......

Les voyages extraordinaires de Jules Verne Le petit castor Minifée Il était une fois-- les découvreurs Le comte de Monte Cristo Je veux l'épouser Dans le vent ......

After reading how FrontRow is a crap I ended up playing with Windows XP Media Center Edition only to learn that is crappy too. Namely, per official Microsoft Extender FAQ the whole MediaCenter - Extender architecture is as good as its extenders and extenders are closed source. So I do get decent experience on a PC, but in the living room Xbox extender ......

Looks like neither mplayer nor xine could play .smil playlist. Apple way of converting .smil to .mov by adding SMILtext and saving as .mov is a hack. And .qtl could be used to playout supported content in full screen despite Apples efforts to collect money for the priviledge ......

So far Apple kept their Podcast Chapter Tool private and only available of OSX. Trying to hack it out have been unsuccessful so far. My guess is that is because editing .mp4 is supported in QT 7.x and QuickTime for Java is QT 6.x. Anyhow, the easiest way to edit .mov (and .mp4?) is using quicktime.std.movies of QuickTime for Java. Here are examples ......

Amazon started selling Intel based Mac Mini. Mac Mini 1.5GHz Solo is at $599.99 and Mac Mini 1.66GHz Duo is at $799.99 or both are at MSRP. Amazon runs $25 mail in rebate on both until 03/21/06. Mac Mini review by arstechnica pointed out that MacMini CPU is socketed and thus MacMinis are upgradable, but at least for now it is quite expensive $300 to ......

01
Mar 06
So Apple released Intel based MacMini with their stinky old remote. At $799 Core Duo version is competative with lower end Pentium D boxes starting at $700+, alas Gateways and such offer more raw power and disk space (2.8GHz, 2x1MB L2, 800 MHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD vs. 1.66GHz, 2x1MB L2, 667MHz, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HD), but lack extras like 1G ethernet, bluetooth ......

First, there was xbox in Rover running Linux and freevo. Then there was Jeepintosh. And now there is Mac Prius.... well, almost. On a Prius note... Prius is not only 50mpg car but also a portable electricity generator and UPS ......

Provider $/min Reload Loose number Notes Beyondwireless GSM $0.17/min $15/114m=$0.13 60 (15-90)days 30 days just $10 to start Boostmobile $0.2-$0.1/min 90 days comes with $10 T-Mobile to go $0.2-<$0.1/min 30 or 90 or 365 90 days ebay 150min($30 SIM) for $10 = $0.07/min ......

convert lat/lon to UTM subtract map's top UTM coordinates from converted lat/lon and divide by zoom center map at x,y or even simplier subtract map's top lat/lon from current fix (a, b) y = a*256/0.07294 for scale 5 x = b*256/0.08789 for scale 5 and see how bad is error on x. Sertainly, neither did work. The first didn't work because google maps are ......

03
Feb 06
Google maps cannot be embeded into blogs because blogs do not allow JavaScript. The solution is to write "map renderer" progy to render an image and link the image to exernal page that would display the map. There is a problem with writing a progy - google maps has key assosiated with website that would host them (reffer in HTTP request), thus probably ......

21
Dec 05
Apple iPod mini Blue 4GB MP3 Player + Car Kit +Armband $225.00 APPLE IPOD 20GB 4TH GENERATION 5,000 SONGS! $167.98 APPLE IPOD 20GB 4TH GENERATION 5,000 SONGS! $140.61 Apple iPod Fourth Generation 20 Gig with iTrip Neoprene $177.50 APPLE IPOD NANO BLACK 2GB MP3 PLAYER BONUS CAR CHARGER $157.50 APPLE IPOD 40GB HARD DRIVE FROM 4TH GENERATION $95.60 APPLE ......

Transcoding on Linux still suck. The options are pretty much limited to ffmpeg, mencoder and transcode. Underneath it all boils down to libavcodec and all three are no more then different command line frontends. Surprisingly all are quite slow. But first thing first... MPEG-2 According to this TMpgEnc beats both transcode backends (ffmpeg and mpeg2enc) ......

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