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Comment: Use ffdshow (Score 1) 498

by Airw0lf (#34672794) Attached to: What's the Oldest File You Can Restore?
ffdshow has support for Indeo 2 and 3 at the very least. This is based on the video format list in the configuration dialog box. I haven't got anything to test against but I have no reason to doubt it. Check it out - http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/ - open source and has support for Windows 7. There are also some 64-bit builds you can try.

Comment: Re:with all that IPO cash (Score 1) 87

by Airw0lf (#33201560) Attached to: Skype Files For IPO

they should fix the goddamn security issues and start having decent CUSTOMER SUPPORT.

Nah, it's much more important to release a new version that spams you with little pop up windows reminding you that you can use Skype to actually call people (I'm shocked! I had installed it thinking it would defrag my hard drive).

Yeah, v4.2 is a joke. Inane ads at the bottom of your contact list and popping up near the top as well. All the ads aren't even promoting anything of value - it truly is crap like "Call your friends using Skype!"

Comment: Re:with all that IPO cash (Score 1) 87

by Airw0lf (#33201538) Attached to: Skype Files For IPO

they should fix the goddamn security issues and start having decent CUSTOMER SUPPORT.

Nah, it's much more important to release a new version that spams you with little pop up windows reminding you that you can use Skype to actually call people (I'm shocked! I had installed it thinking it would defrag my hard drive).

Mod this guy up - I can't get over how many stupid pop-up windows v4.2 has. And the worst thing is that it's not even advertising that could be considered to be remotely useful. It truly is messages along the lines of "Call your friends now!" Ridiculous.

+ - Energizer Battery Charger Backdoor->

Submitted by Airw0lf
Airw0lf (795770) writes "Earlier this year I was thinking about the possibility of malware being propagated via USB chargers for devices like cellphones. My idea was that a malicious cellphone charger wouldn't just provide power but it would also contain some logic that would attempt to "probe" the phone for security holes and then deliver some kind of trojan or keylogger. Anyway, this sort of issue might get some consideration right now courtesy of Energizer's USB battery charger. In this case however the battery charger's bundled software is what is trying to exploit the PC it is connected to."
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Comment: Re:OpenGL has/had Killer Apps! (Score 1) 515

by Airw0lf (#30701254) Attached to: Why You Should Use OpenGL and Not DirectX

You mentioned Quake 3 (which is just a little over a decade old) that got me thinking, what software DOES run OpenGL?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_OpenGL_programs

The fact that I didn't know most of those titles (many of which I have or have played) had support for OpenGL is a testament to the lack of marketing and the push the OpenGL community needs to make to get people excited about it.

Thanks for finding that list. A lot of good games and apps there. Like you, I was amazed that some games I played had an OpenGL renderer but defaulted to D3D (Deus Ex and Far Cry for example!) My argument is simply that there are enough good examples of OpenGL software. OpenGL just lost out to Microsoft's marketing.

Comment: OpenGL has/had Killer Apps! (Score 1) 515

by Airw0lf (#30700762) Attached to: Why You Should Use OpenGL and Not DirectX

There's nothing around it; OpenGL desperately needs a killer app.

Show people something amazing and tell them "OpenGL did This."

What about all the stuff id put out? GLQuake (remember how much of a quantum leap that was over anything at the time with a 3dfx card?), Quake 3, Doom 3, etc...When you think about that, one does wonder if it's just MS and it's marketing droids that got Direct3D to where it is today.

Comment: Re:MORE FUNDS?! (Score 2, Informative) 391

by Airw0lf (#30494338) Attached to: Obama Backs New Launcher and Bigger NASA Budget

I'm not sure how "[Biden] makes Palin look like an Oxford Scholar" can be modded insightful. I will agree that Biden makes the odd gaffe but he is unquestionably better informed. He has chaired senate committees on the judiciary and foreign relations which will have exposed him to a whole gamut of issues that Sarah Palin may not even have conceived of. Let's not confuse willful ignorance with an otherwise intelligent person getting caught with their foot in their mouth from time to time!

Disclosure: Note that I'm not American and don't have a particular interest in either the Republicans or the Democrats. From where I sit both parties do little to effect any real improvement over the status quo. And I think Obama has done little to back up his rhetoric of hope and change from the election campaign

Comment: My favourite... (Score 1) 127

by Airw0lf (#30258212) Attached to: Apple Forced To Clean Up Its Fine Print

Here in New Zealand just about every console/PC game, DVD and CD vendor has decided to refuse product returns due to the "risk" of piracy. I think you can still return a product if it is blatantly defective (i.e., bad media), but otherwise you are out of luck...so it's too bad if the system requirements on the back of the box are outright lies and your machine can't run the game, or if the copy protection doesn't like your DVD drive...

Anyway, there is one retailer (JB HiFi) who have signs all over their games section which state something to the effect of: "No game returns permitted. Your consumer rights are not being violated." I kid you not.

Comment: Re:Buzz Beer! (Score 1) 398

by Airw0lf (#30104430) Attached to: Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks May Be Illegal

Lager + Lime juice + a little salt = Michelada (chilli powder optional)

It's a lot more refreshing than straight beer and great when you are on the beach

When I was in Southern California I was at a party and the host showed me how to do this with Tecate. It was nice. I think some tomato juice may also have been involved...

Comment: Re:Reinventing the wheel (Score 1) 265

by Airw0lf (#30012528) Attached to: Multi-Button OpenOfficeMouse At OOoCon 2009

*It's freakin' 2009. netbooks have 2GB of ram. Why the 'F does the page have to reload when I hit the back button, or two pages reload if I did so accidentally and hit the forward button immediately thereafter. Why aren't the fully rendered pages cached for several levels of back-ed-ness? (determined by some algorithm relating to the available RAM, to balance off use against the filesystem cache) If I need to reload, F5 is right there on the keyboard. My main use of tabs at the moment is because "back" is not implemented properly on any of the browsers I use.

Opera does this. Sometimes I've found myself (deliberately) stepping back and forth through 10-20 pages of heavy content (such as galleries on flickr) and Opera does not miss a beat.

Comment: Re:WIN+L - Lock Workstation (Score 1) 939

by Airw0lf (#29641775) Attached to: The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

WIN+L will also lock your computer.

Sounds great! And what key sequence do you use to unlock your computer? And where do you work?

To unlock the machine you have to provide your login and password, or an administrator password. Depending on the group/computer policy in effect, you may have to press Ctrl-Alt-Del first.

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