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Comment: Re:why phase out DVI? (Score 2) 704

by drewness (#38763492) Attached to: VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

Because mini-displayport is more expensive, I mean "better".

In what sense is it more expensive? Apple made the license free and it's been submitted and accepted as an official part of the VESA DisplayPort 1.2 spec. And unlike DVI, you can also put audio over it. HDMI also supoorts audio, but it costs $0.15/unit in licensing fees plus an annual $10,000 fee.

Comment: Re:Not good but backups are your friend. (Score 2) 401

by drewness (#35338230) Attached to: Gmail Accidentally Resets 150,000 Accounts

If you use a forward slash instead of backward in the folder name, you might trick your mail client to arrange the mail in a tree structure. I noticed this with GMail in Evolution on Ubuntu.


That's not so much tricking the client, but rather a feature that Google added to GMail a few years ago. If you put a slash in a label name it makes nested folders in IMAP, and also if you go into the Labs settings in GMail, there's a "Nested Labels" lab you can enable to get it in the web interface.

Comment: Re:Open Platform? (Score 1) 459

by drewness (#34878072) Attached to: Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

Didn't Google stop selling phones directly?

Yes and no. They have a new Google branded and unlocked phone called the Nexus S, but instead of selling it directly themselves, they've partnered with Best Buy so people can actually touch it and try it out before buying. The theory being that by having it sold in a brick and mortar store it will sell better than the Nexus One, where people just had to buy just on Google's good name, basically sight unseen.

Comment: Re:HHGTTG Connection as well... (Score 1) 326

by drewness (#34769612) Attached to: Doctor Marries Doctor's Daughter, TARDIS Explodes

Then you might as well mention that DNA also wrote several Dr Who episodes.

Yeah, well, he was also the script editor for the tail-end of season 16 and all of season 17 (1979). In modern terms would be called the show runner, ike Russell T. Davies for new Who seasons 1-4.5 or Stephen Moffat currently.

Comment: Re:To appease the most visitors with ease (Score 2, Informative) 379

by drewness (#33301476) Attached to: Microsoft Silverlight 4 vs. Adobe Flash 10.1

Agreed. Seems like basically anything using features above Silverlight 2 doesn't work in Moonlight, e.g. Netflix or

Netflix is a (somewhat) special problem. Microsoft won't license the Silverlight DRM library to Novell for implementation in Moonlight. Novell is still trying to convince them, but no luck yet.

Comment: Re:It Won't (Score 3, Informative) 208

by drewness (#32665368) Attached to: How HTML5 Will Change the Web

The answer is No, YouTube has not switched, and has no plans to switch, from Flash to HTML5.

They can't because some browsers (most notably Firefox and Opera) will not support H.264, yet nearly all of their content is already in H.264. Thats game over right there for YouTube converting to HTML5. Maybe in 5 years or more, and only when all major browsers support a single codec.

But Google is also offering (or is in the process of offering) all YouTube videos as WebM, and the next versions of Firefox and Opera will have WebM support, and the dev channel of Chrome already has it. They really want to switch to HMTL5. I'm sure at this point they'd prefer IE and Safari to support WebM as well, but obviously they have the storage to keep every video as H.264 and WebM.

Comment: Try WPA2 Enterprise instead of WPA Personal (Score 1) 344

by drewness (#30753718) Attached to: What To Expect From Windows 7 SP1

My wife's Dell laptop (running Vista) works fine on our wpa2-secured wireless connection.

I just recently set up the wireless at work to use WPA2 Enterprise with an Airport base station and Mac OS X Server 10.5. With Mac laptops you just enter your username and password and click "continue" when it complains about a self-singed cert. And done. I've also connected with XP and 7, and they both have different multi-step with multi-sub-step procedures for connecting the first time. I suspect that if we were a MS shop, it would Just Work (as the steps are mostly undoing stuff relating to it trying to authenticate with your Windows domain credentials), but since we're primarily Apple, it's a huge PITA.

Comment: Um, no need to be metaphorical (Score 1) 344

by drewness (#30753598) Attached to: What To Expect From Windows 7 SP1

Nah, Windows 7 is more like a point release. 6.1 if you will to Vista's 6.0. They had to give it a new name because "Vista" became marketing poison. But that's why 7 has done pretty well out of the gate stability wise, it's not really a new OS at all. It's a refined version of the last one.

It's not LIKE a point release, it IS a point release. It literally is Windows 6.1 to Vista's 6.0, whether I will it or not.

Comment: Re:If the link worked... (Score 1) 174

by drewness (#29311239) Attached to: AMC Releasing a New "The Prisoner" In November is using the latest version of Flash to bring you the best quality video. Please update your current flash player by clicking here

Does not update a x64 based linux OS nor can I find one on download sites.


You should be able to find an x86_64 Linux version of the current flash. I'm running Debian Testing/Unstable and the current version of flashplugin-nonfree gets the 64bit Flash 10 plugin.

If you just want a tarball of it, you can download it from Adobe Labs.

Comment: Re:Poorly Marketed Sector (Score 1) 257

by drewness (#29147243) Attached to: Windows 7 Igniting Touchscreen PC Market

The current Macbooks have a touchpad interface that supports multi-touch. You can right click on those by pressing and holding with one finger and then tapping with a second finger.

You can also set it up on the newer ones (that have no obvious button) so that a click on the right side of bottom part of the touchpad (which actually is also a button that clicks and everything) is a right click. A middle click still requires command+click, but two zones is still good.

Comment: Re:Matt Groening (Score 2, Interesting) 94

by drewness (#28913243) Attached to: Original Futurama Cast Seals Deal With Fox

A mention of Checkov actor, Walter Koenig, is appropriate here.

And also of House Minority Leader John Boehner. Or Wayne Newton's song Danke Shoen.

It seems to be American English standard for German names that have an o-umlaut or oe (which is the same thing; the umlaut started out as a small e laying on it's side on top of another vowel) to pronounce it like "ay", instead of like the German sound English lacks or even "ur", which is more like how I think most English speakers hear o-umlaut.

p.s. Curse /. and their lack of support for non-ascii characters.

Comment: Re:It's a toughy (Score 1) 459

by drewness (#28603563) Attached to: Examining the HTML 5 Video Codec Debate

Really, by not forcing a codec on HTML5, what does that do/what impact? I don't really understand. Can someone clarify?

The biggest problem it causes is that you can't just stick one video inside a <video> tag and know it will work with all browsers. You can specify several videos of different formats and browsers will play the first one that they can (and right now you also have to put a flash based player or something in for IE, but that's a separate problem), but you still have to at least generate an h264 and a Theora video.

Comment: Re:It's a toughy (Score 1) 459

by drewness (#28603519) Attached to: Examining the HTML 5 Video Codec Debate

Can you spell that out a little more? I mean, a few years ago, I was aware of a lot of services selling DRM wrapped WMAs, but I can't think of a service that uses DRM wrapped WMVs. Mostly I hear about people using Hulu, which isn't using Microsoft's DRM. It doesn't seem to me that DRM with video isn't any more prevalent than it was a couple years ago.

If you want an explicit Microsoft DRM video example, Netflix uses Silverlight DRM for their PC and Mac based player. It's basically the only part of Silverlight they haven't licensed to Novell for Moonlight. So, no Netflix for Linux, even once Moonlight 2 and 3 are ready.

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