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Comment: Distinction Between TV and TV (Score 1) 205

by misterduffy (#49261485) Attached to: Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV
It didn't start with the Apple TV or even the Anniversary Mac. Apple got straight into delivering on demand TV into the home with the advent of broadband: There are no definitive details on how or why the project was cancelled, but it's right around the time Jobs made his comeback. Personally, I think he liked the idea of the project but knew it was sub-standard and didn't yet know how to do it 'the Apple Way'. Once the iPod came along and changed the way we listen to music, he had the means to change the way we watch TV and the Apple TV was born (an iPod for video). Remember the distinction between TV (as in broadcast programming) and TV (as in the device). The former is analogous to the record labels - Apple is neither a record label nor a TV channel, but makes a great technological middle-man. The latter is the means by which Apple gets into the living room (much as it did with the Airport Express for music) but it couldn't do that adequately until the technology became available.

Comment: Option for the N900? (Score 2, Interesting) 198

by misterduffy (#31182158) Attached to: Enlightenment Returns To Bring Ubuntu To ARM
It's no secret that Maemo isn't exactly allowing the N900 to spread it's wings - perhaps having other OS options such as Ubuntu would let more developers in the door. I know Maemo's Debian base isn't exactly an alienating factor for developers but, given Ubuntu's current prevalence, it opens a few more doors competition-wise.

Would be somewhat indicting of Nokia's choice of OS should an alternative, indepdent platform take off though!

Comment: Re:Why bother Indeed! (Score 1) 416

by misterduffy (#29687437) Attached to: What To Do With a Free Xbox 360 Pro?
In short, if you have no interest in gaming then you have an inherent disinterest in the Xbox 360. As a hackable toy it's practically useless, and extremely fulfilling giving the amoebic state of the scene at the moment.

As a result I have to agree wholeheartedly with my man Nick about the original Xbox, even if we're slightly OT in doing so.

As for HD output on a European box, it's 100% possible on a softmodded box with the right software installed and the right cable (£10 off eBay). I realised there is no physical difference between the two models - it's a BIOS thing.

XBMC is a thing of beauty in 720p (1080i's a bit sticky). And contrary to Pro Coffee Drinker's claims that it doesn't have the oomph to play HD content, I'm not sure he's tried - I'm watching Lost in 720p quite nicely thanks. Aside from the slightest hint of perceptible jitter here and there it's a joy to behold.

Perhaps the best thing of all is the Milkdrop visualisations for the music player, which are also rendered in HD - stunning and mesmerising.

Shame the (vast majority of) games are SD, but aside from that it's the perfect Media Centre, and beats the hell out of any off-the-shelf model you could get for £100-300 because it's been in development for so long and its internal storage capabilities are so flexible (if you know how).

Comment: First Use Of Linux (Score 1) 739

by misterduffy (#27714895) Attached to: What Did You Do First With Linux?
Let's see. OS X Server 1.2 won't count because that was NeXT-based which itself was UNIX-based so it would have to be some distro of Yellowdog I installed on a pre-OS X G4 PowerMac. After that it was Xebian on an XBox. I've got a thing about making technology do things its not meant to to, so installing Linux on a PC seemed a bit pointless...

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.