Archive for September, 2006

PS3 Frame Rate

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Sony is promising 1080p games for the PS3, and touting their “True HD” as an advantage over the 360. But we’ve seen that the specs of the two consoles are actually pretty close – neither is significantly better than the other when it comes to CPU or GPU or memory bandwidth. So what impact will […]

XBox 360 Resolution Upgrade. Why not Wii?

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

I recently speculated that Nintendo could add HD support to the Wii with a firmware update.  More evidence that this sort of thing is possible came in the form of a Microsoft announcement at TGS:  An XBox 360 firmware update will enable the console to output 1080p, including upsampling DVDs to that resolution.

Roomba Safety Video

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

View it here – courtesy of our son Matthew. 

Media Errors Happen

Monday, September 18th, 2006

It’s true.  Recordable media, like blank CDs and DVDs, aren’t perfect.  Sometimes, a disc is going to exhibit errors while you’re trying to write data to it. What I don’t understand is why developers creating backup software don’t take this common occurrence into consideration when designing their software. I’ve complained about Nero Backup aborting a backup […]

Wii HD

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Nintendo is showing off a bit more of the Wii on their new wii.com site.  And they’re showing some interesting stuff. The Wii is not being touted as a high-definition gaming box, but take a look at all of the screenshots and video clips they’re showing.  They’re in a 16:9 aspect ratio.  And look at […]

Upgrading to Vista: It’s the Little Things

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

A lot has been written lately on what’s missing from Vista, and why Vista isn’t really a big deal.  “Boycott Windows Vista“, a Business 2.0 article, is a perfect example.  I think these people are missing one of the best features of Vista:  The little things. I’ve been testing Vista builds for a while now, and every […]

Google Maps Updated

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

Or so I hear – my place still shows as a field.  The street I live on is brand new. There is a list of places with new high resolution maps available here.

Acrobat Typewriter Tool

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Working for Adobe, I have access to Adobe software.  Acrobat is a tool I don’t think I would have considered buying before starting with Adobe, but after using it for the last two years, I can say it’s right up there with Microsoft Office as one of the things I’d have to have on a new […]

FileMon: Use It

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

I’m trying to figure out why my Windows Media Center sometimes just starts going nuts with the disc for short periods of time.  I’m watching TV and suddenly the disc starts thrashing like mad and sometimes this causes my program to skip.  Part of diagnosing a problem like this is using the excellent tool FileMon from […]