Archive for December, 2007

Rav4 vs Grand Caravan ES

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

I traded in my 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan ES AWD for a 2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4WD, and I wanted to blog a few points about the transition. These are obviously very different vehicles.  The Caravan is a comfy living room on wheels, whereas the RAV4 is a driving machine.  The Caravan is more posh; […]

Acid2 in IE8

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

It’s cool that Microsoft has announced that IE8 passes the Acid2 test (in “IE8 Standards Mode” – I sure hope that mode is enabled by default. But what I found interesting is how they announced it: By showing the check-in mail that signified the committing of the code that implemented the fix into the main […]

DivX the Most Playable Format

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

A while ago, I spent a bit of time trying to figure out what codec I should use to encode videos that I was creating of my son and the random other stuff I’d been capturing with my digital camera.  It came down to DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Windows Media Video (WMV), or QuickTime.  The AVI […]

Venting about Xbox Support

Friday, December 14th, 2007

My Xbox 360 broke on November 15th (3 red rings).  I called, and after I explained that this was the fourth 360, they “escalated” me to “priority support”, said they’d send me a box to send back both the console and power supply, and that a “supervisor” from Microsoft would call me.  (I begged them […]

XBox Live Video Marketplace in Canada

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Well, thanks, I guess. The video marketplace is live now in Canada, so we can rent HD movies and have them downloaded to our consoles. The cost varies depending on the movie – a way to gauge how tolerant we are of high prices? Believers, for example, costs 440 Microsoft Points for the standard definition […]

Little Bobby Tables

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

This is good: