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Sunday, June 26, 2005

RealPlayer Sucks

I just wasted 3 hours of my life trying to get Real Player protected media (.rax) to synchronize with Eeyore's Creative Zen Micro. Let me say, for the record, that I have NEVER in my life seen a slower, more garbage-laden piece of swill in my life than Real Player 10.x. It takes 3 minutes to load on a 2.5ghz machine. I think it needs about a gig of ram to work for anything. The software wants you to pay to do anything, including breathe--I'm pretty sure.

First I downloaded new firmware for the Zen, spending an hour getting that all flashed and the rest of the Creative software settled again. Then I had to update Real Player. Then I tried to get the supposed plugin to synch the .rax files to the Zen. Three times, since it always threw an "unsupported file type" error. That was the rest of the time wasted. I told her to go buy her tracks on Wal-Mart's site and never use Real again.

Oh, and Real--if you read this: shoot that piece of junk and start over. It's not worth anything at this point. I need to go destroy something now.

J.t.Qbe comments: Back when I had a 19K (or so) dialup connection, I used to think that Real Player was crappy because my connection was crappy. Now that I have DSL, I know that the crap was Real Player. I enjoyed this cartoon at Spamusement: the artist received a spam with the subject "Real Player" and drew this cartoon.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Anandtech: Xbox 360 vs. PS3

Anandtech posted a very in-depth and technical article comparing the hardware of the Xbox 360 and PS3. Their point isn't to declare a winner--especially since neither console will be available for months. The point is to show how both Microsoft and Sony set out to build a console from the ground up. They cover the advantages and trade-offs in both designs. It's a very interesting but definitely not light read.


I'm not sure if I should be enjoying this weeks User Friendly cartoon arc. Mainly because I'm sure this is exactly how the B.S.A operates.

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