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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Advances in Linux Flash

An update has been made to the Penguin.SWF blog which discusses issues with the Linux Flash player. It sounds like they've made some real headway. I'm hoping we can at least get a beta version soonish. Just getting good A/V sync would make it invaluable to me.

So, Microsoft TESTS these patches?

I find it irritating that Microsoft's excuse for not releasing patches is to test them for regression bugs, etc, and yet they still have a massive stupid bug in their latest IE 6 patch that causes IE to crash whenever you hit certain websites using HTTP 1.1 and compression. CNN happens to be one of those sites.

So, is M$ really testing these patches, or are they just jerking everyone's chains?

Voyager 1 Reaches 100 AU

I should have posted this two days ago, but on the 15th the Voyager 1 spacecraft reached 100 AU. This means the Voyager probe has reached a distance 100 times farther from the sun than Earth. Voyager 1 is the farthest flung human object in the solar system, and is leaving the Sol system at 17km/second.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Real to Open-Source Windows Media

RealNetworks will be releasing open source versions of Windows Media codecs as a part of their antitrust settlement with Microsoft. This functionality will be added to their Helix Player. I'm guessing that it will be able to be added to other players too, but I don't know what license they will use. Granted, you can play these files now with proprietary codecs, but still. Thanks Slashdot.

Pondering the Imponderable

Sometimes I really wish that I had Phil to back me up.

The Master comments: I always wonder if cell phones were really such a wonderful invention. This strikes me the hardest when I see an obviously overworked mom trying to shop at a grocery store while maintaining what is obviously a very personal call at the same time. Usually at a volume that is reserved for sporting events. Ugh. This is why our cell phone is never on.

A.T. Hun comments: As with most "advances" there are good and bad aspects. Since I have four children, I like to be able to call for help if there would be an emergency while traveling. People can easily contact me in a similar situation. Unfortunately, it can become an electronic ball-and-chain. Thankfully, it has an "off" button.

No Old News

Recent Headlines

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February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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