January 2006

Google stands up to BellSouth's Orwellian plans

Some excellent news from the wire, if you excuse the pun. Google has told BellSouth it will not pay the extortion fees that the Baby Bell is looking to push on high-traffic websites, stating, quite obviously, that the consumer already pays for the bandwidth as part of the monthly subscriptions. Three cheers for Google!

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Think our laptop is old? Try this for size?

Attempting to get Windows 2000 Professional on our laptop was an interesting event, moreso because of drivers than anything else, but I never thought of trying Windows XP because everyone knows it has higher memory requirements, right? Take a look at this for size :-)

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IIS6 and Quicktime 7 files

At work we're going to be making some videos available on our website in WMV and Quicktime 7 formats. Simple enough. Well, it turns out that if you save your Quicktime file as a "M4V" file (h.264 codec I believe) that IIS6 throws a 404 File Not Found error when its requested. You can search your log files until you're blue in the face but it doesn't make sense.

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Software for our old laptop

After some testing a few nights ago with a few different Linux distribution so-called live CDs (CDs you can boot straight up into Linux, no install needed) I figured I'd try out Windows 2000 Professional on the laptop, and if we have problems with it I'll put on Fedora Core. This testing period also gives the Fedora folks more time to finish the new Fedora Core 5, which is due for launch in March.

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Making an old laptop more usable

We've received an old Pentium 233/MMX laptop that has 64mb of RAM, a 10gb hard drive and is currently running Windows 98. I'm intending turning it into a basic Internet kiosk for our living room, which is definitely doable. The trick, however, will be to get it running a more powerful / stable operating system that can run the two basic services I want: web browsing and instant messaging.

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New video editing software for work

At work today I had need to convert a DVD to Windows Media and Quicktime formats, and trim the video by about a minute (out of a 9 minute DVD). After looking at the options one seemed like it'd be the best choice - Pinnacle Studio Plus 10, which is easy to use, can output a whole bunch of formats and apparently import existing DVD content (provided the DVD is not encrypted, i.e. something you make yourself).

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