Author: brad

  • Windows Mobile and the Mac – how to sync calendar and contacts.

    Got a Windows Mobile device recently, the HTC P4000 “Titan”. Nice little device that lets me do a lot of Internet related activity (oh and also it’s a phone). I was going to do a writeup on this but someone went ahead and did it for me already – with the added bonus that they’re […]

  • Linux/*nix Video -> H.264 with Mencoder HOWTO

    This is a guide designed to help you convert video to the new H.264 codec. Special attention is paid to keep the video stream compatible with QuickTime, which is something I find sorely lacking in other HOWTO’s. This HOWTO has been updated! The quality of the result is now far superior. Check it out. The […]

  • The Outermost House

    Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, […]

  • On Apple TV Mods.

    Most of the Apple TV mods I’m seeing out there are designed to fill a need, but some of them seem quite misplaced. I think those involved in the modding frenzy should step back a bit and evaluate what they want from a modded Apple TV unit. Support for formats like XViD and DiVX, and […]

  • HOWTO: Play any movie file on your Apple TV

    Since the Apple TV is running MacOS X, it is possible to install arbitrary codecs and have it play. To my knowledge however, it will only identify .mov, .mp4, and .m4v as playable (and you can’t load .avi or .wmv into iTunes anyway, so no sync of those files to it). The first portion of […]

  • Linux users care as little about standards as Microsoft.

    For the past two weeks I’ve been researching on how to convert DVD subtitles to MPEG-4 TTXT (Timed Text) using both Macintosh and Linux tools, and arrived at a curious realization when reading various HOWTO‘s on the Linux side of things. The interesting thing about most of them is that they advocate the use of […]

  • Quick Tip for all you DVD archivers.

    For everyone making a legitimate backup copy of your purchased DVD content, cough cough, I have a suggestion. I see a lot of people using DVDShrink or DVD2OneX (under Windows and MacOS respectively) to shrink dual layer DVD’s to the easier-to-find 4.7GB variety. Invariably they select the entire content of the DVD and shrink it, […]

  • Time

    How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever. – David B. Norris

  • On consumer routers

    I read an article today about a bittorrent client which casually mentioned this: On regular swarms, it performs about the same as any other client. But it also opens 500 simultaneous connections (compared to the Mainline client’s default 80) so it hoses your router almost instantly. Which speaks to a long-term annoyance of mine. Why […]

  • Supreme International Crime

    For those keeping up with the news, December 30, 2006 should be a day that lives in infamy. On this day a chain of events was completed which seals the United States, the largest and most powerful nation in the world today as an International outlaw state. Let’s review. In 2003 this outlaw state invaded […]