I needed to buy a DVD burner last week — it is the Year of the DVD Burner, after all — and unfortunately I had to do so without the benefit of the DVD burner roundup published recently by Tom’s Hardware Guide. Fortunately, I’m more confident than ever that I made the right choice.
As I’ve pointed out before, Tom’s Hardware Guide has demonstrated a disturbing lack of understanding about MPEG-4, but they understand hardware much better. The article covers these six DVD burners:
From browsing through the logs, I know that many of my Mac readers use the wonderful (and free) NetNewsWire Lite to read PlaybackTime. Today, Ranchero released NetNewsWire, and you can buy it right now for an introductory price of only $30. Brent has released a wonderful 1.0, and there are lots of goodies — for readers and writers — to come.
My friend Jonathan Peterson recently started a new blog called Amateur Hour, meant for folks who create digital media for love rather than money.
The term amateur, Latin for “one who loves”, has taken on the unfortunate connotation of un-professional or sloppy. But there is no better term for the rise of media content created with no reward beyond the basic human desire to create.
Amateur Hour will feature information (and occasionally interviews) meant to help enthusiasts use and share their creative energies.
XML was born (i.e. first published as a W3C Recommendation) five years and a day ago. Two participants in that process have written a nice toast to one of the most important meta-standards of the web, or anywhere for that matter.
Dell, the canary in the coal mine of PC manufacturers, has started to phase out diskette drives on their desktops. Unless they ask for them, customers won’t have a place to stick their floppy in their shiny new top-o’-the-line (“Dude! I’m gettin’ a”) Dimension PCs.
Apple stated phasing out diskette drives in desktops in 1998, with the introduction of the iMac (which also replaced serial and Apple’s proprietary ADB ports in favor of USB). But that was then, and this is now, and Apple is lagging behind the industry on USB 2.0.
Dell plans to migrate its stupid customers — the ones who haven’t quote caught on that CD-Rs hold 640 MB and cost a quarter — to $20, 16 MB USB “memory keys”. Why, gimmie a box of ten! (Thanks, Kevin!)
POTS is industry jargon for Plain Ol’ Telephone Service — the kind that comes to your home via copper wire that may be older than you are.
Fiber to the home was supposed to be the path to digital media nirvana. But that was a meme borne during the dot-com bubble, and it turns out that replacing the U.S.’s 1.5 billion miles of existing copper lines might be not only fiscally irresponsible, but also not necessary.
Tests in engineering labs and in a handful of areas around the country are yielding Internet connection speeds five to 50 times as fast as what is now considered “broadband” digital-subscriber-line service offered over phone lines.
Which is good, since John John M. Cioffi, a professor of engineering at Stanford University and one of the country’s foremost experts on DSL technology, notes:
Even if [the phone companies] had the money, the labor is exhaustive. Realistically, fiber could be a century away.
Wow. “Not in your lifetime” estimates are kind of depressing, aren’t they?
The article also notes that, in the U.S., 9.4 million subscribers get broadband over cable, and 5.4 million over DSL.
I’m fascinated by computer-generated visuals and audibles that feel like art — oh, what the heck…are art. Levitated Design & Code has an open source (GPL) “computational species collection” that has some really wonderful stuff in it. [via Boing Boing]