Tagged: Entertainment

3 lounge room devices into 1

I had a look at the stack of equipment in my TV room. It really needs to be rationalised! Amp, MC500 network media player, VCR, DVD, STB etc My ideal would be the Australian...

Finding local data for Google Earth

I’m using Google Earth a fair bit. I’ve been fascinated with turning maps into 3D views since secondary school; when we learned how to create a height versus distance cross-section from a topology map....

Digital TV to XviD : 30,000 foot view

DVB (digital TV) recordings, as I’ve said before, are cool but fat. I squash them down to AVI files containing XviD (MPEG4) video and MP3 audio. Yes, THAT MP3. Still an excellent audio compression...

Up-selling Broadband

Or perhaps that should read over-selling. Either way, I’ve noticed a recent, semi-subliminal message from Telstra. The mantra they are getting us to chant is “I need really fast broadband, 4 to 6 megabits....

Cables suck , well…

Saw an ad on TV last night for a new plasma TV with a built in high-definition tuner. Normally you have to have an external set top box (STB) and run a cable from...

Is Pay TV doomed?

I heard yesterday that the number of broadband Internet users in Australia is now about the same as pay TV users. The key fact is that it’s taken only a few years for broadband...

AFL rights – all 8 games

Now that the AFL has given Channels 10 and 7 the go ahead to offer a joint bid, can the consortium ask for all 8 games? It would make life interesting if they offered...

Digital TV – How Australia got it wrong

I’m not sure why it happened or – worse still – who forced things, but Australia (to wit: the federal government) has really screwed up digital TV. This is free-to-air, not pay TV. Don’t...

Dolby Digital 5.1 on CD

I’ve always wondered why there wasn’t a hybrid system of DVD-audio, but on a plain old CD. Actualy Dolby Digital 5.1 audio-only recordings on a CD format. I know it works as the recent...

Favourite Countdown moments

With Countdown starting 30 years ago this week, it’s time to ponder the favourite moments from the long running music show. Here we go:

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