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Busy, busy, busy…

September 22, 2007 Leave a comment

Hi all,

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been trying to finish up an independent study class I started last year.  I’m down to the last few weeks and I still have quite a bit to go (yes, I plan to start my own procrastinators’ club chapter, but I’ll do it later.).

Anyway, add that to my business travel and I don’t have much time for blogging, but I am going to try!

So first off was my last business trip.  It was a visit to two clients and a prospect.  This time I decided to take my Dell notebook.  I actually don’t remember if I posted about it (I wanted to if I didn’t), but I’ve”upgraded” my Dell notebook from Windows Vista to Windows XP.  It works MUCH better now.  Obviously, it’s a small step back in the UI department, but at least it’s stable and my apps don’t keep crashing on me.

I do also have to admit that I think it was easier to VPN into work and go through Outlook to the Exchange server natively than to use Remote Desktop.  This is especially true using my Motorola Q as a tethered modem.  I was doing this on the train from New Jersey to Connecticut and it made the performance much more bearable.  Good thing for the electrical outlets in the coach car, because the 1 1/2 hours of battery life in the Dell just doesn’t cut it!  I really missed the Mac in that respect.

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Categories: Working with Windows

A Whole lotta fun…

September 7, 2007 Leave a comment

Sorry I haven’t updated in awhile, but I have a good excuse! Really!

Remember that update to Google Earth posted about previously? Well guess what? It has an Easter Egg! Its very own flight simulator! As the GOS blog states, it’s not quite Microsoft Flight Simulator, but it is pretty good. And just a whole lotta fun!

I started out by flying around in the prop plane. It made it a lot easier to learn to fly and I buzzed my house and all that fun stuff, but the real challenge, at least for me, is learning to fly that F-16! Now that is cool! I still don’t quite have turns down yet, so I practice at 25,000 feet so I have a little wiggle room. Anyway, if you want to waste some time, download the latest Google Earth!

By the way, the instructions to activate it are somewhat, ahem, Windows-centric. To activate it for the Mac, use the Command-Alt-A combo. 😉

Google Earth flight sim dialog

A whole lotta updates…

September 1, 2007 Leave a comment

Wow. Still haven’t caught up with my emails and news sites, but I thought I better put some stuff up while I have some time.

First up is a new version of Google Earth – 4.2. This new version (still a beta, by the way) allows you to not only explore the earth’s surface, but also to look up and check out the stars above! You can see a promo video here before downloading.

Next up is Microsoft Messenger for Mac 6.0.3. I can’t personally tell you much about it because I generally use Adium, but there you have it.

Handbrake has a major new release available, 0.9.0. What’s new? Glad you asked. From the site itself:

“This is a major release. The changes cannot really all be summed up, but here’s a try:

  • User experience is improved through a re-envisioned Mac interface and a Windows interface that’s been rebuilt from the ground up.
  • Picture quality is improved through better image scaling, better deinterlacing, new filters for denoising, deblocking, inverse telecine, and new presets devoted to high quality settings.
  • Speed improvements due to updated copies of x264 and ffmpeg. This includes improved multi-threaded encoding for the iPod.
  • Compatibility is improved through new presets for devices like the iPhone and PSP. As well, HandBrake now supports DTS as an audio source and has limited support for .VOB and .TS file containers as input. Most excitingly, HandBrake can now output to the Matroska (MKV) file container.
  • Stability has been improved due to countless bug fixes. (Including audio drop and mp2 issues). Handbrake also has optional support for MP4 files larger than 4 gigabytes.”

And there’s still more! But I’m going to talk about them in separate posts. 🙂