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The Bullets Strike Back

  • The TFT screen should be coming tomorrow! Mind you, it is being delivered by ParcelFarce… In any case, according to the tracking page it’s in the central ‘hub’ and will be delivered some time tomorrow.
  • On one of my entries one of the Google ads was for searchingmsn.co.uk, which at first sight appears to be a mirror of MSN Search UK. I was about to make a post about the irony of Microsoft advertising their search engine via Google, but then I checked the whois record. It’s hosted in Germany and the registrant is one Neil Hutchinson who is an individual and has elected not to have his address on the whois record. It was also only registered on Wednesday with 1&1. Intriguing.
  • incidentally, msn.co.uk is registered with Register.com and is registered to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, rather than Microsoft UK. They’ve owned it since September 1994.
  • At work I had a request from someone in Nigeria who stipulated that he wanted printed materials and not a CD-ROM because “we do not have the technology in my country”. I swear we need a quotes archive there, some of the emails we get are priceless.
  • At risk of inducing ire in most of you, I actually think the video for the Crazy Frog song that’s at #1 in the singles chart is quite cool. The song is still awful though.
  • Here’s one of the t-shirts I got for my birthday. It’s from Next, incidentally.
  • While I’m mentioning Flickr, my photos from last year’s Beach Party are up. I lost them in September when my HD failed and only got access to backup copies a few weeks ago. I took many more than the 15 there but those are the best ones. This year’s Beach Party is on June 17th and promises to be bigger and better than last time.
  • I’ve discovered that VLC is much more efficient at playing back XVid movies than Media Player Classic or Windows Media Player – the CPU usage is much lower and it’s possible to perform other tasks at the same time without it affecting playback. The latest beta, 0.82, also seems to be better than previous versions at smoothing the output when the window is resized or at full screen, which was my main bugbear with the program.

4 Comments

  1. IT DOESNT MATTER, IF YOUR TFT SCREEN IS ARRIVING TOMORROW NEIL

  2. Go on then, *why* doesn’t it matter?

  3. BECAUSE THE ROCK SAYS IT DOESN’T MATTER
    CAN U SMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELL WHAT IM COOKIN?

  4. I’ve found the opposite with 0.82, it seems to have more issues with xvid than the previous, plus i’m getting occasional squeeky popping sounds, but then it is a beta…
    Also, strike me down if i’m wrong but i’m pretty sure its the video card that is responsible for smoothing the output. Which leads me to wonder if maybe the previous version wasn’t using your GPU’s video overlay. You can usually tell by dragging the window quickly around the screen, if the video appears to be playing catch-up with the frame then its using the video-overlay, or if you do a print-screen and the resulting image is nothing but a solid colour…