New Camera

Sometimes I think that I like cameras better than the pictures that they take. I always loved going out to ‘take pictures’. I think it was because you had to really *look* at things and consider them.
Getting the pictures back was so frequently a disappointment that I almost gave it up as being too expensive.
Now there’s digital…

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Bootable Movies

Movix – Content

MoviX2 is a small Linux distro on CD aimed at playing multimedia: when you boot your PC with the MoviX2 CD the distro should be able to start X-windows and launch gmplayer, the GUI interface to mplayer, so that you are left with a nice user-friendly interface you can control by your mouse.
At that point you can safely remove the MoviX2 CD and play all multimedia files you want: DVD [no zone constraint], VCD, DivX, avi, mpg, mp3, ogg etc.

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Bootable Movies

Movix – Content

MoviX2 is a small Linux distro on CD aimed at playing multimedia: when you boot your PC with the MoviX2 CD the distro should be able to start X-windows and launch gmplayer, the GUI interface to mplayer, so that you are left with a nice user-friendly interface you can control by your mouse.
At that point you can safely remove the MoviX2 CD and play all multimedia files you want: DVD [no zone constraint], VCD, DivX, avi, mpg, mp3, ogg etc.

Pic-o-the-Day

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“A rainbow trout fingerling peers out from the gullet of a northern pike at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game aquarium in Anchorage. “

Dead iBook

Well, my iBook seems to have taken a turn for the worse. The other day I set up a 120GB firewire disk so that I could sort my mp3s, backup some stuff and generally clean house a bit. That all went well, then I re-installed Jaguar and downloaded the update from Apple. Pretty soon afterwards, my screeen went all tweaky and died. I tried everything, such as zapping the PRAM to get it back, but it seems to be pretty much dead. Plus, unlike Unix’s X Window system, it seems that when Mac’s graphical interface dies, the whole machine is dead. If it were a Linux box, I could log in remotely and at least save my files.
The funny thing is that there seem to be a *lot* of people that this is happening to, but apparently Apple won’t admit that there’s a problem. The users, too, seem pretty forgiving of Apple. I saw a lot of comments on Apple’s support website along the lines of “I’ve been a loyal Mac user for 20 years and…”
The thing is, I’m not.

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