Disabling Progressive Scan on your Wii

This doesn't come up all that often, but - say you had your Wii plugged into a TV that supports progressive scan and had that enabled. Then you switch TVs to one that doesn't. Think something like bringing the Wii over to a friend's house. This only applies when using the Component cables (red, green, and blue video plugs) - the Composite cable (single yellow plug) doesn't support 480p and the Wii won't try it. Which is why the following works.

The PS3 is nice enough to provide a feature where holding down the power button resets it to 480i. The Wii does not.

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Google Earth, and the NCIS episode "Blowback"

I'm watching an episode of NCIS off my TiVo HD - which means nice resolution, and I can pause and rewind it. The episode involves the NCIS agents investigating a weapons deal. They discover an email detailing where the deal will take place - at 45 26' 29"N 71 41' 29"W, which is, in fact, the actual coordinates for the airport mentioned in the story.

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Election Day 2008

It is with great sadness that I must remove the Christopher Walken 2008 box, as Election Day has come and it's clear that Christopher Walken will not be elected president.

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LittleBigPlanet's Lose-Lose Premium Costume Dilemma

LittleBigPlanet has announced that they're offering special "premium" costumes that you're expected to pay to download.

It's a lose-lose proposition, really, though. A big part of LittleBigPlanet is the online community. This means that there are basically two options:

  1. You download the actual costume. Anyone who has not bought the costume won't see you in it.
  2. You download the right to use the costume. The costume is then pushed to all users in a content patch, so others can see your premium virtual threads.
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Testing the PS3's JavaScript Performance

According to Masaki Takase, the PS3's JavaScript performance beats that of IE7's.

Really? That sounds like something that's testable! Cue SunSpider!

Well, actually, no. Because the PS3 browser can't handle all the SunSpider tests. I had to remove three of them to get it to complete. Results in the full article.

Best Buy Completely Screws Up LittleBigPlanet Release

You may have heard about LittleBigPlanet. It's only one of the most anticipated games this year. In order to increase anticipation, Sony released several preorder bonuses that were given to various retailers.

Best Buy got a special downloadable Nariko SackGirl, a costume for your character.

Ubuntu 8.10 Beta Is Out

The beta for Ubuntu 8.10, code named "Intrepid Ibex," is now available.

I'm downloading it (ever so slowly) now.

Some new features include NetworkManager 0.7, so that you no longer need to log in to get a network connection (long overdue), X.org 7.4, and updates GNOME to 2.24.

No idea what the last two mean, they appear to basically be incremental improvements. So nothing too major this release, just general improvement.

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Browser Scramble

I've created a Browser Scramble game. It's essentially a clone of another more Windows-only game, except this runs in pretty much any standards-compliant browser, and Internet Explorer too.

Obama Pin's Psych

This is really just a retread of an earlier entry, but here we go, the Obama pin:

Faked screen shot of the Obama pin in The World Ends With You.

I wonder what the Psych is for an Obama pin?

After looking at the Obama site and seeing them selling Obama pins (at $2, plus S&H), I couldn't help but think:

I wonder what the Psych for that pin would be?

(Explanation for those of you who have never played The World Ends With You: the player's magic powers in that game come in the form of "pins" - also called, in this case, "buttons." These powers are called Psychs.)

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