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Disabling Progressive Scan on your Wii

Submitted by Xenoveritas on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 15:16

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.

Google Earth, and the NCIS episode "Blowback"

Submitted by Xenoveritas on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 07:16

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.

LittleBigPlanet's Lose-Lose Premium Costume Dilemma

Submitted by Xenoveritas on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 21:47

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.

Testing the PS3's JavaScript Performance

Submitted by Xenoveritas on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 04:36

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

Submitted by Xenoveritas on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 21:23

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

Submitted by Xenoveritas on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 19:19

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), 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.