Archive for February, 2005

Controlling Your Display

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

So, yesterday I mentioned I was using DisplayConfigX instead of SwitchResX, but I’ve actually found I need them both. DisplayConfigX is definitely easier for discovering and limiting the possibly display configurations and I would recommend it to anyone having issues even figuring out where to begin in SwitchResX. The other nice thing DCX does is [...]

Could this be iMovies?

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

After I ran across this article over at Think Secret, about recent Apple patent applications one in particular caught me eye. Specifically patent #20050021478, which has a general description of “a method and system for network-based purchase and distribution of media”, interesting, could this be part of the much speculated Apple ‘on-line movie store’. Navigating [...]

The Clicker — HDTV Formats

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Engadget has a new weekly feature called The Clicker which this week covers the litany of HDTV formats… First, to be technical, there are eighteen different ‘ATSC DTV (digital television) formats’ of which only six are actually High-Definition. Of the six HDTV formats only two are used frequently, 720p and 1080i. That doesn’t really answer [...]

Component Video Arrives…

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

After quite a bit of effort and (ahem) cost, I now have component video running out of the mini to my Toshiba HDTV. In the end, I am very pleased with the video quality and text is noticeably improved. It took a lot of trial and error for me so I’ll list what actually works. [...]

DVI to Component Video – Strikes 2 and 3!

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

As I previously mentioned… I was unable to get the DVI to Component adapter to work. I recently added a VGA to Component Cable to the mix and it also failed using the included DVI to VGA Adapter. It’s not to the point of a personal challenge, so I called around town to find the [...]

Old school Macintosh Home Theater

Monday, February 7th, 2005

You know the more and more I dig into Mac’s as entertainment centers, I see evidence of something bigger on the horizon, I mean most ‘trends’ or ‘hot new things’ that don’t turn out to be a flash in the pan, have one thing in common, someone was already doing it or something similar months [...]

Delicious Library, Review

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

It’s odd, when I glance over at my boxed up Denon DVD-1910, I think to myself, ‘silly device, you can’t even tell me what the weather will be tomorrow’. There’s something about bringing a computer into the living room that’s really liberating, much like after telephone deregulation, it suddenly became affordable to have a phone [...]

Starting to Connect the Dots (part 2)

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

The previous installment of this series introduced Salling Clicker for remote controlling and management of iTunes. Second Stop – Video If you like, you can just pop a DVD in the drive and begin to watch. By setting the preference to both play the disc and activate in full-screen by default you get going within [...]

Chill Out With G-Force… and Album Art

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

G-Force and G-Force Gold are two versions of a fantastic iTunes visualizer plugin I really enjoy. The Gold version costs $10 and includes the ability to display cover art as tracks change in your playlist. The visuals are considerably more complex than what you get with the stock iTunes visualizer, which also displays cover art [...]

ATI remote wonder with the Mac Mini

Saturday, February 5th, 2005

This originally started out as a Remote Wonder, is that my version the ‘Remote Wonder’ only reports back to the software for command transfers, but the

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