Friday, December 31, 2004
Azureus : Java BitTorrent Client
Just installed it on my iMac and it seems to work ... well I downloaded a torrent (Mr Lacey's Podcast) so it does actually work which is more than I can say for the MacOS X version of the bittorrent client from brittorrent.com.
PDP-505XDE Pioneer Plasma TV�-�Visual�Entertainment
Well yesterday I went out and did it and bought a Plasma. I've been promising myself one for ages.
If you've ever seen the new PDP-505XDE it just beats EVERYTHING out there, of course it's going to be short lived and someone will come out with a better screen r.s.n. but hey it works for me.
The media box that comes with it has a slew of interface including HDMI, so I had to get a DV-868AVi-S DVD player which also happens to do DVD-Audio and SACD, just need to get the 5.1 system now to meet (and a new house to put it all in).
I played some of Gattica (which I got as a Superbit DVD, no extras, just movie encoded at a higher bitrate than the normal one), picture is STUNNING. In some ways it shows the artifacts from the film - as an aside while at IBC I saw a demo of the last James Bond film in HDTV on the plasma, it REALLY showed up the CGI stuff which didn't look real, while on a normal system (i.e. non HDTV) looked great.
It's definately the best one on the market at the moment.
Random Thoughts - Steve Lacey
I know Steve from way-back (tm), nice guy. I haven't seen him since he moved to Seattle to go work for the dark side ;) but now listening to his podcast - why does everyone get into podcasting now ? Very odd, I guess it's the next evolution from blogging, though I'm still not convinced why I'm doing this!!!
Tuesday, December 21, 2004