Monday, January 26, 2009

Hachi-One Diver (ハチワンダイバー)

Hachi-Wan Daiba!!  Who ever thought a game like Shogi could be made into an action movie. Yes, I get the usual odd looks from my family whenever I watch a J-Drama, but I can't help it, I like them!  Check it out if you can.

More info about the show on Drama Wiki and the Official Site


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Where are we going? And what will we be when we get there?

Came across this interesting video on a post at

I thought it too interesting not to help spread around the internet.
It is trulys thought provoking and makes you ponder the uncertainty
of the futre we will be living in.  Exponential times indeed.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

MacBook Wheel

Ok I gave in.  I finally boght my first Apple product. I got my wife an iPod touch for christmas.  This is one amazing device.  Where it really shines is it's wifi capabilities.

What's next? The Apple innovation continues with the MacBook wheel, check out this news item... =)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player - Part 2

Upon opening the box, I was surprised at how small the unit was.  It is dwarfed by the Vantec HD dock as you can see in my test setup.  Out of the box  I had some trouble playing one .SRT subtitle file, and the subtitles started at the top of the bottom third of the screen.  Also if there were more than one line to the subtitle the lines were spaced very far apart.  Very distracting.

Imediately I checked the Western Digital website for a firmware update.  Indeed there was.  Ver. 1.01.02 dated 12/2/08.  After updating the problems I was haver were fixed.  The subtitle that wouldn't play worked perfectly.  And, the subtitles were at the bottom where they should be and the line spacing was corrected.  I also noticed some additions to the setup menu, including subtitle size.

So far all the files I have tested work fine, including the .mkv's which I really wanted this unit for.  I am very pleased with the operation and menu system.  The only improvement that I can see so far is that they need to give an option to change the subtitle color.  The only option right now is white, which can be hard to read on bright scenes.  The option of yellow would be very nice.  Of course hardsubbed video subtitles look great.

WD also offers GPL code for third party developers, which I find awesome.  (Sony please take a hint.)

Amazon has it here:

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