Thursday, February 26, 2009

Microsoft still selling HD-DVD Players

I was browsing through a online catalog for a new XBOX 360 controller when I found the following item.

A XBOX 360 HD-DVD Player. Still available for purchase after many months since the format was made obsulete.


Link Here: http://www.xbox.com/en-AU/hardware/x/xbox360hddvdplayer/




Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fedora 9: Not easy out-of-the-box

Task: Installing Fedora Core 9 on HP Pavilion Laptop.
Results: Unsuccessful

IN my moments where I think "I might just give it a try", I have installed Red Hat's free project Fedora Linux 9 on to my HP Pavilion notebook. Here is how it went.

As expected the install went off without a hitch. Created a separate partition for the Linux root and the required SWAP space, while dual booting it with my Windows 7 beta partition. Installed GNOME and KDE desktop environments while taking everything as default. Install completed in about 15 minutes.

Once I have booted into the system for the first time I logged into my account using the GNOME Desktop. Here are the first few steps I usually do when first setting up my computer with a new OS; get drivers sorted, set up network/internet, and install additional software that I tend to use. This is where I have come undone on Fedora.

Trying to log on to my wireless network. Should be a simple enough task for any user. One, find the network. Two, Connect to it. Not the case. Using the program NetworkManager, first could pickup my wireless network, but happened to find three others in houses on the same street. Eventually it was discovered, but then ran into my next problem. The linux software doesn't accept WEP 64-bit networks, which is what network is setup as. No need for high tech networks at this point.

So after getting fed up with this, I bit the bullet and got a cable and plugged it in thinking that I should have no problem with this. I was wrong. See the image. It just wouldn't connect to a network no matter what.


It was just as difficult and unsuccessful when connecting up my Microsoft Bluetooth mouse. The software seemed to discover it ok but the brief times when it allowed my to enter a security code, the software would crash and disapear.

So in conclusion, my attempts at installing and running Fedora Core 9 out-of-the-box were positively unsuccessful. For anyone that believes that standard computer users would be able to ditch Microsoft Windows for a Desktop oriented system like this and get it working like Windows, might find themselves spending more time then necessary getting things working.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Yet to come: Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac users everywhere, get ready for the new installment of the Apple operating system.

Apple's Mac OS X (or technically Mac OS X 10.6) is scheduled to be released about June 2009 sporting infrastructure improvements for 64-bit processing and memory handling.

From Apple's official page, the 10.6 release of their OS aims for five key feature points:
  1. Out-of-the-box Microsoft Exchange Support: built-in compatibility and functionality for the leading enterprise groupware software. Apple has developed their Mail, Address Book, and iCal to work with the Microsoft enterprise software. This is sure to lessen the ever closing gap of incompatibility between Mac and Microsoft.
  2. 64-bit: "To accommodate the enormous amounts of memory being added to advanced hardware, Snow Leopard extends the 64-bit technology in Mac OS X to support breakthrough amounts of RAM". According to Apple, the latest release will be able to 'theoretically' support 16 Terabytes of physical memory. This will be a welcomed improved for the multimedia development industry.
  3. Grand-Central: Again, this is a feature of infrustructure development to further take advantage of Multi-core processors that are becoming ever more popular mainstream thanks to the adoption of the Intel processors. Like the 64-bit 'feature' nothing hear will really be seen by the everyday user.
  4. Quicktime X: A major release of the include media player will include and feature more optimised support for current popular media codecs.
  5. OpenCL: Stands for Open Computing Language allows developers to take advantage to the systems GPU and program software to more non-graphic purposes.
As you can see from the key feature list, the end user (everyday users) wont really see a change or feature improvements to the User Interface, but for the high-end user will appreciate the dedication that Apple has put into working on the infrustructure of the operating system.

We might see further on from this, a push for the promotion and sale of more 64-bit systems from Apple. However, they might have trouble selling the major upgrade due to the lack of major UI advancements.

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