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  • Blog Post: Crazy Coincidental Coding, Batman!

    My Silverlight cohort and all-round good guy Shawn Oster posted on exactly the same topic that I did at almost exactly the same time... and we didn't co-ordinate it at all! http://shawnoster.com/blog/post/Improving-ListBox-Performance-in-Silverlight-for-Windows-Phone-7-Data-Virtualization.aspx ...
  • Blog Post: I am not PTorr on twitter

    Just a quick post... I saw someone linking me to the “ptorr” account on twitter but it’s not me. They probably won’t appreciate folks sending #wp7dev traffic to their account ;-) I’m not on twitter or facebook or anything like that.
  • Blog Post: What Now?

    I have had some readers ask what is to become of this blog. Well, it started out discussing Office Development , then it covered Threat Modelling , and most recently it has been about HDi . There have been several posts about the Pet Shop Boys and then there was this little post , too. That's the cool...
  • Blog Post: A Concert with PowerPoint Slides?

    As you may know, Howard Jones played an acoustic show in Seattle last night with Robin Boult on guitar. The performance was fantastic, and the venue ( The Triple Door ) was actually quite nice with a limited menu coming from the kitchens of Wild Ginger . (Although I enjoyed the food, I am not really...
  • Blog Post: Good News

    Not one but two bits of good news this morning! Firstly, TWICE reported on Toshiba's plans for HD DVD this year. Probably the biggest news was that the entry-level HD-A3 player will have a new recommended price of only $149 and that the higher-end models will get similar price cuts. And in other...
  • Blog Post: What I’ve Learnt about Coffee Lids

    When I first moved to the US over eight years ago, I thought it was very odd that people put lids on their take-away coffee. I found it quite strange to drink through a hole in a lid rather than to just drink directly from the cup, and routinely discarded the lids in order to enjoy my beverage the old...
  • Blog Post: Wikipedia editing

    Short post: In the interests of full disclosure, I've started editing Wikipedia on various topics related to HD DVD. Initially I made several "anonymous" edits, but decided to create an account for transparency and so I can "watch" pages as they change. Basically I am just posting this here so nobody...
  • Blog Post: Tech Acronym of the Day

    TPM (Trusted Platform Module): noun . A dedicated chip that performs cryptographic operations and cannot be inspected or tampered with unless you have frickin' sharks with electron-tunnelling microscopes attached to their heads. OK, so it made someone laugh. Real definition available here .
  • Blog Post: Paperless

    I fly pretty regularly, but in the past seven years I've never had a paper ticket. I always just zip through the electronic check-in counter, passing mild looks of disdain at those other people milling around with their pieces of paper stuck in long winding queues . And they always seem to be anxious...
  • Blog Post: iRiver Clix First Impressions

    My trusty old Rio Carbon died the other day when it fell out of its little carrying case and was abruptly introduced to the cold, harsh reality of a concrete parking garage floor. RIP, Rio. I needed a replacement (otherwise I can't bear spending time at the gym) but I wasn't going to buy one of these...
  • Blog Post: Looks like I'll be down $300 on November 14th

    But what better way to spend it than 236 episodes of Friends ? Thank you, Warner Bros. I hope they offer it on HD DVD so I don't have to have 40+ DVDs lying around...
  • Blog Post: Updates coming

    I know it's been a while since I last blogged anything -- I was on holiday last week and I've been busy this week. I will try to post more iHD samples (and part 3 of the inheritance series) sometime soon...
  • Blog Post: Random Post about Music

    Armin van Buuren's State of Trance 2006 is a must-have CD for any trance fans. I recently learnt that the BBC chose the Pet Shop Boys' track Numb for their World Cup Montage [no hyperlink; it was taken down]. And the Pet Shop Boys will be in Seattle on November 5th ! Yeah baby .
  • Blog Post: More Interlaced / Progressive Info

    Seems not everyone believes me when I say that for filmed content (24fps), 30i gives the same end result as 30p. Well, check out the latest review of the Samsung BD-P1000 player for a bit of a hint. The review very clearly states (and you can confirm for yourself if you search the web ) that the Samsung...
  • Blog Post: Dead Man's Chest

    Just a quickie tonight -- I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest last night. Brilliant movie! It's a little slow to start, but it soon picks up with pretty much more of the same fun and adventure from the first one . The soundtrack is again brilliant, this time with Hans Zimmer taking...
  • Blog Post: Something About Lies and Statistics...

    CNet is running a story about reader reaction to the new Windows Media Photo format . From the fine article : In an unscientific poll asking whether a JPEG competitor is needed, almost half of the 5,621 voters said maybe, "but I'm concerned about it being a Microsoft product." Kudos for labelling...
  • Blog Post: HD DVD Commercial

    This message was sent with low priority. Toshiba has a cool HD DVD commercial up on their website at http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/hddvd/ Unfortunately it's a Flash page so I can't give you a direct link <sigh> but you can just click on the image of the helicopter on the right-hand-side...
  • Blog Post: Is A Picture Worth 1,000 Spams?

    Every now and then, one of my friends will send me a link to an on-line photo album that they’ve created at one of the commercial photo-hosting sites. Unfortunately, I’ve never actually seen any of these photo albums because these sites all require you to “Create an Account” in order to view the album...
  • Blog Post: Blogging from Word 2007 Beta 2

    Just a test blog entry to see how this goes... this is pretty cool, and means I won’t need my VSTO blog posting app any more (although it’s served me well over the years)! Here’s a picture of a sample iHD menu running in iHDSim: Anyway, more coming soon...
  • Blog Post: I'm with Stupid - Part 2

    Now the video is up . Of course, it makes a lot more sense (and is very clever) if you are familiar with the Can You Forgive Her? and Go West videos ...
  • Blog Post: I'm with Stupid

    I'm a little behind the times, but the amazing new Pet Shop Boys single I'm with Stupid is available on their web site (unfortunately you have to click the blinking coloured square before the page will load; then the music will load in the background as a Flash movie). If only PSB had an RSS feed for...
  • Blog Post: When facts get in the way of a good argument

    I've wanted to write this blog for a long time, but never gotten around to it. It's a very simple observation, but one that too many people fail to make. Maybe something will come of it :-) Oftentimes you will see something like the following on a web news site: Headline : New security...
  • Blog Post: Back up and running?

    Another server, another web service to code against, another job... hopefully I'll be posting more frequently again!
  • Blog Post: HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME?!?

    As most of my friends know, I'm a pretty jumpy person. And, of course, most of those same friends like to exploit that fact for their own amusement from time to time (thanks to J e f f for almost running me over the other day). The fact that I lose 5 years of my life every time one of my friends wants...
  • Blog Post: Presentation Tips

    Recently Eric Lippert wrote about some presentation tips . I started to write a comment, but (as usual) the comment got so long that I decided to make it a post instead. You should read his first though. My additional tips: Turn up early to sort out all the technical stuff like how to turn...
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