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    Drop-Down Menus in 100% Pure Markup

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    The samples lately may have seemed a bit "script heavy" for a system that is supposed to be markup based, so today we have a drop-down menu system driven entirely from markup, savvy? Of course the menu doesn't do anything without script (it is just...
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    More Interlaced / Progressive Info

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    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...
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    Dead Man's Chest

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    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...
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    Pretty Buttons

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    Tonight's sample is for animating buttons in a generic way. As with all the samples on my blog, this is just one way you can approach things in iHD; nothing says it is the only way (or even the best way). The animation will be a simple "roll-over" effect...
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    Radio Groups in iHD

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    One of the things you take for granted in many programming environments is the default "widget" set that includes things like buttons, text boxes, and so on. These widgets make up the basic UI that your applications displays to users to display data and...
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    Beyond "Beyond High Definition"?

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    There have been a lot of reviews of the new Blu-ray discs recently... and none of them are positive. Again and again and again and again , reviewers are dinging Blu-ray on the high-priced player, low-quality picture, and missing special features versus...
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    Inheritance in JavaScript - Part 2

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    Last time we took a (very) long-winded look at a simple JavaScript program that used basic inheritance. This time, we'll expand on that a little bit and improve on the techniques. Calling the Constructor Directly First of all, let's look back...
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    Inheritance in JScript - Part 1

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    JScript (JavaScript / ECMAScript) is not a class-based language like C++ or Java; rather it is a prototype-based language. Nevertheless, it is often desirable to use class-based design patterns (such as inheritance) in ECMAScript programs, especially...
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    Something About Lies and Statistics...

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    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...
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    Consumer HD DVD site on microsoft.com

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    Microsoft just launched a consumer-oriented page for HD DVD at http://www.microsoft.com/hddvd . T his joins the existing page for content authors that has been up for a few weeks now. Nothing new here for the folks that are already well-versed in HD...
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    Would the Real "Bourne Supremacy" Please Stand Up?

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    If you were at CES or NAB this year, you probably saw Microsoft's "concept" demo for Universal Pictures' The Bourne Supremacy HD DVD. One of the main reasons we showed off this demo -- even though we had real discs like Serenity and Phantom of the...
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    HD DVD Commercial

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    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...
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    Hello World, Part 4: Script and a Movie! [Part iv: The Script]

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    The light at the end of the tunnel! We've looked at the Playlist and the Manifest file , and the markup file , and now it's on to the actual script file. Anyone familiar with JScript programming for web pages (or WSH or other hosts) shouldn't have a problem...
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    Hello World, Part 4: Script and a Movie! [Part iii: The Markup]

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    Now we've looked at the Playlist and the Manifest file for our sample, let's look at the markup file. Markup.xmu The markup file is not radically different from our previous attempts, but there are a few new things in it. Sorry if the line wrapping...
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    Hello World, Part 4: Script and a Movie! [Part ii: The Manifest]

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    In the previous part , we looked at the playlist. Now we'll look at the Manifest file, which is really pretty simple. Manifest.xmf You can call your manifest anything you want, as long as it ends in .xmf. HD DVD doesn't care if it is upper- or lower...
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    Hello World, Part 4: Script and a Movie! [Part i: The Playlist]

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    Now comes the exciting part -- actually interacting with a movie -- and the doubly-exciting part: you can now follow along with me at home ! But first, let's get to the answer to the last part's question: why couldn't we end the cue on a focused-blue...
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    Is A Picture Worth 1,000 Spams?

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    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...
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    Next-Gen DVD Features have Little to do with Capacity

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    The other day I was talking to a friend about HD DVD (and Blu-ray) and why they offered a better experience than standard DVD (and, in particular, why HD was better than BD :-) ). Obviously the sound and picture quality are better, but he specifically...
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    Blogging from Word 2007 Beta 2

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    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...
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    HD DVD Jumpstart Kit Beta Available

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    Now you can start building and testing HD DVD interactive content on your home computer! After some delay, the beta release of the iHD simulator and related tools is available from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=994accae...
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    iHD Authoring Support

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    The HD DVD Authoring Forum is live on MSDN, and you can download a couple of samples on the HD DVD page -- http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/hddvd/ . Watch this space (or rather, that space) for more downloads coming soon...
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    HD DVD -- Live in Las Vegas

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    Seems like only yesterday we were here at the Las Vegas Convention Centre talking about how HD DVD was "coming soon". Now we're here again just a few short months later for the NAB trade show ( National Association of Broadcasters ), but this time the...
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    I'm with Stupid - Part 2

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    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 ...
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    Hello, World Part 3: Dealing with State

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    In the last post , we looked at a very simple (and useless) animation. Today we will look at state and how that can be used to trigger slightly more useful animations. We'll also move from simple "Hello, World" text to have something a bit more practical...
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    Updating Firefox as non-admin

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    Firefox , like all web browsers, needs to be regularly updated to keep up with security patches . Version 1.5 has an auto-update feature built-in, but unfortunately if you're not running as a local Administrator (at least in Windows), it doesn't work...
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