New CpuIdle Release

June 28th, 2006

CpuIdle has just been updated:

  • improved CPU detection for Pentium M and Core Duo

CpuIdle is available for download here.

On contemporary A/V equipment and the pain of being a consumer

June 15th, 2006

I’ve been looking for a TV replacement for some time- the old Philips one’s nice, but lately showing age, not yet on 100Hz technology, no HighDefinition and a bit clunky. But then the DVD player started breaking up and I decided to replace that one first. But- hadn’t I also wanted to grab a DVD hard-disc recorder for some time now? Sure.

So the plan was devised: get a DVD recorder to replace player and VCR and make sure it supports HDMI to be ready for the upcoming HDReady Flat TV.

Looking for HDMI-supporting DVD recorders I’ve found the Philips DVDR 9000 Cineos which immediately grabbed me by it’s striking design (and the 400GB disc):

Cineos DVDR 9000

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Or rather an alternative?

April 6th, 2006

If, e.g. for cost reasons, the Mac mini doesn’t win the competition (~830€ for a Core Duo with 512MB and 80GB disc), AOpen’s MP915-B might be an alternative:

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Current price is 330€, not including CPU, memory or disc.

Buying an iMac?

April 6th, 2006

smallisbeautiful.JPGSince XP is now running on Macs, I’m wondering if my next work-only PC should actually be a Mac- just to make carrying a bit easier.
Should I go for the beautiful Mac keyboards as well?

Windows XP officially running on Mac computers

April 6th, 2006

After initial community efforts to allow dual-booting Windows XP on Apple Macintosh computers by onmac.net, Apple has now released an official ‘boot camp‘ software package. Boot camp includes drivers for video, sound and USB.

Shortly after getting WinXP running on his Mac, dealcather presented the first ever blue screen of death (BSOD) on Mac hardware.

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MySQL Workbench – Beta 1.0.5

March 14th, 2006

MySQL has released version 1.0.5 beta of their much anticipated database design tool. Application handles much better now, but still tends to freeze operation.

Feature highlights:
– Reverse engineering of existing MySQL databases
– Import DBDesigner4 models
– Synchronize edited model with MySQL database
– Generate SQL create script file
– Printing (Windows)
– Powerfull scripting and plugin interface. Plugins can be written in several languages, such as Lua, PHP, Java and Python.
– Fast, OpenGL based graphical canvas
– Quickly accessible “Overview” mode, which zooms out the whole canvas to reveal a more general view.

See an example screenshot of WB with the videoDB data model:

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WordPress 2.0.1 Security Vulnerability

March 3rd, 2006

Latest WP 2.0.1 is vulnerable to severall cross-site-scripting (XSS) attacs through the comments feature. This issue was discovered by the Neo Security Team.

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Installing WP-Cache on Windows

February 24th, 2006

WP-Cache is probably the most widely used caching plugin for WordPress. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support windows and numerous people failed with the installation. This article describes how to run WP-Cache on Windows.

Update: If you’re not interested in the individual configuration steps, you can just download a pre-built version here.

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CSS List Style Nightmare

February 24th, 2006

While CSS and CSS2 support various ways of styling list items, the capabilities are still limited. list-style-type allows to select different predefined list styles (bullets, squares etc). list-style-image allows to select custom images. Unfortunately, no option to use custom characters exists.

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WordPress Wishlist

February 24th, 2006

As RTW writes in their WordPress Wishlist, it would be really nice if WP supported categories for pages- developers, anyone?