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DX10 software rasteriser shows geeky origins

This is what happens when you let Star Trek fans set product codenames. WARP10 Sure, technically it stands for the ‘Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform 10’. But you just know which way around the genesis of that title would have gone, when geeks are involved. In any case, it sounds pretty interesting - basically it’s a Dx10 class software rasteriser which will come built-in to Windows 7. It’s bound to be be nigh-on unusable for a while - after all, people with cheap graphics cards are also likely to have gone a bit cheap on the CPU too, and even the best multicore CPU can’t software rasterise as well as an entry-level GPU right now - but as an eventual fallback target it could be useful.

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Fixing YouTube crashing Firefox 3

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I noticed that in the last few days, Firefox started crashing a lot, and it seemed to be related to viewing YouTube in a tab - something I’ve done regularly for a long time. It started to annoy me, so I looked into it, and it turns out that there’s some issue with some Flash ads YouTube started running recently. So, if you get YouTube crashing when you close or open a YouTube tab, just add this filter to AdBlock:

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Streaming media from Amazon S3

Thanks John for the reminder to investigate S3 as a business media hosting service, it works like a charm! Now that I have far fewer bandwidth worries (max $0.17 per GB), the Torus Knot site includes a nifty dynamic selector so you can pick low, medium or high quality - the latter is at a higher resolution too, clocking in at about 100Mb. I may well use S3 for future public commercial downloads in the future too.

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The Terabyte Club

It’s an eternal truth that no matter how much hard drive space you have, you always manage to fill it with something. In my case, it’s mostly tools, SDKs and most importantly build environments. I have to maintain at least 3 active development copies of OGRE at any one time (the previous stable branch, the current stable branch and the development branch), plus clean build environments for at least 3 compilers in order to do releases.

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DLC Took My Lunch Money

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For some reason I was suddenly curious as to how much money I’d spent since last December on digital content for the 360, such as XBox Live Arcade titles and more recently Rock Band DLC. Of course you buy things in Microsoft Points on the 360, which like Wii Points and Disney Dollars are designed precisely to disguise how much money you’re actually spending. The PSN has my respect in this regard for taking the brave step of actually pricing things in units of real money.

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Gates & Seinfeld - funny in whose dimension?

I don’t know if they’re actually airing these adverts Stateside, or whether they’re a web-only phenomenon for the moment, but Penny Arcade drew my attention to them today. Colour me unimpressed. If the intention was to shake off Vista’s sales blues, or to generally ‘connect’ with the wider consumer in a way that Apple does so well but Microsoft almost never does, but I’d have to classify this effort as a failure of sizable proportions.

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Great video on making money as a startup

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David Heinemeier Hansson is famous for being the guy that invented Ruby on Rails and running 37Signals; I have mixed feelings about Rails personally (great for some things, not so great for others, but then that applies to pretty much every technology), but this presentation he did on making money as a tech startup is very good indeed - insightful yet very amusing. He presents in an online context for the most part but as he says himself, the principles apply to all kinds of product.

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Microsoft patents pagination calculations

Microsoft patents

More patent silliness from those idiots in the US Patent Office, as they get exploited by soulless corporate types again: US Patent 7415666: Method and system for navigating paginated content in page-based increments I really can’t imagine how messrs. Sellers, Grantham and Dersch can sleep at night, having officially claimed that calculating how far to advance down a document when you hit the PageDn is a significant innovation that warrants the protection of 20-year exclusivity that a patent brings.

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Tim O'Reilly agrees with me about Facebook?

I came across Tim O’Reilly’s post entitled Open Source and Cloud Computing today, and I was pretty happy to see that his thoughts reinforced what I was saying a couple of months ago about how I thought isolated, corporate-owned islands in the ‘cloud’ were not a beneficial model for the Internet long-term, despite the short-term convenience in today’s society. I was also very interested to see from his links in that article that some in the open source community are already forming plans to address it.

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Strange coincidences

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I read today that ‘Pentagon uber-hacker’ (if you believe the US authorities, who presumably don’t want you to think that their security systems are akin to wet tissue paper) Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal in the Lords against his extradition to the USA. I think we can all feel sorry that a misguided but definitely non-malicious geek is going to get the book thrown at him. Coincidentally, we also watched Sneakers last night, after I finally got around to buying it on DVD.

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