TV Pack 2008 and Beta MSDTVVDEC.DLL – The Beta of Windows Vista TV Pack was able to play h.264 HD channels. This is needed in Europe and other places that encode HD in that MPEG4 format. US uses Mpeg2. The problem is, Microsoft took out h.264 support when they released the TV Pack (Actually, only OEMs can get the TV Pack but there are downloads floating around). Anyway, some guys over at The Green Button have hacked the DLL needed to get h.264 working again by working around the time bomb that was put in the beta DLL.
Comcast Discloses Throttling Practices – Wired reports that Comcast finally provided information on its network management practices late Friday. In a report to the FCC (PDF), the cable company admitted to targeting P2P protocols Ares, BitTorrent, eDonkey, FasTrack, and Gnutella.
For some reason I have always been fascinated by Stonehenge. I’ve managed to get there 2 times so far and I live 6000 or so miles away. In this video, BBC News reports that archaeologists working at Stonehenge say they have pinpointed the date of its construction.
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Sites that I found interesting for September 18th 2008 through September 22nd 2008:
The Present and Future of Ruby and Rails – O'Reilly Broadcast – In this interview with O'Reilly, Chad and Rich discuss where Ruby and Rails have gone in the past year, whether RESTful composition obviates the need for ORM, what's interesting in the upcoming world of Ruby and Rails, and how Maglev, Rubinius, and other new Ruby implementations contribute to the world of dynamic languages.
SanDisk, record labels announce new music format – Backed by four major music labels, SanDisk on Monday announced a new physical music format dubbed "SlotMusic" that's essentially an entire album on a MicroSD compact memory card. Wal-Mart and Best Buy are among the retailers that have already signed on to start selling the cards for the upcoming holiday season.