Can new technology go too far?

The first time the Star Trek people remastered all their videos on DVD, they simply did a straight conversion with maybe a little cleanup. However, with all this new Blu-ray stuff, they’ve remastered it AGAIN and have gone so far as to “digitize” the video, replacing the model Enterprise hanging on strings in the studio with a poorly done 3D render. Well, I was watching the ad on some of our videos and it says that you can watch the videos with that 3D render instead of the original model if you so choosed. But I think this is just a cheap way of advertising Blu-ray. In fact, I think Blu-ray is way too over-advertised anyway. How much can we remaster old videos to make them better and better?

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More on Skype and Overhead Setups

Well, last night at men’s 6:33 we had our Skype call from Argentina. And it worked…kind of. However, the connection they had down there was extremely poor and our own LAN wasn’t doing so hot for external connections either. However, we did like we had done for when they went to India. We bypassed audio transmission and sent only video through Skype. Then we plugged someone’s Blackberry into the sound board via headphone jack and were able to get audio that way. So Skype for video and Blackberry for audio. It worked fairly well and we were able to get a decent show up on the screen.

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Idea for New Computer

So we’re having this BIG thing at church where a group of probably seven to ten guys are going down to Argentina in about a month or so. They’re trying to set it up so that the Tuesday when we’re meeting and they are gone, they’ll Skype us during service and we’ll be able to put it up and talk with them live. I think this is pretty cool. However, we were running into a few security bugs last week when we tested (security locked me out of being able to open Skype up). We’ll be testing it again tomorrow night, and I think the IT guy at church fixed it. Anyway, he said he’d look into it this last week.

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On Speaking

Wow. That was a ‘profound’ title. However, I just got out of speech class so my blood pressure is spiked..or it was about ten minutes ago and it’s been slowly decompressing. Today we got in what they call ‘impromptu speeches.’ Here was the format: Think of a one-sentence topic that matches the following sentence of “If you could ________.” Then hand your idea in and then grab a different one from the bag.

That’s about as impromptu as I could think of. When I walked in, I thought, “Huh, I’m going to do something like ‘If you could do any extreme sport, what would it be,’ and my answer would be ‘I would go in a hot-air balloon’ and then tell them of how I turned my dad down when he offered to get me on the Remax balloon when I was four.” But then she said we were going to trade topics so I really stressed out. Turns out my question was “If you could buy anything what would it be?”

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11-27-09

Wowee!! So I get comments from people I don’t know at all. Now THAT’S something. And I also had a request to turn on ‘Blogger Follow,’ which I think is crazy. I like simplicity. Little mandatory pictures all over the place make for clutter. But in light of popular demand, fine. I’ll do that.

On a similar note, I’m going to remove the Daily Dilbert, even though it’s cool. It takes way too long to load and it’s again a big blob of mess at the top of every page. So goodbye, even though it’s cool.

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Malware

Ugh..so I just about killed my computer. I picked up malware sometime yesterday at the library and managed to run it at home. Well, it installed itself, force rebooted the computer and loaded under the virus scanner and disabled it.

Then it proceeded to lock me out of any other scanning software, my modem and a bunch of other things got super-slow. So I reinstalled windows..or tried to. My internal cd player is dead, so I had to use my external one, but my computer won’t boot off of that without help,so I ended up wiping and installing Ubuntu. Unfortunately, I can’t get it to recognise my modem, nor does Grub (the bootloader) recognise cd boots. So I asked Dad to bring home the floppy drive and I’ll hopefully force the Windows install disc to load that way. I hope.

Oh. And we’re having wings and pizza for supper. on a good note ;).

New HDD

Oh! I forgot to mention! I just got a new hard drive. Let’s see. What was the name of it again? Seagate Freeagent USB Drive. It’s 500GB, so combined with my OTHER one (LACIE Porsche), I have 1TB of total space on external drives. No wait. If I combine that with all of my camera cards and flash drives…never mind. It wouldn’t be TOO much over 1TB.

Besides, this is more space that I ever saw at one time in my life. Except when I saw my dad’s 1TB drive. And the storage servers at school. Okay. Let’s put it THIS way. It’s more space than I’ve ever had connected to any of MY OWN computers. Whee! I still don’t know what to do with it either.

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