Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: A business most feral,

    Tom: Perhaps we could forget its election year for a moment,

    To be fair, I hardly think that it's Tom who has made this dispute into a political issue ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19038 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A business most feral,

    There might be some free beer left at Spare Room - same deal.

    Oh you slutty readers -- always off to anywhere with free beer ...

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  • Hard News: A business most feral,

    Hmmm....email received at 10:54am....beer all gone at 11:02am...call me a sceptik but did 100 people really receive a free dozen beer today??!!

    Yep. The last successful text seems to have been sent at 11.02am, exactly 25 minutes after I hit "save" on the post.

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  • Hard News: A business most feral,

    if you don't believe me just check the editorials in the back issues of Hawkes Bay Today.

    Oh yes -- I'm familiar with that particular oeuvre.

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  • Hard News: Geekstravaganza,

    This just in, literally:

    Freeview|HDTM Launch Date Announced

    Steve Browning, General Manager, Freeview, today announced that Kiwis’ can look forward to HD capable Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) courtesy of the Freeview|HDTM service from 2nd April 2008.

    “Freeview|HDTM is New Zealand’s first high definition capable digital service and has the potential to dramatically alter the way in which Kiwis access and then enjoy television and radio programmes. It will provide crystal clear digital quality pictures and sounds on all channels with the added bonus of TVOne, TV2, and TV3 broadcast in a high definition format,” he says.

    “The Freeview satellite service made bad reception a thing of the past, delivering crystal clear standard definition pictures to over 80,000 homes since its launch in May 2007. The addition of the Freeview|HDTM service provides the option to access free-to-air digital television and radio via UHF aerial,” he adds.

    The Freeview|HDTM service will be available in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Napier, Hastings, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin, or approximately 75% of New Zealand homes.

    An official launch event for media and invited guests will take place in Wellington on Monday, 14th April, to mark this significant step in New Zealand broadcasting history.

    The launch event will feature a HD broadcast of programmes kindly provided by Natural History New Zealand so those in attendance can experience, first hand, the digital experience that is Freeview|HDTM.

    Freeview|HDTM digital terrestrial receivers can be purchased from New Zealand's leading appliance retailers from 2nd April 2008.

    So you can rush out to the shops on April 2, plug in your box and sit down to watch Media7 that night!

    But it won't be in HD, the boxes are $500, and there's some other stuff ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19038 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Geekstravaganza,

    I'm afraid that the Topfield is about as mainstream as they come. I have had my TF5100 for over a year and it is one of the most usable decoders/PVRs I have seen here in Finland. But that not too hard since some of them are really terrible.

    Yeah, it's not bad, but we've worked our way through a few quirks in the past few days. It's still nowhere near MySky for usability, and the manual is quite poor.

    OTOH, its geeky features rock. I still can't get it to connect to my router, but it didn't take me long to find a couple of great bits of Mac freeware that let you use the USB connection for file transfer (the official documentation insists these features are Windows-only, and that you have to install a special USB driver). I recorded Talk Talk from TVNZ 6 and ripped it to an AVI with a single piece of software. You can even upload custom EPGs, although I wouldn't think that's something your Mum and Dad would be doing.

    At least you will get HD there though. The head of state TV here said basically that HD isn't stable enough standard yet and they won't implement it before 2012. Which is 5 years after going all digital. Of course every technical literate person in the country called him an idiot (which he really is).

    I'll have some more on this later in the week. Turns out it's not entirely straightforward here either.

    Hopefully the switch to digital goes smoother in NZ. It seems that the main benefit of digital here is to enable pay terrestrial channels and free up frequencies. The broadcasts are heavily compressed with extremely obvious artifacts. Youtube looks better at times.

    Sky's digital pictures aren't that great, but they sound better than what you're getting ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19038 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Leaving the bunker,

    You do wish folk like her would go away forever. Dare I whisper the name again of Duncan Fallowell but there is a review by Simon Carr of his 'Going As Far As I Can', in the latest New Statesman (10 March)

    It's here.

    Not bad, either.

    I'll go so far as to say that Rankin's behaviour since she departed Work and Income makes me wonder if she was really ever suited to the job.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19038 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Universal Intercept,

    Do you mean dailykos? There's always been a strong anti-Clinton faction out there but there are pro-Clinton sites (or at least not so partisan) too such as TalkLeft.

    I mean Americablog, Huffpo, Buzzflash and Kos: a really big netroots bloc between them -- three of them are probably in the top 10 political sites in the US. Honestly, at this point, if Hillary wins, the Dems' campaign is toast.

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  • Hard News: Geekstravaganza,

    Nana that.

    I want to put that on a t-shirt.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19038 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Geekstravaganza,

    linger, that's OK though, because it's a cartoon strip. Every noticed that Homer Simpson is a complete bastard in pretty much every way? But he makes us laugh at him.

    More than that, he makes us sympathise with him.

    My kids understand him perfectly as an archetype.

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