Cerebral Gibberish

What's on my mind, might just blow yours.

Downfall of HD-DVD?

Posted by heymoe on January 16th, 2008

I’m a supporter of HD-DVD myself and even though it isn’t looking good right now for HD-DVD, I’m still hopeful. Here is a funny video that explains the current status of the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray format war.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywWfmRdOmJ0]

Any ways, my main problem with Blu-Ray is that Sony is greedy and instead of supporting a unified standard they rolled their own proprietary “standard” so they can collect royalties. The other thing that bugs me about Blu-Ray is that they released an inferior product compared to HD-DVD and then started to play the catch up game. So the first Blu-Ray players supported Blu-Ray profile v1.0 which then got upgraded to v1.1 to add interactive bonus features but you can’t upgrade the v1.0 players to v1.1 (unless you have a PS3). Now they are coming out with profile v2.0 which adds network content support but if you have a v1.0 or a v1.1 player (except for the PS3) you can’t upgrade to v2.0. Now the funny thing is that all these “new” features that Blu-Ray is adding via profile v1.1 and v2.0 were part of the HD-DVD standard when it was first released. So Sony is pretty much screwing over all their early adopters who won’t be able to utilize Blu-Ray to the fullest unless they buy a newer player. Granted, if the only thing you want to do is watch the movie and could care less about the bonus content, it does not matter what profile version your player supports. They even go as far as saying:

The guys that bought the first Blu-ray players are the guys who bought the first laser discs. They know the risks.

Talk about a slap to the face. I was a first generation DVD player buyer and up until it died several years later, it never had a problem playing a DVD movie or accessing any special features of a DVD movie. The DVD standard did not change after it was finalized thus a first generation player can play the latest movies and all the bonus features without a problem. Yes it is true that newer generation of DVD players added addition features like mp3 playback, CD-R/RW & DVD-R/RW support, etc.. but those features have nothing to do with the actual DVD standard, they were convenience / bonus add-ons to make the player more enticing to the buyers. What is the use of a standard if you keep changing it.

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No More Lights

Posted by heymoe on January 13th, 2008

It looks like all of my neighbors and I decided to take down our Christmas lights today. Next year I’ll have to figure out a better way to light up the tree so when it’s time to take the lights down it’s not an exercise in solving a string puzzle. Maybe I’ll try a simple computer controlled display next year. Keyword being simple.

Related Post: Christmas Lights

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Update: My Movies

Posted by heymoe on January 6th, 2008

The following movies have been added to my movie collection:

WarShoot 'Em UpResident Evil: Extinction

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Motorsports Expo 2008

Posted by heymoe on January 6th, 2008

Motorsport Expo 2008-2022

I took a trip over to the fairgrounds today to check out the Motorsports Expo at Dorton Arena. This event raises money to send Wake county youths to summer camp. There was a lot going on especially for the kids. They had several blow-up play area and other activities like a NASCAR simulator. Of course then there were the cars and drag bikes for everyone to look at up close. I was hopping there were going to be more cars but I guess I need to go to an actually car show for that. As a bonus they were handing out free samples of Slim Jims most likely fresh from the Garner plant which I’m sure will make Justin happy. hehe. Any ways, I had a good time and it was for a good cause plus I was able to wonder around the flea market afterwards.

More Photos Here

Motorsport Expo 2008-2029
Motorsport Expo 2008-2041
Motorsport Expo 2008-2047

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I Do Too Know Stuff

Posted by heymoe on January 2nd, 2008

Don't Know Jack

Geess.. Some websites are trying to trick me into admitting I don’t know anything. hehe.

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Happy New Year: 2008

Posted by heymoe on January 1st, 2008

Happy New Year: 2008


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Update: My Movies

Posted by heymoe on December 30th, 2007

The following movies have been added to my movie collection:

Rush Hour 3American Pie Presents: Beta House

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Toilet Dreams

Posted by heymoe on December 30th, 2007

Funny, yesterday I replaced the fill value in one of my toilets since the old one was not cutting off all the way causing the water in the tank to keep filling and going down the over flow. It was a slow leak so it went unnoticed for awhile and replacing the fill value was a pretty simple and cheap DIY job. Any ways, last night I had a dream that I was fixing a toilet but unsuccessfully this time and I had a pretty good river running down the stairs. Funny how the mind works.

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Site Upgrade: WordPress v2.3.2

Posted by heymoe on December 29th, 2007

CG is now running WordPress v2.3.2.

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5/1 ARM Reset

Posted by heymoe on December 29th, 2007

It looks like my 5/1 ARM mortgage is getting ready to reset on 2/1/2008. My current rate is 4.5% and it looks like they are going to jack up my rate by 2.625% to 7.125% which means my monthly payment will go up by ~$200. The funny thing is that as of today the average rate for a 30 year fixed is 5.91% but yet they seem to think it’s OK to adjust my rate to something that is 1.215% higher then the average. It’s almost as if they are telling me they don’t want my money and I should refinance and give someone else my money which it looks like I’ll be doing. Stupid banks.

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