HDMI connectivity versus component.

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My Mobile Tech Gadgets

First let’s start with WIFI. The wireless technology is an important one in my home environment since both my desktop PC and Laptop rely on the Belkin 802.11g protocol.It provides me with flexibility and enough speed for my daily usage. Then there is the Sony PSP system; being also WIFI compatible allows me to browse the Internet from anywhere in and around the house. The screen is 3 ¾” wide and 2 ¼” High with a display (480×272 pixels, 16.77 million colors). I can easily sit down or lay down to watch one or two, twenty minutes of video with it. A small MP3 player is then used as sleeping aid in that I fall asleep listening to economic or technology reports. I rarely play video games anymore but instead browse the net for news in the living room while I let the wife drive the TV remote control. At this point in time I have yet to find a suitable replacement device for my home base needs. 

If it only had a built-in PIM I would be so happy but then again using the built in input keyboard is a core has it does not have a touch screen. This is one fine multimedia devices for listening to MP3, viewing photos, play games, browse the net (at home) and watch movies. An additional 2 GIG memory duo would be helpful for extra media portability along with a spare battery. Compared to a portable DVD player with better screen size, it is however much quieter since the PSP uses flash memory and do not need to carry extra DVD discs. If I were to leave on a long trip I would take either the PSP and DVD player or more likely the Sony VAIO laptop fully charged with plenty of media and charger.

 Then there’s my Motorola V551 cell phone and Palm T3 that I take with me during business hours and on weekends take the PSP instead of the T3 but sometime miss the T3 PIM. The Palm Treo 680 convergence device tempts me but early report indicates poor battery life. And that is the problem of portability. The V551 and T3 serve me well while on the road since the T3 is capable of video playback using the fine TMPTC player. The T3 320×480 screen with 64K colors is about 3 ¼” by 2 ¼”” The maximum capacity for the SD card of 1 GIG is a limitation and a typical movie size is about 170Megs for a MP4 file for both the T3 and PSP so currently 1 movie capacity for both systems. Overall, I would love to have a workable solution in a conversion device. 

Some phones of interest are:

 Motorola Q,  HP iPAQ hw6955 Very expensive.(3” square screen, 240 X 240 at 64K colors) With WIFI the screen is much smaller then a T3 with lower resolution. Available on Rogers Treo 680 Early reports are battery drain issues. Nokia N80 -Award at CNET the Sony Ericsson K790a with specs available on Rogers is just $250 Cnd. See it at Sony or Mobile review. First this is more a camera phone with limited PDA features. Make use of a M2 memory card and can display MP4 files. – Apple Iphone. Conclusion. For now I will stick with what I have and perhaps get an extra 2 GIG memory stick for the PSP and stay put. It makes no sense for me to change a T3 palm PDA for a Pocket PC PDA.  As for the Cell Phone, I have yet to find a suitable replacement. Perhaps the Iphone or the new slim Sony Ericsson? Time will tell.             

Update: I decided to kepp my Palm Tungsteen T3 and get a Sony Ericsson K790A a very sweet versatile phone.



January 18, 2007 Posted by | Tech Toys | Leave a comment

Ajax, Flash and .Net framework 3.0

The client side technologies available on the web browser are many. What got me interested at first was the blog phenomena part of a new technological Internet wave called web 2.0  by O’Reilly Being a software developer I got interested in the technologies involved and where Micorosft stood in this regards.  

Let’s start with adobe Flash regarded as a Rich Internet Application. Having developped windows and internet application using Microsoft products I got interested in what Flash had to offer for user interface design and object oriented development via actionscript.After closer examination,I am very impressed with what Adobe as to offer with Flash 8 in providing user’s with a rich experience for navigating information in a very visually intuitive pleasing manner.

Microsoft took notice and is releasing the .Net 3.0 Framework  and will write about shortly.  Ajax in my opinion is what I call a stand by technology and find it’s use limited in that it is based on Javascript. A computer world article does provide a good overview. The Asp.Net implementation of Atlas is nothing more than a DLL, a webcontrol wrapper that enables AJAX.

The principle of having an object on a web page communicating with a server without having the entire page refresh but just the object is what Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) is all about. It is unfortunate that the web community has not embraced what flash currently has to offer but I’m sure in specialized intranet solutions the benefits would be appreciated since Flash is much more than for banner advertisements. 

I’m off to look at Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and Windows CardSpace to see what it’s all about.   


January 9, 2007 Posted by | Internet, Internet Technologies | Leave a comment

HDMI connectivity versus component.

Having purchased over a year ago a high definitions television the intent was to not buy into the HD services right away and simply enjoy the panoramic view of standard broadcast transmissions. Knowing that the television broadcast industry mandate that all broadcaster much switch by a certain date to High Definition I was not aware that cable distributors would cash in by offering HD packages I guess to recover some cost for the switch over. Now a year has pasted and decided on purchase the HD decoder, not the model that has a built hard drive recorder since I would like to have a more flexible solution. A solution I hope will be made available once HD DVD recorders become mainstream.

So up I go and connect the ILLICO decoder via a component connection to my plasma and quickly glance over at the free included HD channels. One thing I noticed immediately is that not all channel are broadcast in panoramic wide format while other are. However, I am very impressed with the clarity, resolution and presence that HD provide and found myself watch more of the few free HD channels that the regular SD format.

After a week I was ready to purchase an HDMI cable, 6’ at Future shop for $179 for a cable? I said forget it and got 12’ at Costco for $35 Canadian dollars.

The HDMI connector did not work as expected in that in SD format all TV characters looks like Martians and have a blue color. A call to technical support reveals that I need to setup the ILLICO box for a native resolution of 1080i and nothing else which I will try this evening.

For those of you that have not considered a Home Theater Master Series MX-700 universal programmable learning remote control you should. For some odd reason local electronic shop only carry what I call cheap plastic toys like the Logitech Harmony

January 8, 2007 Posted by | Home Theatre | Leave a comment