We’re in HD

Well, our 40″ LCD TV (a Sony KDL-40V2500) arrived yesterday afternoon! I’ve got it basically set up, though I want to redo the cables, including using HDMI from the TiVo Series 3 into the receiver (a Pioneer VSX-82TXS); right now I’m using component cables and relying on the receiver to upconvert from component to HDMI, which I’m using to connect the receiver to the TV.

The quality is excellent on HD content and not too bad for SD content. I’ve also hooked my G4 15″ PowerBook up to the TV via a DVI to HDMI cable and I can display my Mac desktop in 1080i, nice and sharp, though the fonts are small unless you’re pretty close. No big deal as the main reason for hooking the PowerBook up to the TV is to watch HD material (like NBC’s Heroes, which I found pretty good Xvid files for) full-screen in DivX Player. The TiVo Series 3 screens look really nice on this TV too as they are displayed in 720p.

I’ll probably post a bit more about the TV later, after I’ve gotten a chance to play with it a bit more.

CableCARD redux

So last time I posted, one card was working and the other wasn’t. I called Comcast again and they had me take the faulty card out, reboot the TiVo, and reinsert the card. Then they sent an initialization signal to the card and a few minutes later, it started working. Crossing my fingers and hoping it continues to work.

links for 2006-11-22

  • MozLab is a suite of tools and libraries that help make your life easier and your time more productive as a developer of AJAX and Mozilla applications. It’s packaged as a Firefox extension and released as open source.
  • Remote read-eval-print-loop to access and modify Mozilla and Firefox apps from the inside. Comes with minor mode for Emacs integration.


A few times in the past few days at work, at lunch a few of us were reminiscing about our old 8-bit Ataris and some of the old games. I have a fondness for those Atari machines as that’s where I first learned to program (you can see some of my early creations here).

I looked for an Atari emulator for Mac OS X and found a great one called Atari800MacX.


It took a little while to remember how to use the Atari and DOS and BASIC, but it came back pretty fast, especially after picking up lots of pointers from The Atari 8-bit New User, Emulator Help FAQ.