Episode 187: Robert's back from THX training, Vista Performance and Reliability Pack and more!
What's new in Episode 187 STUFF • Robert returned from his THX training in Southern California. He learned among many other things the importance of sound in a home theater. Specifically:
- It's all about the room - isolation, size, speaker placement
- Sub placement (standing waves/modal problems)
- The Center Channel is the most important speaker
- ~40 degree field of view (screen width per given distance) is optimal
- The remote (if done correctly) is often the favorite item in an HT setup
- Listen, listen, listen - getting intimate with speakers • Vista Performance and Reliability Pack: Vista Performance and Reliability Pack released. NeoWin is reporting a new Vista update that resolves some performance and reliability issues users have been having with the OS. So don't forget to "update" Vista next Tuesday. • AutoRuns for Windows: Grant has informed us of a probably the last Windows start-up utility you'll ever need and paradoxically enough it comes from Microsoft?. • We're Coming Out On Joost and TiVo: Catch us and Cranky Geeks now on TiVoCast. It's easy to do and oh so convenient. • Sonos Music System: If you're a fan of online radio stations like Pandora then the Sonos Digital Music System might be for you. Find out if streaming web or digital music to all points in your home is a worthwhile investment for you. • Optical Mice: Sure optical rodents are dime a dozen, but when it comes to packing one of those rats with you when you travel are you better off with the desktop variety or one of those smaller pricer models? • San Digeo Comic-Con 2007 The nerd-fest that is the San Diego Comic-Con is over. While the wild days of celebrity packed panels, signings, cosplayers and video games might be over you can still catch some of the fun by checking out the following:
- Super awesome looking Tux toys from October Toys. They have wonderful selection of Tux both big and small that will assuredly have any true Linux fan tickled pink.
- The Devil's Panties is a satirical web comic created Jennie Breeden. It's not super high brow but it is loads of fun. Check it out!
- Speaking of webcomics we can't forget Penny Arcade!. This online strip pokes fun wonderful world of videogaming and pop-culture nerds. Plus they got themselves a game coming out soon. • We received a great question from Chad about encrypting IM sessions. Most popular IM clients don't but AIM along with Pidgin and Adium do. You do, however, need to enable them in application. Also checkout AIM Crypt as well as SimpLite-Lite.