Archive for July 6th, 2007

Most good-looking

Back in the early ’90s the consensus was that Mel Gibson was the most sexy/beautiful man in the world. I don’t know about that, but here’s my all-time favorite entertainers:

1. John Taylor (Duran Duran bassist). I wanted to marry that guy when I was 12. He aged well too (1, 2, 3, 4).
2. Hugh Jackman. This is what makes him look good: his great personality, I can tell (1, 2, 3.
3. Daniel Day-Lewis as a Mohican Indian. Later he became something like this which looked weird, while he later shaved his head — what was he thinking? (1, 2, 3).

Of course, as always, the ugliest man in the world, is the one voted as the sexiest: Matthew Mcconaughey (press “enter” again on that URL in order to load). YUCK.

Sony Vegas requirements

Sony’s own “minimum requirements” for Vegas are a bit optimistic. While other NLEs are able to work with DV or HDV requiring fewer resources (e.g. iMovie HD ‘06 is one of them), Vegas is more demanding (although it is not as demanding as Premiere/AfterEffects). Here’s what you need to work without headaches:

For miniDV (720×480/576i, Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8 ):

– Any CPU released after 2003.
– 1 GB RAM minimum.
– 120+ GB IDE NTFS-formatted hard drive (don’t forget to delete your temp/storage files after rendering the final).
– Windows XP. Their version 8 software doesn’t work perfectly on Vista yet (although it works better than v7 did).
– Firewire port.
– Any DirectX 9+ 64MB+ AGP/PCI-e graphics card.
– A 1440×900 LCD monitor or above (1280×1024 will be pushing it to fit the UI).
– In the Settings/Video preference panel, make sure the “dynamic RAM” is set to 256 MBs. On the same panel, use as many “threads” as the number of your CPUs/cores/hyperthreads.

For HDV (1440x1080i, Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8 Platinum):

– Any CoreDuo or higher CPU (basically, any CPU developed on 2006 onwards that was not a Celeron-class). My own 3 Ghz P4-Hyperthreaded CPU from March 2005 is pushing its limits with HDV on Vegas.
– 2 GB RAM minimum (3 GBs will be optimal).
– Firewire port.
– Two SATA NTFS-formatted hard drives. The system 120+ GB drive will hold the “temp” files, while all other work, rendering and archiving should be done on the second, 500 GB SATA disk.
– Windows XP Pro. Their version 8 software doesn’t work perfectly on Vista yet (although it works better than v7 did).
– Any DirectX 9+ 128MB+ PCI-e graphics card (ATi/nVidia recommended).
– A 1680×1050 LCD monitor.
– In the Settings/Video preference panel, make sure the “dynamic RAM” is set to 512 MBs. On the same panel, use as many “threads” as the number of your CPUs/cores/hyperthreads. If AVC rendering crashes, set the threads to “1”.
– A PCI/PCI-express sound card (meaning, not on-board AC-97 crap).

For AVCHD or full HD (1920x1080p+, Sony Vegas Pro 8):

– The highest-end CPU(s) you can find in the market.
– 4 GB RAM.
– Two SATA NTFS-formatted hard drives. The system 250 GB drive will hold the “temp” files, while all other work, rendering and archiving should be done one the second, 500 GB SATA disk.
– Windows XP Pro. Their version 7 software doesn’t work well on Vista.
– Any DirectX 9+ 128MB+ PCI-e graphics card (ATi/nVidia recommended) with 2 DVI or HDMI outputs.
– A 1680×1050+ LCD monitor for editing. Ideally, a second 1920×1200 monitor for full screen HD preview too.
– Firewire port for tape-based cameras, USB for AVCHD or other kind of cameras.
– In the Settings/Video preference panel, make sure the “dynamic RAM” is set to 512 MBs. On the same panel, use as many “threads” as the number of your CPUs/cores/hyperthreads. If AVC rendering crashes, set the threads to “1”.
– A good PCI/PCI-express sound card.

Compatibility, compatibility, compatibility…

Nokia doesn’t seem to get it. They are obviously a more hardware-oriented company and so their software mistakes are happening over and again. I am speaking of the mistake of breaking application and ABI/API compatibility with each new major release. They did the mistake with Symbian S60 3.0 and N800, and now they will do it again for Maemo 4.0.

When Symbian S60 3.0 came out on April 2006, there were about 1900 S60 2.x applications out there. A year later, there are fewer than 300 applications for 3.0 because simply, developers didn’t care to put up with this inconvenience.

Same goes for the 770 and N800 internet tablets. There were 300 apps for the N770, and so far are fewer than 60 apps for the N800. Shouldn’t this be a good indication to Nokia as to what people want? It doesn’t seems so. I now read that the compatibility between the N770, N800 and the future tablet will be broken AGAIN. Why? Because they don’t want to take the engineering time to write their code in a way that keeps compatibility, because that takes time and effort.

Palm has made it so far with very few OS updates just because users have 30,000 apps to choose from. This in itself is a “feature” of the platform. Windows Mobile, albeit a newer platform than PalmOS, it has about 20,000 apps to choose from. Nokia (and Motorola) must get with the program. People want compatibility. This is what it creates a platform and builds trust with both users & developers. If you want to introduce new APIs, make sure the older ones still work.

Canon VL-3 light on a HV20

This is a short review of Canon’s VL-3 video light, mounted on a Canon HV20. I recorded our messy bedroom without any light turned on, the built-in light, and the VL-3. Yes, my accent sucks.

I hate you too

“Two teenagers were accused of gang raping a woman and forcing her 12-year-old son to join in the attack, then beating him and pouring cleaning solution into his eyes.”

I hope the guilty get sodomized every morning in prison. And in the afternoon, get some cleaning solution in their eyes too.

Seriously, I really don’t understand how some people can do such violent crimes. It’s beyond my comprehension.