A Chat - Episode 23 show notes

Neil Young and the Java?

  • Neil Young at JavaONE talking about Blu-ray
    • Story by Dan Farber  
    • He’s not a fan of mp3s 

That said, he’s clearly not a fan of MP3 quality: “Putting on a headphone and listening to MP3 is like hell,” he said.

  • He says that audio definition in blu-ray brings us back to the way we were with analogue (
  • Java based UI in Blu-ray players can create much better interactivity than before
  • Interesting quote:

Larry Johnson, of Shakey Films (which works on all of Young’s films),
said Young had the concept for his latest project on paper 15 years
ago. About two years ago, they put the footage all together and waited
for the Blu-ray HD-DVD fight to end.

  • I love the quote from the infoweek :

Perhaps Young had witnessed the earlier live
demonstrations of JavaFX, both of which froze in their tracks and
needed to be restarted. “We’re going to give a demo,” announced Young,
“and it’s going to work because it’s fake [recorded].”

  • Alternative firmware for Canon point and shoot cameras
    • Wiki
    • Works on a wide range of Canon point n shoot cameras
    • It’s non-destructive, you load it after turning on
      • Put two files on the SD card
      • Turn on in play mode
      • 1 extra menu item, “upgrade firmware”
    • You get extra on screen displays
    • Lots of great :
      • Raw file save
      • Zebra display of over exposure
      • live histogram & colour histogram
      • all sorts of techy readouts
      • They re-use the direct print button as “alt”
      • various grids, including user designed
      • depth of field calculator
      • scripts in a ubasic language!
        • things like bracketing
      • File browser
      • Calendar
      • Text reader
      • Flash light!
  • How do Leopard macs know that you just downloaded a file?
    • stops you executing it with out agreeing to the risk
    • ls -l shows an @ attribute:
[email protected]  1 marksp  staff  1368  2 May 05:44 LICENSE.txt

[email protected]  4 marksp  staff   136  2 May 05:44 bin

[email protected] 13 marksp  staff   442  2 May 05:44 dbgp
  • Peter-iMac:Downloads marksp$ xattr -l maxi-meter_051.zip 
com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms:

0000   62 70 6C 69 73 74 30 30 A1 01 5F 10 39 68 74 74    bplist00.._.9htt

0010   70 3A 2F 2F 6D 61 63 70 6F 6D 6D 65 2E 63 6F 6D    p://macpomme.com

0020   2F 77 69 64 67 65 74 73 2F 6D 61 78 69 2D 6D 65    /widgets/maxi-me

0030   74 65 72 2F 6D 61 78 69 2D 6D 65 74 65 72 5F 30    ter/maxi-meter_0

0040   35 31 2E 7A 69 70 08 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 01    51.zip……….

0050   00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00    …………….

0060   00 00 00 00 00 00 00 46                            …….F

com.apple.quarantine: 0000;482370e0;Safari;6C367C85-D790-4381-82CB-BFA85AFF3D73|com.apple.Safari
    • To get rid of it: xattr -d com.apple.quarantine <filenames>
  • OLPC in Australia
    • As reported on , the OLPC organisation has set up a local group in Australia
    • Signed up to the mailing list at  
    • Event on this Friday at Mitchell Theatre, , 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
    • Home broadband upgrade
      • Pete switches from Optus Cable to Telstra Cable
        • promises “up to” 30Mbps down and 1Mbps up
      • Blog post




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