Thu Sep 22 19:35:28 CEST 2005

HD ready?

Hanno, you don't even have to go that far to test HD content. If you go to a crazy university like this one, you get lectures in HD video (720p if I'm not mistaken). They run fine on my measly AthlonXP 2600+ ... and at around one CD per 45-minute-lecture the size is still acceptable. That proprietary solutions are more complicated and have lower performance is just another sign that OpenSource rules ;-)
My first impression oh HDTV: It's nice, but it needs new equipment. Downscaling a video so that you can watch it on a 21" screen just feels wrong ... but on the upside you can read everything written on a huuuge blackboard. I'm not going to link to our university media streaming server thingy here since they don't like that, but if anyone wants a sample I can provide one (or two).

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Tue Sep 13 19:29:57 CEST 2005

Scheduled downtime

Just a word of warning:
After one disk died I'll have to take down the server for maintenance. It's one disk in a RAID, so until now no data loss occured, but the box will be down from Thursday until Monday or Tuesday.
So gentopia, the java overlay and a few other things will be absent - I hope you can all survive without them :-)
If anyone feels the need to support me (after all I'm only a poor student) I'm very open to donations, but don't worry, I can keep the box up and running for the time being.

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