Category Archives: Personal Computing

HTML5 Test Page Update

Yes, it’s been a long time since I have posted anything on here. I guess that’s the way life goes. Anyways…

I have updated the HTML5 test page. There are a couple of notes. The first being that Opera is moving to WebKit. The second is that Apple has decided to stop making Safari for Windows. Whether this is permanent or not is the question. The last version is 5.1.7.

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A Brief & MX Player For Android

It’s been quite a long time since I have posted on this blog. I’m sorry about that. Life’s adventures have taken a great deal of my time. I have a few posts planned over the coming weeks.

I wrote a post a couple of years ago talking about my n900 – which was new back then. Times have changed and contracts have expired. I decided to switch over to Android – and my first Android phone is the Samsung Galaxy Note. I’m using the WordPress app and the Swype keyboard to write this post.

I’m also listening to Scarling’s album “So Long Scarecrow” via Spotify.

What I just mentioned above is a couple of things that have really set apart my experience with this phone and my old n900.

MX Player For Android

Until VLC comes around, MX is my go to player for playing videos on my note. While the note comes with a capable player, the MX can play more formats including one that is dear to me – the .rec format. It was also able to play .mp4 vids that I downloaded. These vids are apparently encoded differently than the ones I make.

So, if you have videos that don’t play right in your stock player, give MX a try.


Battlefield 3 Bleeding Eyes Tip: Try A Low-Contrast Setting

I have recently begun playing Battlefield 3, my wife bought it for Father’s Day, which is in November here in Finland. I played the single player first (yes, I finished it). Half way through the first session of playing, my eyes really began to hurt. By the end of the 2-hour session, my head hurt and I wanted to gouge my eyes out in the hopes that maybe that will make me feel better.

The next day, while my eyes were still sore from the night before, I did some research and I found that a lot of people were having the same problems I was. The answer came down to Battlefield 3’s contrast is really high. Check out these comparison shots here – courtesy of Battlefield 3 Online.

While you are able to make some change within the games config files, I read a lot of comments saying that did not help and, someday, maybe you might get a boot off of a server via Punkbuster. Fortunately, my Benq e2200HD monitor has settings where I can change – via the buttons on the side of my monitor – the “mode” of the display from “movie” to “picture” and so on. I changed the mode setting from “movie” to “sRGB”. Since then, I have been playing hours of BF3 with no headache whatsoever. If you do not have any mode settings, try manually lowering the contrast. Monitors usually have at least this feature.

I hope this works for you.


Annoying Google Chrome “Sync Error”

For a while, a “Sync Error” message has been sitting on my Google Chrome browser. I haven’t had the time to do anything about it till now. So, when I clicked on “Sync Error”, it took me to “Personal Stuff” in “Options”. I entered in my password and waited.

And waited….

And waited some more….

You get the picture. Nothing was happening. The little Ajax loader graphic was spinning but, that was it. I solved this by clicking on the button “Stop syncing this account…”, then I pressed the “Stop syncing” button in the “Stop syncing this account” pop up window and lastly clicking on the “Set up sync” button and entering my log in information.

A little stupid and annoying but, at least it works again.


Topfield .Rec Files – Two Useful Tools

I own a Topfield 500 PVR hybrid (cable/terrestrial). The machine comes with a 320GB hard drive. When a TV show or movie is recorded, it saves a file in .REC format. Which is, in my experience, a little difficult to work with. You can watch these files using VLC but, if you want to watch them somewhere other than your computer… enter in these two tools: rec2mpg and TFRecToTsContinue reading


Changing Your YouTube.com Interface Language

For a while now, I have been incredibly annoyed with how YouTube.com automatically displays the user interface in a certain language. What makes this even worse is that you cannot change the setting anywhere in your YouTube.com profile settings. I thought that this was because detected the country that I live in (Finland) – a noobish mistake on my part. While I can speak a bit of Finnish, and read even more, it takes me a lot more time to read each word carefully so I fully understand what is written. Continue reading


Nokia Is… -insert cliché, catchphrase, colorful metaphor here-

Earlier this week, new Nokia CEO Steven Elop dropped a bombshell by announcing that Nokia is going to make Windows Phone 7 it’s primary smartphone OS. This announcement was preceded by an email to the entire company in which he used numerous clichés describing the state of Nokia as a company.

In the email, he stated that Nokia was being left in the dust by it’s main cellphone rivals at both the hardware and software level. Competitor smartphones have buried all high-end Nokia devices and cheap Chinese phones have been eating away at Nokia’s low-end dominance. Nokia’s software R&D was painfully slow and Nokia’s ecosystem was just a few plants in a greenhouse with a parrot in a birdcage and too many caretakers. Continue reading