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  1. Like plenty of technology considerations, it was about backward compatibility and not pissing off your existing customer base who may not have been able to afford a new color set. With the switchover to color, the chroma information in the signal was piggybacked as a subcarrier, so everyone wouldn't have to buy new televisions overnight. B&W sets just ignored the extra chrominance info. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTSC#History http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTSC#Color_encoding Of course, 65 years later might be pushing things a bit... Sounds interesting, and shoulders of giants indeed!
  2. FWIW, SS2 was just re-released by GOG: http://www.gog.com/gamecard/system_shock_2 http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/02/after-protracted-legal-battle-system-shock-2-comes-to-gog-com/ Although there are texture upgrades and other mods available, I'd have to agree with Lee here: "The greatest thing about System Shock 2, though, is that it doesn't need modernizing. When you're crawling through the tunnels beneath the botanical garden on deck 5, grimly searching through hastily buried bodies because you need the crew section access card, it doesn't matter that the graphics are low-poly and the textures are a bit blurry, because it's bloody terrifying. The air is thick with the clanking of the horribly disfigured cyber-midwife automatons, cooing their awful cooing to the bloated eggs which fill the crawlspaces. The dulcet tones of the mad artificial intelligence SHODAN echo in your ears, taunting and goading at the same time. You don't hear the parasite-infested crewman sneak up behind you until it screams "I'M SORRY!" and begins bludgeoning you with a wrench." There's more to gaming than graphics and difficulty. (the promoted comment at the bottom of the Ars article pretty much sums up my original experience too, all those years ago...) -B.
  3. How deep/long in characters is your directory path (W:\blah\blah\blah\) that you're trying to write to? Can you write directly to the root of the partition in question?
  4. Do you want this to autoplay or just be playable? As vozz observed, both Windows and OS X have some caveats for autoplaying certain file types nowadays due to security considerations. MP4 with VLC Portable on the thumb drive for Windows versions prior to 7? (not sure if Vista had H.264 support for WMP like 7 does, since I skipped it and went directly to 7) OS X/QuickTime should just handle pretty much everything.
  5. Oooh look, pretty charts and graphs: Despite record Mac sales, 70% of Apple's revenue comes from iOS
  6. No first-hand experience, but I've heard these both come highly recommended: Think Python Learn Python The Hard Way (actually for beginners - "The book is a very beginner book for people who want to learn to code. If you can already code then the book will probably drive you insane. It's intended for people who have no coding chops to build up their skills before starting a more detailed book.")
  7. I believe crabbey did something similar, albeit a few years ago now: http://mograph.net/board/index.php?showtopic=14184 http://crabbey1.blogspot.com/
  8. I enjoy rocking Pixar Typestry myself. You damn kids with your radiosity and global illumination - get off my phong-shaded lawn... On an only semi-serious note, what kind of brush should I purchase so I can paint like Picasso did?
  9. Bartleby


    Heh, tech support and techpubs - both are a bit like being a security guard: if you do your job to the very best of your ability and even beyond...the net result is that no one will ever notice (nothing happens.) Make a mistake or mess up though, (the store gets robbed) and you're screwed. No one ever calls or writes just to say "Hey, this shit works great, and I love it!" (ok, maybe rarely they might) I feel your pain, brother.
  10. Looks like IF: http://www.imaginaryforces.com/featured/6/565
  11. These might help: Bruce Bullis' API Zone blog (now defunct) http://blogs.adobe.com/ae_api/ specifically his jumpstart: http://blogs.adobe.com/ae_api/Head_First_Plug-in_Development.pdf and "How to Write Plug-Ins for Adobe After Effects by Kas Thomas" (also old): http://www.mactech.com/articles/mactech/Vol.15/15.09/AfterEffectsPlugins/ but yup, you'll also need a C++ primer.
  12. Actually, x264 is not a codec - it's is a free, open-source library implementing parts of H.264 for encoding H.264/AVC video streams. That's because QuickTime (or VLC, or whatever else you've got installed that decodes H.264) is doing the playback. Repeat after me: "x264 is not a codec."
  13. There's some more info in this thread: http://mograph.net/board/index.php?showtopic=20421&st=60 and if you're interested, the details of the whys and wherefores are here: http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/08/mac-os-x-10-6.ars/6 "This is just the start of a long journey for QuickTime X, and seemingly not a very auspicious one, at that. A QuickTime engine with no editing support? No plug-ins? It seems ridiculous to release it at all. But this has been Apple's way in recent years: steady, deliberate progress. Apple aims to ship no features before their time."
  14. In AE: http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14650#p75037 or http://www.cartoonsmart.com/ae_arrivals.html
  15. Going way, way back from the Terran Interactive days, there was Codec Central, but that's quite dated by now. You might have been thinking of the OneRiver Media codec site, which is less dated and still has some good info.
  16. Apparently you've confused the sitting President with his predecessor... -------------------- I oppose motorcycle ridin', Fox News-regurgitatin', gun totin', fascist wannabes - even if they're corn-fed white males. What kind of Enlightenment™ and Reasonable Discussion™ can you expect from an American Redneck who is one step removed from the trailer park?
  17. Absolutely. You'll lack a bit of context if you haven't seen any of the show, but I always thought this was a great bit from the end of season 1: Good writing, good acting, and good production design.
  18. Guys, guys - come on now. Just because any fool can register a domain and put up a site nowadays is no reason to be suspicious. Item: They don't accept credit cards or PayPal Item: They only take Western Union, or a wire transfer to Bank of China for payment Item: As Jon observed, they have those cool clocks (along with the rest of the stellar site design) I mean, it's clearly not like one of those Nigerian scams or anything...
  19. About disk optimization with Mac OS X
  20. If Clint is an AI, then we have *much* larger issues than Skynet looming... -------------------- I oppose motorcycle ridin', Fox News-regurgitatin', gun totin', fascist wannabes - even if they're corn-fed white males. What kind of Enlightenment™ and Reasonable Discussion™ can you expect from an American Redneck who is one step removed from the trailer park?
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