What Now?

I have had some readers ask what is to become of this blog. Well, it started out discussing Office Development, then it covered Threat Modelling, and most recently it has been about HDi. There have been several posts about the Pet Shop Boys and then there was this little post, too. That’s the cool thing…

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A Concert with PowerPoint Slides?

As you may know, Howard Jones played an acoustic show in Seattle last night with Robin Boult on guitar. The performance was fantastic, and the venue (The Triple Door) was actually quite nice with a limited menu coming from the kitchens of Wild Ginger. (Although I enjoyed the food, I am not really a fan…

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Good News

Not one but two bits of good news this morning! Firstly, TWICE reported on Toshiba’s plans for HD DVD this year. Probably the biggest news was that the entry-level HD-A3 player will have a new recommended price of only $149 and that the higher-end models will get similar price cuts. And in other news: Howard…

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HD DVD Emulator for Xbox 360!

It’s finally here! The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator went live today, enabling content authors to test their HD DVD content in a real-world consumer player before committing it to a shiny disc. This can save a lot of time and a lot of money for those folks building advanced HD DVD titles. It might…

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“Open Season” Hits #2; World Scratches Head

If you follow the High-Definition format war at all, you’re probably familiar with the weekly sales breakdown published in Home Media Magazine and other places. If you checked them last week, you would have seen something strange. Something very strange. At #1, you have Live Free or Die Hard on Blu-ray. This makes sense, since…

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Wikipedia editing

Short post: In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve started editing Wikipedia on various topics related to HD DVD. Initially I made several “anonymous” edits, but decided to create an account for transparency and so I can “watch” pages as they change. Basically I am just posting this here so nobody “discovers” my edits in…

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Helpful Tracing Routines

Last time we looked at conditional compilation, and how using it with HDiSim could aid with interactive debugging of runtime exceptions. But as useful as interactive debugging is, there are three major cases where it is impractical or impossible: When the bug is timing related, and using a debugger masks the bug; or Reproducing the…

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link

No, not the application.link API. A web link. Or two. Some of you may have noticed a new name on the HD DVD Forums of late: Amy Dullard. She also has a great blog that focuses on getting people up-and-running with HDi. Check it out at http://blogs.msdn.com/amyd. Another person you might recognise from the Forums,…

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HD DVD creation on the Mac and PC

Although I tend to blog about HDi and advanced interactivity in HD DVD, many customers simply want to release their high-definition video quickly and cheaply. If you are a professional videographer shooting things like weddings, corporate events, marketing collateral, industrial films, digital shorts, etc. then often you won’t need a disc with the breakthrough interactivity…

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Script Execution Order in HD DVD

An HDi application can use multiple script files so that you can better manage your code (more manageable files; easier source control; etc.). You do this simply by listing the files inside <Script> elements inside the manifest (and of course add the appropriate <Resource> elements if they’re not all in an ACA file). Whether or…

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