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BDXL: Blu-ray Discs expand to 128GB

Someone asked my the other day if I knew what the successor to Blu-Ray would be. I said I'd heard of one candidate but had forgotten who or what.

Then Engadget posted news on the official BDXL spec. By going 3-4 layers deep, they can store up to 128 GB write-once information or 100 GB (rewritable). However, you'll need a new player since your laser probably isn't powerful enough to penetrate those new layers. Unless they have a way of souping them up. Perhaps ask NASA if they can think of something! :) After all, if they can jumpstart a satellite a billion miles away...

Update: Remembered the previously announced technology: HVD

Intel Atom CE4100 chip for STB

With Full-HD TVs and Blu-ray soundly established on the consumer market these days, Intel announces the Atom CE4100 for insanely powerful cable boxes and Blu-ray players. Dual 1080p streams can be decoded, MPEG4 and 3D graphics capability, as well as raw uncompressed 1080p capturing!

Next Gen networking: Intel Light Peak

Tom's Hardware reports that Intel has come up with a demo of what may become the next gen in networking: Intel Light Peak. Whereas Copper cable seems to be topping out at 10 Gb/s, Light Peak will start at that rate and easily up it to 100 Gb/s over the next decade.
The high speed optical cable will be used to connect computers, HD displays, video recorder, Blu-ray players, iPods and solid-state disks (SSDs).

Update: Apple is going to use Intel Light Peak in 2010!

10 Animation classics on Blu-Ray

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I just bought 8 10 of my favorite computer animation classics on Blu-Ray. Play.com is very competitive in the EU with free delivery and all. I got WALL-E, Cars, Bolt (pre-order), Ice Age 1&2, Kung Fu Panda, Happy Feet, Ratatouille, Surf's Up and the Pixar Shorts Collection. :) CAN'T WAIT! W00t!

I'm so glad I got the fiberglass hook up of my PS3 to my amp! ;)

Playstation 3

Well, in order to celebrate my coming independence, I went out and bought a PS3! Sadly, they didn't have a 40 GB model any more. They're really easy to upgrade with any 2.5" laptop hard disk, so why bother with bigger Sony packages when you can do it yourself? I got Resistance 2 bundled, so I can play with Imro and got MGS4 for me.

I get a Full HD player, with the best Blu-ray player out there and gaming thrown in for free. w00t

T3: Blu-ray players review

My favo gadget magazine reviews 6 Blu-ray players. If you are thinking of buying a PS3, check this too.

Update: I bought the PS3 ;)

Lenovo ThinkPad W700

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Lenovo has the new killer laptop! It's a 4 kg beast but it has more than most desktops!
The ThinkPad W700 features a 3.0 GHz Core 2 Extreme quad core processor (!), up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM, a professional NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M graphics with 1 GB of RAM and dual harddisk bays with an on-board RAID controller. Oh, and a 17" screen (a bit disappointing, I thought), a built-in Wacom tablet, dual-link DVI, 5 USB pors, WiFi/WiMax and an optional Blu-ray drive. Prices start at $3000, so that's fine too! ;)

Protect your data with self-correcting code

This guy is a my kind of hero. Smart, savvy, open and helpful. He is the guy who downloaded the entire wikipedia, so he could browse it offline too. :) And he surprised everyone with the facts that wikipedia is only 2-3 GB in size and can be imported in minutes in your local copy for personal pleasure (vs. day-long imports in MySQL)...
But he also devised a way to protect his imported data from data corruption. Despite ubiquitous storage in the form of CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, USB keys, USB disks and RAID arrays, one single bad block or magnetic pulse or scratch can still cause read errors in your precious backup and make you loose that one important file just when it need it badly (Murphy's Law).
Thanassis used a very common error-correcting Reed-Solomon code to add 32 bytes of redundancy to every 233 bytes of data, resulting in 255 bytes shielded against 16 failures! His code works on most Intel x86 operating systems (Linux, Free/Net/OpenBSD, Windows(Cygwin/MinGW) and is easy to use. …

Optical storage 1TB stored on standard DVD

Heavy nerd alert!
Researchers have stored 1TB stored in three dimensions on a standard format DVD disk (120 mm). They put 2 molecules in a layer substrate called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). One molecule referred to as a dye precursor (DP) and another light sensitive photoacid generator (PAG) molecule. When energy (light) strikes the PAG, it breaks down and releases an acid. The acid converts DP molecule to Rhodamine 700, which is colored and fluoresces strongly. Hence, it can be detected in UV light. This way they were able to make dots 5 microns apart. That's small enough to store about 5 GB per layer. Creating several layers, they could store about 1000 GB in 20 layers. Improving the technology, they hope to be able to store one Blu-ray disk per layer, yielding room for 5000 GB per disk!
/me is seriously impressed and psyched

NEC mass produces all-in-one Blu-ray chip

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Right on the heels of Panasonic, NEC announced it is also mass producing an all-in-one Blu-ray chip, EMMA3P (MC-10092. It slices, it dices, the blade never runs dull and if you order now, you will get a Red Green *and* Blue version! :)
Seriously, this system-on-a-chip (SOC) support the full BD-ROM 2.0 profile, does VC-1, H.264, MPEG 1, 2 and 4, Dolby Digital, Plus and HD, DTS, MPEG1 layer 1 and 2 audio (huh, no mp3?), AAC and MPEG BC, LPCM, CD-DA in hardware (decoding only, sadly)! And everything on two channels. Add some HDMI 1.3 component (RGB) output, 5 channel audio, NTSC/PAL/SECAM composite video, 10/100 Mb/s NIC (huh, no 1 Gb?) and two SATA interfaces and Bob's your uncle!
/me waits for blu-ray prices to come down

Belkin's wireless HDMI box w300

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HDMI, the next SCART interface, is great. But like with SCART, you always seem to have too little ports to plug into as the number of devices you get increases. Not to mention the cable spaghetti at the back of your TV or media center.
Belkin is about to change all that with a wireless HDMI box due in October. Albeit at a price! However, you can also use it to beam HDMI (DVD, Blu-ray, game) to an HDMI beamer at the ceiling or even in the next (bed)room. Coool!
/me wonders about picture quality

Super Hi-Vision Device At 17x HD Resolution

Just when you thought getting a Full-HD TV will have you set for life, you read news about JVC making a 17x HD Resolution screen! O_o Wow... I wonder what a 35 Mpx TV screen will cost. It's predecessor costs $140000!

Alienware's ultimate Home Theater Setup: Hangar18 HD

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Stumbled upon the ultimate Home Theater PC...!
Alienware's Hangar18 HD seems to have it all! Up to 4 TV tuners to record everything at once. 2 TB (2000 GB) of local storage to store it all. 1080p to watch it all and 5.1 surround sound to hear it all. Add a Blu-ray dual-layer player/burner, 4 USB 2.0 and a Firewire port, a Gigabit Ethernet connection, WiFi, an ATi 2400HD video card and up to 4 GB of RAM.
One sad little damper on th whole thing: Windows Vista Home Premium! Yuck! :puke:

New flat screen TV

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It's not a Full HD screen, simply because we don't have any sources for that and our Mac Mini media server, AFAIK, cannot handle Full HD movie decoding/display. And unless we win a PS3, we won't get one. But it's got plenty of input ports: 2 SCART, 2 HDMI, component (RGB) , VGA and composite, as well as audio in and output. We also got some fancy 2.1 speakers for it that will look totally cool! Petra loved them so who was I to argue. ;) our Home Theater setup is now almost complete... Only missing a general purpose amplifier and a DVR using Elgato's eyeTV products.

T3: Sony's first full-spec Blu-ray players outed

Now that HD-DVD is really dead, the doubting is over and it's time to take the next step: check out first full-spec 2.0 Blu-ray players. Prices: $400-500 this Summer. With the $ going further South, this may get even cheaper.

HD-DVD and Bluray copy protection cracked

Last week I read about HD-DVD's copy protection being cracked. Serenity was the first film out on HD-DVD. This morning I read that the same guy hacked Blu-ray and AACS as well... Same technique, same small hurdles. :respect:

Triple-standard disc: Blu-ray. HD-DVD and DVD

It's a mess in video medialand: Bluray, HD-DVD and regular DVDs. If you're in Hollywood, which do you support and for what will you revamp your entire distribution productline? Well... none!
Two übercool engineers at Warner have been working on a disc that will support all three technologies in one! If you're interested in technical details, read the article. Very ingenious indeed... :respect:

Matsushita: Blu-Ray, HD-DVD Will Never Merge

It seems it up to the customers again...
Blu-Ray, HD-DVD Will Never Merge. Just like Betamax and VHS, it is once again up the consumers to buy into one or the other. My guess is that PC support will matter as more and more people have a PC in the livingroom or a HTPC. Last I heard, Microsoft will back HD-DVD and HP swapped BluRay for HD-DVD, I heard for pricing/licensing reasons. Dell can therefore make or break BluRay, since Dell is the world's largest manufacturer of consumer PCs these days...

HP dumps Blu-Ray and hops over to HD-DVD

HP is doing a technology dance too. It used to side with Dell for Blu-Ray, the next generation DVD format. Now it seems that licence cost for Blu-Ray will amount to $30 per PC and HP believes that's too much. I tend to agree... however...
They're dumping Blu-Ray over $30 because HD-DVD support will be supported by Microsoft inside Vista (winXP's sucessor). That's kidding yourself because you'll pay a part for Vista too, it's just not that visible. Blu-Ray also uses Java for the interactive part (menus and the like). So Sun, HP's archrival, may be a bit too much in control for HP's taste... Politics, politics, politics...

MogileFS

Say, hypothetically speaking, you're a brilliant programmer who cranks out fully working application in no time. By now you have roughly a terabyte in complete, working source codes as well as binary executables for at least 15 different platforms.
Or you are a well-known celebrity or nature photographer with a medium format analog camera plus a 25Mpx digital back and a super high-resolution scanner. In other words, you have terabytes of critical portfolio data on your PC.
In both of these scenarios, how do you backup your data easily and reliably? Tapes are arcane and cumbersome. CDs are too small. DVDs are too small. Bluray DVD is still too expensive and too small. Harddisks are cheap. But SAN hardware is way too expensive for consumers. A NAS is for Windows (yuck) only. RAID is fine but how do you tell a photographer about LVM volumes, partitions and system groups...? That's right, you don't!
What you do is tell them about MogileFS! MogileFS is an open source file syste…