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    Dolby Cinema

    Surprised to not find a discussion about this yet. Dolby Cinema was first announced back in December of last year, but details didn't really come out until NAB last week and CinemaCon this week. The technology is the first to bring HDR (high dynamic range) technology (i.e. Dolby Vision) to the...
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    Custom Home Theater (and house containing it) for sale: Southern New Hampshire

    Do you live in southern New Hampshire / northern Mass (or want to relocate there) and wish you had a custom home theater? Well here's your chance! We had a corporate relocate to Texas and that means our home theater (and the house it resides in) are on the market. Since this is the Home Theater...
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    Copying camera memory to CD (portable devices)?

    My fiancée and I are going overseas for our honeymoon and really don't want to bring a laptop with us to back up (and copy off) our flash memory for our digital cameras. (Beyond just the weight/size of a laptop, we don't want to have to worry about theft of it while overseas.) Have any of you...
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    Diana Krall's current tour - fantastic!

    My fiance and I caught Diana Krall's performance in Boston last night and if you're a fan of small combo jazz, jazz fusion, or improvisation, you don't want to miss this concert. (It was only the third stop on the tour so most dates are still to come.) She performed with a small combo of...
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    Linking to Outlook, not Outlook Express

    I have a strange problem on my home PC that I was hoping one of you could help me fix. I have the full Outlook (2000) installed on my system and have from the beginning. And yet, whenever I click on an email link on a webpage, Outlook Express launches instead of Outlook. Needless to say, I'd...
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    Wooden speaker cones - coming soon to a speaker near you

    Here's a very interesting new development. Apparently a JVC scientist has figured out how to make speaker cones out of wood. The solution? Soaking the wood in sake! The Solution Was Sake According to audio engineer friends of mine this has been considered to be one of the holy grails of...
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    Microsoft announces XNA - Future Xbox games to also play on PCs

    This sounds like a brilliant move by Microsoft. They've created a unified suite of development tools which are designed to make game development even easier. The tools look extremely promising but what really drew my eye was that the tool makes it possible to develop one release (SKU) that will...
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    They'll buy anything on Ebay - Powerbook *box* auctioned off

    (This one ended a week ago...) I've seen some strange things go for obscene amounts, but this one's the wackiest big-ticket one I've seen. You could have been the first on your box to buy the box -- that's right, just the box -- that a Powerbook 1 GHz comes in. No Powerbook, no cables, no...
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    LA Members: 50th Anniversary Screening of THE ROBE Tonight

    A special screening will be held in Los Angeles TONIGHT. The 50th Anniversary of "The ROBE" will be held this Wednesday, November 18 at the Motion Picture Academy Goldwyn Theatre. The is a brand new print from original elements that will be in the original release aspect ratio of 2.55 to 1...
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    The Who: The Kids Are Alright - Wow! What a Transfer!

    Just finished watching THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT. I can't believe how absolutely gorgeous it looked and how amazing it sounded. You would have thought it was shot yesterday. This is a collection of The Who performances mostly from over twenty-five to thirty-five years ago. The television segments...
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    Dealing with neighbors - when does too much become *too* much?

    Since I got home from work at about 7pm I've been listening to my next door neighbor's beagle howl. He hasn't stopped and they haven't lifted a finger to stop him. This has been going on since about three months after they got him - or nearly a year. They got him, they say, because their 7-year...
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    HTPC Motherboard died - replacement suggestions?

    Well... it looks like the heat wave we had up in New England killed my HTPC's motherboard (Asus P4T) and I need to pick out another one. I'd love to hear some suggestions from other HTPCers. I'm looking for a well-performing ATX P4 mobo. I don't need onboard video or audio as I'm using an ATI...
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    Paying for Online Content - LA Times Calendar to start charging

    One of my Sunday morning rituals is to read the LA Times Calendar, Magazine and New York Times every Sunday morning. As I live in New Hampshire, this means I read them online. Recently more and more papers have started to charge for popular content and the LA Times joins this group on August...
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    Workbench and storage ideas

    In the unending summer of projects, I've decided it is time to convert the rear of the garage into a workshop. As such, I'd like to install a large workbench or two, some storage cabinets and shelving. I'm looking for steel construction with a good solid surface and some matching cabinets...
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    Anyone purchased Kino's American Film Theatre series?

    I received an email this morning from Kino announcing volume 2 of their American Film Theater series. These are films, long thought lost, that were shot in the early 1970s. Each one is a literal recording of a famous play with top notch actors. For example, volume 2 includes Katherine Hepburn in...
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    Mosquito Magnet Opinions?

    I was out working on my deck after work tonight and was eaten alive by mosquitos. All the rain we've been having has been nirvana for them and this is the worst I've seen since living in Houston. As I appears we're facing a horrid mosquito season this summer, I'm seriously considering buying...
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    Cleaning out dead-link bookmarks - utility available?

    As I look at all the bookmarks in my Favorites, I realize that a lot of them I probably don't need anymore and indeed, a lot of them are probably dead links. Does anyone know of a utility that can scan your Favorites and mark or purge all those that are dead links? Also - is there any way to...
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    Firewire / USB 2.0 Drive Enclosures

    I just ordered a new computer and have some small (60GB, 80GB) IDE drives in my old PC that I'd love to use as external backup drives. I know there are a lot of Firewire and/or USB 2.0 enclosures out there and was hoping you guys would have some suggestions for enclosures you've used and liked...
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    Building a deck - Wood (IPE) versus composite (TimberTech)

    Now that spring is FINALLY arriving in New England, it is time to build a couple of decks off the back of the house. I was all ready to build it with a good hardwood such as ipe, but have had a couple of friends recommend that I look at building it with a composite decking material such as...
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    Identifying DVDs you've watched and those you haven't

    As I'm thinking of changing the way I store my DVDs, I was wondering how everyone identifies those DVDs they've watched and those they haven't. Currently I keep the watched and unwatched DVDs separate. Each group is sorted by category and then alpha within each category. This has worked well...
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    Bloom County Returns! (online)

    Was reading Foxtrot online this morning and was happy to discover that Bloom County will be available to read online starting tomorrow (March 17th). Note - these aren't new strips. Instead, they're restarting the series online from the very first strip (which appeared on December 7, 1980)...
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    The Film Movement - New DVD Subscription Service

    I just read about The Film Movement at DVDFile. According to their website, they've been up and running since January, but this is the first I've heard of them. The concept is that they ship subscribers a DVD each month with an independent and/or foreign film and a short subject. The films...
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    DVD Profiler - can it do this?

    I'm still using a Access database to track my DVD list and have been following the DVD Profiler discussions from time to time. Though my database works, data entry is a pain (one to two minutes per disc). That said, from playing with DVD Profiler and reading other's comments, I can't...
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    Need to boost your WiFi signal? LinkSys WSB24

    I installed a 802.11b WiFi network in my house last summer and have been mostly happy with the results. But, there were whole areas of my house where the signal was extremely weak or not even present. While surfing the web a few days ago I noticed that LinkSys had finally released their much...
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    Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live hits DVD

    This was one I literally didn't think we'd see on DVD for a long time, if ever. According to The Digital Bits, Universal Music is releasing this concert on 2/11. The laserdisc sounds fantastic and I can only hope that the DVD (featuring a new 5.1 mix in both DD and DTS) will sound as good if not...
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    DVD UI Assumptions (Query)

    The following is copied, with permission of the author, from the DVD-L mailing list, a list for DVD authors and producers. I've copied it here in hopes of soliciting feedback from you all about what you've seen/experienced regarding using DVD menus. Were any of you all frustrated/confused by...
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    CBS Threatens to Stop HDTV

    Looks like the rights-management showdown is beginning. Faced with a hostile reaction to the broadcast industry's preferred copy-protection method, Viacom Inc.-owned CBS is threatening to cease all high-definition programming during the 2003-2004 season. The complete story is available via...
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    24 - Canadian "version" for sale in US

    Oops. Looks like some of the shipments got mixed up. I picked up 24 today and was surprised to see that the packaging had a sticker on it promoting: The New Season - Tuesdays on Global and CH Uhm, shouldn't that be "Tuesdays on Fox"? I know New Hampshire borders Canada, but we're a little...
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    24: Season 2 - Hour 1 - 10/29/02

    Admin note: This initial post has the pre-episode 1 discussion merged into this first thread for "24: Season 2" Future episode spoilers should be in spoiler text. Speculation just needs to be noted as speculation. Have fun. Great teaser trailer during the American Idol show tonight. Looks...
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    I'm now convinced Baseball is going have a to strike

    (And it isn't just because the Red Sox are rapidly falling out of playoff contention...) After reading about the latest player proposal Saturday and how the owners basically took it as an insult, I'm convinced that we're going to have a strike and that the World Series isn't going to happen...
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