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Dixonsvision

I’ve ranted before about shops who try to sell widescreen TVs by displaying 4:3 images stretched across a 16:9 screen. This has the effect that a large percentage of the population seem to think that widescreen TV is supposed to make people look fatter.

Things may finally be changing tho’. Currently the Dixons store at Holborn Circus has a display of two TVs – one is 16:9 and the other is 4:3. They are both tuned to the same channel and it’s obviously one that transmits widescreen properly as the 16:9 tv had a proper wide image and the 4:3 one was correctly cropped to the right size. You could clearly see the the wide image had more stuff on the edges. and by looking up at other TVs in the shop you could see how the others all had the 4:3 image stretched in a most unpleasant manner. It’s probably because the display was for Freeview which is a digital platform and therefore transmits in widescreen most of the time. The other TVs are all running off analogue systems which never broadcast in widescreen.

Someone needs to create a web page that explains this in simple terms for the masses.

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Doonesbury

Whilst browsing some old entries on Ask’s blog I found an entry pointing out a very appropriate Doonesbury cartoon.

(Actually, I’m just trying out Movable Type’s trackback functionality)

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Who Am I?

Answers to those kinds of important questions from Googlism.

Who is Dave Cross?

Who is davorg?

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HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux

It’s scary that in the 21st century we still need documents like this. But we do. So everyone should read it.

HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux

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Shiny

Just upgraded the site to run on Moveable Type 2.5. It looks very nice :)

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In Flight

Hey, look at this. I can pre-date entries.

I won’t actually be able to post a message on this date as I’ll be flying to San Diego to attend the Open Source Convention.

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Broken Browser

I use Galeon as my web browser of choice. It’s a Gnome browser based on the same software as Mozilla.

Generally it’s a really nice browser, but there’s one thing that I seem to have broken. At some point in the past I configured it to not allow popup windows. That’s generally a good idea, but there are a few sites that I need popups from – and I’m buggered if I can work out how to turn them back on again :(

Any advice gladly received.