Friday, September 02

Geek

It's Not What You've Got, It's What You Do With It

The one small fly in my shiny new notebook ointment was that occasionally, while watching anime, it would stutter very slightly.

It still did it after I added the extra gig of ram, so that wasn't the problem.

It still did it after I replaced the hard disk with a larger and faster model, so that wasn't the problem.

It still did it even though CPU utilisation was below 20%, even while playing in full-screen mode.

But when I replaced WinAmp with BSPlayer, it went away for good.

Alas, BSPlayer too had a problem: In full-screen mode it made sure to fill the entire screen, from edge to edge. Even if you were watching a standard-format show (4:3) on a widescreen display (5:3) - in which case the subtitles would be neatly located somewhere off the bottom of the screen so as not to spoil your viewing pleasure.

There are no options to change this behaviour. I looked, and I looked again, and I looked again. But there is a pan-and-scan mode - which turns out to work perfectly.

The only remaining problem: 900GB of anime. 100GB of disk space.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 07:56 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Hmm. Looks like Terabyte external hard drives are currently going for 850$ or so. Sheesh. I think my desktop is old enough it has maybe 4 gigs. My laptop is a little older, but still...

Posted by: owlish at Friday, September 02 2005 01:57 PM (QiOeU)

2 This is my notebook I'm talking about. :) My desktop has a terabyte-and-a-bit.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, September 02 2005 08:01 PM (RbYVY)

3 Nver mind. I'm behind the times enough I'm thinking of buying a used playstation2. :)

Posted by: owlish at Friday, September 02 2005 10:26 PM (QiOeU)

4 Hey, the Playstation 2 is way cool! I spent a happy month earlier this year hiding from real life and playing games on mine. :)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, September 03 2005 01:32 AM (RbYVY)

5 The only remaining problem: 900GB of anime. 100GB of disk space. The solution? MPEG4!!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, September 03 2005 02:17 AM (CJBEv)

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