Classic Home Toys Installment # 27

The development of Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software collaboration; typically all the underlying source code can be used , freely modified,  and redistributed, both commercially and non-commercially, by anyone under licenses such as the GNU General Public License. Typically Linux us a format known as a Linux distribution for desktop and server use.

The Brief Lifespan Of DAT

DAT was widely used in the professional audio recording industry in the 1990's, and is still used to some extent. Particularly with regard to archives created in the '90, although most labels have a program in place to transfer these tapes to a hard disk-based database. DAT  is used professionally due to its lossless encoding, which allows a master tape to be created that is secure and does not induce tape noise (hiss) into the recording.

Classic Home Toys #26

Only a couple of years after the adoption of the familiar orange and white icon for RSS feeds, social  networking sites such as Facebook, my Space, and Twitter began to grow in popularity.  In fact, many RSS software sites stopped updating their software around 2007 and although some sites still provide inks to the feed,   RSS is barely ever mentioned anymore.  Some sites still display the icon, but  no longer provide an updated feed.

Blu-ray DVD Part 6: The Future of Blu-ray

Although the Blu-ray disc specification has been  finalized,  engineers continue to work on advancing the technology.  Quad-layer or 100 GB discs have been demonstrated on a drive with modified optics. Hitachi Corporation has stated that such a disc could be used to store up to 7 hours of 32 MB's video (HDTV)  or 3 hours and 30 minutes of 64MB video  also referred to as 4K. In August of 2006,  TDK announced that they have created a working experimental Blu-ray Disc capable of holding 200 GB of data on a single side,  using six 33 GB data layers.

Blu-ray DVD Part 5: Blu-ray survives

With James Cameron's Avatar becoming the most successful Blu-ray DVD to date,  Blu-ray manufacturers could finally breath a sigh of relief and be confident that the once infant format has finally matured.   The next dilemma facing Blu-ray is an old problem that once again reared its ugly ahead to threaten this newbie format.

Blu-Ray DVD: Part 3

On January 4, 2008, a day before CES 2008, Warner Bros. (the only major studio still releasing movies in both HD DVD and Blu-Ray Disc format) announced that it would release only in Blu-Ray Disc after May 2008. This included other studios that came under the Warner umbrella, such as New Line Cinema and HBO -though in Europe, HBO distribution partner, the BBC, announced it would continue to release in both formats while keeping an eye on the market.

Blu- Ray: The Next Generation DVD - Part 1

Once DVD's had become an entrenched part of the world's media landscape, home video aficionados knew that not much time would pass before movie companies did one better than the picture and sound quality of DVD discs.

Blu-Ray DVD Part 2: The Format Wars Begin

In 2004, the physical specifications for Blu-Ray Disc were finalized. In January 2005, Sony announced that they had developed a hard coating polymer for Blu-ray discs. Cartridges, originally used for scratch protection, were no longer necessary and were scrapped. The BD-ROM specifications were finalized in early 2006.

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The Rebirth of 3-D: Pt 3

Classic Home Toys #22 - The Rebirth of 3-D: Part 2

The earliest confirmed 3-D movie ever screened for a paying audience was The Power of Love which premiered September 27, 1922 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. This was the first time that the red/green dual strip projection was used as well as the anaglyph glasses. The film despite the novelty of the 3-D effect failed to capture the interest of theatre owners and exhibitors and was shelved. Unfortunately, all copies of the film have been lost.

Classic Home Toys Installment #19 The Final CD Format: HDCD

HDCD is capable of higher quality sound reproduction because HDCD encodes the equivalent of 20 bits worth of data in a 16-bit digital audio signal by utilizing custom dithering, audio filters, and some reversible amplitude and gain encoding. Peak Extend, which is a reversible soft limiter and Low Level range Extend which is a reversible gain on low-level signals. There is thus a benefit at the expense of an increase in noise.

Classic Home Toys #17 - Make Way for SACD

Whatever the future holds for SACD, listeners cannot deny the formats superior audio quality and after listening for some time to SACD's. one may find it difficult to go back to listening to the traditionally recorded CD's in their collections.

Classic Home Toys #16 - Electronic Book Reader

From Apple's Newton right up to the latest contenders including the Amazon Kindle, computer manufacturers are still trying to get the public to embrace the ability to read without holding any paper.

Classic Home Toys #15 - Palm Pilot

The Palm V had 2MB of RAM to store data as well as the ability to wirelessly transfer data to another Palm through an infrared port located in the top of the device.

Classic Home Toys #14 - Atari's Next Wave: The Atari 5200

The 5200 console became yet another obsolete home video game system that was obsolete almost from the day it was released. Although a financial failure, the 5200 would earn its rightful place as a classic home toys and find a niche in the annals of video game history. A downturn in the video game market and stiff competition from Coleco and Mattel forced Atari to abandon the 5200 in the hopes of achieving success with a new line of game systems.

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