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Sunday, October 10th, 2004
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I keep meaning to update, but no time. I came home on Friday afternoon for Dad's birthday. It ended up being night by the time I got here. To my great surprise, I managed to get clamps stable enough to use web browser on. clamps is a computer I built out of junked broken computers so I'd have something to use here at home. It seems to be stable, provided the CPU is not being used very much. (Edit: or you have a 95% complete LJ entry on the screen. Then it crashes, attempting to take the entry with it, but it's still on the screen, so nuts to you computer!) This makes it difficult to compile updates. I took a picture of clamps the *last* time I was home. I need to post it.

Anyway, I achieved this level of stability by applying the closed-source Matrox drivers. Go figure. I think this is the first instance I've seen of closed-source making any linux installation *more* stable. I still think that given another pass at glibc, linux, and binutils, I can get this to work. I guess I'll have time come Thanksgiving :)

But yeah, tonight I and my brother and my dad went to Best Buy to pick out a new TV. After an hour of going through all the stuff, they mentioned that they didn't have any big TVs in stock. So we went to Circuit City instead, and got a fifty inch DLP. Ohhhhh god you have no idea. It is unreal. We don't have a cable box that tunes HDTV yet, so we watched a progressive scan DVD. And that was incredible! I'm really excited to see some actual high-res HDTV stuff.

Too bad I'm going back to school tomorrow :P
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[User Picture]From: casey
2004-10-10 04:20 pm (UTC)
Metroid Prime on Progressive Scan is supposed to be one of the most wondrous sights the world has to behold. I suggest you bring your Gamecube back the next time you go home and give it a try. Someday maybe I'll be able to see it... then I can die happy.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-10-10 09:02 pm (UTC)
Really? Now, I thought it wouldn't be too great on progressive scan, since you're still stuck with the jaggies that I found so distracting just with s-video. And now they're even bigger. I guess I'll find out eventually :)
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[User Picture]From: casey
2004-10-10 10:39 pm (UTC)
yeah, I dunno... maybe the people I've talked to just have poor judgement when it comes to video quality, but the extent to which they have extolled the virtues of the Gamecube's "progressive scan compatible" feature on a handful of games has convinced me that I need to see for myself what it's like.
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