Max Romantschuk's weblog – October 2007 archive

The Perils of Beauty

Wednesday 3rd of October, 2007 - 11:18 – Permalink

Self image and self esteem starts to develop at an early age. Unfortunately, what you see in the media is not exactly healthy... Check out this great ad by Dove, or view directly blow. Via NOTCOT.ORG.

So why is this so important? Well, fact is that really anything can be faked with today's technology, and seeing is not believing unless you're up close and personal. Need proof that you can fake anything? Just see below...

A sidenote

I've yet to update my CV to reflect the fact that I've changed jobs. Life seems to get in the way, but I'm sure I'll get it done eventually.

Transcoding Video for the Nokia E65

Monday 22nd of October, 2007 - 13:00 – Permalink

One of the nicer things about my new company phone, a Nokia E65, is the fact that is has rather nice video support. The phone supports H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 video natively. With a little transcoding magic, I can watch TV shows (Anime fansubs to be exact) on the bus to/from work. In an effort to save other people some time I figured that documenting the transcoding options here would be a good idea... The same, or similar settings probably work for most newer Nokia 3G phones.

First of all, I use the SUPER media encoder to do my transcoding. It has a horrible user interface and doesn't seem to like Vista (I use XP at home), but it gets the job done with a minimum of fuss. VLC would probably work just as well, search the docs for transcoding... Anyway: These are the settings that work for me:

  • Output container: MP4
  • Output video codec: H.264
  • Output audio codec: AAC
  • Video resolution at 320x240 (native for the E65), 15 fps, bitrate at 144 kbps
  • Audio sampling rate 24000, mono, bitrate at 32 kbps

At these settings, twenty minutes of video eat about 30 megs of space. Given that a 2 GB memory card for an E65 was something like 30 Euros, let's just say that space isn't an issue...

Netless and mobile...

Thursday 11th of October, 2007 - 18:38 – Permalink

I got my company ADSL line and company phone this week. The good news is that the phone, a Nokia E65, works very well. In fact I'm using it to post this as the kids attempt to improve on the mess they've made so far. The bad news is that my Internet connection at home is down... The age-old saying, if you want something done right do it yourself, never seizes to apply.

On Mac OS X Leopard

Wednesday 31st of October, 2007 - 08:18 – Permalink

Sidenote: I finally updated my CV... Shame on me for taking so long.

But anyway, to the point: I don't normally get very excited about operating system reviews, but John Siracusa's review of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was a very readworthy piece. I've been considering getting a Mac more and more seriously lately, let's just say that having Windows Vista force fed to me at work hasn't been much of a joyride. John Siracusa has clearly used Macs for a long time, but his review of Leopard does not have the usual reality distortion -affected smell of a fanboy. A good read, even if just for the technical internals of the new Time Machine backup feature.