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Free Parental Control for Web Site Software - Tuesday, 11 October 2011
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How to download YouTube Video - Monday, 3 October 2011

1. Copy the YouTube video clip url.

2. Go to www.keepvid.com

3. Paste url and select download format.

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Convert A PDF File To Word Or Excel - Tuesday, 19 July 2011
If you are trying to convert a pdf file to either Word or Excel, give these websites a try:
 
 
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The Purpose of Business Analysis - Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The Purpose of Business Analysis

* Establish the issue or opportunity 
* Understand the problem
* Facilitate change

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World's First IT Professional - Wednesday, 26 January 2011

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My Black Berry is not working..... - Wednesday, 26 January 2011

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NZ Freeview Channels - Friday, 14 January 2011

Television channels

Channel Name

Notes

001

TV One

1080i HD resolution

002

TV2

1080i HD resolution

003

TV3

1080i HD resolution and Dolby 5.1 sound [7]

004

C4

To be relaunched as FOUR in 2011.[8]

005

Maori Television

 

006

TVNZ 6

To be closed in March 2011.[9]

007

TVNZ 7

 

008

TV3 plus 1

Timeshift channel of TV3, delayed by one hour

009

C42

To be relaunched as C4 in 2011.[10]

010

Prime

 

011

Trackside

 

021

Triangle Stratos

Terrestrial broadcasts commence from 1 March, 2011. [11]

022

Parliament TV

 

023

Cue TV

 

024

Te Reo

 

025

Shine TV

 

028

ChineseTV8

Chinese channel [Mandarin and Cantonese]

030

tvCentral

Waikato and Bay of Plenty only

033

TV33

Chinese channel [Mandarin and English Audio]

100

Freeview HD

720p high definition test channel

Radio Stations

Channel Name

Notes

050

Radio New Zealand National

 

051

Radio New Zealand Concert

 

070

George FM

 

071

Base FM

 
 

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Media Player Chipset - Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Media Player Chipsets

Media Players all use a SoC (system on a chip) design whereby all hardware functions are contained within the chipset (video, sound, LAN, interface. etc). For this reason it is sensible to group players of similar chipset together as they will have the same raw performance. The differences come in firmware (software running on the chipset) although in practice firmware is often also very similar between players of the same chipset family (often being just a rebrand of the manufacturer's 'base' SDK version). This page lists all HD Media Player chipsets, grouped by manufacturer. A table allowing sorting by chronological order, clock Mhz. etc is at the end.

Sigma Designs

The first 1080p HD Media Player chipset was the 863x from Sigma Designs. It spawned a whole series of Media Players from early 2008 onwards and it was these players that kick-started the Media Player revolution. Important players based on the 863x chipset are the original WDTV and the Popcorn A-100 NMT. The Sigma 863x is clocked at 300Mhz and has now been superseded by newer chipsets. Limitations of the Sigma 8635 are a slow user interface, limited DTS support, and a general lack of power.
Sigma released both Sigma 864x series and Sigma 865x series chipsets in late 2009, with the first player featuring the 8643 (Popcorn Hour C-200) shipping in September 2009, and the first 8655 player (WDTV Live) arriving in October 2009. The Sigma 864x and the 865x are related and similar chips, with the 864x being the more powerful.
The Sigma 864x is clocked at 667mhz. The 8643 and 8642 are identical except that the 8642 is a Macrovision version allowing for the ability to play copy protected DVD / Blu-Ray. The 864x chipset is significantly more powerful than the 865x series, despite the product number being lower.
The Sigma 865x is clocked at 500mhz. All the 865x variations are similar, with the 8655 being marginally the most powerful. The 8655 uses 64bit RAM whereas the 8653 uses 32bit and the 8655 has six video DACs whereas the 8653 has four. The only benchmarks we could find give identical scores so real world performance is likely identical. The 8654 and 8652 are copy protection (Macrovision) enabled versions of each allowing for the ability to play copy protected DVD / Blu-Ray. One notable deficiency in all the Sigma chips is the inability to play RMVB files.
2011 will see the introduction of the next generation of Sigma chipsets.
Early to middle 2011 will see updates to both the 865x and 864x chipsets. The 865x will be suceeded by the 8670, offering a 700Mhz clock, 30% lower heat, and hardware 3D video acceleration. This chipset was previously known as the 8656, but is now numbered '8670'. The Sigma 8646 and 8647 chipsets offer incremental improvements to the 8642 and 8643. They will offer improved performance (800Mhz), working Gigabit LAN, and hardware 3D video acceleration.
Late 2011 will see the introduction of the 8910 chipset incorporating VXP image processing for superior video quality and 1080p 3D. This chip will be aimed at premium players and will be dual core running at 1200Mhz.

Realtek

The Realtek 1283 / 1073 chipset range appeared in mid 2009 and is clocked at 400mhz. A flood of cheaper Realtek based Media Players arrived through 2009, shaking up the Media Player market. Major players of this generation include Xtreamer, Asus O!Play R1, and ACRyan Play!On. The 1073 and 1283 are the same chip with the same performance, but the 1283 has added capabilities of recording and DTV. The Realtek 1073DA is an early release that is unable to downmix DTS whilst the 1073DD is the most common version and can downmix DTS.
It was revealed in February 2010 that neither the 1073DA, 1073DD, or the 1283 can passthrough (bitstream) Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD MA. In response to this in early 2010 Realtek started shipping enhanced + versions of it's chips. The 1073DD+ and 1283+ can both passthrough DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD. Some players use a chip that is marked 1073C, 1073C+, or 1283C+. As far as we know these chips are exactly the same as the DD+.
The Realtek RTD 1055, 1085, and 1185 chips are the successors to the 1073 series. All three chips run at 500Mhz so providing a small performance increase. Otherwise the chips offer the same comprehensive format support as the previous generation. The new chips run cooler than the old series, hopefully eliminating the need for cooling fans in some players. All chips run the same Realtek SDK4 Casablanca, offering a much better user experience (aesthetically, added media indexing, thumbnails..) even from the stock SDK.
The Realtek 1055 launched in late 2010 and is a non-network version with limited RAM (only 16MB flash and 128MB DDR). It boots in 7 seconds.
The 1085 and 1185 are due to start shipping in Spring 2011. Both chipsets are network enabled and benefit from the addition of Gigabit networking. The 1085 has 512MB flash RAM, 256MB DDR and an integrated Flash enabled browser. The 1185 has all the features of the 1085 whilst also being DVB-T / PVR capable (so equivilant to the old 1283).
As of early January 2011 we have seen players claiming to use a Realtek 1183 chipset. We are sceptical about whether such a chip exists or if it does whether it is new. The specifications seem identical to the 1283 but with the addition of a web browser (like the 1185 will have). Whether this is genuinely a new chip or just a software update is open to question. A Realtek RTD1183 chip passed DivX certification on 01-May-2009 (see here), eight days after the 1283 passed the same certification. This would seem to indicate that the 1183 does exist but it is of the same generation as the 1283. The 10/100 LAN, rather than Gigabit as in the 1185 would also indicate this. Why is it appearing now we wonder?...

Other Manufacturers

The AmLogic 8626H (Apollo) chipset was launched in early 2010 as a budget alternative to the Realtek 1073. It runs at 400mhz and appears to be at least equal in decoding performance to the Realtek chips whilst being even cheaper. The 8626H's main drawbacks are that it does not support lossless HD-Audio or WMV / VC-1. The Amlogic 8613 is an older Amlogic chipset used in the WDTV Mini and is unable to decode 1080P.
The Telechips 8900 series, as previously found in car entertainment systems is clocked at 500Mhz and offers performance roughly on a par with Sigma 865x chips. This chipset is used in the HDX Bone.
The Boxchip F10 appeared in late 2010, is SoChip SC9800 based (currently also used in some high-end portable media players), and offers full 7.1 downmix. Clock speed is as yet unknown but decoding performance has been shown to be comparable with 1073 based players. The Boxchip is a low cost solution and has allowed Media Players to be more inexpensive than ever before.
Players using Intel chipsets started to appear in late 2010. Both Google TV and BoxeeBox use the Intel CE4100. This chip runs at 1.2Ghz and reports state it is capable of 90Mbit/s h.264 video, making it roughly on a par (for h.264) with the 667Mhz Sigma 864x series. As a general purpose chip it will however be much superior.
Other chipsets that we've come across but have little information on are MStar D7M26L/6M68/SC9800/TCC8900 and Amlogic7226/7228/8618.

Media Player SoC chipset Comparison Table:
Manufacturer
Chipset Family
Launch Date
Model
Clock MHZ
LAN
Audio
Notes
Sigma Designs
863x
2008-01
8635
300
10/100
DD, DTS (partial)
Realtek
107x/128x
2009-06
1073DA
400
10/100
DD
Realtek
107x/128x
2009-06
1283
400
10/100
DTS, DD
AV record
Realtek
107x/128x
2009-06
1073DD+
400
10/100
DTS, DD
Realtek
107x/128x
2009-06
1283DD+
400
10/100
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Sigma Designs
864x
2009-09
8642
667
10/100
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Macrovision
Sigma Designs
864x
2009-09
8643
667
10/100
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Sigma Designs
865x
2009-10
8655
500
10/100
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
64bit RAM, 6 * Video DAC
Sigma Designs
865x
2009-10
8654
500
10/100
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
64bit RAM, 6 * Video DAC, Macrovision
Sigma Designs
865x
2009-10
8653
500
10/100
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
32bit RAM, 4* Video DAC
Sigma Designs
865x
2009-10
8652
500
10/100
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
32bit RAM, 4* Video DAC, Macrovision
Amlogic
8626
2010-01
8626H
400
10/100
DTS, DD
Intel
Intel CE
2010-01
CE3100
800
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Realtek
107x/128x
2010-09
1073DDC+
400
?
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
?
Realtek
1055/1085/1185
2010-11
1055
500
NONE
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Lower heat, 20% faster than 107x
Realtek
1055/1085/1185
2011-01
1085
500
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Lower heat, 20% faster than 107x, Flash web browser
Realtek
1055/1085/1185
2011-01
1185
500
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Lower heat, 20% faster than 107x, DVB-T, Flash web browser
Intel
Intel CE
2010-10
CE4100
1200
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Sigma Designs
864x
2011-01
8646
800
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Macrovision
Sigma Designs
864x
2011-01
8647
800
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
Sigma Designs
865x
2011-01
8656
500
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
3D Hardware Acceleration
Boxchip
SC9800
2010-09
F10
?
NONE
DTS, DD, TrueHD DM
Sigma Designs
8910
2011-08
8910
1200
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
VXP, 1080p 3D, dual core
Sigma Designs
8670
2011-04
8670
700
10/100/1000
DTS, DD, DTSMA, TrueHD
30% less heat, 3D

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