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  1. NBC's coverage of the Olympic Opening Ceremony

    There's an interesting discussion at about NBC's online coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony. Apparently the order of teams marching into the stadium has been altered in order to delay the USA team's appearance, presumably to keep viewers engaged for longer.

    I'm intrigued to see the varying reactions, from "Get over it, it's just editing" to "The media are manipulating us again".

    In my experience this sort of thing is reasonably routine and usually ...
  2. Cuil not so hot

    A new search engine by the name of cuil (pronounced "cool") has been developed and launched by a couple of ex-Google engineers with the explicit goal of challenging Google's dominance. Have a look and see what you think.

    At first glance the results page is refreshingly different, being presented in a magazine style rather than list. Unfortunately what really matters are the results, and they aren't so flash. For example, a search for my name shows me at number 3 but a photo of me ...
    General , Web Development
  3. Samsung to ramp up OLED production

    Samsung SDI has announced its intention to spend US$529 million boosting production of OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays by mid-2009. The plan is to multiply production levels by six times.

    There is a growing market for active-matrix (AM-OLED) displays, with advantages such as better quality, slimmer size and increased energy-efficiency over LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screens.

    Samsung seem to be enjoying their lead into the world of OLED. Their grammar ...
  4. Housekeeping: Blog moved (slightly)

    I'm still trying to sort out the best way to run this blog but I've realised that I need to move it to my own personal account in the forum. The URL for the blog has changed but apart from that everything should be working as normal. You don't have to change your subscription in any way.

    I had to do a bit of a hack to move the blog entries to the new location so please let me know if you spot any problems.

    Regarding guest posts, from now on I'll suggest ...
  5. Can MT9 replace MP3?

    MT9 is an digital audio file format developed by Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Institute, and currently being considered as a new international standard by the Motion Pictures Experts Group (MPEG). You can hear it in action at

    As well as an increase in sound quality, MT9 boasts a very cool feature: 6 channels of audio that can be independently adjusted. End users can become producers - pump up the bass, remove the vocals for Karaoke, isolate the guitar track... ...
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