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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? May 2006 Entries
Toshiba HD-DVD player HD-A1 uses Broadcom for video, and SHARC for audio
(If you haven't seen the dissection post, you should start there.) Just got emailed a fun question from someone who obviously understands a little about silicon: Hey, do you know what the chip near the south bridge is that is covered by an integrated heat spreader? It has a bunch of memory right next to it. Looks to be something that is helping with the decode but we can't figure out what. Can you see what's under the heat spreader? Also, what are the Analog Devices parts near there? They look like ......

Posted On Thursday, May 18, 2006 11:10 AM

What to do when SQL error 605 or 823 strikes
Below is a question that was posted to AZGroups earlier this afternoon. I removed the database and table names because I'm downright anal about security :) Having table problems, and I am just stumped.... Our dev website started coming back with the following error when a user logs in: Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server error '80004005'Warning: Fatal error 605 occurred .... Microsoft's MSDN gives: ERROR_BAD_COMPRESSION_BUFFER 605The specified buffer contains ill-formed data.( ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 1:14 PM

Keeping Moore's law alive: This time the ball is in our court
The postulation of Douglas Engelbart back in 1965 that the complexity of computers would double every 24 months has held true ever since he said it. Although it was originally Engelbart's theory, it was carried to the press by Gordon Moore back in April of 1965, and has thus been famously attributed to him as “Moore's Law“. This means we've seen exponential advances in computing power over the past four decades: (Handy chart of Moore's law from Wikipedia) But is this coming to an end? ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 3:40 AM

More interesting discoveries inside the HD-A1
If you haven't seen the Toshiba HD-A1 tear-down, you should start there. New this time is a quick one-minute video which shows my quest to get the M-Systems USB flash drive recognized under XP. This was filmed before my last post which talks about some initial findings inside the firmware. Now that I had a few more minutes to dig a little deeper, I found a great freeware ext2fs Installable File System Driver that was able to recognize the USB flash disk under XP. After looking at the size of various ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 12:48 AM

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