Thursday, November 29, 2001

Problems with Progressive Scan signals and the 38" Aconda

A couple of people have written in saying that the new 38" Aconda isn't accepting a progressive scan (480p) signal properly via it's component video inputs. Namely with high end Progressive scan Sony DVD players. I'll have to look into this when I get around to visiting my local Good Guys. If there are any 38" Aconda owners out there, please write in and let me know so we can help figure out what is going on here. Maybe it's only w/ Sony DVD players? Maybe other brands will work? Maybe this is a problem with particular units?

I hope this is not a design flaw with the 38" Acondas as one of the promising features was the ability to accept Progressive Scan (480p) signals via BOTH the VGA and Component inputs. If it is a problem that can't be fixed, this thing's got some real issues. I figure for the very high price tag and as a high end Video product, such a problem is absolutely unacceptable!

Dave

Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Another great HDTV Tutorial

You know, I have always liked the "How Stuff Works" series of children's books. In fact, I'm not convinced that the books are only of benefit to children. MOST so called "adults" could learn quite alot from the book. I stumbled across an excellent tutorial on How HDTV Works on their web site that is worth checking out.

This is a good resource to pass on to those friends who come over and keep asking you about getting HDTV themselves. There is also a great list of links at the end of the article.

Dave
More 38" Aconda Sightings

Here are some recent Ads spotted around the country:

Good Guys (Los Angeles Times): Loewe ACO9383PB 38-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $5499

Harvey (New York Times): Loewe Aconda ACO9383 38-inch 16:9 direct-view CRT TV $5499

Also, Matt wrote in after seeing a 38" Aconda being unpacked at "Domes" in Chesapeake, Va.

Looks like $5499 is the going price. However, given that there are other 38" direct views for much less (ie. the RCA and the Proscan) and that the Aconda still doesn't offer any Firewire/DTCP capabilities, it is looking a bit overpriced and obsolete in the grand scheme of things. I'll head by my local Good Guys in Huntington Beach and Irvine to see if they have one set up to look at. At five and a half grand, it'd better be REALLY good looking and much better than the competition to garner that price.

Dave

Tuesday, November 06, 2001

Bad DVD carries an inconvienent virus...

OK, not that I think many of my readers are interested in the "Powerpuff Girls" but who knows, some of you may have kids. If you've bought the Powerpuff Girls DVD make sure you don't play it in your PC or Laptop as it's install files (executables) have been contaminated with a really annoying virus, see this article on C-Net.com:

Powerpuff DVD packs viral punch

Rest assured, this will not effect your stand alone/regular DVD player (unless it happens to have a Window$ Operating System that is). Man, this sort of thing should NOT be happening.

Yet another reason to make sure your internet security is up to snuff. Remember, your friendly neighbourhood Aconda fan reccomdends you always:

1) HAVE A GOOD UP TO DATE VIRUS SCANNER RUNNING AT ALL TIMES.

2) RUN A GOOD FIREWALL, IF NOT A HARDWARE ONE, AT LEAST A REALLY GOOD SOFTWARE ONE LIKE ZONEALARM (the price is right...FREE, available at www.ZoneAlarm.com).

Don't say Dave didn't warn you.

Dave

P.S. I don't work for Zonealarm, they just have a really kick ass product. If you want to test your system for vulnerabilities and learn about internet security and hacker proofing your system in general, I also highly reccomend www.GRC.com

Thursday, November 01, 2001

Other ways to turn your Aconda on...

OK, so I thought I'd discovered all the little features and quirks of my Aconda. Ran across one today that was pretty cool and unexpected. Maybe some of you have noticed it already:

Turn off the Aconda, hit one of the numeric keypad buttons (0-9) and the Aconda will turn on and go to that channel.

That's it. Kinda of anti-climatic eh? OK, it's no earth shaking discovery, but still an interesting and convenient quirk. If you want more interesting stuff, I'm frankly running out of things to say and I'm probably repeating myself alot at this point. So write in and keep this interesting. Tell me what you've found out and we'll share the info/wealth. OK, back to watching TV.

Dave