September 14, 2008

Achoooo

It's not yet fall, but that doesn't mean I can't hole up in the basement and watch football all weekend. There's nothing better than the college coverage on CBS in beautiful 1080i. I'm sorry Fox and ABC/ESPN, 720p just doesn't cut it. The only thing I'd add would be the falling leaves and cooler temps of Autumn, then it'd be perfect. Well, it'd be perfect if Jo liked football. I'll manage.

This past week, I got the WebKit submodule building again on Mac in the Chromium tree. That doesn't really sound all that impressive, I mean, building WebKit on Mac isn't that hard right? Well recall we're not building what Apple builds. First there's the V8 JS engine replacing KJS. Next there's the port, graphics, and glue layers that isolate WebCore to render into a bitmap rather than drawing directly to a view. Most importantly there's Chromium's resource loaders which turn WebCore into a pure renderer, funneling all i/o traffic to the Chromium host; WebCore no longer handles it's own networking. Needless to say, there's a lot under the hood that's differs from the WebKit.framework that ships with the OS. Hopefully by the end of next week we'll be tackling only link errors with TestShell.

Parasound, the makers of the Halo A51 5-channel amp I own and have raved about in the past, just announced the Halo C3 pre-amp/processor at CEDIA. I'm quivering with excitement. While I don't have an HDMI set (yet), I'll need something that can handle all the new formats eventually, as well as providing balanced outputs to the amp. The C1/C2 won tremendous acclaim without breaking the bank, and while built on an extensible chassis, Parasound never provided upgrades for them and left them to languish. Hopefully the same will not be true of the C3. List of the Halo C3 should be south of $3500 from CEDIA reports, which for an audiophile-quality pre/pro is amazing.

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