NAB2014 Report

audio, Codec, conversion, DCinema, HDTV, Media, NAB, NERD, Ryerson University, Technology, Video
DEKTEC: DekTec introduced the DTA-2180 low profile PCIe H.264 encoder. The DTA-2180 is a low latency — 150 to 600 ms -- H.264 hardware encoder based on the Magnum chipset. It supports MPEG-2 and H.264 and up to 16 channels of audio. Audio can be encoded as AC-3, AAC or MPEG-1 Layer 2. The DTA-2180 offers a 10 bit 4:2:2 option for contribution encoding.The DTA-2180 has a 3G –SDI and HDMI input and an ASI output. The compressed stream output — TS encapsulated H.264 or mpeg-2 — is also available on the PCIe for real time streaming, processing and recording. NIMBUS: The WiMi6400T and WiMi6400R provides high quality Full HD encoding/decoding function with low latency of 40ms for encoding and decoding, each. It supports wide range of encoding rate from 1Mbps ~…
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Absolutely Insane Home Automation system…….

NERD, Technology
I don't think I've seen anything geekier than this.....I absolutely love it. A Star Trek fan who's -- obviously -- very good with wiring, electronics and programming has created this LCARS type controller to control just about everything in his house. Have a peek at the video below to get a better idea at what this guy has accomplished. Absolutely wonderful :-).His webpage is in German, but has a very good collage of pics about the project. Well worth the trip.
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Happy 2nd Birthday N.E.R.D.logger…..

birthday, NERD
This week marks N.E.R.D.logger's 2nd birthday -- and we couldn't be happier about that. It has been a great year for N.E.R.D. with lots of encouraging feedback. We launched on the 24th May 2007 and have seen the site grow, and grow, and grow... Not only in terms of features but members/subscribers aswell. A big thank you to all the community. Your support is really appreciated.
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Vista Network Blues…Repeated network disconnect

Microsoft, NERD, rant, Tricks, Tutorial, Windows
A lot of people seem to be running into weird network problems with Vista (MS's latest abortion). The symptoms might include:- Windows messenger issues (disconnects, slowness)- Large network file copies get interrupted or are slowwwww- Network file transfers that seem to hang for no reason- Network ghosts turning on/off the network subsystem- Routers having issues that lead to router reboot- Outlook having synchronization issuesA possible solution is turning off auto-tuning. You see Vista being Vista, wants to always be in control, even when it gets on the network with others. MS has built a new feature into it's network stack that allows Vista to auto-tune the size of the send/receive windows.....why would you want to do this by default when half the worlds firewalls discard non-standard packet sizes is a…
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These guys know how to have fun…..

NERD, Technology
I have to admit, once I finished reading the article I just about fell of my chair laughing. Not at the idea/concept, but at the shear ingenuity/nerd factor of this project. You see the N.E.R.D.s down at Purdue University are planning to literally build the largest Big Ten supercomputer that is not part of a national center....not in a year, not in a month, but in a DAY. Yep, you read right, 200 employees will be hacking and slashing this behemoth together in 24 hours. Guys and Gals, we salute you. You are true N.E.R.D.s......Good luck :-)
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Eyebeam OpenLab

Art, NERD, Opensource, Technology
Stumbled across this earlier today and did not get a chance to make a note of it. From the overview portion of the page:"The Eyebeam OpenLab is a home for artists, engineers and hackers pioneering open source creativity. The first initiative of its kind, the lab is focused entirely on incubating experimental technologies and media that directly enrich the public domain."Sounds like my kinda place. Now you might be asking why it's mentioned here.....well it's N.E.R.D. content and since I'm working with a group of people at my Uni on a very similar Lab, atleast in concept, I thought it deserved a mention.Their Facilities section describes the environment as:"The OpenLab at Eyebeam includes a mezzanine with an extended whiteboard and projector for informal meetings; a Lab space for electronics production,…
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