The Geek

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  1. The Geek added a post in a topic Why won't Apple get Blu Ray?   

    I too believe that eventually physical media will disappear, but it won't happen until broadband speeds can support distribution of HD content. Music was low hanging fruit as a song is only a few meg. Compare that to 40g for a single HD movie. It will be many, many years before there is a enough critical mass of users with the broadband to support streaming new movies in full HD to make it feasible to replace BR discs. By then, BR will be what DVD's are now (cheap and plentiful). I suspect BR could very well be the last physical media.

    It is kind of sad as I am a movie collector, but I am also lazy so if I can stream true HD content to my TV without having to go out and buy it, I most likely will. I am already looking to set up a jukebox for my movies, however the BR discs suck up too much space to make it really easy as this stage :)

  2. The Geek added a post in a topic Why won't Apple get Blu Ray?   

    The difference between BluRay and DVD on a good TV is the difference between a video and a DVD. Give me the choice and I'll watch a BR any day of the week over a DVD - heck even over the cinema.

    It was fairly recent that BluRay became the definitive player over Toshiba's HD DVD so it didn't make much sense for anyone to sign up to either side till a dominant format was established. PS3 obviously had it because it was Sony but wouldn't they have looked a twit if everyone would have adopted Toshiba? Who knows how long the format will last, but I can't see it NOT becoming the dominant format over the next few years. It holds FAR more data and resellers love the opportunity it provides for selling new players AND new TV's.

    As to price, BluRay movies are the exact same price I was paying for DVD's when they had only 5% of the market. It will change as more users buy more players.
  3. The Geek added a post in a topic Why IPC is failing   

    I think half the problem is how customers perceive the product. Most think CMS when the reality is tool set. A tool set doesn't build stuff for you, it enables YOU to do that.

    I agree the learning curve is too steep but I would hate to see that lessened at the cost of dumbing down the capabilities (which is pretty high). I think MOST admins "see" a layout/system/configuration that they like and say "I want that, but with my logo/different colours/etc...". So In my eyes, simply adding the ability to export and import DB's and templates would enable a lot of people to share and thus extract the value they are looking for. Change the focus from "figure out how to use it" to "figure how to tweak an existing implementation"

    Whatever you do, just don't make it like vB's CMS ;)

  4. The Geek added a post in a topic Kier's new forum script: Xenforo   

    Wow. Lots of nitpicking and reading into intentions on an alpha preview of a product not even available. No package will make 100% of people 100% happy. Personally I hate how sites are all subsections of forums so I quite like the approach. "Home" is not a page of forums for most sites now.

    Anyhoo - it isn't done but give credit where its due - it looks and feels fresh and has a lot of potential to mature into a really great competitive product. That is great news regardless of the forum software you use.
  5. The Geek added a post in a topic Kier's new forum script: Xenforo   

    I don't think its very basic at all considering how young it is. In fact, I think they did an awesome job so far.

    Good UI doesn't need 500 links buttons, graphics, etc... IMO It is always harder to make UI simple and clean (and easy). I would think it will still take a couple years to mature, but that may even be over stated with how much they appear to have accomplished so far.
  6. The Geek added a post in a topic Field Type Suggestion   

    wow. You made my week Brandon :)
  7. The Geek added a post in a topic R4 Cards Banned In UK   

    Thats silly. Its like banning rolling papers because they are primarily used to roll spliffs. (or so I heard).

  8. The Geek added a topic in IP.Content   

    Field Type Suggestion
    There are many nifty field types right out of the box, but anything apart from the standard makes it hard to impossible to extend and customise.

    It would be great to be able to have a custom type that would maybe allow us to eval code for add/edit/format or create a way to create our own handlers?

    On that note, it would be great to be able to customise the format or override handlers of any field type (specifically on add/edit/format).

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  9. The Geek added a post in a topic Mouse Hover Topic Preview   

    I am sure a timed mouse over would be a nice improvement. And I am sure a setting or simple template edit would be able to satisfy everyone else.

    Personally I would prefer it to appear after a hover over the title (on a 2 sec delay maybe). Same with member cards. Just haven't gotten round to figure out how to do it yet.

  10. The Geek added a post in a topic Undecided: IPB or vB   

    There are pros and cons to either system based on what you want to achieve.

    - There are more mods in vB but more features in IPS (and more official products which means less mods needed)
    - I think it is a lot harder to find coders and custom designers for IPS but then again, few designers will touch vB4 with a barge pole.
    - vB seems to have faster response on their forums and more activity (which is a lot of negativity the past year), but here the devs seem to actually listen, discuss and often implement ideas and suggestions direct from the customer base. You only need to compare the IPS company blogs to the vB company blogs to see who is more communicative. This gives the feeling that the growth of IPS products are at least partly evolved from customer requirements as opposed to design process at vB which feels esoteric, defensive and "handed down from on high".

    Having worked on the vB modding community for years I believe that IPS has a far superior code base and more importantly a team that really want to make IPS the best that it can be (vB no longer has many of those types of developers). That desire alone gives IPS the upper hand in long term sustainability and a long term death sentence to vB. But that isn't now and it isn't today. So you're best bet is to really sit down and identify the things that you are looking for in your site and research both camps to see which ticks the majority of the boxes.

    Thats what I did and guess which package I chose for me and my community? :)
  11. The Geek added a post in a topic List of sites / pages done using CCS   

    Very nice - great job!
  12. The Geek added a post in a topic Suggestion: Pagination tutorial for custom databases   

    You adjust the number of results per page by editing the database. It is the last setting on the options tab.

  13. The Geek added a post in a topic Suggestion: Pagination tutorial for custom databases   

    Holy crap. I spent an hour yesterday combing articles and the forums trying to find out how to do that.

    Off to go play. Thanks Brandon.
  14. The Geek added a post in a topic Suggestion: Pagination tutorial for custom databases   

    Brandon, I can't find any information in the link you gave or in searching ALL of the resources for pagination (apart from the documentation on the function itself). Maybe an article was moved or am I missing something?
  15. The Geek added a topic in IP.Content   

    IP.C suggestions
    Hey guys,

    Just getting stuck into IP.C and wanted to put out a couple of suggestions based on my time with the system so far.

    Introduce the functionality to import/export packages of: Database, Pages and templates. This could help IP.C really explode as people could "share out" configurations and templates. I guess the hard part would be mapping out template field ID's so how about...

    We need a (better) way to map fields. Especially with templates. A template can't really be reused with another database as fields other than title and content cannot be mapped over. Currently field names like field_23_value is also painful and mysterious. Maybe allow fields to have keys so they can be referenced that way?

    It would be great to be able to specify if a field is searchable or not

    We need a way to hook into the databases' Where clause (possibly the order by too - just not sure as I haven't tried yet)

    Would love it if Databases should be able to have their own tabs in navigation and search

    Another plus would be if records should be able to have multiple categories (like an article in both the Windows and Microsoft category)


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