Ok, I’m calling it… DVD-Video is dead.

I won’t deny that DVD-Video was a saviour for home entertainment when it first came on the scene in the dying days of the last century, or that the PlayStation 2 was the perfect Trojan horse for widespread adoption of the format. I know. I was there.

But the days of DVD-Video have clearly come and gone…

The great smartphone email fail.

If you’re a fan of high-powered mobile devices then you’ve probably heard about the proposed bans on BlackBerry services in Asia and the Middle East. I myself am of the opinion that the concerns of these governments are justified, as they are only seeking access to the same levels of surveillance that already exist here in North America.

Permit me to illustrate with three popular smartphone makers and their hosted email solutions…

KDE 4.5, through my GNOME eyes.

So I’ve had a play with the KDE 4.5 Live CD and thought I’d share my first impressions, coloured by the fact that I’m currently using the GNOME desktop environment on my installation of Linux Mint. There’s also an available version of Mint with KDE, but my understanding is that it’s the latest release of OpenSUSE that provides the most up-to-date KDE experience.

Ready? Let’s do this…

A keener eye on Kino.

Instability is one thing, but when I found that I could not export my hour-long video to file or DVD without losing audio sync I had to move on — interestingly enough right back to Kino, the video app I started with. I had passed on it originally because its interface was too foreign to this former Final Cut user, but a sober second look got me figuring it out pretty quick…