Thursday, May 24, 2007

PS3, hdmi and digital optical audio at same time; figured out!!!

well, one of my previous blogs about my PS3 mentioned how i was able to get HDMI and Digital Optical output at the same time and then how i wasn't able to duplicate it. well, i think i have finally figured it out and mastered audio out on my PS3! hehe..

first things first, my setup.

  • Olevia 237V LCD HDTV (1080i) connected to PS3 via HDMI cable only (no other audio cables from ps3 to tv)

  • standard run of the mill Sony 5.1/DTS AV receiver connected to PS3 via Digital Optical Cable

  • PS3 set to output all formats to Digital Optical (aac,dts,dolby,pcm). Movie/BD audio set to Bitstream.

what i've found out, atleast in my case, is that its the order in which i turn on my devices and how i turn off my ps3.

whenever i power off my PS3 when watching a movie (just have movie playing, hold PS button, turn off system) and then if i turn on my setup in this order i get both HDMI and Digital Optical sound on my PS3.

  1. PS3

  2. TV

  3. Receiver

it almost seems like by doing this tricks the PS3 in its digital/drm rules of audio output.

i have now duplicated this 5 times in a row.. however, i do have to do the exact steps above to get it to work including power down the ps3 while in a movie/dvd.

also, this works ONLY with DVD movies, not Blu-ray movies

my youtube clip of it in action!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

PS3 firmware v1.80; UPSCALING!!!! joy!

well, i've been using my ps3 mainly for its multimedia capabalities as of late and was overjoyed to see at midnight my ps3 saw the v1.80 update!!

basically this update adds a slew of things we've been wanting, not quite the infamous v2.0 update list but very nice nonetheless.

the list includes the ability to now upscale dvds and ps2/ps games to 1080p.  on top of that add in the ability to connect to DLNA devices (ie my pc running vista and Windows Media Player Media Sharing; lets me stream all of my music, vids, photos to the ps3 now; works pretty good.  however you can only stream a limited but popular formats like mp3, wmv, jpg, etc).  head over here for the full press release from sony.

nice job sony! this summer may end up being a good sony summer afterall. :P

the upscaling on my hackers dvd looked pretty good, figure w/that much cell power you should be able upscale better than most standalone dvd upscaling players.  prob will check out god of war tomorrow sometime and see how that upscaling looks.

aiy, peace.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

apple's iphone.. will it be worth the money? (opinion)

are you going to go and snatch up Apple's iPhone once its released this summer?  as a phone geek, i am losing interest as each day goes by.  yes, Apple's UI will be very easy to use and very clean looking.  yes, its nice having the iPod features and the touchscreen/gestures.  yes, it will probably be a very stable OS/phone and has a nice amount of onboard memory.  it will prob be the best if not one of the best music/video phones in 07; however i still love my walkman phones though. 

however, these good points don't do it for me and here's why:

Saturday, May 19, 2007

consipiracy theories and the likes

well, i admit it.  as a kid and young adult, i was totally into the whole 'conspiracy theory' stuff.  that 'big brother' was covering up the facts and controlling the flow of media/news. 

Friday, May 11, 2007

firefox, wordpress blogs, and youtube problems w/embedded videos...

i would consider myself still to be a rather newer user of wordpress for my blogging. i previously had used blogger for all of my blogging needs. however, i hate how wordpress handles youtube's embedding code.

for example, this is the code that : <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>

normally, if i want to embed a youtube video into one of my wordpress posts, i will go to the HTML tab in my post and then paste the above code in.  however, i noticed that after i did this and then viewed the published posts in firefox; the formatting of anything after the embedded video would get really 'funky'.   the problem does not happen when i view the posts in Internet Explorer 7.0 (ironically eh?).   i also noticed that if i embed video in a post via the HTML tab in the wordpress Editor and have the Ad-Block extension enabled it will add the "block this ad" to the photos/images or video.  this only seemed to happen if i saved the post and then went back to edit it.

what i have done to avoid the formatting weirdness w/embedded videos from youtube is to just remove the <object .... code lines, so from the above code i would only put in this to embed the video into one of my blog posts:

<embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed>

once i did this, the posts formatting seemed to be fixed for me and my posts.  almost seems like the <object> and <param> are the problems.
hopefully that helps other wp users w/these problems. :)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

ps3 random notes, hdmi and optical digital sound at the same time?

well, i admit it.. my ps3 at times sees more loving from my than my wii.. but that really depends on if i have pals over (wii) or am going solo mode (ps3).. however, today i realized something i hadn't up until now. my ps3 is hooked up via hdmi to my tv (no other audio except hdmi), audio is then connected to my sony receiver via digital optical and my ps3 is setup to output via digital optical (dts,dolby,pcm).

however, yesterday i was watching the news in the morning via my tv's tuner and had the tv's speakers on and up. after flipping through the news, i flipped on my ps3 to get some downloads setup for while i was at work. and then voila! my tv's sound seemed to magically work even though i have the audio setting to digital optical. put on some music, plays fine and same w/videos.

can some verify this has this always been true or added in the latest firmware?? nonetheless, i'm happy! hdmi and digital optical output = :)

well, i gave in and decided to get MKII for the PS3 and just tonight, calling all cars since.. well.. there hasn't been crap released on the PS3 in some time... man, both my wii and ps3 are lacking games still.. only good thing is that this fall looks very good!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

the power of the masses, go digg!

well, yesterday we witnessed a pretty significant event on the web. we saw a site/company bow down to their users ( and in turn disregarded the advice of their attorneys. we also finally saw the power that we users hold and the beauty of the web and inability to censor it.

for those uniformed, here is a quick recap of what happened. received several cease and desist letters from the movie industry to take down any user submitted content relating to the HD DVD crack thats floating around on the web. initially, Digg wanted to avoid any possible legal issues or take down of their site by removing the content ( ) but after receiving tons of emails, posts, they decided that they would listen to their users and leave the content up.

Surfers/Users then started their backlash towards the industry by posting the now infamous HDDVD key in any way possible. some create some very witty photos w/the key, while others flooded message boards and post comments w/the code. Initially Blogspot and Wordpress tried to remove any posts/blogs that contained the code; i'm not sure if they are still doing this or not (guess we'll see!)