XP 2 – FC 0

I finally got my DVD audio working in XP yesterday. Forget drivers and the useless Microsoft Help forums, downloading a trialware copy of WinDVD rewrote over something that wasn’t working and made the OEM version work. Sweet Cthulhu, but I hate this DRM nonsense.

Unfortunately, XINE hasn’t been an option yet, since the issue there isn’t the DVD audio, but an apparent Fedora Core 2 problem supporting the Intel 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC’97 audio controller. Also, despite an apparent fix in XORG.CONF, I haven’t gotten my screen to work at 1680×1050 yet. 1400×1050 and a display that calls itself the 1680×1050 option is as much as I’ve managed so far. It’s pretty annoying since everything is slightly stretched; not so much as to be unusable, just a little vaguely unsettling to the eyes.

Ideas, as always, are appreciated. And no, I’m not switching to SUSE, Mandrake, Ubuntu or anything else until after I get these issues figured out… unless it’s just impossible.

What the girls like

Space Bunny and I watched an interesting show the other night. They were testing the idea that women have a more powerful response to fame than looks, which they did by measuring a woman’s pupil dilation and heart rate. Now, the good-looking guy was only marginally handsome and the famous guy was barely a third-rate celebrity, but the test certainly seemed to work out.

The woman had no reaction whatsoever to the first two guys, the “good-looking” guy and the normal guy. But when the “famous” guy came in, (it wasn’t even him, it was a double and he was easily the least handsome of the men), the woman’s pulse rate went from a resting 68 up to 112 and her pupils dilated significantly.

So, gentlemen, don’t bother working out, dressing well and showering, just do something to get your name out there!