After using my iTrip for a few weeks now, I have come up with a couple of tips that I think are worth sharing. The first is, do not leave the iTrip LCD connected to your iPod when not in use, as it will drain your battery very rapidly. Second, to get to channel 87.9 (common for CD changers, usually pretty clean) you need to put the iTrip LCD into Int mode instead of US mode. This is not mentioned in the manual, but is on the Griffin support website. You can access international frequencies by holding down the silver button until “US” starts to blink (about 20-30 seconds).
Asterisk@home 2.7 was released late last week. It features bug fixes and now sports version 1.2.5 of Asterisk.
Asterisk@home is a great project if you are new to IP telephony and want to get up and running with asterisk in under an hour. You can make calls to your friends with an IAX account from the many providers out there, and a soft client on your PC. You can download the .iso image from SourceForge, all you need is an spare PC (500mhz pIII, 256MB Ram) I have it working on a test server with a PII 400mhz, 192MB ram.
- Asterisk 1.2.5
- Flash Operator Panel 0.24
- Festival Speech Engine version 1.96
- Weather agi scripts
- Wakeup calls
- Integrated WebMeetMe GUI
- CentOS 4.2
- SugarCRM with Cisco XML Services interface + Click to Dial
- Native Music On Hold
- Fax support (spanDSP)
- xPL support
- Digium card auto-config
- Open A2Billing
On monday two new HD channels showed up in the low 800′s. Oasis HD (channel 810) and Treasure HD (channel 809). Both appear to be Canadian content. The parent company of Oasis HD and Treasure HD, High Fidelity HDTV Inc. Plans to launch two additional channels later this spring. Adreniline HD (which I am looking forward to) and Meridian HD.
Currently Oasis HD and Treasure HD are available to Bell ExpressVu customers with the HD Pack until June 12th. It is not yet known which packages these new channels will be distributed with.
But now we know why ExpressVu was moving around its satellites at the beginning of the month.
Griffin iTrip LCD Review
Overall Rating: A-
Price: 49.00 – 64.00 Canadian
Great little portable device. Cables do not have to be carried around if you want to connect to multiple stereo’s. Griffin greatly improves the iTrip LCD over its predessors. The addition of the station selection knob makes finding a clear station a no hassle affair. The first iTrip lacked the lcd and selector knob that the iTri LCD model has. Instead it used a special playlist of mp3′s that sent tones to change the station. This was likely a source of confusion for users, andthus a reason for the high ammount of unfavorable reviews.
When it comes to matching the style of the ipod no one can touch Griffin, who has pay’s a close eye to detail.
For a connection to a home stereo I still prefer to use a dock over fm transmission. That being said, this is an excellent alternative if you cannot hardwire your iPod to your car/home. If you are planning to purchase this product, please be aware that you will have to invest some time in finding a good clear station. One station does not allways work on all radio’s, and can change while you drive depending on your location. I have been able to find a handful of reliable station for use while driving, and two or three that work really well with my radio’s in the house.If I had only one small nit-pick issue with this device, it would be to have more power. I do realize that the limiting factor is what it can draw from the iPod. So overall its a great buy, and hence, an A-
ExpressVu recently leased Direct TV2 (a satellite). And Direct TV2 is now sitting at 91W where Nimiq3 used to be. So there is no loss of redundancy at either location.
Telesat has already purchased a new Bird, but its not supposed to launch until 2007, so they are leasing Direct TV2, an end of life Satellite which only has enough fuel until March of 2007.
Hopefully this means more HD channels! I’m waiting for Global West HD, and CBC Vancouver HD. But I’ll take any HD channel as long as its in english! Of course, what will slow down the possiblity of Good New HD Channels will be our friends at the CRTC who will want to make sure that they protect the less competitive Canadian networks….
A great comparison of High Def broadcast at 1080i vs. DVD at 480p. If you thought DVD was good enough think again!
“Do you Wonder if the quality of HD is going to be much better than DVD? Check out these screenshots from “The Fellowship of the Ring” DVD transfer and rollover to compare them to their HD counterpart. The difference is amazing!”
“The HD screencaps have been sampled down to DVD resolution, so be sure to click on them to get the full effect.”