Luck be on me side!

After talking with a friend about hacking the Xbox360 harddrive upgrading the 20GB drive I have to a larger capacity.

I start looking through my hardware low and behold a 120gb WD “BEV” Laptop HDD was just sitting there:) After a rather easy formatting using some tools available online and a downloaded key for a 120GB hdd.Copied all the data from the 20gb HDD to a 4gb usb stick  then put the 120GB drive in the XboxHDD case that once held the 20GB Drive. Tools needed 10T and 6T key. And moved profiles from the USB Key to the new drive .Required a small update from Xlive to replace some files I didn’t move from the old 20gig drive and was all done had 107GB free space on the Xbox instead of the 2GB of space the 20GB hard drive had…… 30 minutes of my time.

BUY THOSE BLU-RAY MOVIES!:

If you are a owner of a Blu-Ray player I strongly suggest checking out Hollywood Video. They rent movies on Blu-Ray and also sell Blu-rays used & new. The good thing about this is thier used Blu-Rays are very cheap and since not many have adopted the Bluray format yet the used movies you get are in excellent to new condition.

Grabbed up 4 movies last night

Apocalypto-$9.99 Used.Like new  Walmart Price:$15.00

Ghost Busters-$7.99 Used.Like new Walmart Price $9.96

12 Monkeys-$9.99 Used.Like new   Walmart Price:$15.96

A Time to Kill -$9.99 New.   Walmart Price: $13.98

Saved: $16.94 Spending $37.96 for movies is a lot easier than spending $54.90

Dolby True HD Audio & DTS-HD & DTS-HD Mstr

Lately quite a few movies on BR are PCM sound tracks this is pretty much a straight sound cut from the film with no compression.

I also learned that DTS-HD actually has a few differnt HD codecs. DTS-HD-Mstr,DTS-HD,DTS-HD-HI this doesn’t include the older DTS.

Apparently your reciever that supports DTS-HD may not support DTS-HD Master. Look closely when you buy you want to have support for DTS-HD Mstr it clearly sounds better than any Dolby Surround that i’ve heard even compared to the Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Mstr sounds better by a large margin atleast from what I can hear.  Don’t care if benchmarks show only a small margin of increased clarity because it sure sounds like a big difference to my ear. 

Even the older DTS sounds better than the older Dolby Digital have always heard that and will always stick to it until Dolby makes some changes. Thier bit-rate is far less than DTS.

DTS-HD High Resolution Audio

 7.1 channels of sound at a 96 kHz sampling frequency and 24-bit depth resolution

constant bit rates up to 6.0 Mbit/s and 3.0 Mbit/s

DTS-HD Master Audio

supports a virtually unlimited number of surround sound channels, can downmix to 5.1 and two-channel, and can deliver audio quality at bit rates extending from DTS Digital Surround up to lossless (24-bit, 192 kHz).

DTS-HD MA supports variable bit rates up to 24.5 Mbit/s on a Blu-ray Disc and up to 18.0 Mbit/s for HD DVD

Dolby Digital Plus

 It offers increased bitrates (up to 6.144 Mbit/s), support for more audio channels (up to 13.1), and improved coding techniques to reduce compression artifacts. It is not backward compatible with existing AC-3 hardware

Dolby TrueHD

TrueHD supports 24-bit, 96 kHz audio channels at up to 18 Mbit/s over 14 channels (HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc standards currently limit the maximum number of audio channels to eight.

In all areas of the new sourround standard DTS is just better.

Here’s the older Dolby .vs DTS specs.

Dolby Digital

 The most elaborate mode in common usage involves five channels for normal-range speakers (20 Hz – 20,000 Hz) (right front, center, left front, rear right, rear left) and one channel (20 Hz – 120 Hz allotted audio) for the subwoofer driven low-frequency effects. Mono and stereo modes are also supported. AC-3 supports audio sample-rates up to 48 kHz.

504 kbit/s HD-DVD & 640 kbit/s Blu-Ray

DTS

Supports up to 6.1 channels

1509.75 kbit/s) for Blu-Ray or HD-DVD Almost triple of what Dolby offers.

Should mention that on DVD the bitrates were dropped to lower rates due to capacity issues…Thank the Techie gods for Blu-ray & HD-DVD formats:)

Although DTS could stream a high Bitrate of 1509.75 on DVD storge the highest bitrate possible was (754.5 kbit/s) still higher than the Dolby contender and let me tell you even on DVD DTS sounds alot better.

Exceed RX/UBEC Installed

This post is basically so I can add this image to some forums I go on:)

This isn’t a normal blog post.

UBEC installed on the 45o on 10/13/10. Once running 1-11.1v 2200mah lipo to now using the 11.1v Lipo for the motor and a 7.4v 800mah Lipo for the rx,Gyro & servos. Ordered the BEC about 2 weeks ago and finally got around to it today:)

The tail servo used to jitter when using the 40a ESC w/built in BEC now that it uses separate ESC and BEC  the servos are silent no more jittering.

RC helicopter change up

Started flying my 450 again. Every now and then I lose interest in flying it’s not that I lost interest in the hobby but sometimes I have to take a break.

Was watching a televison show and someone was flying a cheap 3ch RCheli and instantly brought back the urge to fly in me again.The helicopter sat on my desk for months so I charged up the batteries and went to fly only to find that the motor was not spinning up:( Turned out to be a bad hot wire on the motor Resoldered and repaired the issue. Although I had originally thought the ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) was the failing part. So after spending an un-needed extra $20 thankfully I went cheap and didn’t buy the one that is on it now. Also had to downgrade the tail servo because the short in the motor ruined my very nice and very expensive tail servo. Lost some serious tail authority:(

Was suprised that I have already been into this hobby for over 3 years now. It truly has had a positive impact on my life. There are many great people that are into this hobby as well I have been apart of 2 forums through my learning process and after and the people that are apart of this are so helpful and friendly it’s a rare thing to find especially in a forum setting. Wish I could get others to find the same joy in flying that I have out of 6 of my friends that have tried to get into &  pick this hobby up only “1” has stuck it out and he as well loves this hobby as I do.

There are so many great offerings today for beginners that can have them up and flying and learning at the same time. Before the new  3-Axis Gyro with Auto Stabilizing Technology. It was very hard to even learn to hover no less do forward flight or nose facing you.

There are great Coaxial RC helicopters & even single rotor Fixed Pitch helicopters with Auto stabilization technology. Buy a nice USB controller kit for $19.99 from xheli.com & Clearview Flight simulator for $39.95 at http://rcflightsim.com/index.html for your PC and this will get you familiar with how the sticks work on a RC helicopter the simulator is not dead on like the real thing but will get you the feel and understanding how to control the helicopter. There are many RC Helicopters and plane models in Clearview and there are even more free model downloads on the internet.

The new Walkera 2.4GHZ  CB180Z shaft driven Heli w/Autostabilization.

Auto Stabilization is like having a co-pilot installed on your RC. Before there was autostabilization you would have had to crash and repair many times to even learn to hover. Not saying that you will be able to pick this heli up charge it and fly it far from it you will need to get sim practice in atleast 20 hours. Getting your 1st hover will be the hardest part of learning once you get that it’s all downhill from there and you will feel great that you did this.