Category Archive: Tech

The Wii finally gets DVD playback (Stanley posted on August 18th, 2008 )

Carrying on the rich hacker tradition of picking up the slack for companies that are unwilling or unable to provide the functionality users need, a team of Wii coders have given the console what Nintendo could not: DVD playback. By installing a small, hidden channel on a system, this package blesses the console with a libdi file (DVD access library), and allows you to watch your favorite videos with the MPlayer application, an open source media player. The install file will run on modded and unmodded systems, and the software is also capable of playing media from SD cards (though it’s experimental right now). Finally Wii owners can join the ranks of, well… pretty much everyone else.



Collection of open source P2P video software (Stanley posted on May 2nd, 2008 )

The following is a directory of open source software that can be used for P2P video streaming.


  • License – GPL (Open Source)
  • Language – Python
  • Operating systems – Any platform that supports Python
  • Supported multimedia – Windows Media video, NullSoft video, Theora video and Dirac video

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Being in the IDF 2008 Shanghai (Stanley posted on April 6th, 2008 )

I was invited, among thousands of developers, to participate in the Intel Developers Forum this year held in Shanghai. Intel has proved us that he is very rich by holding a really big event in the whole building of the top conference center of Shanghai. Besides the extravagance I experienced, there were several lectures given by Intel fellows and scientists somehow rewarding to me I think. Here are a few pictures taken in the event.

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MiniUPnP Project (Stanley posted on March 11th, 2008 )

Today I saw an open-source UPnP client/server project called MiniUPnP, which looks quite interesting. I like those light-weight stuff, just like my MiniWeb project. 😉

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Sony announces PS-LX300USB USB turntable, ready to fight next format war against 8-track (Stanley posted on February 28th, 2008 )

Apparently Sony found out they just don’t make ’em like they used to and whipped up a belt-driven USB turntable: the PS-LX300USB. It’ll export your 33s and 45s through Sound Forge Audio Studio (bundled) and has its own pre-amp, but Sony, you’re living in the past, man. It’ll go for $150 next month — just sell off a Northern soul single or two to cover costs.


Gold price watcher extension for Firefox (Stanley posted on July 1st, 2007 )

For those who do online gold trading (like me), I made a tiny gold price watcher extension for Firefox, which displays current gold price (and the change) and USD to RMB exchange rate (useful to me ;-))

The data is retrieved from and Bank of China and is refreshed every 3 minutes. Single clicking the status bar area will refresh the data. Double clicking will display the chart.

Click here to install it. If you have problem installing it directly, please right click the link and download the xpi file and drag-n-drop the file into your Firefox to get it installed.