Robert Wm. Gomez's

July 2006

Philips DVP3040 Tweaks

Having in previous postings expounded about the greatness of my Philips DVP3040 DVD player, I thought it a good idea to reveal some of the problems I have had with the player after a month or so of use. The main problem has been jittery or jerky video playback on various DivX or XviD files. Some files worked, others were unwatchable. Turns out the player does not like the encoding on specific files. The issue is video that uses a "packed bitstream." There is, thankfully, an fairly easy solution.

Treason's Harbor by Patrick O'Brian (8/10)

This book in the Aubry/Maturin series benefits from a clear plot line of espionage.

The Ionian Mission by Patrick O'Brian (8/10)

Listened to it as a book on tape. Good but lacked an over arching plot.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (6/10)

More of a character study of a completely unappealing character than a plot-driven novel. Not my thing.

The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian (9/10)

Another Aubry/Maturin book. This one has both sea and espionage elements.

Black Hole by Charles Burns (7/10)

Decent and weird graphic novel. Lots on indy comic cliche.