Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Well, according to this, I can plug in about 30 100-watt devices.
Luckily the 13 pieces of gear only use about 500 by my calculations, so I doubt even I can buy enough studio junk/gear to reach the limit!
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
I've lost a few replaceable files when I took out a USB flash disk too soon and found the disk was corrupt, had no files listed, and had to be reformatted.
The solution: I worked out that when you right-click the USB drive in My Computer and click 'Eject', then the name changes to 'Removeable Drive'. Then you must count FIVE seconds before removal. This gives the USB disk time to save all data. When I practise this, I have lost no data in a while.
Perhaps equally obvious: Buy 2 identical flash disks and copy 1 to the other once a week, then if one flash disk gets corrupted, you only lose a bit of data.
Tomorrow, I will write a tutorial for Total Commander on how to synchronise one disk to the other - without having to re-copy all the data!
Postscript: One way to be absolutely sure is to wait for the USB drive's LED/light to stop flashing and go dark. But always wait a few seconds AFTER it going dark to avoid data corruption.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
He pointed to a chart, and said HP has profits of 60 billion dollars.
Profits? Shouldn't that be revenues? Is this guy barely competent?
It was then that I realised why the world of technology is so fucked up - it's suit guys like this guy, who don't know a damn thing!
Monday, 20 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
So what about other drugs? Alcohol has the problem that it destroys brain cells, amphetamines can cause serious problems, but tobacco or nicotine only has problems much later.
I'm not condoning it, and I don't smoke, but I think tobacco is why the British Empire grew so big.
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Well I want to call a halt! Next time try something original like "I'm not innocent at all. I'm a savage mindless killer with black teeth" - and then - "I'm guilty too! We all are!"
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Sunday, 5 July 2009
What gets me about The Rock is this. Don Simpson made these great characters, but he forgot one minor detail. Why would someone put the world's deadliest substance in little melt-style bath-foam receptacles? That's like putting napalm in an orange juice carton.
Sunday, 28 June 2009
That's the myth, as it is in publishing.
On the one hand, they say a novel is 'written in crayon'.
On the other hand, with a well-crafted novel that they can't sell, what is the excuse there? Simple, they just don't say it in public.
This is the same with Wikipedia: Perfectly reasonable edits that are flamed down with arbitrary rules, with the public excuse, again: 'Written in crayon'.
Friday, 26 June 2009
The only explanation is that this saves precious seconds of airtime. The other explanation is that Americans are too rude to say farewell.
Either way, Columbo gets it right by saying Thankyou at the end of a call. What a true gentleman!
[Postscript, mystery solved] It appears that when you hang up an American phone, there is an audible 'click' on the other person's line. This was funnily enough, in a Columbo episode too.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
If we count Star Trek TNG's "synthehol", that's yet another appearance.
Simply put, any book that thinks a high-tech hangover cure makes any sense to the world at large other than a futuristic nation of alcoholics, is a bad book. A science fiction writer should know better.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Also, Erdos just wasn't romantically involved with a woman, this doesn't mean he didn't love other people. So the title is tenuous.
Verdict: The Erdos stuff is top-notch, but I recommend skipping the God Made the Integers chapter.
His 'writing' is simply to imagine every possible thing that could occur in a pub, over 230 pages of deep-space pub visiting.
One pub has a pretty serving maid, another has dancing, prancing inn-dwellers, there are strange cocktails to be found, decrepit rooms, arguments over the bill, etc.
The ending, however, is shocking and very good.
Let's not forget the Mouse-Riders, where the 2 boss-women tell Moncrief they want their money, again and again, yet Moncrief says at one point "I wasn't aware I owed you any money".
If you read Ports of Call, read this. If you haven't, read Ports of Call then this, and be aware of that shock ending.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Saturday, 30 May 2009
There's one problem. It's not them. It's clearly doubles that they had to find at the last minute.
The on-set photographer for Wargames is the brother of a friend of mine - I could ask him, but it's far too trivial.
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Basically, a bunch of folders. Each folder is prefixed My (for data, email, music generated by me) or by Others (data created by anyone else).
Folders starting 'My' are a priority to backup, and basically irreplaceable.
Folders starting 'Others' can be re-downloaded (if still on the Web/FTP/Torrent), and music and movies can be re-downloaded or re-purchased.
Typically, My takes up a small fragment of Others. It's good to separate them for this reason, in case an emergency backup needs doing. My first, Others later.
MyCubaseProjects (Cubase music files / songs)
OthersDownloads (typically software install files and drivers)
OthersModTrackers (.MOD music files)
OthersMiscSingles (random songs)
OthersMovies (DVD rips, etc)
OthersMP3Albums (music albums)
OthersPrograms (installed software)
OthersRippedCDS (CD album rips and FLAC albums)
OthersTorrents (.torrent files, not downloaded files)
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Secondly, I have devised an explanation of irony which I think is universal.
"Irony - Where a character lacks certain information that could help them, that everyone else (the audience) knows."
It's all about information, people! When someone says "It was ironic that King Lear had funny dreams because they came true", you could say instead "King Lear didn't know his dreams were going to land him in hot water, but everyone else in the audience did, to their horror."
Remember, we know, and they don't.
Friday, 8 May 2009
When I was 15 in 1993, the school gave a quiz for us to answer, with around 50 questions.
Me and a friend, having nothing better to do, diligently worked on it. A lot of the answers came from visiting relatives (it could have been at Christmas time).
The 'boo hiss bad guy' in this story later went to Cambridge and along with a fellow very-clever-guy competed with us (though they didn't know we were working on it).
Guess who won? Not the bad guy, but US! Me and my friend.
I'm proud of adding to my mythology, that I was absent when they announced I'd won the quiz! It was like being a Bond villain.
We collected 25 UK Pounds, halved it, and I bought a ZX Spectrum +3 with my money!
And since then I haven't been able to shut up about it.
Friday, 24 April 2009
So, if this agent earns 10 times what I do, and it normally takes 15 minutes to write an email, I spend 2 and a half hours on the email to this agent.
Does this sound crazy? Well, did I get results? Yes! The agent replied and asked me to send in a script.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
I'm trying to get them to reduce the shipping cost.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Then in walks the Head of the CIA, an authority figure, and he has HUGE glasses.
The moral of this story? Try and wear big glasses for management jobs. And, Hollywood, get your chronology right.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
I thought nothing of it, and a Google search revealed nothing.
So I learned bits and pieces about these 'overlay surfaces':
*Only one overlay surface is available, and if a program has claimed it, another program can't use it (eg, a web browser claimed it, so my DVD player complains). Sometimes it gets 'trapped' and DxDiag has to be run (run the Display tests) to reset it.
*When it's not available, DIVX doesn't complain like my DVD player, but it's easy to see what happens without it: The video is pixellated and unwatchable (and jerky).
*Therefore, the overlay surface performs 2 functions: One is to smooth out the video, and the other is to speed up rendering.
Well, I noticed Flash looks slicker in a browser window than a GIF or JPEG. But GIFs are not lossy! So why is Flash visibly Flash?
Is this fair? No! It means other video players in the browser look blocky in comparison. The browser graphics look blocky in comparison.
So the solution? Simple - give every browser window an overlay surface via DirectX. The difference in resolution and animation speed will be immediately visible.
Postscript: Someone from Hacker News pointed out: It's not a overlay surface, it's a deblocking filter. But the same complaint: That Flash has a deblocking filter in the browser window when the HTML pages don't - stands.