This wouldn't have happened with Gainsborough or one of those proper painters.

Thursday, March 31


Things I've Learned From Die Photographs #1

Division is 3½ times as hard as multiplication.

More on this subject, with luck, tomorrow.

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Wednesday, March 30


The Taming Of The Schmoo

(This post continues on, sort of, from Isaaru Confiscated Your Monkey, below. You don't need to read that post first, but you can if you like.)

Irritated to the point of botheration by the crashy badness of my PCs, Kei and Yuri (Kei is the Windows box with the driver problems that just falls over every so often; Yuri is the Linux box that likes to pretend that its terabyte of storage is corrupted and/or deceased), I decided to drag my Playstation 2 from where it was languishing by the TV in the living room down to my bedroom.* I only had a handful of games for it, though, and half of those sucked. (Tekken Tag, I'm looking at you.) However, I did have Final Fantasy X, and it ended up wasting the best part of a month quite pleasantly. Which is what I was talking about last time.

What I want to talk about this time, though, is Hertz. The processor in the Playstation 2 is called the Emotion Engine, and it runs at 300 MHz. (Megahertz, for those at the back of the class.) Compare that to Kei and Yuri, which run a 2.6 GHz and 2.08 GHz respectively. (Gigahertz, which are a thousand megahertz. See, metric is easy!)

300 MHz isn't enough for a PC to get out of bed these days. My Palm Pilot is faster than that.** But Final Fantasy X, with its impressive graphics and vast landscapes, zips along quite merrily - at least until you come to the edge of a region, and are reminded once again that for all their benefits, DVDs aren't notably fast.

* Yeah, my living room is upstairs and my bedroom is downstairs.
** I think. Let me check... Yeah, 400 MHz Xscale, thought so.

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