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Intel 320 80GB SSD vs Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD

April 18th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Just a bit background on why I bother - had a disappointing upgrade from the Samsung 64GB SSD that came with my Dell XPS M1330 to Intel's 320 80GB SSD.  The Samsung drive was already several years old, so I thought it'd be worth upgrading to a modest SSD - Intel seemed safe.  Turns out after running the drive for a while, I noticed programs tended to load rather slowly.  I had installed my Samsung drive to another computer and decided to start up the same programs in parallel - the Samsung drive was up to a quarter faster at times.  Definitely not very happy about that, considering it was several years older (did technology downgrade over the years???)

Anyways, for space reasons again, I went out to upgrade to another SSD.  This time to the Mushkin Chronos which is rated generally among the same speeds as the top performing drives currently, though much less expensive.  Fairly content with it so far.  It is definitely faster than the Intel at least and seems about the same speed as the older Samsung I had.

Here are the load times in seconds (run twice each for good measure):
TaskIntel 320   Mushkin Chronos
Bootup  25, 2522, 25
Photoshop   5, 23, 2
Premiere  18, 610, 5

You'd think 3-4 years would be safe to just upgrade to any current product, but I'll definitely be benchmarking my upgrades in the future just to be sure.
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The Time Machine

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
The Time Machine by Klaus Badelt
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Messing with EQ and Mastering

March 19th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Just spent all evening looking through EQ tutorials.  Fun stuff. Cheesy

This one was most helpful imo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESVRCT28d5o

You really do need an analyzer to pick out the bad frequencies to cut.  I wish I knew this stuff sooner - would save me a lot of headaches trying to make my stuff sound cleaner.

Current song in experimentation is "Nightfall."  We'll see how clean I can make this next piece... Grin
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Mazes and Walls

March 15th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
You spend your life solving the mazes around you... Sometimes, after finding yourself in the same maze yet again, you just want to break the walls down - but then others interpret it as your defeat.
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Footprint

March 10th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Leave a footprint so large, no realizes it exists.
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Perfect World

March 9th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
Had this whole script idea in my dream this morning.  It was like watching a live-action movie with really good effects. It even came with an ending credits song - recorded a bit of it, maybe will make it a full fledge song later one day.

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An advanced society is led by one man (the leader) who seems to have invented a means for everything (free energy, robots, etc).  He himself seems immortal and omnipotent now from his own inventions.  His daughter - he turned into part machine so she does not grow old.  His company headquarters is actually a giant parked spaceship in the city.

One day, however,...[More]
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Speculation

March 5th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Stop speculating and find the truth.
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Red Bean Recipe

March 4th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Random Stuff | #


3 cans (18oz) of red bean paste.
2 cans (14oz) of condensed milk.
Equal water to all cans used.

Mix and stir until boiling.
Freeze for popsicles or serve as drink.
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New Optoma PK320 Pocket Projector

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Picked up a new Optoma PK320 pocket projector after my first one (PK301) broke down after lending it out (colors all green). Maybe for the better - this new one is twice as strong so I don't even need to turn out the lights anymore.


In the future though, if you do borrow it from me, please be more careful with it. Huh

Edit: After some usage, I have to say I prefer the older PK301.  The newer one, while brighter, actually is a little blurier (for when you have to project something of high detail).  It also tends to not detect the correct aspect ratio, forcing you to manually switch from 4:3 to 16:9 and vice versa if your video changes. Sad
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Who You Are on the Inside

February 4th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
Two friends have known each other since childhood.  One has always been a bit weaker and slightly ill with an unknown virus.  The other friend makes the promise to one day find a cure to the other's condition and studies to become a doctor.

Twenty years later, the doctor gets close to understanding the nature of the illness and finding a cure.  Both are excited at the prospect, but as the cure is applied, the friend seems to gradually get weaker.  The doctor scrambles to figure out what went wrong, but each day that passes, the friend seems to slowly lose grasp on the world.  Eventually the friend becomes bedbound and the doctor caring daily for the friend.

Over time, the doctor notices that, although the friend is losing mental capacity, the friend seems physically fine.  In fact, as the friend becomes healthier, the friend becomes less mentally stable, as if gradually fading away.

The doctor...[More]
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Jinx

January 28th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
I don't jinx people.  I just predict their future.
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Freedom vs Power

January 17th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
You clamored for freedom, but what you really wanted was power. What good is freedom if you can't actually do anything?
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Printing Online

January 14th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Printing postcards, posters, buttons, bags, t-shirts, cups, etc, etc


     Just my reference on what I've gone with over the years.  Not necessarily the cheapest or the best quality but what best suites what I needed (maybe cheapest for that particular item or whatnot).
Postcards
GotPrint.net...[More]
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Love, Midna

January 11th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Love, Midna - by ellebirdie23
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Limiting Per Each Group in MySQL

January 9th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Not sure what this type of query is actually called.  The basic idea is you have multiple tables linked together, but you want to only grab n rows from Table C per iteration of each row in Table A.

A more illustrative explanation: Suppose you have a table listing 10 albums and a table listing 100 records.  You only want 5 records per each album.

As you might expect, Googling such a solution was pretty hard.  A common solution was:
Code:
SELECT r.* FROM albums as a
LEFT JOIN (
SELECT * FROM records LIMIT 5) r ON r.album_id=a.album_id

However, this returns a flat 5 records total, not per album.

Took me a bunch of playing around to finally come up with something like this:
Code:
SELECT r.* FROM albums as a
LEFT JOIN records as r ON r.album_id=a.album_id
WHERE  5>(
SELECT count(rr.id) FROM records as rr
WHERE rr.album_id=a.album_id
AND rr.id>r.id)

So far this works but I'm not sure whether it's the most efficient way to go about it.  Any improvements are definitely welcome.  Hopefully this helps those of you also looking for the same solution but having trouble find it.
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Laruto's Lament

December 27th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Laruto's Lament by ellebirdy23
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Ignorance on MIDI - It is Not Sound

December 25th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
There seems to be a trend going on lately that whatever was used back in the 90s must be dated and irrelevant today.  This isn't just on MIDI but more on that maybe some other time.

Some of the more frustrating comments I've heard these days is that somehow MIDI "sounds" dated or cheesy.  There is always so much surprise when someone finds out I use MIDI to record my music but worse is when they suggest *not* using MIDI as a way to improve the quality of the sound.

Now you can say - sure, there's always going to be misconception about various things, especially technology related.  The more troubling thing is this was being taught in a few university classes I took on music and computers.  Hard part is hearing the lecturer rant against MIDI as some old way of making music that sounds cheap to the ear, when really MIDI does not "sound" like anything at all.  It is merely a sequence of recorded notes in digital form (like digital sheet music).

Needless to say, I didn't really take much away from those classes, but this has bothered me a lot.  I wasn't sure if it was just my own misunderstanding of the MIDI issue, but some quick googling brought up similar confusion.  This topic, for example, from Gearslutz.com hits the nail on the head: Realistic Midi?

Glad to know it isn't just me wondering what people are talking about when they refer to MIDI as sounding like anything at all.  Of course there is definitely the aspect of vibrato etc not being recorded but that's where the editing comes in depending on your software.  For now, I guess I'll blame Microsoft for making such a cheesy default soundbank for MIDI in the first place. Tongue
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Toma mi Mano esta Noche

December 12th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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Sleeping Entity

November 28th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Society is a collective entity yet to become self aware.
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Imperfect Genesis

November 13th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
In the beginning, the world was but a blank canvas, a fresh landscape for gods to shape as they saw fit.  After they added life and other final touches to their work, they decided to strip themselves of their power, join their creation as mortals, so that their emotions and imperfections do not allow them to destroy what they so cherished, perhaps as they once did in another time.  What they did not realize, however, was that the capacity for their destructive nature came not from their omnipotence but from their ability to reason.  Thus even without their power, the destruction they feared for their creation came to be nonetheless, only this time they would not remember it.
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