Friday, May 31, 2013

The Real Blogger Status: Cloning Your Blog

The Real Blogger Status: Cloning Your Blog:

... so... how?

Removing Blogs From Your Google Blog Reading List

Here is an alternate link to manage the blogs you see in your reading list.
Google Friend Connect: Add social features to your site

Transformers; Voices - YouTube

Transformers; Voices - YouTube:

A clip about the voice actors on Transformers.

Peter Cullen is the man.. er, machine!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

GeForce 320.18 Driver Release Highlights

Drivers | GeForce: "GeForce 320.18 Driver"

Release Highlights

Release Summary
This is the GeForce Game Ready driver for Metro: Last Light providing up to 10% faster performance and Microsoft WHQL certification.
Get optimal game settings for Metro: Last Light with GeForce Experience and enjoy NVIDIA PhysX effects and DirectX 11 tessellation.
Includes the production release of GeForce Experience (version 1.5) as an optional installation. GeForce Experience replaces NVIDIA Update as the easiest way to keep your drivers up to date.
New in GeForce R320 Drivers
  • Performance Boost – Increases performance by up to 20% for GeForce 400/500/600 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 314.22 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here is one example of measured gains:
    GeForce GTX 660:
    • Up to 20% in Dirt: Showdown
    • Up to 18% in Tomb Raider
    • Up to 10% in Metro: Last Light
    • Up to 8% in StarCraft II
    • Up to 6% in Sniper Elite V2
    • Up to 6% in Metro 2033
    • Up to 6% in Far Cry 3
    • Up to 6% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    • Up to 5% in F1 2012
    GeForce GTX 660 SLI:
    • Up to 17% in Dirt: Showdown
    • Up to 18% in Tomb Raider
    • Up to 9% in Metro: Last Light
    • Up to 9% in Assassin’s Creed III
    • Up to 7% in StarCraft II
    • Up to 6% in Far Cry 3
    • Up to 6% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    • Up to 6% in Battlefield 3
    • Up to 5% in BioShock: Infinite
    • Up to 5% in F1 2012
  • SLI Technology
    • Added SLI profile for Alien Fear
    • Added SLI profile for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
    • Added SLI profile for Dead Island: Riptide
    • Added SLI profile for Dragon Sword
    • Added SLI profile for Neverwinter
    • Added SLI profile for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
    • Added SLI profile for GRID 2
    • Added SLI profile for Human Head 2
    • Added SLI profile for Remember Me
    • Added SLI profile for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
    • Updated SLI profile for Natural Selection 2
    • Updated SLI profile for Resident Evil 6
    • Updated SLI profile for Trackmania 2: Canyon
Additional Details
  • Installs PhysX System Software 9.12.1031.
  • Installs HD Audio v1.3.24.2
  • Includes support for applications built using CUDA 5.5 or earlier version of the CUDA Toolkit. More information at
  • Supports OpenGL 4.3 for GeForce 400-series and later GPUs.
  • Supports DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs.
  • Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel and AMD motherboards.

Supported Products

ION (Desktops)


ION LE (Desktops)


GeForce 700 Series

GeForce GTX 780

GeForce 600 Series

GeForce GTX TITAN, GeForce GTX 690, GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, GeForce GTX 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 650, GeForce GT 645, GeForce GT 640, GeForce GT 630, GeForce GT 620, GeForce GT 610, GeForce 605

GeForce 500 Series

GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 580, GeForce GTX 570, GeForce GTX 560 Ti, GeForce GTX 560 SE, GeForce GTX 560, GeForce GTX 555, GeForce GTX 550 Ti, GeForce GT 545, GeForce GT 530, GeForce GT 520, GeForce 510

GeForce 400 Series

GeForce GTX 480, GeForce GTX 470, GeForce GTX 465, GeForce GTX 460 SE v2, GeForce GTX 460 SE, GeForce GTX 460, GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GT 440, GeForce GT 430, GeForce GT 420, GeForce 405

GeForce 300 Series

GeForce GT 340, GeForce GT 330, GeForce GT 320, GeForce 315, GeForce 310

GeForce 200 Series

GeForce GTX 295, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 275, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce GTS 240, GeForce GT 230, GeForce GT 240, GeForce GT 220, GeForce G210, GeForce 210, GeForce 205

GeForce 100 Series

GeForce GT 140, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GT 120, GeForce G100

GeForce 9 Series

GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX/GTX , GeForce 9800 GT, GeForce 9600 GT, GeForce 9600 GSO, GeForce 9600 GSO 512, GeForce 9600 GS, GeForce 9500 GT, GeForce 9500 GS, GeForce 9400 GT, GeForce 9400, GeForce 9300 GS, GeForce 9300 GE, GeForce 9300 SE, GeForce 9300, GeForce 9200, GeForce 9100

GeForce 8 Series

GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS 512, GeForce 8800 GTS, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, GeForce 8600 GS, GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS, GeForce 8400 SE, GeForce 8400, GeForce 8300 GS, GeForce 8300, GeForce 8200, GeForce 8200 /nForce 730a, GeForce 8100 /nForce 720a

Additional Information

Thursday, May 23, 2013

O'Grady's PowerPage » Google Chrome updated to 27.0.1453.93

O'Grady's PowerPage » Google Chrome updated to 27.0.1453.93:
Google released version 27.0.1453.93 of its Chrome web browser. The update (download) adds the following fixes and changes:
- Web pages load 5% faster on average- Chrome.syncFileSystem API- Improved ranking of predictions, improved spell correction, and numerous fundamental improvements for Omnibox predictions.

TCP Congestion Control – Vegas and DD-WRT « TTC Shelbyville - Technical Blog

TCP Congestion Control – Vegas and DD-WRT « TTC Shelbyville - Technical Blog:
The necessary modules for TCP Vegas are included in DD-WRT distributions.  You can enter the follow commands into your router to enable vegas. The router should dynamically allocate throughput.
Go to Administration and Commands – Enter the following:
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_westwood
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_vegas_cong_avoid
echo 3 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_vegas_alpha
echo 3 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_vegas_beta

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

duzitickle comments on Reddit, what did you know was ”normal” about you until someone told you otherwise?

duzitickle comments on Reddit, what did you know was ”normal” about you until someone told you otherwise?:
duzitickle [+1]   ago
Denny's server here. Quick tip on ordering eggs at Denny's in America:
  • sunny side up: only the bottom of the eggs are cooked, oftentimes leaving raw egg white on top, yolk is definitely raw.
  • over easy: cooked one minute on the bottom, flip and one minute on the other side. The whites are runny and the egg itself will "jiggle" if you gently shake the plate they're on.
  • over medium: egg whites are all the way cooked, and the yolk is still raw, perfect for dipping toast into.
  • over medium well: egg whites are cooked through and the yolk has about a dime sized uncooked part in its center.
  • over well: the entire egg is cooked all the way through, yolk is not broken.
  • over hard: the egg yolks are broken as soon as the egg is in the pan, the entire egg is cooked through, with swirls of cooked yolk in the whites.
  • scrambled: eggs are mixed in a bowl or in the pan as they cook, cooked all the way through, no brown overcooking spots.
  • soft scrambled: eggs are not cooked all the way, kind of like an over easy scramble.
  • scrambled well: eggs are cooked thoroughly and often have brown cooking spots on them from the pan.
There are also poached, poached easy, poached hard, basted, basted easy and hard. These are cooked in hot water.

ASMR, the Good Feeling No One Can Explain | VICE United States

ASMR, the Good Feeling No One Can Explain | VICE United States:

Interesting.. ASMR: flip side of misophonia?

DMan9797 comments on What is the most powerful picture you know of that doesn't require any explanation? (NSFW)

DMan9797 comments on What is the most powerful picture you know of that doesn't require any explanation?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

5 Ridiculous Gun Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies) |

5 Ridiculous Gun Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies) |

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Ya know man, pulling the hammer back DOES have a worthwhile effect, at least on revolvers. They're double action which means you can just fire away and the gun will do all the work. But if you pull the hammer back first, the shot is more powerful because the hammer doesn't go back as far automatically. So yeah, it IS mostly for intimidation in those scenes, but it also makes sense. 
Um.. no..

Wonder Woman's Bracelets (Object)

Wonder Woman's Bracelets (Object): "In the golden age if Diana's bracelets (or those of any Amazon) were bound by a man it made her lose all her powers."


Friday, May 17, 2013

NVIDIA Installer failed possible FIX - GeForce Forums

NVIDIA Installer failed - GeForce Forums:

albinosquirrel said:Here is how I fixed it:

There appears that NVIDIA added a User account for software updates. We need to delete that user account to start over:

  1. Press windows+r to open 'Run program'

  2. type 'lusrmgr.msc' to open user controls

  3. Select User folder

  4. Delete Updateususer

  5. Try to re-install again

How to fix "Insert media": Some files are missing... in Windows 8 - Pureinfotech

How to fix "Insert media": Some files are missing... in Windows 8 - Pureinfotech:

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2 Methods to Fix NVIDIA Installer Failed Issue for GeForce Video Cards | Custom PC Guide .net

2 Methods to Fix NVIDIA Installer Failed Issue for GeForce Video Cards | Custom PC Guide .net:

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Protiguous: Different Operating Systems over time

Protiguous: Different Operating Systems over time:

After using Windows 8.0, I agree with my previous prediction. I think Windows 8.0 sucks.
I've never used such an unstable OS before now.

Safe mode? Forget it. 200 milliseconds to tap the F8 key? Might as well blink.
Windows Update? No information on what is actually updated, no verification.. blargh.

Command line crap?

Bill, I love yah man. Take back your company before blunderhead destroys it.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fix problems with programs that can't be installed or uninstalled

Fix problems with programs that can't be installed or uninstalled:

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How to uninstall Windows Live Essentials via CMD line parameter - Microsoft Community

How to uninstall Windows Live Essentials via CMD line parameter - Microsoft Community:

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Launching the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab | Research Blog

Launching the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab | Research Blog:

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"...Machine learning is highly difficult. It’s what mathematicians call an “NP-hard” problem. That’s because building a good model is really a creative act. As an analogy, consider what it takes to architect a house. You’re balancing lots of constraints -- budget, usage requirements, space limitations, etc. -- but still trying to create the most beautiful house you can. A creative architect will find a great solution. Mathematically speaking the architect is solving an optimization problem and creativity can be thought of as the ability to come up with a good solution given an objective and constraints..."

International Space Station Solar Array Bifacial Electrical Performance Model Developed

International Space Station Solar Array Bifacial Electrical Performance Model Developed:

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Wow, cool! Here's a local copy...

International Space Station Solar Array Bifacial Electrical Performance Model Developed

Photograph superimposed on image of solar array
Backside of U.S. PVA showing series-connected, 8- by 8-cm crystalline silicon solar cells with gridded back contacts and copper flat printed circuit.
The first U.S. photovoltaic array (PVA) was activated on the International Space Station (ISS) in December 2000. Though normally Sun-tracking, U.S. ISS arrays are held stationary to minimize plume impingement from the space shuttle during docking and undocking, as well as during ISS assembly operations. Because of these operational constraints, it is not always possible to point the front side of the arrays at the Sun. In these cases, sunlight directly illuminates the backside of the PVA as well as albedo illumination on either the front or the back. Since the solar cells are mounted on a thin, solar transparent substrate, appreciable backside power (about one-third of the front-side power) is produced. To provide a more detailed assessment of the ISS power production capability, researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center developed a PVA electrical performance model applicable to generalized bifacial illumination conditions. The model validation was done using on-orbit PVA performance.
For generalized PVA illumination, there is a direct solar component from the front or the back, and albedo components on the PVA front and/or back. The solar cell bifacial current-voltage, IV, values were calculated by superposing currents and scaling voltages with currents. Once the bifacial solar cell IV curve was obtained, the solar cell string IV curve was calculated by summing the voltage contribution of the individual series-connected cells and subtracting the voltage drop in the cell interconnects, harness and cabling, blocking diode, and sequential shunt unit. String current was iteratively determined such that the cell voltage generation minus the line voltage loss satisfied the sequential shunt unit output voltage set point. In the presence of string shadowing, separate IV curves were calculated for shadowed and unshadowed string sections. Total PVA current capability was obtained by summing the current contribution of the individual strings. On the basis of the uncertainties in the analysis methods, data input, Earth albedo, and infrared emission, the estimated total root-sum-square uncertainty in the predicted current is ±6 percent for a Sun-tracking PVA.

Comparison of predicted and measured PVA current for a sample orbit selected on December 10, 2001. (Extravehicular activity to install BGA thermal blankets.)
This graph compares predicted and measured PVA current for a sample orbit selected on December 10, 2001. The qualitative comparison between measured and calculated PVA currents through the orbit Sun period is excellent. Quantitatively, the root-mean-square difference between measured and calculated values was 3.0 A on the back and 4.4 A on the front. This is equivalent to approximately 2 percent of PVA front-side current capability or 4 percent of PVA backside current capability. Front-illuminated current data are smooth and in good agreement with calculated values.
This bifacial PVA performance model developed by Glenn has further improved the correlation between predictions and on-orbit data. With this more accurate modeling capability, improved power predictions that support on-orbit operations, certification for flight readiness, and mission planning can be made. The code has been incorporated into the SPACE (System Power Analysis for Capability) power systems software and into software used by the NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Operations Directorate for day-to-day on-orbit ISS operations planning. Recently, the Space Station Program Office began relying on the power produced from the PVA backside for on-orbit operations and planning.

Newegg nukes “corporate troll” Alcatel in third patent appeal win this year | Ars Technica

Newegg nukes “corporate troll” Alcatel in third patent appeal win this year | Ars Technica:

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Man, I love NewEgg !

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

So we received this email today... : nasa

So we received this email today... : nasa:

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"To all employees:
Congress just passed a law that bars NASA, National Science Foundation, Department of Commerce, and Department of Justice from buying IT systems that have been "produced, manufactured or assembled" by companies "owned, operated or subsidized" in any way by the Chinese. The only exceptions to this rule are for hardware that is deemed to be in the interests of national security, or if the FBI decides that a component¹s acquisition does not carry any risk of "cyber-espionage or sabotage." While Goddard is working out processes to handle this legislation, the direction from Goddard's Chief Information Officer is that no IT products shall be purchased at this time, via P-card of any other mechanism. This applies to hardware, software and maintenance, and to both civil servant and contractor purchases.
Your cooperation is appreciated. We'll inform you when we have further guidelines from the Center."

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Two Wolves

An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is Anger, Jealousy, Greed, Resentment, Inferiority, Lies, and Ego. The other is Good. It is Joy, Peace, Love, Hope, Humility, Kindness, Empathy, and Truth."

The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather.. which wolf wins?".

The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."

Amy Adams, Hillary Duff (Morphed) -

Amy Adams, Hillary Duff (Morphed) -

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Laser Blade - Television Tropes & Idioms

Laser Blade - Television Tropes & Idioms:

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The laser blade is a melee Energy Weapon, with a cutting edge made of Pure Energy, giving it Absurd Cutting Power. Generally a type of Impossibly Cool Weapon, they require a lot of Willing Suspension of Disbelief, but are generally awesome enough to be worth it.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Netflix will switch from Silverlight to HTML5, explains what it's waiting for first

Netflix will switch from Silverlight to HTML5, explains what it's waiting for first:

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"Due to Microsoft's confirmation that support for its Silverlight plugin will end and the rise of plugin-free browsers, Netflix will eventually need to stream to PCs using something other than the tech it's had in place since 2008."

How to watch Netflix (Watch Instantly) in Linux - a great resource for How To's from Wikia

How to watch Netflix (Watch Instantly) in Linux - a great resource for How To's from Wikia:

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Systems that work reasonably wellEdit

  • System: Intel Celeron G530@2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32 bit.  DH61CR mobo.  Onboard video.
    • Using Wine as per above article
    • Installed IceWM and am NOT using any form of unity, which robs cycles from the graphics.  This nearly eliminated tearing and frame skipping.
    • Turned on Option AccelMethod sna in xorg.conf.
    • Results: Only a wee bit of skipping and tearing, smoother than virtualized. (Tried that too.)
  • System: Intel 2.53GHZ Core 2 Duo, 512 MB Ram alloted to the VM. Integrated Video Card Intel GMA 4500MHD/Solid State HD
    • Settings: Recommend switching your audio driver from pulseaudio to ALSA so you can get synchronous audio, No 3D support installed on VM
    • Guest OS: Windows 7
    • Results: Video is smooth playback is fine
  • System: Intel i7 2GHz/4GB Ram
    • Settings: 1.2GB RAM alloted, Activated Direct3D support for Guest, Installed Guest Additions
    • Guest OS: Windows XP
    • Results: Watching Instantly in Full Screen, not choppy at all.
  • System: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz
    • Settings: Allocated 2GB Memory. 128Mb video memory
    • Results: Works great
  • System: Intel Pentium E6500 Dual Core @ 2.93 GHz/128MB ATI Fire GL V3400 PCI-EXPRESS GDDR3 DVI
    • Settings: default
    • Guest OS: Running Windows XP on Ubuntu 10.04.
    • Results: Works great
    • Statistical Results: Bitrate 64/1050 (a/v) with frame 20/10 (rendered/dropped) or alternatively bitrate 64/235 (a/v) and frame 25/5.
  • Systems: Intel Core 2 dual core, 2.133GHz/nVidai GeForce 6800
    • Settings: 512GB RAM Allocated, 2 CPUs, enabled PAE/NX, enabled VT-x/AMD-V, enabled Nested Paging, 128MB video RAM, enabled 2D and 3D acceleration, Guest additions installed without DirextX
    • Guest OS: Windows XP
    • Results: Works OK
    • Statistical results:
  • System: amd athlon II x2 250 3ghz dual core, onboard/integrated ATI radeon 3000, 256MB memory dedicated to video, 1920x1080 resolution, 4GB ram
    • Settings: default, vbox guest additions installed but no directx support, sp3, ie8, switched from pulseaudio to alsa to fix audio sync
    • Guest OS: Windows XP (under ubuntu 11.04)
    • Results: Works great full screen/HD
  • System: Intel Core i7 980X 4.27GHz (Hex core), 2x GTX 480 SLI (3GB VRAM), 12GB DDR3 1866MHz
    • Settings: 4GB RAM allocated, 4 CPUs, PAE/NX, VT-x/AMD-V, Nested Paging, 128MB VRAM +2D,3D acceleration, guest additions.
    • Guest OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Results: Playback is perfect in all scenarios
  • System: Intel i5-3570k, GeForce 8800 GT, 16GB DDR3
    • Settings: 8GB RAM allocated, 4 CPUs, IO APIC, PAE/NX, , VT-x/AMD-V, Nested Paging, 256 VRAM, 2D accelleration, guest additions.
    • Left PulseAudio, but changed audio controller to ICH AC97 -- had to download and install drivers from RealTek
    • Guest OS: Windows 7 64-Bit
    • Results: Great so far, need to try with less CPU and RAM dedicated to VM. Switching from having VM present Intel HD Audio to ICH AC97 made it go from crawling to looking great. Previously went in super-slow motion at any resolution, now fine at fullscreen 1920x1200. Even works in seamless mode. No sync issues.


  • Increasing alloted memory from 512MB to 1GB doesn't seem to make any difference
  • Enabling Direct3D acceleration in VirtualBox with Guess Additions will enable video acceleration in Silverlight and allow for HD playback. Using Guess Additions and WineD3D together might break video playback
  • Decreasing VirtualBox's window size improves playback
  • Running Silverlight seems to play the same in Firefox and Internet Explorer
  • Playing at a lower Bitrate improves playback
  • Running Windows XP SP3 and Google Chrome Netflix WebApp in kiosk mode improves presentability and performance

SSD Tool - free space trimmer - Crucial Community

SSD Tool - free space trimmer - Crucial Community:

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SSD Tool - free space trimmer

 [ Edited ]
NOTE: Most people won't have a need for this. :smileyhappy:  Please see here for what this does and what it's for:

Some of you will have already been linked an early version of this in past threads.  I've finally got around to making it look at least slightly reasonable and fixing the issue with trimming hot swappable SSD's.  It also now checks your alignment for you.

And so... here it is!

FAQs and Top Forum Solutions
Did a user help you? Say thanks by giving Kudos!
How do I know what memory to buy?
Still need help? Contact Crucial Customer Service
Remember to regularly backup your important data!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fix slow Windows 8 computer - Make Windows 8 faster

Fix slow Windows 8 computer - Make Windows 8 faster:

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SteveX Compiled » Blog Archive » Fooling ReadyBoost

SteveX Compiled » Blog Archive » Fooling ReadyBoost:

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"Now I get to play with ReadyBoost."

Windows Administration: Inside the Windows Vista Kernel: Part 2

Windows Administration: Inside the Windows Vista Kernel: Part 2:

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The speed of CPUs and memory are fast outpacing that of hard disks, so disks are a common system performance bottleneck. Random disk I/O is especially expensive because disk head seek times are on the order of 10 milliseconds-an eternity for today's 3GHz processors. While RAM is ideal for caching disk data, it is relatively expensive. Flash memory, however, is generally cheaper and can service random reads up to 10 times faster than a typical hard disk. Windows Vista, therefore, includes a feature called ReadyBoost to take advantage of flash memory storage devices by creating an intermediate caching layer on them that logically sits between memory and disks.
ReadyBoost consists of a service implemented in %SystemRoot%\System32\Emdmgmt.dll that runs in a Service Host process, and a volume filter driver, %SystemRoot%\System32\Drivers\Ecache.sys. (Emd is short for External Memory Device, the working name for ReadyBoost during its development.) When you insert a flash device like a USB key into a system, the ReadyBoost service looks at the device to determine its performance characteristics and stores the results of its test in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Currentversion\Emdmgmt, seen in Figure 1.
Figure 1 ReadyBoost device test results in the registry (Click the image for a larger view)
If you aren't already using a device for caching, and the new device is between 256MB and 32GB in size, has a transfer rate of 2.5MB/s or higher for random 4KB reads, and has a transfer rate of 1.75MB/s or higher for random 512KB writes, then ReadyBoost will ask if you'd like to dedicate up to 4GB of the storage for disk caching. (Although ReadyBoost can use NTFS, it limits the maximum cache size to 4GB to accommodate FAT32 limitations.) If you agree, then the service creates a caching file named ReadyBoost.sfcache in the root of the device and asks SuperFetch to prepopulate the cache in the background.
After the ReadyBoost service initializes caching, the Ecache.sys device driver intercepts all reads and writes to local hard disk volumes (C:\, for example), and copies any data being written into the caching file that the service created. Ecache.sys compresses data and typically achieves a 2:1 compression ratio so a 4GB cache file will usually contain 8GB of data. The driver encrypts each block it writes using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption with a randomly generated per-boot session key in order to guarantee the privacy of the data in the cache if the device is removed from the system.
When ReadyBoost sees random reads that can be satisfied from the cache, it services them from there, but because hard disks have better sequential read access than flash memory, it lets reads that are part of sequential access patterns go directly to the disk even if the data is in the cache.

Windows Administration: Inside the Windows Vista Kernel: Part 2

Windows Administration: Inside the Windows Vista Kernel: Part 2:

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"A significant change to the Memory Manager is in the way that it manages physical memory. The Standby List management used by previous versions of Windows has two limitations. First, the prioritization of pages relies only on the recent past behavior of processes and does not anticipate their future memory requirements. Second, the data used for prioritization is limited to the list of pages owned by a process at any given point in time. These shortcomings can result in scenarios like the "after lunch syndrome," where you leave your computer for a while and a memory-intensive system application runs (such as an antivirus scan or disk defragmentation). This application forces the code and data that your active applications had cached in memory to be overwritten by the memory-intensive activities. When you return, you experience sluggish performance as applications have to request their data and code from disk.
Windows XP introduced prefetching support that improved boot and application startup performance by performing large disk I/Os to preload memory with code and file system data that it expected, based on previous boots and application launches. Windows Vista goes a big step further with SuperFetch, a memory management scheme that enhances the least-recently accessed approach with historical information and proactive memory management.
SuperFetch is implemented in %SystemRoot%\System32\Sysmain.dll as a Windows service that runs inside a Service Host process (%SystemRoot%\System32\Svchost.exe). The scheme relies on support from the Memory Manager so that it can retrieve page usage histories as well as direct the Memory Manager to preload data and code from files on disk or from a paging file into the Standby List and assign priorities to pages. The SuperFetch service essentially extends page-tracking to data and code that was once in memory, but that the Memory Manager has reused to make room for new data and code. It stores this information in scenario files with a .db extension in the %SystemRoot%\Prefetch directory alongside standard prefetch files used to optimize application launch. Using this deep knowledge of memory usage, SuperFetch can preload data and code when physical memory becomes available.
Whenever memory becomes free-for example, when an application exits or releases memory-SuperFetch asks the Memory Manager to fetch data and code that was recently evicted. This is done at a rate of a few pages per second with Very Low priority I/Os so that the preloading does not impact the user or other active applications. Therefore, if you leave your computer to go to lunch and a memory-intensive background task causes the code and data from your active applications to be evicted from memory while you're gone, SuperFetch can often bring all or most of it back into memory before you return. SuperFetch also includes specific scenario support for hibernation, standby, Fast User Switching (FUS), and application launch. When the system hibernates, for example, SuperFetch stores data and code in the hibernation file that it expects (based on previous hibernations) will be accessed during the subsequent resume. In contrast, when you resume Windows XP, previously cached data must be reread from the disk when it is referenced."

GeForce GT 640 vs GeForce GT 520

GeForce GT 640 vs GeForce GT 520:

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Now this is a cool site.

Reasons to consider the
Leadtek GeForce GT 640

Higher clock speed902 MHzvs810 MHzMore than 10% higher clock speed
Better passmark score1,307vs361More than 3.5x better passmark score
Better floating-point performance692.7 GFLOPSvs155.5 GFLOPSAround 4.5x better floating-point performance
More render output processors16vs214 more render output processors
Higher texture rate28.9 GTexel/svs6.48 GTexel/sAround 4.5x higher texture rate
Higher pixel rate7.22 GPixel/svs1.62 GPixel/sAround 4.5x higher pixel rate
More texture mapping units32vs824 more texture mapping units
More shading units384vs48336 more shading units
Wider memory bus128 bitvs64 bit2x wider memory bus

Monday, May 6, 2013

ta1901 comments on What is something every girl should know about relationships?

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[–]ta1901 3675 points  ago

Good Communication
Communication in a relationship is critical. Clear communication works best. Be honest, but polite, about what you want to say. Think before you say it. When talking about things:
  • Do not blame the person. This will make them defensive and tend to yell.
  • Do not bring up old arguments. Leave the past in the past.
  • Talk when you are calm and you are not stressed out. If you begin to get agitated, say something like "I am too angry to talk now, but I will be back in an hour to talk more about this." Then leave, take a walk, get an ice cream, do something.
  • Use "I" statements. Ex: "When the garbage is not emptied every day, it stinks, and I feel like you are not holding up your promise to empty the garbage." Or "I feel hurt when you don't talk to me."
  • Compromise. Ask for something realistic and be ready to compromise on it. Each person has to get their needs met.
  • You are not the center of the universe. Your partner has needs too. Ask them what they are. You are not expected to be a mind reader.
  • Learn about yourself and your needs. Only when you know yourself can you ask your partner to help you meet your needs.

About Compatibility
Issues of compatibility from an American's point of view.
People who want a long term relationship (LTR) should focus on compatibility. Because no matter how much you love them, they will not change unless they want to. And their differences can be sources of constant disagreements.
The top 3 issues couples fight most about: sex, money, kids, in no particular order.
  1. How often to have sex.
  2. How kinky to get.
Studies show that if one really wants sex, and they don't get it, they get very irritable. This can lead to more stress and fighting. Thus, you could say sex is a need for some people. But it is not like food. If you don't get sex you will not die, but you will be very unhappy.
Sex can be a time for intimate bonding and sharing, so many people, men and women, need sex for emotional issues. If emotional needs do not get met, more stress and fighting ensue.
  1. How much to spend on a house. When to buy a house. Should we put 10% down? 20% down? 1% down?
  2. How much of an emergency fund to have.
  3. How much debt is acceptable.
  4. Should we pay off debt first or get a basic emergency fund started?
  5. How often to buy a new car? Should the car be "new new" or just used and new to us?
People fight a lot about money. One person is fine having lots of debt, while debt can cause anxiety attacks in the partner. Some compromise must be made. But the very nature of compromise is that no party is happy. Neither gets what they really want, but but get part way there.
Talk about money with your SO if you think things are getting more serious, and you might consider spending your life with them. Never wait until after committing to discuss something so important, and commonly fought about.
  1. When/If to have them.
  2. How many to have.
  3. How to discipline them.
  4. What to teach them about material things.
  5. How hard to push them in school, sports, extra curricular activities.
Other issues*
The more you have in common, the more likely your relationship will last. So a couple should have bother interests and attitudes in common.
These include hobbies, music, TV shows, activities they can do together to spend time together.
This includes attitudes about politics, religion, how to raise kids, how to deal with money. It covers many of the issues in the top 3 things couples fight about.

Elements of a Healthy Relationship
Clear communication
  • They ask for something when they need it. They don't keep it bottled up inside then explode when their needs are not met.
  • They don't expect their partner to have ESP and read their mind.
Proper Disagreements
  • They can calmly talk about things they disagree about without calling names, bringing up weaknesses, falling back on past transgressions, or making personal insults.
  • They stop discussion if one or more parties is too upset to talk, but resume when they have calmed down.
  • Try not to go to bed angry. Resolve the issue before going to bed.
They admit they are wrong
  • They admit when they are wrong, and apologize for it. They do not try to pass blame on to someone else.
  • They accept their partner for who they are and do not try to change them.
  • It is unrealistic thinking one person can change their partner. The partner has to do the changing.
  • Forgive your partner for making mistakes. They are not perfect and neither are you.
  • The person is supportive of the partner in good times and bad.
  • The person understands and tries to meet the partner's needs, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and otherwise.
Follow through
  • If they say they are committed and exclusive, they don't cheat on you.
  • If they say they are going to do something, they do it.
  • Your SO is not responsible for your happiness. You are. If you have a problem, step up and ask for your SO's support. They cannot give you support if you don't ask for it.
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[–]breakerbear 405 points  ago
Change her mood, not her mind. You could make this a slogan to educate men everywhere.