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Not much content but since I got myself web hosting, there’s a new blog over at http://obsidianlake.org/blog/

I’m plan to create a free adventure game for the PC and I’ve set up http://obsidianlake.org/ to help me tell people about my idea.

UPDATE: I since lost the domain name, hosting is still there though. You can read my blog at http://obsidianlake.blogspot.com/

Sorry for any inconveniences.

Written by brokenthorn

May 24, 2009 at 12:26

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Omegle? What is it?

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Omegle is a fairly decent realisation of somebody’s original idea. The idea is to allow people to meet other people at random and start a conversation that might last between a couple of seconds and probably more than a couple of hours. I only just found out about it from a friend but now I’m thinking how could I have missed this.

Omegle uses Twisted and that means it’s rather easy to extend and very flexible. But I don’t like one thing about it: it’s got trolls. I tried having conversations with random people but more than 90% of them, I could say, were just spamming.

Then I tried A Nice Chat and surprisingly enough, I met a great person from the first attempt and we’re still chatting. I wonder how many other similar services are  out there; I haven’t searched, but the idea is just marvellous. I know it will pick up fast, just like Twitter. I just hope it won’t face that many problems with scalability and that trolls will be taken care of one way or another.

Good luck finding the right stranger to talk to! 😉

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April 5, 2009 at 18:06

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How to make OCZ memory run better, joke

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First of all, this post should more completely have been entitled “How to make OCZ top performance memory run better by setting it at lower performance than the specs”.

ocztitanium Yesterday night I had a “revelation”. The new hard drive I have added to my computer several days ago supports AHCI and NCQ, but my chipset (Intel 82801, ICH9 family) doesn’t. Fortunately ASUS added an extra AHCI SATAII controller to the main board which provides one ATA interface and two SATA ports, one being the eSATA. It is the JMicron 20360 controller. I powered off and unplugged my PC, switched the hard-drive to the AHCI port, put everything back and booted up. Upon booting up, I was left scared like a chicken. I started wondering what I have done wrong. The monitor wasn’t powering up, there were no beeps coming out of the PC Speaker, hard drives weren’t busy…

I tried clearing the BIOS. It didn’t work. Very disappointed and heart-broken I started taking everything out and putting it back in one by one to test each component. Then I got to install just one of the DDR2 DIMMs and it finally booted up. Since yesterday I have been reading the OCZ forums for help regarding this issue. I learned a great deal of information about how they advertise their memory products but I am not sure I like what I found out. Pretty much you have to find out yourself the right configuration for your memory if you want it to work and last. This thread explains it.

My luck was that the system would boot up with just one module and that way I got inside the BIOS, upped the voltage on the DRAM to the maximum that they advertise (2.35v, for my 2 x Titanium Alpha VX2, P/N: OCZ2TA1000VX21G), set the timings to CAS 4-4-4-15 also as advertised and then test the RAM. If memtest worked then I would drop the voltage a notch and test again until I could find the best setting.

Bad news is that nothing worked at the max DDR2-1000. In the end I set it up as DDR2-800 with CAS 4-4-4-15 and DRAM voltage at 1.90v. Bandwidth as reported by memtest: 4234 MB/s. I tried other settings that worked but that didn’t provide any performance improvements (more bandwidth), for example: DDR2-1000, CAS 5-5-5-15, 2.10v.

I could have tried going for CAS 3-3-3-15 at the current DDR2-800 and slightly more voltage but I noticed the DIMMs heating up somewhat when they were run at 2.20v – 2.35v and I rather they last longer than give slightly better performance.

UPDATE – December 11, 2008 at 15:14 pm: I’m very annoyed. Two nights in a row since I posted this, my memory stopped working again. I did the same thing, remove the module that was causing the problem, booted, increased the voltage even more, shutdown, insert back the module, boot again and it worked for the day but not the next day. Very weird so I took it to the vendor I bought it from and they tested it and their PC didn’t boot. I will be expecting a replacement in 2 weeks tops. :-/

UPDATE – February 6, 2009 at 22:31 pm: I had the memory in warranty service for a month and it came back as non-faulty. It seems there are other factors that interfere, like good, stable and powerful power source unit, supporting (@native) motherboard…

I’m running both sticks at DDR2-1002 at the moment. Been running like that since end of January. Except, not at 4-4-4-15 as they are advertised but as 5-5-5-15. It’s stable as tested with memtest86+, one pass. Voltage for me is 2.2v to be stable. Other motherboards may need different settings (as power regulators differ in quality/stability, also depends on your PSU; good mobo and bad PSU can be a nuisance).

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December 8, 2008 at 21:19

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WordPress imports Blogger posts excellently

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As I said I will do, I imported all my old posts from years ago from Blogger to this blog thanks to WordPress’ excellent import/export feature. Editing/Filtering by/Deleting/Adding categories is so fast and smooth within WordPress, something I didn’t see in Blogger! Now I see why WP is so much more popular. Blogger needs improvements to its functionality level because besides posting and controlling output style by html/css, it won’t let you do anything else and if it does then it doesn’t help you in any way.

One or two imported posts have minor problems caused by my custom tags but everything is readable so I won’t go through the trouble of fixing the problems. It’s old archive anyway.

Written by brokenthorn

December 6, 2007 at 18:33

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Hi everyone

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In case you found this: I opened another blog at WordPress.com, my Romanian blog and I like WordPress. I’m thinking of moving my English blog (running on Blogger) here. Reasons are Blogger being not exactly what I like anymore (either I’ve changed or Blogger). My next post will tell you more. Soon I’ll move everything here if I can. See ya.

PS – This is a reminder that I should post more links next time :).

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December 2, 2007 at 19:25

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