Thursday, 20 October 2011

My journey with discrete graphic cards

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For PC gamers all over the world, one of the most important components of their gaming rig would be their graphic card. This is the component that is tasked to crunch the numbers and convert them into images that can be displayed using a monitor. If the card is powerful enough, it allows the gamer to increase the graphics details to make the game look better (more eye candy).

A discrete graphics card is an add-on card that is attached to the motherboard, as opposed to an integrated graphics controller you get on most low-medium end motherboards.

My first taste of better graphics came in the form of a Voodoo 2 that I bought along with my PC while I was still in university. Lets see if I can recall the graphic cards that I have used so far:

  • Voodoo 2 (lets start with this 16 MB of RAM goodness).
  • Nvidia Geforce 4 MX 440 (a whopping 64MB RAM, or was it 32?).
  • Nvidia Geforce 6800GS (256MB RAM).
  • Nvidia Geforce 6800GS in SLI mode (I think I cooked these cards to death in my poorly ventilated casing).
  • Nvidia GeForce 7200 as a stopgap measure because both the 6800s were unstable.
  • ATI Radeon HD3850 (512MB RAM) from another friend trying to clear off stuff.
  • and lastly, I am currently using an Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 (1GB RAM).
So far, the GTX 560 from Gigabyte ( the one pictured above is the Ti version, mine is non-Ti) has been a dream to play with, most of the games can be set to maximum detail and are still very much playable (on a 1680 x 1050 pixels monitor). According to reviews, this card can go up to full HD (1920x1080) for gaming and it can still be more than capable of serving most gamers, but I don't have a monitor that is large enough to do that kind of testing.

Lets see how long this will last me.

If only Diablo 3 came out sooner grrrr....

Monday, 1 August 2011

Twilight: New Moon

Today marks the 1st day of fasting for Muslims this year. Yes, Hari Raya is 1 month away, so happy fasting to all my Muslim friends and family members, wherever you are.

Anyway, the title of this post is in reference to what I viewed today when I returned home from work. The sun had already set and the bulan sabit (crescent moon) was hanging in the sky near the hill that has the RTM transmission tower. So I grabbed my trusty camera and the longest lens I could find, and snapped a few shots. Getting a nice angle was a pain, since there were so many TV antennae and telephone wires crisscrossing my view. After running in and out, climbing a car or 2, I finally got a no-so-bad shooting angle from a bedroom window upstairs.

By the time I got to my vantage point, most of the light had faded from the dusk sky. And this was the least sucky photo I could find.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed that photo, and if you came in here expecting some kind of movie or book review of a certain vampire fantasy franchise, I'm sorry but you just got...

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Blur blur fellow

Hi and welcome to a ranting post.

I've been getting missed calls and stupid SMSes from a mobile phone number for the past few weeks that has left me feeling very annoyed. The missed calls I didn't answer, because they usually end before I could  answer the phone. The SMSes were usually addressed to someone named Nor, and the SMSes seem to be asking to want to know this "Nor" better.

This afternoon, the guy decided to send an MMS to me with his mug, possibly trying to impress this "Nor". See below:

The picture seems to be taken in some kinda workshop. After I received this MMS from him, I tried calling this number, but no one answered. Then I tried sending an SMS telling this fellow that I was not who he thought I was, and hopefully it got through, since he did send a "sorry" SMS after that.

So, for those guys who want to get a girl's number, please make sure it is the correct number before you show up at your first date and end up meeting with someone bigger and hairier than you (and his friends).


Monday, 13 June 2011

Dead lens walking


I brought my problematic Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens to a camera shop on Sunday to see what's wrong with it.

The technician said that there's some internal problem with the aperture, and to service it might cost around RM300 or more, since the spare part for this particular lens is very expensive, compared to the newer IS version of this lens. So I decided to look at other options, probably sourcing a 2nd hand lens to replace this one.

The only incident that I think could have damaged the lens would be during Hobbycon 2010, I forgot which day it was, but there was one day when I took my camera out of my bag, and was fiddling with it, but it slipped out of my hand and bumped onto the table, which was about a one-foot drop. I immediately switched it on and made a few test shots that time, and it seemed to be functioning well.

It only had major a major malfunction when I took it to Kuching after Hobbycon. During that time, it was spotty, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. Luckily I brought along my 28mm F/1.8 along on that trip, or else I wouldn't be able to snap anymore photos. During the rest of the trip, it didn't seem to be malfunctioning, so I just let it be.

The problem manifests itself when I select an aperture that is smaller than the maximum aperture for that particular focal length. For example, the maximum aperture at 18mm is f/3.5, so if i were to set the aperture to f4.0 or above and shoot, the lens would crap out and my camera would complain, saying that there's no communication between the lens and the camera body. Initially I tried all the "clean contacts with eraser" methods but it still would not solve the problem, hence the visit to the camera shop.

Anyway, I'll have to see where I can source for a replacement for this lens, since I was planning to sell it off with my old camera body.

Loot from students

Here's another post after a long break. First of all, let me show you what's new:

Isn't she a beauty? The curves, the colours, the... hey waidaminute, I was referring to the photo frame! The girl's photo came with the frame, so don't get any ideas.

The photo frame was part of the Teacher's Day Loot I received last month (ya, slowpoke me). The rest are shown below:

There's a card, 2 bookmarks, a notepad, a face towel and of course, the photo frame above. The smaller loot came in the small brown gift bag above. O wait, I think they came separately, but I stuffed them all into the same bag because I was trying to shoot people during the occasion.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Toy car

Hi there all, I've been distracted by so many things these past few months, I almost forgot how to blog :P

Jesting aside, I needed to take my camera for a bit of exercise, so I shot this:

It's not much, but at least I clicked my camera shutter a few times LOL.

By the way, look at all the dust on it, sheesh...

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Lights in library

Was testing the work camera , trying to shoot at a dark place and whaddayaknow, this turned up:

Strange lights were seen in this picture... could they be trying to communicate?

or maybe they lurk the interwebs too much...

Stranger things have happened elsewhere too...

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Borneo Headhunter's Hat 2011

Greetings blog lurkers. It has been a busy month for me, hence the lack of any updates thus far, so to make it up to all 17 people who are following me, let me help you test your internet connection by posting up a whole lot of photos, heh heh heh...

I had the opportunity to shoot an international sporting event last Saturday: the Borneo Headhunter's Hat tournament which was held in La Salle secondary school's playing field.

It's an Ultimate Frisbee tournament organised by a bunch of Ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts here in KK, and you can read more about it here. The wrap up can be found here.

Newspaper (online version) can be found here.

The participants were supposed to play while wearing wigs, but the tropical weather plus super hot sunshine was not conducive for that, so everyone just played normally.

Here was a participant trying to get wiggy with it.

There was super athleticism displayed by everyone, from the flying leaps to the lung-busting runs trying to chase after a flying disc :D

There were some injuries though, but nothing too serious that the first aid administrators couldn't handle on the field.

Bah, I'll just let the pictures do the talking, but be warned: loading the page may be slow for those with bad internet connections.

Read more after the jump:

Monday, 7 February 2011

Chinese New Year 2011

Happy Chinese New Year (Rabbit-yummy)!

So the main question is: how many kgs have you gained this past week? Not that it matters, heh heh...

I didn't do much this year, just visited some people's open house, ate lots of nice stuff and experimented with the video function of my Canon 60D.

First of all, I went to Jna's tarping session at her house on the 1st day of CNY.

I also went to Sakuya's open house on the 2nd day of CNY, and there was MADness there as well. I brought along my friend's Mad Magazine board game and had a few people play it. We all laughed until we split our sides, had headaches and even had tears coming from more than one person during the session:

Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Streamyx OK Pt. 2?

We had a TM tech come and change the wiring from the post to the house today (yeah, Chinese New Year 1st day) and the connection seems to be a lot better now. He came yesterday and did some diagnostics, but I guess he couldn't find anyone to change it, so he came today.

After changing the cable, he did another ping test to the server, and it seemed to be muuuuch better. Yesterday's ping was around 1700+ ms, and after changing the cable: 57+ ms.

I'll need to keep the connection on for another day or so, to see if there are any more complications.

Finally my downloads are back to maximum speeds again (for now) - yay!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Streamyx OK?

Alright, I switched off my modem this morning on my way to work after leaving it on for the weekend. Results from the weekend: no disconnection at all since Saturday, and today is Thursday, so around 5 or was it 6 days without disconnection.

Now, having just switched on the modem after returning from work (around 5:30pm), it seems to be fine, and I hope it is fine. I think they (TM) tried calling me today, but I was unable to answer my phone in time before it got routed to voicemail. I just hope they were calling to tell me that all is well with my connection.

The next test is tonight, when I will power cycle my modem and see what happens, whether I can get a proper connection again.

OK, connection sux, experiment yielded expected results.
Conclusion: Need to keep modem on for the whole night.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Streamyx still not OK 2

OK, since the last post, I didn't switch off the Linksys modem router for the whole weekend, and it didn't disconnect at all (once it got an IP on Saturday morning). It was still the same IP the last time I checked. But tomorrow I'm gonna try and do a reboot when I get home and see what happens.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

streamyx still not OK

I tried to switch off the modem for the day, and only switched it on when I returned from work at around 6pm, 21 Jan 2011. Connection was unstable, and kept disconnecting like crazy, unlike the previous day where it was almost rock solid.

Now I'm gonna keep the modem on for the whole weekend and see what happens. I'm hoping to keep the modem on until Tuesday to see the turnout.

On another note, I actually got an IP with the ending of zero, which I thought was unuseable. But it seems to be valid, for a little while at least. I thought zero was kinda reserved or something?

Oh well, need to complain again, since the promised date of resolution has passed.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Streamyx ok or not?

Went to TM Point on 28 Dec 2010 to register a billing dispute, 'cos I'm not gonna pay for something that is not up to standard. Showed the customer service personnel my SMS from the technician stating the problems would be resolved by the 16th of Jan (2011), then got a bit drenched going back to the car.

Current day:
Line seemed to be OK on Monday, 17 Jan and right now, 18 Jan - able to connect without any hiccups.

No sign of disconnection so far.

I wonder can do KF or not tonight? LOL!

Connection was a disaster. Kept disconnecting every few minutes. Sometimes it stays connected for 10-15 minutes, but it would still disconnect. Couldn't play anything online properly, haven't even got my Internet things done.

I have a feeling my line is still massively congested.