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  1. Kitschiguy

    The Ashes

    I've quite liked Clarke's captaincy so far in this match. I was thinking before the start I would give Johnson the new ball to see what happens and he did - I think it was a good idea. He didn't bowl that well but then neither did Hilfenhaus. Bowling changes became a bit frenetic as the day wore on but at least he was trying things - giving Johnson an over before lunch for example. What I really liked was the way he spoke after the match with regards to Hughes appeal and Bell's referral. He handled it well and it was good to see.
  2. This is usually caused by a broken or corrupted codec or if someone has messed up a mux and put a codec in the wrong container, but if it's happening on multiple files and files of a certain type then I would say it's the codec. I know it's already been said but the k-Lite codec pack is a safe bet and all the versions come with Divx and Xvid or you can try the CCP one. K-Lite comes with Media Player Classic. Check all the settings in your media player too - framerate sync etc. This type of thing can cause this problem. Judging by the symptoms I would say it's almost certainly codec related and not a hardware issue.
  3. Has anyone got any experience with web hosting companies - bluehost.com, justhost.com for example? Can anyone recommend one? Doesn't need to be super-featured with dedicated servers or IP's just cheap and reliable preferably with UK-based customer support. Thanks
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    MSN Virus

    Open task manager and click the second tab 'processes' and check to see if you have any strange processes running. Just google them to find out what they are if you're not sure. If not I think this is spam - changing your login details might help. You can also change your privacy settings and only allow people on your list to contact you, this can stop you receiving the messages. You can ask your friends to do the same and see if the messages stop, at least that way you can determine whether or not its spam.
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    MSN Virus

    Where do you see the virus/message? Does it come in an MSN instant message or a pop up window in Windows Explorer? My guess is that it's probably a trojan, not a virus.
  6. Tell him not to look up - that thing will fill up really quickly.
  7. Deutschland Vs Australier - Altogether now 'Sind Sie Schottland in der Verkleidung?'
  8. So, what's new? Apple has a history of vile business practices - anti-trust, vendor lock-in and piss-poor conditions for workers. A bit like most other multi-national corporations. Apple's market value didn't surpass that of Microsoft's last week by giving their factory workers and extra ten minute tea-break. How could it? The pointless Apple/Microsoft debate will rage on while the worlds mini and supercomputers operating now in excess of 1 PetaFlop are machines built with off-the-shelf components and server class CPU's running linux. Just another reason why Mac's suck.
  9. Remember to check you're travel insurance. Insurance companies don't cover for any incidents which arise whilst travelling to a country the Foreign Office has advised against travelling to. If that doesn't worry you, then I guess you've got nothing to worry about.
  10. You talk like software and commercial hardware stood still but processors, kept on going... Photos are now 15mp up to 25mp just on entry level cameras (40+ on commercial cams) A 20,000b lappy would lock up for an hour using CS4's gaussian blur on an image from my current camera.. Pure HD content is 1gb for every couple of minutes.. thats 25 frames x 1900 pixels for just a second of video (maybe you still think 640x480 is the norm)... convert 40 minutes of that and your 20,000 laptop is out of use for 6 hours or more. My state of the art notebook comes to a crawl doing this type of work which should really be left to the desktop in reality. 8 core technology still crunches away on HD content, so no, my logic is not wrong... this is my business. Stick to the stuff you know mate, spreadsheets presumably? Yeah, this is quite a good way of looking at things when you're buying hardware. I think for those calculations though, you're talking about uncompressed raw data. But HD still requires a hell of a lot or processing power. My video camera records in HD 1920x1080 @60fps and I can get around 43 minutes on an 8Gib SDHC card. I think all consumer video cameras use compression algorithms to compress the data i.e the H.264 codec in my case. If you calculate it like this 1920x1080 = 2073600 pixels x 3 = 6220800 (because each pixel requires 3 bytes to display 24bit colour - 1 for each channel) Then if you're shooting at 60fps = 373248000 bytes per second. Divide by a million = 373.248Mib per second.
  11. As far as I know Photoshop uses the virtual memory or the 'scratch disk' when the system runs out if available RAM - like the swap or paging file used by the OS. The reason is that photoshop can only use the first 2 GiB of RAM and the rest is left to the system. (Not sure about 64bit OS, probably different) When this is not enough it uses the scratch disk which is normally a ATA/IDE or SATA HDD which is obviously much slower than RAM so the system will slow down or hang but this is rarely a problem unless your using 512MiB/1GiB of RAM. as of a few years ago Adobe employees had confirmed that Photoshop runs a VM scheme pretty much constantly. if you work with large-ish images 2GB of ram is nothing. their approach may have changed, it's entirely possible that i haven't kept up, but as of about 2004 Photoshop, regardless of platform, used the hard drive for its own VM scheme constantly, full stop. i'd just get a 50 GB SSD (about US$200 right now) and use it as the main hard drive and also as scratch disk, that way you reap all the benefits (such as near instantaneous booting of OS or apps). if i personally go that way i will replace the DVDR drive in my computer with a 500GB hard drive, as compact DVDRs for notebooks are crappy and fragile anyway, and i have an external (full sized) one. only downside is i'd have to rip my in-flight movies to the (big) hard drive before i fly somewhere... With regards to SSD's I was talking about laptops initially since that's what the OP was asking for advice about (budget around B20000) As I understand it a VM scheme is constantly running, but the virtual space is used when the available system RAM is used up. This happens regularly as far as I know, not just because of the size of the file but because of layers, masks and all the other info. In CS4 PSB files can be up to 2GB and TIFFs can be up to 4GB. For desktops, if you don't think you've got enough RAM (which should be the first thing to address, before CPU and GPU performance which are the other most important factors. I have a 64 bit operating system with 16GB of RAM and a 64 bit version of Adobe CS4 - photoshop CS4 can address 8GB of RAM. My point is that it's not an issue for me so I've never had to do it) you're much better off dedicating a separate HDD for a scratch disk. Yes, an SSD would be perfect as would a RAID 0 array, as they offer the fastest read/write times but obviously nowhere near as fast as RAM which is dynamic, volatile memory. I don't think a 50GiB would be big enough (after a 64 bit OS and Adobe CS4 - getting on for 20GiB already) But as it's a performance issue, ideally a scratch disk shouldn't be running the OS and should be at least a separate, dedicated, defragmented volume, but ideally a separate disk with at least 20GiB of free space as it'll be competing with the system for read cycles. I just checked a technical doc and it stated that CS4 supports 64 Exabytes spread over 4 volumes (the same amount of RAM supported by 64bit OS's). That's what I would do anyway (if I was getting out of RAM errors). i was talking about an economical upgrade for a mid-range (or older high-end) laptop, with a SATA drive bay and a SATA DVDR. 30 Gb RAM isn't an option as far as i know. bay1: if partitioned, you have plenty of room for OS/apps/desktop files (wp docs etc) on one partition, and the rest for scratch disk. basically i want anything involving waiting for a hard drive on the SSD except for files i don't use every day. they'd go in bay 2; remove the DVDR and install a 500 Gb, 7200 RPM HItachi hard drive. total cost, $350 or so including parts and shipping to thailand. not sure what any of these parts cost here, but i find usually brand name stuff (Hitachi, Seagate, etc is cheaper to order from overseas. SSDs are still not offering a lot of storage per dollar or baht spent compared to HDs, but as the technology matures and larger drives are available cost-effectively, it'll make it a LOT easier to cut video on a laptop--SSDs are fast enough to pretty much eliminate the usual drop frame/fragmentation issues, and no moving parts so no scratching/peeling platter issues... you'd be surprised how much 1994-ish code is still kicking around in MS Word.... hmmmmm if you've actually run word, maybe not. bad example! I agree with what you say about SSD's, in fact I've said they are the best option for a scratch disk at least twice but only if you don't have enough RAM. I still don't think one would make an economical upgrade unless, as you suggest, it's a high-end one. But then I would think it would have sufficient RAM and GP capabilities. Not too sure what is meant by this but if you're talking about the 30GiB of free space on a 50GiB SSD then It's not the same thing. You can't compare free space on any kind of storage device to RAM. RAM is a zillion times faster unless you're talking about DRAM SSD's as opposed to flash SSD's (about 10x more expensive I think) I hate to disagree on another point but I don't see the point in removing an optical drive and installing a standard 7200rpm 500GiB HDD. Why not just use a cheaper external and leave the optical drive there or save the money and buy a bigger SSD and give yourself a larger partition for your scratch disk? If you have more than 4 GB (to 8 GB), the RAM above 4 GB is used by the operating system as a cache for the Photoshop scratch disk data. Data that previously was written directly to the hard disk by Photoshop is now cached in this high RAM before being written to the hard disk by the operating system. If you are working with files large enough to take advantage of that extra RAM, the RAM cache can increase performance of Photoshop. I copied the previous paragraph from a tech doc. All in all SSD's are better - faster and more reliable, whether or not you choose to upgrade is a personal choice but if you want to optimize photoshop I would advise against using one as a primary disk and a scratch disk because it won't be optimal or big enough and they do have limitations i.e can be written to a limited number of times. If you go for it please post and tell about the results. I've never done it and would be interested to see.
  12. As far as I know Photoshop uses the virtual memory or the 'scratch disk' when the system runs out if available RAM - like the swap or paging file used by the OS. The reason is that photoshop can only use the first 2 GiB of RAM and the rest is left to the system. (Not sure about 64bit OS, probably different) When this is not enough it uses the scratch disk which is normally a ATA/IDE or SATA HDD which is obviously much slower than RAM so the system will slow down or hang but this is rarely a problem unless your using 512MiB/1GiB of RAM. as of a few years ago Adobe employees had confirmed that Photoshop runs a VM scheme pretty much constantly. if you work with large-ish images 2GB of ram is nothing. their approach may have changed, it's entirely possible that i haven't kept up, but as of about 2004 Photoshop, regardless of platform, used the hard drive for its own VM scheme constantly, full stop. i'd just get a 50 GB SSD (about US$200 right now) and use it as the main hard drive and also as scratch disk, that way you reap all the benefits (such as near instantaneous booting of OS or apps). if i personally go that way i will replace the DVDR drive in my computer with a 500GB hard drive, as compact DVDRs for notebooks are crappy and fragile anyway, and i have an external (full sized) one. only downside is i'd have to rip my in-flight movies to the (big) hard drive before i fly somewhere... With regards to SSD's I was talking about laptops initially since that's what the OP was asking for advice about (budget around B20000) As I understand it a VM scheme is constantly running, but the virtual space is used when the available system RAM is used up. This happens regularly as far as I know, not just because of the size of the file but because of layers, masks and all the other info. In CS4 PSB files can be up to 2GB and TIFFs can be up to 4GB. For desktops, if you don't think you've got enough RAM (which should be the first thing to address, before CPU and GPU performance which are the other most important factors. I have a 64 bit operating system with 16GB of RAM and a 64 bit version of Adobe CS4 - photoshop CS4 can address 8GB of RAM. My point is that it's not an issue for me so I've never had to do it) you're much better off dedicating a separate HDD for a scratch disk. Yes, an SSD would be perfect as would a RAID 0 array, as they offer the fastest read/write times but obviously nowhere near as fast as RAM which is dynamic, volatile memory. I don't think a 50GiB would be big enough (after a 64 bit OS and Adobe CS4 - getting on for 20GiB already) But as it's a performance issue, ideally a scratch disk shouldn't be running the OS and should be at least a separate, dedicated, defragmented volume, but ideally a separate disk with at least 20GiB of free space as it'll be competing with the system for read cycles. I just checked a technical doc and it stated that CS4 supports 64 Exabytes spread over 4 volumes (the same amount of RAM supported by 64bit OS's). That's what I would do anyway (if I was getting out of RAM errors). ps. 2004? 6 years is a bloody lifetime in software development terms!
  13. Sandy Denny is right up there for me. She sadly died young (30ish or something) but she made loads of albums and influenced many other artists. I'm not that familiar with much of her stuff but what I have heard I've loved. her voice is just amazing. A lot of people know her from singing on Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin but she performed with Fairport Convention her own band Fotheringay, the Strawbs too I think and she did her solo stuff. Probably tons more too. I like Minnie Ripperton too. I liked her lyrics, they were really sexy without being explicit or vulgar. Not sure how much of them she wrote herself. A more recent discovery is Salyu, a Japanese singer. Lovely voice. There's quite a few others too but I don't feel like having the absolute piss ripped out of me at the moment.
  14. The same could be said for any computer. Actually, this article reads more like an advert for Macs or the gumf you'd read on the back of a leaflet you'd pick up in an Apple store. Is it from the Apple website? I sounds like quite an old article too - the computing industry has already moved to 64bit architecture. SUN, IBM and HP developed it for their systems in the 90's and supercomputers have used the technology for decades. Intel and AMD have developed CPU's with 64bit address registers since the Itanium and Opteron. Even cruddy little laptops like the Dell Inspiron have have shipped with Windows 7 64 as standard since Windows 7 was released. Websites like Novatech in the UK are practically giving away XP and Vista laptops (half-price deals over there if anyone is interested) Don't worry PiAnt - you don't have to line Uncle Bill's pockets. 64 bit versions of Linux are free too
  15. Actually, 'Pompey' is the nickname of the City of Portsmouth We're awesome. I take it that the definition of 'awesome' in this case is; 'we may win the Championship next season.'? :wink: One step at a time. We have to win the FA Cup first. The there's the UEFA Europa League next year. Then we'll probably have our nth owner this year in old watsisname, that bloke from up north and his RSA consortium. Then I guess we'll need to get started on that new stadium.. Portsmouth; The only club where they encourage you to throw coins at the players. I left 2 Portsmouth tickets on my seat while I went into Tescos. I was so f*cking angry when I came back to find someone had broken into my car and left 2 more. Firstly, you should have taken them down to Fratton train station and touted them. You could've made the train fare back to Scotland. Second, why did you have two tickets for a Pompey game in the first place? Or did another person break in to your car on a previous visit to Tesco and leave them there? We are so awesome. Even Man Utd fans buy tickets to our games
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