Specialist Technician. PC Gamer. Stargate and Star Wars Fan. Computer Geek. Military Enthusiast. Science Enthusiast (Nut). Mountain Biker. Photographer. Cinematographer. Audiophile. SketchUp Modeller. Video Editor. Audio Editor. (No, my name isn't really Shane M. Schofield...it's an inside joke.)

4 comments by SCΛRECROW on Jul 13th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Nothing travels faster than light...except bad news."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

On the gaming front, I have "reclocked" Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 on Hardcore mode and I'm glad it's over. It is extremely hard, especially the last mission; I lost a couple of teammates when they were fast-roping out of the helicopter at the start of the mission...crazy level designers, that mission is hard enough on easy or normal mode.

On the more creative side: I have not finished as many 3D models as I would have liked to, maybe I'll dedicate this last week to finishing a few models off. It might be time for me to do another fighter or a tank.

Above you can see a photo of a CPU die. It looks complicated, because it is. That is a CPU that has 8 cores and 24MB of cache. That might not mean much to most, but to the technically inclined, it's a hell of a lot of computing power. Speaking about power, one CPU consumes about 180W of power, compare that to the monstrous Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 card which guzzles about 290W of power, you are going to need a pretty big power supply for that!

General Stuff.
Over these holidays I wanted to go out and take photos of landscapes and cityscapes, but the weather has been rotten (even though we need the rain), so this hobby has to wait for a while.

Whilst out driving, I've realised that there are some people who need some anger management classes, glasses, a reality check or just some plain commonsense. Is it too much to ask that people obey the road rules? In some situations I'd only feel safe driving a tank, while some people think they are driving tanks and do whatever they like.

You can probably notice that I need more sleep, some sentences may be incoherent or I may just be completely random, I should really stop staying up so late...well I don't stay up on purpose.

Just one last thing: What is the best game soundtrack(s) that you have heard?

Gaming. Building Stuff. Sleeping. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse Aggro Magnet?

0 comments by SCΛRECROW on Jul 6th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Efficiency is intelligent laziness."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

Well, the pricing for Windows 7 was finally announced. Does Microsoft think money grows on trees or that consumers are really that desperate for a new operating system? Windows 7 Ultimate retail in Australia will be a ridiculous $469 and $429 for upgrade. While, Professional is $399 for an upgrade, $449 at retail. Home Premium will cost $299 for the full version and $199 for an upgrade. So this basically puts a hole in my plan to buy a new computer when Windows 7 comes out on October 22 later this year. I would be willing to spend $470 on a graphics card or CPU, but not an O/S! And forget about the offer to buy Windows Vista to upgrade for little cost.

More gaming this week, trying to make up for the lack of gaming created by university. I've gotten a little rusty in some games, so I have to do some refreshing. Had a good game of Supreme Commander though, my friend and I against 6 adaptive (hard AI) on a 81x81km map, boy it was fun, but as you know it takes ages to play one match. This match took about 5 hours but resulted in multiple nukings and victory.

General Stuff.
Camp...it was fun except that it rained, rained and then rained some more. Australia needs more rain, water reservoirs are pretty low in capacity, so I'm happy in that aspect, but I wish it didn't rain on the 3 days I was camping. It was cold, nice and muddy too!, did I mention I was camping on a mountain? Steep slopes of mud that people call roads made the drive up the mountain was a little "hairy". But it's was good.

OK you may be wondering about the title of this blog. Well, you may or may not remember that little incident on the train with the gang. Well, this time I was walking home and as I'm walking past a driveway of a house I heard a shout of "What! You want to start something c***!". I turn and see this huge islander guy walking towards me. You can probably guess what I did next...I left the area by spiriting as fast as possible. Not going to take any chances. So as you see, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm some sort of aggression magnet, I don't think I did any thing to provoke that response. I really don't want anything like this to happen again. Any of you guys have any ideas why this might be happening?

Gaming. Building Stuff. Thinking. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse Freedom!!!

2 comments by SCΛRECROW on Jun 29th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

My computer died...yeah it sucked. Well, I did a bit of hunting around to try to diagnose the problem, half an hour later I narrowed it down to the motherboard. That cost me about $200 to replace, so it's fixed now, but I was planning on saving money.

Anyway, it's the holidays now so there's going to be plenty of gaming and model making. I should get a couple of my models finished in the next month or so.

General Stuff.
It's the holidays finally, 3 weeks off. As above, there's going to be a lot of gaming. Although I'm going to be off on a camping trip later this week for a couple of days, so I'll be gone for a while.

Gaming. Building Stuff. Camping. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse Gamers, Gamers, Gamers.

0 comments by SCΛRECROW on Jun 8th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

So, E3 2009 is over and there have been some interesting announcements and developments, ranging from Sony's new PSP to Microsoft's Project Natal. However, I'm more interested in the PC gaming side of things, and here are a handful of titles that I will be looking out for: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, Supreme Commander 2, Homefront, Modern Warfare 2, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and maybe some other ones. As you can see, they are mostly FPS games with SupCom2 being the sole RTS.

They all look great, but I'm going to be a little cautious about Supreme Commander 2; some units in the trailer look like they had deviated from the style established in Supreme Commander (i.e. that huge dinosaur looking Cybran thing). I will certainly be getting Dragon Rising, the previews that I've read so far are positive about the game. I'll going to wait on the other games, one game that was not at E3 was the next Ghost Recon; hopefully its as good or even better than the already great GRAW and GRAW2.

Closer to home, I've gone out and bought a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series Sound Card, that was a mouthful. Anyway, it's great, EAX enabled games sound so good and movies and music is improved. There's detail and nuances that I've just noticed in some pieces of music that I've never noticed before on my previous (integrated) sound card.

General Stuff.
I've just been told by the 6 o'clock news that the state that I live in the the worst in the world for swine flu, in terms of cases per capita. I'm don't care anymore, in fact 99% of people aren't even wearing masks or staring at people who cough. The whole thing is just another ploy by the media to gain attention.

What else can I say? Exams, exams, exams. That's right folks, four 3-hour exams...okay, it's not that bad, but it's guaranteed to be tough. Must study hard! There is not much room for anything else, which reminds me, got to go!

Studying, may be gone for a while. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse Blog Time!

0 comments by SCΛRECROW on Jun 1st, 2009

Update: Victoria = 874 cases of swine flu. Australia = 1,029. Yeah.

Quote of the blog.

"Lost time is never found again."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

Well, I finally got to try Windows 7 at my workplace. However the installation of Windows 7 was classic example of Microsoft's infinite ability to turn some small problem into a huge one. I eventually fixed it, but the solution was so stupid.

So, I was installing Windows 7 and about 80% of the way through, the computer inexplicably restarts and crashes, my reaction was "What the hell?! This didn't happen on the beta.". So I tried again, same thing, crash, then I go and run the handy Memtest86: nothing, check the BIOS: nothing, test the PSU: nothing and about another hour of nothing. So I Googled my problem and found a solution: "Plug your monitor into the VGA port, it won't work on DVI.", I thought "Yeah, right. That will work.". But I tried it anyway and what do you know, it worked! I was both pleased that the problem had been fixed and horrified that such a simple thing can cause a computer to restart, weird.

On the gaming and modding front: not much. However, the holidays start in 3 weeks...but it seems so far away.

General Stuff.
Exams are looming. This week is revision week, which typically means busy. By the way, I think I stuffed up my last programming assignment, oh well, too late now. Anyway, that's in the past, must push on! Must work harder! Charge!!! LOL. Wait, that wasn't funny...

In other news: 395 cases of swine flu in my state doesn't sound good. The reality is that most of the cases are mild and only 3 cases have required hospitalisation. Crowded public transport is not going to help...just staying cautious.

Tired, yet busy. I should really try to get more sleep.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse I Wish A Day Was 36 Hours Long.

6 comments by SCΛRECROW on May 27th, 2009

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"To Succeed, Others Must Fail."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

If a day was 36 hours long, I would probably have time to play games, but unfortunately this is not the case and I am still slowly trudging my way through the stack of university work. I just read that some crazy overclockers tuned a 3.2GHz Celeron to run at 8.1GHz!!! That is truly nuts, they had to use liquid nitrogen cooling. Read: Atomicmpc.com.au

General Stuff.
Exams are coming up soon! Not looking forward to it. I think at university they cram one year's worth of work into 6 months. One thing's for sure, it's tough.

Looks like that swine flu is picking up momentum in Australia. I don't really have much else to say...been too busy to think about much else. Might add stuff later though.

Again it's just work, work and more work.

Busy and hyperactive on some sugar product.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse Murphy's Law Sucks

0 comments by SCΛRECROW on May 18th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Anything that can, could have, or will go wrong, is going wrong, all at once."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

Sadly, none. Well almost none, I had a couple of games of Pocket Tanks Deluxe with my brother and a 2 hour co-operative game of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 with some friends. Windows 7 RC is still sitting on my desk doing nothing, hopefully I'll have time in a month to try it out.

Another thing, that Wolfram|Alpha "Computational Knowledge Engine" seems like a very interesting tool. Go and try it out: Wolframalpha.com

General Stuff.
You may be wondering why the title of this blog is "Murphy's Law Sucks" and why I have a variation of Murphy's Law as the quote. During my group assignment, one member of the group was to contribute about a third of the whole assignment. I was tasked with compiling the assignment and he had no way of contacting me. As it turns out, his laptop died on him on the weekend before and then the day it was due, his computer's HDD crashes (it's the click of death, run!!!) and his mobile phone got stolen. Great! Therefore, Murphy's Law Sucks.

I've been taking some photos of my university campus...I may upload one or two a little later. They aren't as good as I hoped, I didn't take a tripod there. I work at a school as a computer technician, the students there treat computers like rubbish, they damnage screens, pull keys from laptop keyboards, etc...I say that if they are caught damaging equipment, they should be banned from using computers for a month. Back to pen and paper for you!

In other events, I'm still looking for a laptop. Nothing else really, just work, work and more work.

Now busy, tired and angry.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse Too busy to give blog a name....Wait this is a paradox.

3 comments by SCΛRECROW on May 11th, 2009

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"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

I downloaded Windows 7 RC1 64-bit edition, but I have not had time to install it. No gaming this week, hopefully I stay sane.

General Stuff.
I just discovered that I hate Java. You can blame my programming assignment for that. Visual Basic was so much easier. Right now, I'm rushing around to get assignments done...4 assignments in total. I haven't finished one and they've handed out another one for the same unit. Crazy!

I finished encoding the 214 episodes of Stargate SG-1, 105 GB in total, quite an improvement from 419 GB. Encoding over 6 days of Stargate took nearly 5 days. Now to encode Continuum, Ark of Truth and Stargate Atlantis; I still have to wait for the Season 5 DVD set to be released though.

The decision has been made to look for a laptop, the lens will be bought at the end of the year. Sadly, customizable laptops aren't that common and are mind-blowingly expensive, it's hard to get a combination of hardware components that meet my requirements. Too bad, I'll just have to compromise, but it must have Windows XP!

Still busy. When will this torture end?

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse Blog? Huh?

3 comments by SCΛRECROW on May 3rd, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

This week I got time to install Sun xVM VirtualBox, it's virtualisation software and the best thing about it is that it's free. I was running Fedora 10, Ubuntu 9.04 and Linux Mint 6 (Yes, I use Linux) at the same time on my Windows XP machine.

The thing is that quad core CPUs are so much faster and make it so much easier to run multiple programs. I was encoding video, listening to music, running 3 virtual machines and on the Internet simultaneously and the computer wasn't lagging.

Going to download Windows 7 RC1 soon, the public release date for RC1 is the 5th of May. Going to download the 64-bit version this time. See how some 64-bit apps run on it. Should be good. There have been rumors that Microsoft is aiming for an October release of the final product...they should slow down a little and make sure everything works properly.

General Stuff.
As with the last blog, I shouldn't really be blogging now. Education is in the way. That swine flu thing was not helped by the media. Just a load of hype, the situation was blown out of proportion. In fact, the CDC and WHO say that the majority of people will recover from swine influenza without any medical treatment. However, I am not saying that we should throw caution to the wind, the public does not need the panic caused by the media. The "normal" human flu also kills many people each year, therefore I have to ask, why is there so little media coverage compared to the swine flu?

I've got a test on 5 chapters of Computer Systems tomorrow: binary, hex, logic, Boolean algebra...that sort of stuff. Did I mention that I hate maths? Ugh...The reason I choose this course over computer science was because of the reduced maths content...it doesn't seem to be very "reduced" to me.

Finally, I've got a question for you folks. I'm considering a significant purchase. A lens for my camera or a laptop. I really can't decide. They cost about the same, they both aren't critical items, so I just want some opinion from others: Lens or Laptop?

Still busy.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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Report abuse B-U-S-Y...BUSY!!!

6 comments by SCΛRECROW on Apr 27th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Laziness pays off now. Hard work pays off in the future."


Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

Almost nothing...except I cleaned my computer and keyboard.

General Stuff.
I shouldn't really be blogging now, just got too much stuff to do. But I decided to take a short break. I'll make this short. Nothing different going on right now...just more of the thing people call education. Important? Yes. Easy? No. Hence the quote of the blog.

Finally gotten a release date in Australia for Stargate Atlantis Season 5: July 29. So far away!!! That swine influenza situation is a little concerning...there's no vaccine, so I'll just stay away from sick people. Basically, I've just been running around getting stuff done and it looks like I'll be doing that for the rest of the week.

Too busy, too tired.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.
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