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GAMING IS GO THIS WEEK (30/7).
23" CRT monitors installed in Raw & Woodies spot.
An energy audit is currently being undertaken at the EDGE with some interesting results. My main PC alone costs 6c per hour at idle. My PC + all periferals (monitor, radio, wheel, usb hub, speakers etc.) costs 8c /hr @ idle. It costs an extra 2c /hr to play a game compared to less graphic intense tasks like net surfing. If the PC is left plugged in to power, but off, it still uses about $2 a quater, unless the powerpoint or powersupply is turned off. I tested a second one with similar results. The old 21" IBM CRT uses almost twice as much power as the 32" LCD. It costs abour $8 a quarter to leave the modem/router and hubs permanently on for the LAN. The worst power waster in the house came as a surprise, an ageing Sony stereo in the upstairs lounge. On standby, it consumes a staggering $50 of power per quarter, using only 2W less than when it’s on, for NOTHING! The ceramic fan heater downstairs consumes 25c per hour. A small column oil heater only consumes 4c per hour. If you’re a Hobart resident, you can borrow an energy auditing kit from the Council free for two weeks. The Australian Government also currently has a Greenstart program which includes a free energy assessment valued at $250: http://www.climatechange.gov.au/government/programs-and-rebates/greenstart.aspx or in Tasmania contact energyassess.
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Sony EX500 Motionsense screenlag and gaming: After being able to only get 60hz out of my monitor hooked up to the PC
and getting caned by Part’s son in so many close calls when I thought I
should have nailed him, I conducted some research, thinking surely my ageing reflexes aren’t that bad …

After
dicking around, updating Nvidia drivers in XP and Win7 and trying both
DVI to HDMI and DVI to AVG pc input with varying results from both but
still only a max of 60hz,  I discovered an undocumented "game mode" on
the TV hidden in the "scene" selection menu on the remote! No mention of
this in the user manual. This apparently turns off Motionsense and
CinemaMode, allegedly reducing lag to … 0, apparently making it the least laggy
LCD TV you can buy. It also seems to make the picture sharper and the
colours more vibrant than the default setting I was using. There’s also a
"graphics" mode, which makes the text edges much smother and easier to read browsing, designing etc. It darkens the whites
slightly too, making it easier on the eyes.
In "general", where
I was running it playing the boy, there’s perceptible lag in the mouse movement across
the screen, enough to slow you down, leaving a stuttered pointer trail.

Turns out Sony’s 100hz tv isnt really 100 hz, but it is, but it isn’t – and some site’s say its 120hz – apparently due to the power cycle difference in America.
Motionsense
inserts an image between the 60hz images to make the picture smooth,
which works great in movies and such, but causes major LAG in games,
because it waits for two frames, before deciding what to put in the
inserted  frame in between! Apparently the lag is as much as 20-30ms!
Even the 200hz models do it to and would likely be worse as they insert 3 frames in between.
I think the Samsung uses different technology, but essenitally its the same and causes lag too with the feature on.

In
‘game’ and ‘graphics’ mode, very much smoother, less pointer trailing
and seemingly instant and more precise. Glad I discovered that before
facing the WRATH of Darklord. Probably won’t mean I won’t get killed any less though 😉

Dribble

Last week was last week, why dwell on the past I say, BF2 was the game, Raw, Woodie and Darklord had a great time killing each other using the variety of weapons at their disposal.

Last Sunday, just for fun, I spent the day rewiring my end of the enclave for better power efficiency.
Over the years, some peripherals were added ad-hock, now one switch is left on to run the network & internet.

Acquired for bugger all today what will become 5x dual XEON CPU towers with 3GB RAM, DVD writers and dual monitor AGP cards. No hard drives, but I’ll use the old P3 drives.
Also 2x 23" flatscreen CRT’s thrown in – so who would like one on their station?
Also now staring at a lovely 32" Sony EX500, currently typing while watching the last Le Tour hill climb PIP 🙂 Picked up from NH for less than cost price .. thanks for the purchasing tips Fred 😉  I’ve been saving since January.
There’s sheep just ran across the road!!
Played a bit of Grid and Modern Warfare 2 last night, brilliant. Didn’t improve my driving any though .. lol.

iinet saw fit to increase my data limit for nix this week too, so It’s been a good week 🙂

Mission status .. 16/8

It’s on again Fri 16/8 … if you want.
parts is unable to attend.
Woodie indicated his willingness to participate.

And someone sent me this today … 🙂

Just checking to see if you give a rat’s arse about anything today.

Fmeter 

Nope!
Barely moved for me either!