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If humanity is the only intelligence in the universe, the universe is screwed!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Let there be light!

So my 2 Philips SPC880NC's turned up at weekend; Bog standard CCD web cam. Unfortunately these do not work under Windows 7! :(

Fear not. There is a way to hack them to into SPC900NC's which are recognised by Windows 7.

So ... Both have been patched as per this web site; and are both seen in Windows 7.

One is to be modified for connection to my microscope, the other is to be a spare incase my proper astro scope bites the bullet.

For £12.80 + vat for the pair, I don't think its a bad investment?

Thursday, 14 July 2011


A sodium atom and a chlorine atom were walking down the street.

Sodium: "I think I've lost an electron"

Chlorine: "Are you sure"

Sodium: "I'm positive"

Chlorine: "I'm not positive, but I am now attracted to you"

Sodium: "Don't you assa(u)lt me!"

It then started raining and they dissolved into tears. They then went into a bar got steeped in alcohol, but this was not a solution to their problems, but caused further precipitation.

(For Professor Brian Cox!)

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Chicken Licken ... The sky is falling in!

Watched some of FX's Falling Skies.

I like Noah Wyle, but as Sherby57 pointed out on twitter, the beginning was a bit boring!

First episode ... Bit slow in getting going
Episode 3 ... Bit better
Episode 4 ... getting there slowly

It's like Jehrico with Aliens!

The Dark Horse Comic that has been produced to accompany the series looks much better;

Have to wait and see if there is a major climax to season 1, of if its cancelled mid season!

Fingers crossed we get to the end of season 1 at least.

Any hoo ... Warehouse 13, haven and Eureka all start again this month (July) so my Sci-Fi thirst will be quenched by the channel known as SyFy!

A Novel Graphic?

So I have just treated my system to a much needed upgrade of the Graphic kind. A shiny new Nvidia GTX 460 SE. (I know its not got all the cores of a GTX 460, but the lack of 48 extra cores is no skin off my nose! and it was cheap!)

I've had a WTF moment though! :(

Windows 7 Experience index has shot up so much for Aero now!
(I know that WEI is crap at performance stats but bear with me)

This was my original Video card. Nvidia GT 240 1GB DDR3 (96 Cuda Cores) Stock speeds

This is the new Nvidia GTX 460 SE. 1GB DDR 5 (288 Cuda Cores) Stock speeds.

After all that, the rotten HD is still slowing things down. It's a Hitachi 1TB jobby too. Sheesh.

Roll on pay day - SSD boot drive I think is in order!

I should point out that my PC is spec'd thusly;

AMD X4 640 3Ghz (4 true cores)
ASUS M4N68T V2 mainboard (Stock speed/voltage)
8GB DDR3 1033mhz Ram
1TB Sata Hitachi Boot Drive
Nvidia GTX 460 SE 1GB DDR5
ThermalTake M9 gaming case
8 billion in 1 (Or something like that) card reader
Dell 20" TFT screen
Logitech G15 gaming keyboard (I have CPU and Ram usage on my little amber screen!)
Logitech MX518 gaming mouse
Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Dell 2.1 speakers

So its no slouchy system! Even without overclocking!

Regardless of what WEI states about the HD being pants, all the games and Nvidia demos I have thrown at this thing dont seem to make a dent! :)

Guess there are still some things MS can't get right.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Lottery anguish!

Yet again, I have failed to scoop the Euro Millions prize!

Disappointed to say the least!

How can so many people in Europe not pick any winning numbers!

I don't get it!