30% Framerate and Performance Boost Using TimerResolution

The guys over at 120Hz.net put together a video showing TimerResolution in action.

You can read the forum post here: http://120hz.net/showthread.php?1514-Crysis-3-30-FPS-Boost-FPS-Cap-Removal!-(1080p-cam-video)&p=21396

 

Underground: Upcoming Telemovie on Channel Ten in 2012

I read the book Underground back when it was released in 1997. Back then no one had heard of Julian Assange and Wikileaks didn’t even exist.
It was just a geeky book about the subculture of Australian hackers, I don’t think I could have convinced anyone to read it back then even though it was a good book.
Now Channel Ten have made it into a telemovie, I guess when you are fighting extradition people want to know about you.

You can read the books too

Underground
Underground

Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier
Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier

Get them before you watch the show!

Don't play with your food!

A new movie is out, you might have heard of it, The Hunger Games. Yes lots of hype for yet again another movie based on a successful series of books. Joyfully this time there are only 3 books in the series. The big question is do I read the books before watching the movie?

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games

Catching Fire
Catching Fire

Mockingjay
Mockingjay

Australian Books

Although we live in one of the most expensive countries when it comes to buying books we do have some amazing authors and since today is Australia day I thought I’d list some of the best.
Luckily also today with the internet and sites like Fishpond we can get books at the same price as the rest of the world.

Listed in no particular order, have I left any out?

Cloudstreet

Cloudstreet

Dirt Music

Dirt Music

Ice Station

Ice Station

The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum

The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum

Possum Magic

Possum Magic

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Popular Penguins)

Picnic at Hanging Rock

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Seven Little Australians (Popular Penguins)

Seven Little Australians

My Brilliant Career (Virago modern classics)

My Brilliant Career

The Slap

The Slap

My Brother Jack

My Brother Jack

I Can Jump Puddles

I Can Jump Puddles

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Australian Screen Classics S.)

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Australian Screen Classics S.)

The Power of One

The Power of One

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

The True History of the Kelly Gang

The True History of the Kelly Gang

The Shiralee (Popular Penguins)

The Shiralee

The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds

Ransom

Ransom

Seven Ancient Wonders

Seven Ancient Wonders

Tomorrow, When the War Began

Tomorrow, When the War Began

The Cabbage Patch Pong

The Cabbage Patch Pong

Saving Power?

Over the holidays we brought a new TV and I thought I’d best check the power consumption since saving power was part of the justification for the purchase. The old TV was a 3rd generation Plasma (from 2005) and the new one is LCD LED so it will use less power, right?

I’ve already posted about the smart power board we purchased in No more vampire devices but what if the TV was better then the standby power used by the power board? Why would I think this could be possible, well since we swapped TVs around I have had to manually activate the power board as the IR sensor is still attached to the old TV. Each time I’ve noticed that the power board is warm, this means that it is consuming a significant amount of power. Time to attach the power meter!

So what were the result?

The power board, old TV, Wii, and PS3 in standby consumed 7 Watts
The power board, new TV, Wii, and PS3 in standby consumed 4.5 Watts

I measured the new TV by itself, it didn’t even register a reading! That means that my based on my power meter it consumes less than a milliwatt!

What about the smart power board? It measured 2 Watts! So now I’ve just unplugged the Wii (2 Watts) and replaced the smart powerboard with a plain old normal power board and now the standby power is 0.5 Watts. A saving of 6.5 Watts in standby!

Oh and the TV also uses about half the power when it it turned on as well but it does have a 7 star rating!

Game of Thrones?

I’ve heard good things about the TV show “Game of Thrones”, it has been called a Middle Earth version of the Sopranos. Unfortunately here in Australia it has been hidden way on Foxtel and haven’t had the chance to watch it yet. Although I’d heard about it I knew little more than it was a TV show on HBO.

Then this weekend while looking for Christmas gifts for my family I came across a book called A Dance with Dragons which looked like it might be the something to read once I finish the Wheel of Time. Once I picked it up, yes I judge a book by its cover, I found it was book 5 of a series called A Song of Ice and Fire and that the first book is called A Game of Thrones!

So now I know what I’ll be reading next!

A Dance with Dragons: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Dance with Dragons: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire

A Game of Thrones: Book 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Game of Thrones: Book 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire

A Clash of Kings: Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
A Clash of Kings: Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire

A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow: Book 3 Part 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow: Book 3 Part 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire

A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold: Book 3 Part 2 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold: Book 3 Part 2 of a Song of Ice and Fire

A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of a Song of Ice and Fire

Technology Prediction - Next Generation Games Consoles

Well with E3 almost upon us I had better get this prediction out in the world.

Say goodbye to DVD and BluRay disks for your next games console. Removing the media drive will allow the consoles to be smaller than ever before, think Apple TV size.

Bluetooth is here to stay for the controller.

Wireless N will allow those games in the cloud to be downloaded with greater speed. All three (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo) will come with HD Video cameras for gesture based control, think Kinect, and also video chat, Microsoft will use it’s newly acquired Skype.

All will be HD display with 3D and include movie downloads and social media interaction. HDMI, DisplayPort, or Thunderbolt?

Since everything in now in the cloud your games and scores can follow you to your friends place. DRM and other craziness will have some impact to how useful these features will be but the console with the least to loose will set the standard and the other will have to follow if they want their slice to the market.

On the other side will be the TV companies adding their own functionality to the smart TVs of the future. Once Android is built into TVs and the apps store full of games designed for that platform casual gamers may no longer require a console, this prospect will hurt Nintendo the most so I’m sure they’ll be looking to combat that with their next generation console.

Timer Resolution and DPC Latency

I’m told one of the uses for TimerResolution is to help reduce DPC Latency on Windows. This is supposed to improve performance of many games and applications.

I suspect that all that is really happening is that some poorly written drivers are getting a boost.

A great utility to check the DPC Latency on your system is http://www.thesycon.de/deu/latency_check.shtml, try it with and without TimerResolution running and see if it makes any difference on your system.

Technology Prediction - Local or Cloud - Part 1

With the upcoming release of Apple’s revised cloud solution I think it is best I get my prediction out in the world.

So will all our storage be now be in the cloud? Will my phone keep its contacts online? My iPod only downloads songs as a stream? My camera uploads instantly with no more SD cards?

Yes and No.

Bandwidth, access, cost, and privacy will mean that local storage will be around for a while to come. I think what will take off in the next couple of years is “Sync to the Cloud”

Yes “Sync to the cloud” has been around for a couple of years but no one has really executed it in a way that has changed how we work for the better. My hope is that with Apple’s track record and since this is not their first attempt that they might just get it right this time.

I look forward to never having to worry about backups, running out of space, transferring to a new phone, or worse a stolen camera with all my holiday memories. That day is coming.

The “Sync to the cloud” idea means that all my devices will have access to a common storage pool that is always up to date. My TV has access to the same photos and videos as my laptop and tablet, even it I’m out of the house no matter what operating system they run.

What am I reading? - Wheel of Time

I was given Book 1 of the Wheel of Time – The Eye of the World as a Christmas gift in 2002. I was lucky if I was getting through 2 or 3 books a year at that time and it was not until late last year on a trip to the USA that I managed to get to the book. Yes 8 years later. Little did I know I was tackling a book series that was already into it’s 13th book and still incomplete!

I’m up to Book 3 – The Dragon Reborn which so far is the best of the series.

New Spring: A Wheel of Time Prequel (Wheel of Time)
New Spring: A Wheel of Time Prequel

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time S.)
The Eye of the World – Book 1

The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time S.)
The Great Hunt – Book 2

The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time S.)
The Dragon Reborn – Book 3

The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time S.)
The Shadow Rising – Book 4

The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time S.)
The Fires of Heaven – Book 5

Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time S.)
Lord of Chaos – Book 6

A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time S.)
A Crown of Swords – Book 7

The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time S.)
The Path of Daggers – Book 8

Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time)
Winter’s Heart – Book 9

Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time)
Crossroads of Twilight – Book 10

Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time)
Knife of Dreams – Book 11

The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time)
The Gathering Storm – Book 12

Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time)
Towers of Midnight – Book 13

More details on series can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wheel_of_Time