Solid State drives and some problems.

Back in  February  2011 I started replacing some of my hard drives with solid state drives.
The ssd’s made a tremendous impact on me, one brought my old laptop back to life one gave me wonderful frame rates when  recording video in Opensim the third one made it even better in a new computer with a new and faster gpu.
The love lasted for about a year  then things started to  go a bit sour. I started to have problems booting my main computer the drive just wasn’t detected same for the 2nd computer,  the laptop had no problems  but also had very little use.
I overcome  the problem with main computer by installing a new driver  so far  it look OK.
My 2nd computers ssd  died today….   I have not said RIP yet  because I will try everything in my might to revive it yes I have some data on it that I forgotten to back up. A hand modeled terrain for 4 sim and a few other  bits.
This is what I wrote  Feb 2011. The drive that failed is a OCZ vertex 120 gig drive  my other OCZ Agility 3 is still working fine after I managed to install new drivers to it  Link to how if drive has OS installed on it.
I don’t really think the brand of drive has much to do with if it is going to fail or not  but that is only my opinion and I could very well be wrong. I still like ssd’s  so much that I order another one to replace the one that failed This time I will try a SanDisk extreme 120 gig  more than $100.00 less in price than the drives 18 months ago and faster speed  I only hope the quality is a bit better as well.

Nikon unveils D800 DSLR and yes, its pixel count is enormous

Nikon unveils D800 DSLR and yes, its pixel count is enormous.

A 36 MP sensor  wow you need  plenty of storage space for your photos. The D800 looks like a great  camera  but so it should  at $3300.00. That was about the price for the D300 a few years back and it has proven  the best digital camera I have  had so far. 36 MP is good to have when you want to crop and still keep sharpness to your photo. The D800 is an impressive camera

WebGL amazing things happening in the browser.

The holy grail as it seems is to have everything happening in the browser. I agree with this because it is where we spend a lot of our time and most of us know how to use it and we are comfortable with our browser. Plugin to browsers give the browsers more horsepower but WebGl super-charges it. I was playing with WebGl water by Evan Wallace mesmerised by gravity, light, reflections and waves when something caught my eye, I had Fraps video capture program running in the background and it was telling me it was ready for action in Chrome browser? So I started to record my play and you can see the result below. I have noticed that Fraps will work on some websites and in some web apps. Yes I am a fan of Fraps so it really made my day. Now WebGL is not working in all browsers It works in Chrome , Firefox and Safari I think you have to enable WebGL in Safari before it works. Have a look at what Evan Wallace is doing the WebGL water is just fantastic.

Mesh In Troppo Secondlife our first thoughts.

Almost a week in to testing mesh @Troppo SL.

Mesh is by far the most complex change I have seen during my stay in SL, it is an exciting change. Is is good or bad?  I think it is for you to experience and for you to make up your own mind how, what and if you want to use mesh. If mesh can live together with prims and sculpted items in harmony all is well and I guess this exactly what Linden Lab is trying to do.

I don’t think that is an easy task, especially if at the same time you are trying to make it in a business like manner.

What is this going to cost?  There is added cost to include mesh.  I am not including the cost for software that you might need to create the mesh. You pay for uploading the mesh in the same way you pay for uploading textures and photos. The price for uploading varies on the complexity of the mesh.  As an example the Lion and Tiger (in the clip below) cost between $L150 to $SL200 to upload, the prim count for each is around 180 prims.

The texture for mesh can be as complex as the mesh itself or it can be simple what is right for one not necessarily so for the next and  the ordinary cost for uploading texture  applies.

How will this affect the performance of SL and Opensim?  Well I don’t know but I suspect that as long as we stay within the old prim count rules we should not see much difference. Adding a bit of mesh to Troppo Island has made no impact but we have not added lot of mesh so time will tell.  When you have a mix of prims .sculpties and mesh and try to determine what effects what performance wise, I am glad I don’t have to work it out. I have no doubt that the quality of mesh can be really good and  can be superior to what we had before. However prims and  sculpties are easier to build with. Lets not get too involved or technical,  lets us test more and get more knowledge, meanwhile here is a short clip to show mesh sculpties and prims living together in harmony:-). Thank you to Linden Lab for giving us the opportunity to participate.

Entrepreneurs lending a helping hand (Sarah Lacy “Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky”)

Brilliant Crazy, Cocky

Sarah Lacys book “Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky is the story about that top 1% of people who do more to change their worlds through greed and ambition than politicians, NGOs and nonprofits ever can.” I read her book a few weeks back. I need to tell how the book made me feel because I really liked what she had to say. This is not a review of her book more like how the book made me feel.

Technology and entrepreneurship is changing our world. Communications with far-off and close friends become easier and easier. My first thought about mobile phones in developing economies? I said to my self why not spend on food instead? I was wrong .. Communication is vital for so many reasons. We in the western world take for granted the ability to get information and to communicate our thoughts and wishes.

To know when The water truck, The Doctor and bad weather will strike is essential information. That message can now be given via SMS or voice on the mobile. When you have a mobile connection you also have access the internet and vital educational, medical and financial data. To give someone an e-reader is equal to giving a fishing line, you don’t catch fish with the e-reader but it tells you how-to.

LINKS:  Dont send the developing world PC’c send them kindles

Recently we have witnessed how important internet communications are. People in troubled Arab countries have depended on internet connectivity to communicate and organise. We have also seen how disruptive an internet kill-switch can be.

LINKS:   Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You Push the FreedomBox Foundation from 0 to 60 in 30 days

I was guided along to China, India, Israel, Indonesia, Brazil and Rwanda places where masses of people are all wanting to be part of the new world. Sarah’s book also renders you a historical and political background to some of the planets most exciting new markets. The world-wide trip invoked in me a feeling that new technology is even more important in the developing world than it is in the west. I am full of optimism. What we are doing will help. The help sometime comes in the form of an old Nokia phone with no apps, an e-reader, a wind-up laptop, a solar-panel and a few batteries.

The exciting part is we can and are making a difference because we have the technology and the heart to go with it.

A use for SSD hard drive in Opensim and SL

This Post  is a follow up to a conversation that started on Buzz a little while back
Corsair 120gig SSDIn the quest for better performance and to prolong the useful life of my HP dv9000 laptop  (Intel Duo T7500 @2.2Hz and 3 gig of ram now running Win7 64bit) I bought a Corsair Force series ssd. I replaced the old hard drive with the ssd and did a clean install of Win 7 home premium. OK I had some problems here, the copy of  Win 7  I have is an upgrade from Vista so when activating the OS?-+ well I am sure you all see the problem… A phone call to Microsoft and a helpful tech person and I was on my way again (must say I was very impressed with the MS service) So the new drive is up and is blistering fast from the time I push the power button and swipe the finger-printer I am logged in and Skype is started all of 30 second wow I am impressed. I had to time that again and if anything it was 28 seconds. I compare this to my main PC also running Win 7 64 bit home premium it is a quad core intel 2.6Hz 4 gig ram and it takes 3.5 minutes to start. Not a fantastic comparison since the main has heaps more programs but still only about 70 gig on the C drive.

I think you understand where this is going I now have another ssd ordered for my main computer this time I am going to try a OCZ Vertex 120 gig more about that one in a later post.

TRIM is supported by both drives and TRIM is enabled in Win 7. What is TRIM and why do you need it this article describes that in full. The reading/writing of data to a ssd is a bit different to using a conventional hard drive mainly in the re writing of data in a non virgin cell TRIM helps cleaning the cell of old data making it ready for use as a clean cell. How do you know that TRIM is enabled in Win 7?  by sending  this command from command line  fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify.  If the result is “0” TRIM is enabled. If not “0” how do you enable TRIM ?  The best answer to that I found here. What about other OS? Zilla has some answers to that  in our original conversation and a link to TRIM in OSX . What about ssd in Linux? I must admit I don’t know maybe if you have some info you can let us know?

Why this need for speed? I like to get my frame rate up as much as possible for developing machinima  in Opensim and Sl. I take full advantage of Opensim having it running on my local computer  and not having to drag the data over the net. Then to read/write to a fast hard drive together with a fast and efficient GPU and plenty of Ram I hope will make for a relatively good set up. Time will tell and I will keep you updated with a few clips as time goes on.

Going “All the Way” With Renewable Energy?

Going “All the Way” With Renewable Energy?.

Can we live with renewable energy? I think we can. Will it take a lot of re-thinking the way we live? Yes I am sure it will .  Will it be difficult?  I would say it will be very exciting and rewarding,  right now rewarding and exciting will have to outweigh the difficult part. Our dependency on oil is not healthy, it is like a drug that we have to break away from. We have good technology on our side, we can generate power from a multitude of sources. The saying that it is not financial sound has really nothing to do with the problem it is not a financial problem it is a problem of survival not a problem of greed. It is all possible to do we  have to focus on on that task and do it well.  Renewable Energy is all around us we need to start to harvest ..