Month: August 2006

Facebook Notes

Portfolioso August 22, 2006 1 Comment Website Related

Facebook added a feature called notes where you can post something like a blog on your profile. It also includes with an RSS fetcher (which you probably never heard of). Simply put, I can write posts on my website and then Facebook takes the posts from my site and automatically adds them to the wall of notes. Since no one reads my website anymore, the posts will spread out more and people might just notice.

I Hate Fox and ESPN Announcers

Portfolioso August 21, 2006 No Comments Rants, Sports

There is nothing more annoying than trying to watch a baseball game with FOX or ESPN announcers. They are the most biased idiots around, and really get on my nerves. This weekend during the Yankees/ Red Sox games, the two morons on ESPN (Jon Miller and Joe Morgan) would always scream with excitement whenever Boston players hit or scored. However, the times the Yankees did something interesting, they would be nonchalant and just talk as if it were no big deal. “OMG. BASE HIT!! LOOK AT ORTIZ!!! HE’S A YANKEE KILLER” vs “Oh, look at that home run over there by Cano. How nice.” When the Yankees beat Boston 14-5, ESPN picked a Manny Ramirez home run as the play of the game. With all of the crazy Yankee hitting, the most important, best hit ever was Manny. Give me a break.

No I’m not a whining Yankee fan. I just want to hear unbiased announcers for both sides. If you want to yell at a hit, do it for both teams – that’s the point. Even the YES announcers (on a channel dedicated towards the Yankees) are less biased and show some excitement towards the other team.

Haha You bought a Dell

Portfolioso August 15, 2006 1 Comment Computer/ Tech Related

This is going to be a very short post. As you know, Dells are utter crap. So that’s what you get for ignoring my advice and decided to get a Dell laptop for college. Have fun sending your batteries in. Noobs.

Laptop Benchmarking

Portfolioso August 5, 2006 No Comments Computer/ Tech Related

On Thursday night, two computer geeks decided to test their laptops and see who’s was better. Rameez had a Dell Inspiron E1505, loaded with a 2GHZ Intel Core Duo processor, 1GB of RAM, an 100 GB 5400 RPM HDD and a 256 MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 video card. My laptop is an HP DV5000, which comes with an 2.2GHZ AMD Turion64 processor, 1GB of RAM, 80 GB 5400 RPM HDD and a 128MB ATI Radeon Xpress 200m video card.

Test 1: Harddrive Speed. My drive reads liner data at 24.7547 MB/s and Rameez’s reads it at 37.1329 MB/s. I did beat his score on the random read test: 2.439 MB/s vs 1.9704 (big deal). His seek time was 12.56ms and mine was 13.04ms. Overall, Rameez obtained a score of of 3035 and my drive received a 2112. Yucky, I’ll be replacing it with a 7200 RPM disk shortly.

Test 2: SuperPi. This calculates pi to millions of digits. It took Rameez’s laptop 02m 39s to calculate 2 million digits of pi. It took my laptop 03m 45s to do the same thing – 1 minute and 6 seconds longer. Why? Intel is better at number crunching and Rameez has more L2 cache (2MB vs my 1MB).

Test 3: WinRar compression. We used the benchmark mode on WinRar 3.60 b8. In 1 minute, Rameez could compress 46MB of data, with an average of 815 KB/s. My laptop compressed 36MB in a minute and averaged 499 KB/s

Test 4: Lavalys Everest Benchmarks

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To be very frank with you:

What a piece of shit

Not only did it pwn my laptop, but if you look at various computers I have tested, it outscored MANY of them – including 3GHZ Pentium 4s (which are kind of crappy) and a 2.4 ghz Athlon 64 desktop. You can compare all benchmark results with this text file. (I’m benching many people’s computers, as you can see)

I am very disappointed in my RAM. Even without comparing it to Rameez’s laptop, I was very pissed when my 5 year old Dell 1.9GHZ Pentium 4 with RDRAM (absolute trash) was faster… 5 years old!!! And it beats this. I’ll be replacing the crap ram HP gave me with some real RAM.

This was kind of an unfair benchmark though. I’d like to test Rameez’s computer with two different scenarios and see who wins then: My laptop running in 64 bit mode and a Turion 64 X2 (AMD’s dual core version of their mobile processors).

So Rameez’s machined pwned mine severely. Oh well. Mine works well and lets me do what I have to do, so I can’t complain. My laptop is also older – I jumped on a new one last February because my desktop was being slow and crappy, plus it was taken over and I couldn’t get on it that often. It’s amazing what has been accomplished since February… My next computer will be a custom built desktop and I will assure you that it will outbench everything in its time.

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