Ramo's Rants

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recycled Texting with a pocket PC
July 10, 2008, 10:14:30 PM by RWRamo
This is pretty weird to be typing on a smart phone/Pocket PC.

This is a Cingular 8125 hand-me-down phone the previous owner could not get to work.

I have a feeling that it nees a SIM card upgrade.

The SIM in my Motorola RAZR V.3 is not recognized for a "standard" cellular network dialup call.

With a quick lookup of the model # I found sufficient information to jack into a WIFI network somewhere close by.

Hmm, I wonder if there is a Teamspeak client for Winderz Mobile 5?
question Delta Force Extreme settings for LAN
July 07, 2008, 07:43:36 AM by RWRamo
Anybody know what/where the setting is to set extreme to local mode?

I want to run my copy up on my parents machine and toss in some maps.  Their bored with dagger/LW and have pestered me about the last couple of times we got together.  So, I guess I best get serious about slapping it on their HP to keep the peace.  :angel:
xx Something noticed in Dec.2007 DX9
January 08, 2008, 10:07:29 PM by RWRamo
Another hardware item I added to the testing machine an old first generation VIA Envy based soundcard to help spread the heat away from the Southbridge controller on the mainboard.

With the issuance of the December 2007 Direct X I noticed several items being replaced in direct3d, and direct sound components.

On the easily overworked box, what I have noticed is a drastically lowered CPU usage in areas with overlapped textures from different item groups along with a large number of overlapped sounds.  In some instances the CPU usage would jump from lulls of 0% to spikes in the 70% for a few seconds then drop to 0%.  With the Dec.2007 DX9 the 70%-80% CPU usage spikes dropped to 40%-47% in the same map areas and same number of players.

I suggest the Dec.2007 DX9 as worth the effort.  You could at this point just hang out and wait for the Feb.2008 now though.  For some time they have quietly put out a new version with fixes and enhancements every two months.
thumbup Tip: WinXP; Explorer right click copy to - move to file function addon
September 20, 2006, 05:45:07 PM by RWRamo
Adding Copy To and Move To functionality to the Windows Explorer right-click menu starts with the finding the key in the Windows Registry file. (Be sure to back up the Registry file before you begin.)

1.  Start Regedit by navigating Start | Run and typing regedit in the dialog box.
2.  Navigate to this key in the Registry file:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers
Note: The Send To key is already there.
3.  Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlersfolder and select New | Key to add a new key.
4.  Give it the name Copy To and then double-click the (Default) value of the new key's right-hand pane.
5.  Type in this code as the new data:

{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}


6.  Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlersfolder and select New | Key to add a new key.
7.  Give it the name Move To and then double-click the (Default) value of the new key's right-hand pane.
8.  Type in this code as the new data:

{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}


9.  Click OK and close Regedit
10. Copy To and Move To should now be available options on the right-click context menu in Windows Explorer.
xx Drivers, drivers, and more drivers
March 26, 2006, 09:48:27 PM by RWRamo
In this mention Video Drivers.

I had just installed the Nvidia 84.21 forceware drivers for my setup using WinXP(sp2) and a Gainward 5700 ultra dual dvi video card sporting 256 megs of memory.

Of course the first thing I noticed was that Again JOe wanted to setup the video, thats a given on changing video driver.

What I did notice it having done on setting up the basic video calibration was that JO setup had bumped shader support from normal to HIGH.

It is using anisotopic filtering. Full screen anti alias off.

This seems to have addressed some issues with Microsofts d3d update in the december direct x update.

I do not know what was specifically addressed in the newest March issue of Directx9c.  It only mentioned the updates and (corrections) for December was included.  I suggest getting the latest dx9c.

The animation sequences seem much livelier.  In the previous version nvidia driver when a vehicle exploded for a brief bit the frame rate dropped noticeably.  In this newest version driver, not only did the helicopters explode in a fire ball raining desbris from the sky.  It was conspicuosly noticeable that the crew were ejected flaming and kicking as they fell from the sky.  Heh heh heh, liked that part.
xx My Ping stinks, whats going on
January 07, 2006, 05:40:54 PM by RWRamo
As you know there is always something up with the net.


Perhaps a backbone has gone down and switched over to a different packet route.  This will cause your ping to go through the roof.

xx DSL connectability. Or, I dont see no steenking data jacks.
December 20, 2004, 12:16:40 AM by RWRamo
It has been an awfully long time since i bought my first $300.00 marvel of a 300baud modem in which you could handily place the phone reciever on it to make a miraculous connection to another computer.

Well, the POPS is just entirely too damn slow to do anything except recieve bare text Email.

And the current solution that washed up on shore is the low budget bargain rate $19.95 (I wonder why they don't just say twenty bucks plus taxes and hidden fees?) from SBC Yahoo.

The hardware for multi machine hookup arrived the other day.  Causing a small flurry of motion in the computer room.  Ya, that means I actually got out of my chair to inspect the contents.  It was a box with a box and some wires, a DVD, and a crappy booklet with a cd.

Putting aside all the sparkly chinese made junk in the box.  My first dim glimmer to rise out of the fog of a brain not yet dosed with coffee and a couple of cigarettes was, "Where the hell am I, why am I here without coffee and where am i going to plug this mess in?"

After a brisk conversation with Juan Valdez and his leeettle boooro I did a little checking on the trusty ol' internet.

An interesting little bit I ran across was an article about getting the most bang for the bucks out of your connection.

http://www.dslnuts.com/DSLwiring.shtml
In the article attached to the above URL the DSL geeks slap together a jake legged direct data jack using Cat5e data cable.  And, in the process eliminating the need to hang filter plugs all over the house at every phone and apliance that may use the phone line like sat reciever, answering machine, fax machine, or modem connect computer war dialer  :wink:

So, I have secured a 100' roll of Cat5e "riser grade" data cable.  And a nice sturdy wall jack.  And will in the next couple of days (yes now that it is here it is supposed to get seriously frigid for the next two weeks in OKC) will draw the new cable thru the wall into the computer room.

Although they hacked up a really scab looking assembly the theory is sound.  And with a phone in every pooproom and under every cushion type of house the part about eliminating the filters sounds nice.

The kit included 4 filters and a wall phone base with a filter.  Sheeze, I have 4 wall phones if you count the greenhouse and the garage phones.  And have no intention whatsoever to buy any extras from SBC at their economical $45.00 each.

So the mentioned article connects to the Phone co side of the NID, and puts one of the 4 shipped convenient filters on the customer side service connect jack thereby filtering the DSL range stuff before it enters the house wiring.  The geek story says you could get an extra couple of hundred Bits per second downlink connectibility.

Oh incase you passed it by that link was:
http://www.dslnuts.com/DSLwiring.shtml
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