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Thursday, September 30, 2010

What I learnt today: plastic top + passively cooled case = component overheat

Luckily I realized this before the T_junction reached 125°C. Or did it.

I know regulators have over-temperature shutdown, I don't think op-amps have.

So, er, people with acrylic and wood cases, take note. Have some vents at where the heatsinks are, both for intake and exhaust (due to convection - rising hot air).

Strange thing is even with the top open and a bit of forced airflow, the regulators still get warm.

This experience is cautionary for me - I was thinking of putting a T-amp in a picture frame, transparent side facing up of course.

But then again, these Zhaolu DACs run hotter than my T-amps, way hotter.

It was only until Zhaolu D3 when they realized to bolt the regulators to the casing to use the casing as a heatsink, no more temperature problem ever since.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Ask, and you shall receive"

And then, filter what you receive.

Some people answering your question may know less than you.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Collective human performance:

Productivity of a group = productivity of the least productivity individual multiplied by number of members

Intellect of a group = intellect of least intelligent individual

Monday, September 20, 2010

Five months after ATi promised this in Catalyst 10.4:

H.264 Level 5.1 support
ATI Catalyst can now playback 5.1 level streams on all support players

My test file, a 1920x1080 L5.0 and 9 ref frames

Still doesn't work.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A start of another new thing:


Monday, September 13, 2010

Two quotes of the day:

"You see, the problem with an indiscriminantly open mind is it fills up with rubbish." - aardvarkash10

Coincidentally I thought of this quote today before this:

"A clear mind is more important than an open mind."

Quote of the day:

"No matter how rich you are, there is a difference between not being stingy and spending like an idiot."

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hmm... 2010 JAL Scholarship Japan Research Program

"- Have a Japanese Proficiency Test Level 1 certificate or of equal ability or a strong command of Japanese (lectures and discussions will be conducted in Japanese)."

I got 4 points for level 2 (got fked by the composition part I think... nothing to write) and can listen and read better than probably majority of level 2 people, and I cower at the thought of going to Japan and doing everything in Japanese language.

For the level 1 holders (the real ones, not those who are already at around level 4~6 but trying to pretend not so), ご幸運を祈ります。

Ee, can that phrase be used informally, as in good luck in English and 祝你好运 in Chinese but not really wishing him luck kind of way?

That is something you can't learn from textbook.

Damn, I wish I can one day walk the streets of Japan speaking fluent Japanese.

For now, I'll take my sweet time translating song lyrics.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Another hoot post:

TempoTec Digital March

Notice the sharper photo compared to my previous posts. Yea I finally got something better than handphone camera.

Fully digital card, no analogue output. Has the rare-for-consumer BNC connector.

Uses VIA VT1723 "Tremor" audio controller chip. Two clock crystals, common for VIA chipsets.
While taking this photo I realized both auto and macro focusing weren't working properly all this while. Switched to manual. But the screen on the camera has too low resolution to focus finely so wtf man.

74HCU04 to drive the digital outputs. Pulse transformers for RCA and BNC out (I refuse to use the term "coaxial" in this context as both RCA and BNC are coaxial connectors).

A very neat card, clean of unneeded junk, basic parts but all essential parts for good quality digital out are there.

Poor input and analogue surround output performance of this chip means it will never work well as a HT or prosumer card where input, monitoring, mixing/routing and good analogue output are needed - this is where VIA's Envy chip shines. For plain Jane stereo digital out or AC-3 passthrough, this thing will do the excellent job at a cheap price.

Cheap, how cheap? If I told you how cheap I got it for second-hand, you'll have to kill me.

Quote of the day:

"Do not forget that the price of recabling is not just the cost of cables and plugs, but also includes the cost of expertise, skill and time needed to dismantle and re-assemble the headphone together again properly." - unnamed source


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pokemon stats: it's uncanny

"The first is always the best" - you might have heard this phrase before

But, (with the help of emulator, save states, and a fast PC) the first Pokemon that I catches more often than not has the best stats without fail.

Save states and 800% speed, that's how RPGs should be played. And with these I can take just a few minutes to catch a few of the same Pokemon to compare. I tend to catch 3-5 depending on how hard it is to encounter one.

More often than not, the first one has the best stats.

If it's not the case, the second one has them.

It's just uncanny.