It’s 2MB. Deal with it.
Jesus, this one has been in the pipeline for like two weeks now. As you can see, the filename/title reflects the date that the lineart was initially digitized. September 30th. Despite all the freaking time spent on this (I honestly redrew the lineart… twice. There were three freaking “working layers” as opposed to my usually one) it still didn’t turn out as well as I wanted. Yes I’m complaining, yes I’m kinda frustrated about it.
I dunno, it’s kinda like this fixing syndrome I swear I ranted about in the past. If you’ve got something that doesn’t look right and you try to fix it, you usually put in a whole lot more effort to make it look worse – the correct solution (in my opinion) is to start over. That’s also my solution to most software problems. Don’t fix it; wipe that installation and start over. The problem with the drawing is that the problem isn’t quite guaranteed to go away as it usually is with a re-install. So yeah, overfixing this one definitely didn’t help.
Hopefully the next one(s) will be better, though I’m actually wavering between doing another comic page (zomg!) and some more ToV doodles. I wish I had more time to draw, but you know watching anime just takes that much less effort XD
Internet connection in my dorm seems to suck this year. I think I might have said so before, but I’m pulling like a fourth of the speed out of reasonably fast IRC bots that my friend on Comcast is getting. That’s ridiculous. And it’s not like I’m on slow wireless either. What the fuck happened to fast college internet? Traffic seems heavily time dependent too. From Colette I pull like 15kb/s during the day, but I can usually hit my maximum out speed during the night and morning. And this isn’t just from one ISP, this is from Comcast AND ATT, so I’d say it’s most definitely a problem on Stanford’s end.
Comcast has begun to implement a bandwidth cap on its system. Users of select connections (I’m guessing most) can only upload and download 250GB a month. That’s honestly crap. 250GB is really not a lot here in 2008 especially considering all the fuckin flash ads that you DON’T want to download. They say they’re going to scrap their speed caps too, but that’s also crap. So this weekend after much hassle, I moved Colette over to the ATT DSL line.
Why the fuck don’t we have FiOS here?
The biggest drawback of the ATT line is that the download speeds don’t really go as high as on the Comcast line. It’s like 750 to 400 (though the latter doesn’t seem to be artifically limited). I’m also stuck with a crappy ATT branded modem/router since I don’t know how to bridge the built-in router and use my WRT54G. Finally, I can’t seem to get my DNS to work internally – if I’m connected to the ATT line, I can’t access Colette through colette.trianglesof.net; I need to use the local 192.168.1.101. All of this is kind of annoying, but it feels good to not be using Comcast.
Once upon a time Comcast was actually good. Just not anymore…
So at the time of writing, I’ve been using my E6400 in bed for about two and a half hours now and I think it’s surprisingly tolerable. With the tablet things usually start to get uncomfortably warm within the first hour to two hours, and the metal plate that makes up the base of the E6400 seems to dissipate heat better. I’m quite impressed with the P8400. It’s three times as fast as the TC4200’s Pentium M 740 yet it has a lower stock thermal envelope (25W to 27W). Undervolted, the Pentium M is a bit better (guesstimate of 20W for the P8400 and 19W for the 740), since Intel (very gheyly, I might add) doesn’t let me turn down the P8400 voltage below 0.85v. I can take the Pentium M down to 0.7. This only makes a difference at lower clock speeds, but seriously that’s where the computer is at most of the time. I never tried using my D830 in bed, so I don’t know how that fairs…
Nonetheless, it’s really convenient having this tablet instead of my giat 9 x 12 Wacom. Not just because I can draw on a screen, but because I don’t have to carry that external tablet around. Yes, I started carrying a keyboard around so I can type whilst the thing is in tablet mode; but my crappy $5 keyboard fits in my backpack… the 9 x 12 Wacom doesn’t. I’ve considered selling my 9 x 12 (it actually goes for a very good portion of the retail price), but maybe I’ll go back when I get better and not want to pay $400 in the future…
Lastly, some pics of my dorm [100614: Three dead links]. Yes, the picture of the wires is intentional. I was just telling someone about the clutter the other day. Yes, that’s a PS2. I finally bought a Gamebridge (effectively a USB TV tuner without the typical lag) and I’m *trying* to finally get through FF12. Yes, the desk is huge. That’s totally my kind of desk; hell the surface area is more than my desk at home, and I thought the latter was big. The bed is kinda strange because I took out a lofting “kit” just get the headboards such that I could sit up in the bed. Not as comfortable as the solution I have at home, but it’s more elegant and it works.
Ok, that’s it for now. Whee.