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This month on Nonsense Wars: J makes a post!

Anyway, I have to start grasping at straws now because I haven’t actually drawn anything substantial for the past half a year(!). Hopefully that’ll change soon, but when I read J’s “one post a day” comment, I lol’ed. I’ve been able to sit down and do some doodles recently, but just not much. At all. So at least for today’s post, no real new content. Since Pieces is finally completely posted, I’ve decided to compile and post my lovely Pieces storyboard.

The above picture is a (gasp) “thumbnail” that you can click. The actual thing is 50% of the real thing and still 1.5MB, so beware 56k’ers (if there are, God forbid, still any out there). The thumbnail is 33% of 50% and still 277K. There are 24 “pages” here; while the actual story is only 20 pages, the first two pages in each *.jnt file are notes for me to keep track of what the crap I was doing.

Looking back on this it seems that, for the most part, the actual pages more or less followed their storyboard counterparts to the dot… or were completely different. Not much in the middle. The worst pages (a46 ranks among the worst if you ask me) are apparently those that didn’t have anything concrete on the storyboard and just “this has to happen here” notes. Thus in general, the storyboard seems to have helped, but I suppose it’s more of a “knowing what the heck you’re going to do” helps.

That being said, I’m not sure what I’m doing next with regard to comic, but it’s not going to have a storyboard.

Changing gears a bit; yesterday I did a major cleanup and some equipment shuffling.

In 2008, I built a table. This is the table centered here. As I said in 2008, my two requirements for the table were that it would support my weight and that it would have casters. The first requirement I used daily; the table is often my “ladder” into bed. The second requirement people questioned: are you going to be moving the table around a lot? Well of course not. But when the time comes, I want to be able to move it comfortably.

That time has come twice; yesterday was the second time. I ended up rolling all of my wheeled furniture (a chair, 5 small shelves, and the desk) out of my room such that I could vacuum all of the dust and crap that had accumulated behind the shelves and desk. Removing the desk also facilitates re-organizing the wires behind it (this was also why I moved it the first time) – more on that when I blab about the equipment shuffle. Ultimately, my point is that it would have been near impossible (or a real pain in the rear) for me to move the table out of my room or even out of the way had it not had casters and that is precisely why it has them. My foresight astounds even me sometimes /sarcasm.

Also in 2008 towards the beginning, I built (or rather, completed) the desktop Motoko, though I did not discuss it until late that year. In part because I still thought I would need the extra compute power on occasion and in part because I wanted to keep a machine at home that wasn’t Colette the server and in part for shits and giggles obviously, building a desktop still made sense back then. Or so I thought.

With respect to the former, she was obsolete the day she was built. At the stock speed of 1.6GHz, the E2140 was slower than the T7300 I had in the D830. At 2.66GHz, it was maybe 1/4 to 1/3 faster. This is very logical as the T7300 and E2140 are more or less cut from the same dies, though I’m not sure I realized this (or the fact that the overclocked E2140 wasn’t much faster than the T7300) until much more recently. Heck, with Sandy Bridge, Intel desktops and laptops are basically comparable with regard to processor performance, but for me, the nail in the performance coffin came when I switched the to T400 and left the silly SU9300 business I ran in my E6400.

It’s not just that the T400’s P8700 is faster than the overclocked E2140, but I have more memory and a faster SSD. And it’s quieter. Again, with Sandy Bridge (and now AMD’s Fusion chips), I can even play SC2 on integrated graphics, which is basically the best I’ll ever need with regards to graphics performance. The need for an extra home computer is also gone now that I am no longer living in a dorm. and the novelty of having a desktop to play with vanished a long time ago, too. Thus, the master hardware plan has had no place for a desktop for a while now, and Motoko is more or less officially retired.

The fleet thus comprises (and you can see it all one picture again):

DL004 Colette

Amd Athlon XP 2500+ (1.83GHz, 1.38v)
1536MB, DDR 333MHz
Nvidia Quadro NV18
64GB Samsung RBX MLC
Windows XP Corp SP3

DL012 Motoko

DL015 X200T

Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 (800 – 1833MHz, 0.9 – 0.95v)
4096MB, DDR3 1066MHz
Intel GMAX4500
80GB Intel X25-M G2 MLC
12″ WXGA 1280 x 800

DL016 T400

Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (800 – 2533MHz, 0.875 – 0.975v)
4096MB, DDR3 1066MHz
Intel GMAX4500, ATI Mobility Radeon HD3470
80GB Intel X25-M G2 MLC
14.1″ WXGA+ 1440 x 900

Hmm, I can’t figure out how to make the small text again, but either way one more point is that I’m just trying to cut down on the number of machines that I use on a daily basis. There are technically more computers in the “fleet”, but that’s like some eBay testbeds and some E6400 loaners, and not to mention old, out-of-service machines like the old 500m. I don’t think I’m quite going to sell off the parts just yet; desktops are ridiculously hard to get rid of, especially if you part ’em out, but then that’s the only way you’re going to recoup any of your costs, especially on old hardware.

With respect to next-gen and stuff, the current master hardware plan (and I say this like it’s big, but it’s all in my head) calls for the eventual replacement of the T400 and x200t with a T420 (or T420s) and an x220t sometime in the future. Most likely this will happen before the warranty on those machines go out, which is like 2013 for the t400 and 2012 for the x200t. If the need for desktop computing power arises, anything that’s not current-gen is honestly going to be cheap, and all I really need is a mobo + CPU + memory combo, though I might just save some core Motoko hardware.

The wildcard here is my storage subsystem. I think I’ll talk about that next time; maybe it won’t quite be a wildcard by then.