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A rant remembered

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I remembered one!  After forgetting about it a few times I was reminded when trying to make sense of a forum post that sounded great but only if it meant the definition I had in mind.  Confused so far?  Good.  For a long, long time RAM referred to memory, the temporary stuff where programs are loaded when you open them.  It was a relatively simple explanation but it worked in general.  Then there’s storage.  From floppy disks, to hard drives, flash storage and optical media.  I’ve always used the term “free space” when talking about it to anyone and it makes sense to me to refer to it as storage since you store things there in a more permanent way than RAM.  Why is it that now almost every manufacturer of phones refers to RAM as ‘system memory’ while referring to flash storage as “flash memory”?  It really confuses the issue.

Flash memory?  Fine.  I can work out what that means for the most part but then you get specifications that list it like this.

128MB RAM, 256MB system memory (operating system plus dynamic user data area)

OK initially I thought that meant there’s 128MB RAM for programs to operate in but what’s that 256MB system memory?  Is that RAM or storage space that’s internal to the phone?  It’s stupid and confusing even to me and I consider myself pretty clued up on technical terms and gadgets / tech in general.

It isn’t such a hard thing to work out eventually when it’s official things like that and as it’s a Nokia phone I’m almost certain that the above block quote is 128MB RAM and 256MB flash memory storage.  The problem for me comes in when other people start to use the term memory for anything that is storage.  Why is this a problem?  Mostly annoyance at them not knowing the difference then asking me a question that could be about either.

The thing that reminded me is to do with my phone since it has a small amount of RAM and a forum post claimed to get around 10% extra space back via some clever thing I don’t fully understand.  The prospect of 10% extra RAM is pretty huge on the phone but 10% extra storage space wouldn’t catch my attention.  In the end I can see they mean actual RAM and given the technical nature of the forums I should have perhaps given them the benefit of the doubt to start with.  I haven’t managed to make it work yet but I will.

In conclusion, and to end my rant, RAM is used by open programs, documents, games etc and is lost when you shut down the system or reboot.  Flash ‘memory’ is storage space.  REFER TO THEM AS SUCH AND STOP CONFUSING ME!

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October 2, 2009 at 12:38 am

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I forgot again

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Unusual post because this is about the third time now that I’ve had something I was going to rant about and before I got to the computer I’d forgotten what it was.  Grrr!!  I hate that because although I can’t remember what they were each of them were annoying enough to make me want to rant.  *frowns*

Forgetting one thing was bad, two got annoying but now I’m starting to wonder if my head is becoming even more of a mess.  There’s a lot of times where I keep misreading words now too.  It can’t be good that’s for sure :/

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October 1, 2009 at 5:14 am

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No more big bore!

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Yes! I just heard the awesome news that Big Bore (Brother) is being axed.   About damn time! Every time it came around to a new series it was hyped up with twists added to try and make it interesting.   What’s interesting about watching people in a house with not a lot to do?

Let’s not forget the ‘celebrities’ that it helped create.  Actually no, let’s forget them.   Useless bunch that did nothing for anyone but themselves.  Does that sound wrong?  I don’t mind people doing things for themselves but to become rich for repeatedly making an ass of yourself on TV and then in the papers is sickening.

I never liked the show from the very first series onwards, never appealed to me in the slightest but then none of the myriad of reality TV shows have ever appealed to me.  I don’t want to watch that crap or anything similar.  Are ideas really for TV shows really that thin on the ground that all we can have now are the same tired reality-type or rehashes of past shows?

Some rehashes work, specifically thinking of Battlestar Galactica when saying this, but in general it’s lazy, uncreative and really disappointing if you were fond of the original.  The worst part is when a really promising show gets cancelled for one of these ratings magnets.  At least now there’s one less and maybe the rest will follow suit to make way for new, quality shows.  Maybe that’ll happen, and maybe I’ll become rich over night with my bank magically bulging with millions of pounds…

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August 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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When you were young

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I was thinking the other day about things you believe when you’re too young to know better and what those things were.  For me the funniest (now at least) was thinking that before colour TV everyone and everything in the world was black and white too.  I was very young.. shush!

Not quite the same but something I couldn’t understand was how sale prices worked.  I can vaguely remember how I wondered what saving had to do with whatever it was on sale.  To explain why I couldn’t understand it you have to realise that the only meaning of “saving” I knew at the time was saving up for something.  When I saw a sale sign that might have read, “Save £40!” I took it as the sign saying save that much money up and not related to the item.

It would probably be good if I didn’t understand so much now, being young and confused by such things means you can go and have fun without daily worries about the future playing on your mind.

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August 25, 2009 at 3:49 am

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Items under a price

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Will there ever be a time when places stop doing the old and really pointless sales technique of “under £100” then slapping a price on it of £99.99 it’s so stupid. Yeah it’s technically true but what’s the point? Anyone that didn’t want to spend £100 isn’t suddenly going to go “wow that’s fantastic! It’s under £100 now, I’ll buy it now.”

Just list it as £99.99 and forget the “under” part of the adverts. I’d be saddened to meet anyone that really pays attention to things like that.

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August 15, 2009 at 2:36 am

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Stupid Crap All Games Do

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I’ve felt this way for a while about a few things ALL games are guilty of and it annoys me so much.  There are probably many reasons for the things I’m about to list but to me they just flat out piss me off and make it take longer than necessary to get into the game.  Some games have one or two, others have all of these.

1. Publisher logo, unskippable mostly, loads up.
2. Game maker / designer logo loads, again mostly unskippable.
3. Licensing crap, always unskippable.
4. Intro movie, usually skippable but only needed once surely.

I’m probably missing out some that I’ve forgotten but these are the ones that get to me most so I remember them more.  I paid for the game, I KNOW who made it, published it and all that shit so WHY, WHY do I have to sit through the same crap every time I load the game?!  What purpose does it serve?  I’d really love to know what the purpose is for them.  The licensing crap I can perhaps understand as being part of the agreement but the rest could show ONCE when you first play the game and then never again.

PC games are bad enough but most allow some degree of skipping which is something, even if not ideal, but console games have nothing.  I could list publishers, game makers and others but I’d be here all day.  Do they think that it makes you suddenly sit up and go, “Oh wow, this was made by <company>, I feel so much happier knowing that!”?  The fucking thing is plastered all over the game box, all over the manual and game literature so why does it have to be in the game as well???

ENOUGH!  One time, when the game is FIRST played, and never again.  I could tolerate that, anything more is like a friend that tells the same joke over and over thinking it’s funny when even the first time you were just being polite.  Nobody cares or wants to know, they just want to play the damn game.

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July 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm

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Randomness

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I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to say here, I just felt a need to get some things out that are currently driving me up the wall.  I’ll start with the most current and also the biggest issue on my mind – Audrey.

What the hell is up with her?  She’s 26 but acts like a spoiled brat that’s maybe 12 at most.  If I’m not all lovey and calling her baby and other frankly vomit inducing crap 24/7 she goes all weird on me despite the fact she knows my situation and that one day I can be sort of ok and the next be really down.  I’ve not hidden anything from her, I’ve been open and honest so she either doesn’t understand or is choosing to ignore it.

I don’t want to go into specifics right now and I’ll just say that overall the things she does make me wonder if I should stick with it until she visits or call it off before it gets to that point.  I’ve got enough to deal with without having to wonder if she’s going to be all stroppy and childish.  The reason I’ve been given so far is that she doesn’t like to be serious and spends all day being serious at school / college / uni / whatever you want to call it.  That’s fair, right?  I’m not allowed to be serious or bring things up that might be a concern because it’d be serious, ooh no can’t have that!  In my usual bluntness I told her she has to grow up fast.  Time will tell huh?

Let’s see.. what else is bothering me?  I guess my overall apathy to everything and everyone.  I don’t want to talk to anyone, at all.  I can’t force it because I end up being really snappy, sarcastic and anxiety turns to anger.  How do I deal with it?  Avoidance..  I’m *still* waiting for something to be sorted out with the various people supposedly helping me but yet again I’m forced to wait on other people.  The past two weeks where I had thought something was going to happen, nothing happened.  Why?  The guy who said I’m not fit for work was on holiday and nobody has dealt with it while he’s been away.  I don’t begrudge him a holiday but for crying out loud!  Couldn’t somebody else have done what was needed and written to my doctor in that time?  I’m so sick of waiting on other people where it’s out of my hands.  I feel like I’m permanently waiting and wasting my life away.  Good times..

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June 17, 2009 at 1:05 am

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