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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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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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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

Interweb semi-hiatus

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I figured I might as well put this here since I seem to be taking a semi-hiatus from interwebbing. Blah de blah, feeling antisocial in general which is annoying. I want to mess around with some things but there are so few times when I feel ok enough to do them. In conclusion, blah!

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May 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

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Walkers Crisps – do us a flavour “competition”

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There’s a crisp maker in the UK (potato chip for others) by the name of Walkers and they make a lot of very popular crisps.  Last year they ran a competition where you could suggest a flavour you’d love to see and the overall winner will get £10,000 and a portion of profits from the winning flavour.  I put a few entries in myself but wasn’t too serious about it, my sister had a few ideas too and we spent some time putting together one fairly good entry along with a pretty good image to accompany it.  In the event a lot of people suggested the same flavour the one they judged that had the best image would be chosen so it did make a difference, supposedly.

This past month they’ve announced six flavours that the public can pick from and vote for with the winner being decided from that.  What six flavours are they?  The most pathetic, disgusting sounding flavours I could imagine!  It makes me wonder if they did it on purpose so that any sales will be low before the flavour is killed off, thus limiting what they have to pay to the final winner.  I’ll list the flavours under this but suffice to say that I won’t be trying ANY of them.  I’m interested to see what is eventually shown as the winner but I’m already guessing it’ll be one of the more obvious and less disgusting choices.

1.  Builder’s Breakfast – egg, bacon, sausage and beans
2.  Crispy Duck and Hoisin
3.  Onion Bhaji
4.  Chilli & Chocolate
5.  Fish & Chips
6.  Cajun Squirrel

OK, let’s take a look at that list.  Chilli and chocolate…. you’re telling me that it was a highly suggested flavour?  I don’t buy that one bit.  Cajun Squirrel?  What?  Why?  Is it April 1st already?  The other four flavours I could maybe see being somewhat popular but there were some I suggested that had been suggested already by a lot of others and I refuse to believe that the two I listed were more popular.  Out of those six disgusting flavours I’d be surprised if the winner wasn’t either Builder’s Breakfast or Onion Bhaji with Fish & Chips an outside bet.  Anything else that wins will prove to me that the so-called competition wasn’t serious about picking a popular flavour and more about picking one that would limit the money they’d have to pay to the overall winner.

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February 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm

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