The WRT54GL

I was going to have a party and my ethernet switch had died and my main router had only for 1 GbE ports which was not nearly enough for everybody to have a wired connection. Not to mention the fact that there is no where to sit around my router. I needed something and fast so I decided that Goodwill might just be able to satisfy my need.

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Breadboard Gaps

Alright, I’ve been doing a bit of breadboarding, and wondering how come there’s gaps in the power rails?

breadboard-power-rail-gapsIt’s not like they have any reason, they’re just really annoying when I want to plug something in there because I’ll have to plug it in the next one over. Why don’t breadboard manufacturers just get rid of them?

29.97 FPS Videos – Why?

Alright, a bit of history.

The first electric televisions come out at 30 fps. This was because they needed an easy way to get the timing, and because they didn’t have fancy integrated circuits back then, they decided to just use the 60hz AC signal and divide it by two to get 30

A while later, color TV comes out. It causes issues with the existing TV signals and looks messed up, so they bump down the framerate by 0.03 fps to get 29.97 fps

Alright, but then today comes. We’re using 29.97 fps for a lot of things, even though it doesn’t make any sense! It’s a lot harder to multiply than 30 or 60, and it causes all sorts of trouble on the technical side, too.

Nobody should be using 29.97 frames/second! Why is it even still an option on anything! If you need to choose a frame rate, I would say choose a nice number like 60. If they could change from 30 fps to 29.97 fps way back then, why can’t we change back to 30 or even go straight to 60! 29.97 fps televisions are obsolete and don’t need to mess everyone up with their weird frequency issues!

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Everyone knows that, right?

But the entire reason that books have covers is so that you can judge them! In a bookstore, nobody’s going to take the time to read the first chapter of every single book! They’re going to look at the cover. Judge the book by its cover. And if the cover interests them, they might buy the book. If the cover is not interesting, nobody pays enough attention to the book to buy it. Simple as that

So, why do people say “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Why not use the Wikipedian alternative, “you shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone”

Sysadmin Lecture

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

    #1) Respect the piracy of others.
    #2) Don't think before you type.
    #3) With great power comes no responsibility

[sudo] password for misson20000:

The Many Uses of a Magic Jack

I had a friend over one day, we got bored and found my old magic jack plus (http://www.magicjack.com/). We wanted to see if it could be reprogrammed, but upon plugging it in to the his computer my friend saw that it was registered as a sound card.

After finding two old phones, we hooked them up and played a song. Success! The speaker on the phone stand started muffling the sound, but the phone did that anyway, so the magic jack is not too blame.

Ten minutes later the phone handset was charged and I called my friend with Skype, the sound was just like a phone call. After a celebratory cheer the handset died. From this we can learn the magic jack has a lot strange features that no one would suspect.

This Blog

Okay, so this is my/our first WordPress blog. I’m not the only one here.

I’ve got plans for this, though. I’m going to be working on a game engine made with OpenFL and Haxe. I plan to post about pretty much all the problems that newcomers might encounter, starting with an explanation, some of the available solutions, and then implementing them. I’ll have a BitBucket repository available, with links to their respective commits in every post. Sounds like fun? I think it sounds like fun.

– Xenotoad