Archive for July, 2010

card rebate summary

July 30, 2010

penfed:
5% gas
2% supermarket
1% all
3% electronics until aug 31

chase freedom with checking/exclusive benefits:
1 point = reward 1 cent cash or other stuff
spend $400 = get 400 points = get “$4”
10% extra bonus points = get 440 points.. so basically 1.1%
10 points for every transaction.. so 1.1% + “10 cents”

rotating special .. 5% gas/airline/hotel/auto rental (on up to $1500 spent.. kinda low) from july-sept. other categories for other months.
1% everything else.

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a quick note on equalizers

July 26, 2010

I remember people saying things along the lines of “don’t tweak the equalizer settings, listen to music the way the producer intended for it to be played.”

there’s like 100 things (literally) wrong with that statement. i’ll start with a few..

the drivers, resistances, etc. inside every single earphone and headphone are different.

sound drivers (if involved, which they usually are) greatly change the way things sound. my equalizer settings using audacious2.1 on ubuntu9.10 totally did not apply to audacious2.3 on ubuntu10.04, most likely due to sound driver.

these two reasons are enough to warrant user-level modification of sound settings..

oh yeah… and everyones’ ears are different.

Determining the quantities of RAM modules/sticks with Linux/Ubuntu

July 20, 2010

lshw(1) – list hardware

lshw -class memory

ITG dedicab and DDR arcade timings

July 18, 2010

In The Groove 2 Dedicab
JudgeWindowScale=1.000000
JudgeWindowSecondsAttack=0.130000
JudgeWindowSecondsMine=0.070000
JudgeWindowSecondsBoo=0.180000
JudgeWindowSecondsGood=0.135000
JudgeWindowSecondsGreat=0.102000
JudgeWindowSecondsPerfect=0.043000
JudgeWindowSecondsMarvelous=0.021500

JudgeWindowSecondsOK=0.320000

Dance Dance Revolution Extreme
JudgeWindowScale=1.000000
JudgeWindowSecondsAttack=0.120000
JudgeWindowSecondsMine=0.120000
JudgeWindowSecondsBoo=0.150000
JudgeWindowSecondsGood=0.120000
JudgeWindowSecondsGreat=0.090000
JudgeWindowSecondsPerfect=0.030000
JudgeWindowSecondsMarvelous=0.015000

JudgeWindowSecondsOK=0.250000

Values of importance are Fantastic/Marvelous and Excellent/Perfect. In DDR, I found it really hard to hit over 90% marvelous but on ITG it’s a lot easier. 21.5ms vs 15ms. ITG Excellent is 43ms and DDR Perfect is 30ms.

The other thing I noticed is that the Good (combo break) timing window on ITG is really deep. I feel like some notes I hit would’ve broken my combo in DDR, but I kept my combo on ITG.

Edit: The DDR Extreme timings are actually unverified. However, the other one said “uncertain” so I used these. This is the “uncertain” one, pulled from Beware’s Extreme simulation r2 (a stepmania package made to be as close to Extreme arcade as possible in every aspect):
JudgeWindowScale=1.000000
JudgeWindowSecondsAttack=0.135000
JudgeWindowSecondsMine=0.108333
JudgeWindowSecondsBoo=0.158333
JudgeWindowSecondsGood=0.120000
JudgeWindowSecondsGreat=0.083000
JudgeWindowSecondsPerfect=0.033333
JudgeWindowSecondsMarvelous=0.016666

JudgeWindowSecondsOK=0.250000

Firefox 3.6 open tabs at end of tab bar, not next to current tab

July 7, 2010

browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent=false