An Appeal to Crunchyroll and Ellation: Hire Us

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Mahoutukai no Yome This article has two audiences: one who is not already well informed about the events of the past week, and one who is. If you fall into the later category, feel free to skip the first section, which simply provides a summary of the events following Crunchyroll changing they way they encoded newly-airing shows.

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How to install "ef - the first tale"

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After completing a few hours of MangaGamer's stilted, bland, but otherwise fine localized release of ef - the first tale, I realized that I understood virtually all of the spoken dialogue, and decided it was worth pushing myself to read the unspoken segments, as I was starting to get really invested in the game, and playing in Japanese would be a great learning opportunity.

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Apple never cared about audio quality

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Remember when the first iPod came out? 1000 songs in your pocket sounded pretty amazing to me when all I had at the time was a tape-playing Walkman. But I also had a stereo at home, and CDs, and it was obvious to me even back then that there had to be some kind of compromise in order to fit music into a device the size of a deck of cards, just like there was with my Walkman, and oh boy was I right. I didn't know anything about digital audio at the time, but it is obvious now that Apple's entrance into the fledgling digital audio market was based on a strategy that emphasized convenience, not quality.

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Workstation Build (Part II): The Best-Laid Plans...

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I realize that it has been a while since my last post. I haven't had a lot to write about, since most of my projects require regular access to a Windows machine, and I am still in the process of building my new workstation. I thought I'd give an update on that, though, since I've made several important revisions to the build.

The first, and most-significant change I've made is in regards to the GPU. I no longer have my eyes set on the $850 Quadro M4000, but instead its younger, just-released sibling, the Quadro M2000. The reason for this comes down to cost for performance: due to its low clock speeds, the Quadro M4000 seriously underperforms its consumer counterpart, the GTX 970. In fact, it performs worse than the GTX 960. The $450 Quadro M2000, on the other hand, is based on the newer GTX 950 core, and maintains that GPU's higher frequencies, all while adding a 4GB frame buffer. If you look at the cards' respective computing performance, the M2000 comes in at 1.8 TFLOPS, while the M4000 only manages to edge out 2.6 TFLOPS, despite it having over twice the number of CUDA cores.

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Workstation Build (Part I): Planning

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I'm finally done with school for the semester. It's been rough, so that's a huge weight off my shoulders. Now that I have some semblance of free time, I'd like to start posting here more often. So, what I'm going to try is holding myself to a schedule of one post per week. The subject matter may be a bit scattered, but you weren't really expecting it to be otherwise, were you? This week's topic is the new workstation I'm putting together. I hope you enjoy it.

A little over a year ago, I scrapped the first computer I'd ever put together entirely from scratch in order to pay for much-needed upgrades to my server. The old girl was getting on in years anyway, and it was time to let her go. This happened to coincide, though, with my busiest year yet at university, so I haven't gotten around to replacing my primary rig until now, although I have been tossing ideas around in the back of my mind.

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