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In which I vote against religion

When I switched to OS X all around, it was because my long-in-the-tooth gaming rig was giving up the ghost and Windows 8 sucked. I bought a top of the line MBP a few weeks ago, hoping the 755m GPU would get me some nice FPS – no dice. When I installed Windows 8 on the same hardware, I got over 10x the FPS.

In fact, I found the FPS on my year-old MBA with an anemic Intel 5000 “GPU” gets the same frame rates under OS X as the MBP with a much better CPU/GPU combo. I ended up returning the MBP because I only bought it to support the DK2, and it couldn’t do that without Windows 8.

I found a gaming rig on amazon for under a third of the price of the MBP which should run decade old games just fine. We’ll see on Tuesday, when it shows up. I was considering a Surface Pro 3, but looking at the specs I saw it had the exact same CPU and “GPU” as my year-old Macbook Air. No thanks.

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Written by Ry Jones

22 September 2014 at 6:22

Of course, thinking about old software…

I think the Convergent S220 was the first Unix-ish machine I used. Same place had a IBM Series 1 running a homegrown Unix-alike; it was the front-end for AMEX validation at the time. I had a 286 laptop running Coherent in 89 or 90; it came with a manual that was worth the full price of admission alone. I contacted the author of the manual in the mid-late 90s and told him how great it was; he seemed chuffed.

I see ICTT is still using the logo Ken Jones drew up in 86 or 87, at least as the favicon.ico.

Written by Ry Jones

20 September 2014 at 20:28

I don’t want to be buried

but if I were, I’d want my headstone to read


there is no other bit of software I’ve used more, or for longer, than vi. I see some heathens have removed ex mode from NeoVim. Bah.

Written by Ry Jones

20 September 2014 at 20:12

White rock

White rock, a common gravel used for driveways in the midwest, is made from quartz, not limestone as I said earlier. Actually, I found places selling both limestone and quartz as white rock, but the samples of quartzite gravels I found had blue components, which is what I remember seeing when I grew up.

After looking at Joe’s¬†renovations earlier today, I think instead of seeding the new driveway, a couple – four yards of aggregate should be dumped at the top of the grade and smoothed out. I know, sending coal to Newcastle, but it’s probably cheaper to import proper rocks than to make them on site.

Written by Ry Jones

9 September 2014 at 21:13

1/4 diopter

Had once-every-two-years eye exam, found out I’m a quarter diopter worse in each eye. Begged for contacts to use with the DK2; optometrist said “you’ll hate them”, and by golly, he’s right.

Ran up to a saddle overlooking Lost Lake and Keechelus Lake on Monday – it was a nice trip. If I’d planned better (at all), I would have taken a camera.

Written by Ry Jones

2 September 2014 at 22:29


I have four plastic lowers on the way this week – with the two¬†other plastic lowers (CAV ARMS) and three 80% lowers with one upper for the crowd, I’m short eight uppers. At $400 a pop, it will take a while to turn these lowers into rifles.

Written by Ry Jones

3 August 2014 at 1:20

Fitbit Flex is made for skinny people

Bought a Fitbit Flex. It’s one of an incredibly long line of products clearly designed by thin people with perfect dexterity, vision, and nails.

Neither of the bands it comes with is close to going around my wrist. I made an extender out of the small one (cut the band off, stitched it together on the large one) and it fits! Too bad the big band broke after a single use (the silicone detached right at the sharp angle for the display). Wore it anyway for a couple days and discussed the results with a friend that works for on a competing product – I was seeing 50-80% difference between the Flex and my GPS. He said 20% error is about as good as it gets regardless of the product.

So now I have a cut up Flex and a broken band. I found I got readings as good as my wrist by putting it in my shirt pocket, so I’ll keep it. For now.

Other beefs:

  • The Surface Pro has the microSD slot on an angled surface. All of my microSD cards are black. Thanks, assholes. Removing the card means getting a fingernail into the microSD slot to pop it out, which invariably means I’m chipping a nail.
  • The switch on all iPads is clearly designed for maximum nail breakage. I try to remember to use something else to switch the lock, but I don’t always remember.
  • The power switch on my Kindle is the same.


Written by Ry Jones

2 August 2014 at 14:10


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