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New comp update [Aug. 17th, 2008|03:50 pm]
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Not to much to report. Removed Vista, installed Ubuntu. Ubuntu can't detect my wireless because it doesn't have the drivers, have tried to sort this out, and after exhausting myself initially, have not bothered trying to figure out wireless yesterday or today.

Tried installing XP, but kept getting blue screen of death from both disks, so reinstalled Vista just so I could have net access, and have installed Ubuntu so I can duel boot. I'm not setting up anything much on Vista, because I know once I can get the wireless issue figured out, Vista will be going bye-byes because I hate it so very much.

That said, I have installed Lightwave so I could do an experiment. I have a set picture that I have rendered on each PC I've owned/used over the years. I have the file set aside, so it always renders with the same settings. On first PC it took just a smidgen over three hours. Next one was about an hour forty, one after that around fifty minutes. The one I got from Barnes knocked it down to about six or seven minutes. My previous comp rendered it in around three minutes, when it was working properly.

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The new PC, under Vista, renders it in 58 seconds!

Looking forward to trying it out on Ubuntu at some point to see if there's any difference.

The thing that is boggling my mind is, the second PC mentioned above is the one I did the Aussiecon 3 Opening Ceremony animation on. After a catastrophic accident with my hard drive I lost the entire opening and had to re-render a heavily reduced version, partially because I'd lost a bunch of models, partially because of render times. It took two and a half days, rendering madly on two PCs (the second being the much slower one) and I just barely got it finished with all the sound and such in place by the first day of the con.

If I'd had this PC, and all the models, I would have been able to recreate the entire original animation, probably overnight. Freaky.

[User Picture]From: e_dan
2008-08-17 07:20 am (UTC)

Duel Boot

I like the idea of a Ubuntu-Vista 'duel boot' - so, do they battle it out on startup? Pistols, sabres or virtual memory? ;)

Will be interesting to hear the Ubuntu vs. Vista rendering time.


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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-17 07:26 am (UTC)

Re: Duel Boot

Will be interesting to hear the Ubuntu vs. Vista rendering time.

'M gonna put my money on Vista, but only because all the drivers for everything tend to be better optimised under windoze. Mind you I suspect you'd have a better overall experience under Ubuntu.

...and before anyone starts I'm using Hardy Heron as may default OS. I'm also an MCSE so I have had exposure to both systems. My system dual-boots between XP and Ubuntu.
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[User Picture]From: cheshirenoir
2008-08-17 07:31 am (UTC)

Re: Duel Boot

Pooh! Looks like I got logged out. That was me :-/
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[User Picture]From: thinarthur
2008-08-18 09:17 am (UTC)
when ubuntu doesn't work do you say "you cunt you!"?

Pity you gave up on the computer animation, you was doing some good stuff there.
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[User Picture]From: thinarthur
2008-08-18 09:19 am (UTC)
Also check out my last entry, I especially want your 10 best collectible ever list !!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-08-20 02:07 am (UTC)
I got seriously burnt out working on the Aussiecon 3 opening, along with two semi-offical BBC projects - a CGI Miniscope fly-through for the DVD release of Carnival of Monsters (that didn't get completed due to the other people working with me getting distracted by non-canon bullshit they thought would be cool to insert, rather than working on the base project at hand), and the CGI animated series we were working on with BBC Wales R&D, which died due to internal politics resulting in their budget getting sucked up by BBC London. Of course, even if it had gotten beyond a pilot (we were so close!), as soon as RTD came along with the new series it would have been cancelled anyway.

Have tried to get back into it several times, but between still feeling a little burnt out, being stroke-boy, and my various computer issues of the last few years, just hasn't happened. I've been trying to get around to building a new series dalek since 2005, and still aren't even close to getting it finished.
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2008-08-20 02:14 am (UTC)
If you knew your computer could render the lot overnight, would it have been finished so far in advance of the ceremony ? -grin- Just coming from the point of view that technology's sole purpose for existing is to make us more stressed and hurried and late than we would have been without it...
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