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News / Re: File attachments size cap increased from 256 KB to 1 MB
« on: June 18, 2009, 09:29:56 pm »
Ogg is nice, and I like to support open-source file formats, but it really is underused compared to popular file formats.
Besides, those that use ogg probably know how to convert their files to mp3/wma.

You can cram a lot more sound quality into much smaller files with more modern codecs.
I'd like to see more widespread flac support. Lossless audio is superb if your speakers/headphones can handle it.

Art / Re: RPG 8x8 tiles
« on: June 18, 2009, 09:23:05 pm »
I did my sprites in simple MS Paint. Nowadays, I'd probably use
Try b/w and grayscale sprites, transfer them to your calc and see how good it turns out.
And yes, with 8x8 I pretty much just randomly mess around with pixels until I get a general idea how I want it to look, which shouldn't take long. There aren't that many possible combinations. Don't worry, the smaller the tile resolution, the harder it gets to make the tiles themselves look good. Practice a bit.

Introduce Yourself! / Re: Another hello from
« on: June 18, 2009, 09:14:37 pm »
Hello there, and welcome to Omnimaga.

I agree with Galandros. Great ideas are to be shared. There may be someone who'd be happy to make your idea into reality.
Though I have to admit that I was a bit too ambitious with my last big project, and lost interest. :s

.. and darn, how many peanut bags did I leave when I went inactive? *grabs some*

News / Re: Contest
« on: June 15, 2009, 06:19:21 pm »
Yeah, I'm still there. Have been lurking though, as can't really contribute anything right now.
But I like to keep myself up-to-date. :>

News / Re: Contest
« on: June 13, 2009, 09:17:12 pm »
*sneaks in*


*sneaks out*

TI Z80 / Re: I need an idea, anyone willing to give me one?
« on: September 07, 2008, 01:49:20 am »
I recommend a look at
It's frustrating, but it got me hooked. If only it had more music tracks...

Introduce Yourself! / Weaving spells
« on: September 07, 2008, 01:40:37 am »
I am here. again. Kinda.
Don't expect anything big anytime soon, but I'll hang around :>

Miscellaneous / Happy... New Year 2008!
« on: December 31, 2007, 06:08:00 am »
Mmm I'm gonna goto bed first, when I wake up I'll need to book some flights so I won't get stranded here till 15th Jan.
I have to apply for university before that date.

Miscellaneous / Happy... New Year 2008!
« on: December 31, 2007, 05:07:00 am »
Happy New Year!
Another year of unknown possibilities...

Miscellaneous / Happy... New Year 2008!
« on: December 31, 2007, 04:24:00 am »
35 minutes left... and you? ^_^

Computer Usage and Setup Help / help w/ comp building
« on: December 28, 2007, 06:15:00 am »
I can probably get used to that.
I think what annoys me the most on vista is the UAC.
It's ok for people who don't know what they're working with on their comp, everyone else should just disable it...
That said, I tried Vista, and most definitely don't like it. It may finally become usable (gosh was it buggy at the release date), but I'll stick with XP pro, stable, fast, functional, less bling-bling.

Humour and Jokes / lolcats
« on: December 27, 2007, 07:02:00 am »
user posted image
on Cattank?

Computer Usage and Setup Help / help w/ comp building
« on: December 27, 2007, 06:42:00 am »
If you buy a pre-built comp, the used power supply *should* do the job. I don't have any experience with that though, building yourself is cheaper.

The watts are not the important thing, but the power conversion efficiency. Example:
600W PSU, 60% PCE -> effectively 360W, 240W heat generation
500W PSU, 80% PCE -> effectively 400W, 100W heat generation
see the difference? ^^
I'd rather buy a PSU with lower power input and a high certified PCE, as it will generate less heat, use up less power (the bills!) and generate more output power per input.
Plus, less heat also means your system will be more stable.

add up the estimated power your components will need, and get a PSU which has an output of about 11-120% of your estimated needs. Also make sure the power supply can supply enough power on each seperate power line.

Heh, we just covered power supplies in my computer engineering course. :Dbiggrin.gif

Computer Usage and Setup Help / help w/ comp building
« on: December 27, 2007, 06:13:00 am »
QuoteBegin-Netham45+27 Dec, 2007, 17:16-->
QUOTE (Netham45 @ 27 Dec, 2007, 17:16)
well, on my laptop I have XP SP3, and on my desktop I have Vista. My laptop has a Radeon Mobility, and my desktop has a 7900 GS. On my laptop I notice games randomally quitting(sp3?), on my desktop, the only thing I really notice is long boot times(sometmes upwards 5 minutes) but I have a pretty good desktop.  

 Well you got to compare Vista and XP performance on equivalent systems, preferably on the same machine with dualboot.

Even on the newer "made for Vista" systems, XP still outranks Vista in terms of application and gaming performance.

Computer Usage and Setup Help / help w/ comp building
« on: December 27, 2007, 02:50:00 am »
QuoteBegin-Netham45+27 Dec, 2007, 1:17-->
QUOTE (Netham45 @ 27 Dec, 2007, 1:17)
go for an nvidia 7900 gs or gx. It'll be better, I promise.

Edit: That motherboard has an integrated nvidia 6100, not sure if it'll be good for gaming, but it can't suck. Second Opinion?

6100? pure trash if you ask me ^^ It basically has all the possibilities of the 6xxx series, but lacks the raw power to get acceptable frame rates.

It's good for use with a second monitor, though ;)wink.gif

QUOTE (grendel)
Oh, I just noticed you went with a Radeon card. While I really like Radeon, I think nVidia tends to have better gaming compatibility. Most of the video-related tech issues I've seen were with Radeon cards. But personally, I use Radeon. Then again, I have no desire to try to run games like Oblivion...

That's because Nvidia bribes them to optimise for Geforce cards... Ever noticed all those Nvidia logos in game intros and loading screens? eww.
I got a Radeon 9800, works like a charm with Oblivion, even on high settings, no bugs :)smile.gif

I personally think that the HD 2900 Pro is a good one to include in a ~ $650 system. Go for it.

I would maybe change that 250GB HD for 2x 120Gb (or 250Gb) in a raid system. Less loading time for everything!

Vista? Hands off! :alien:alien2.gif Still too buggy for my taste. I'll change to Vista in 2-3 years at the earliest. And all that flashy eye candy makes the interface unclear and confusing, plus it soaks up a lot of resources. XP pro Sp2 (Sp3 is on the way!) is faster and more secure. Plus MS support for XP has been extended until 2014!

Just my 2 cents...

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