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Month: August 2021

GPU Mining cards degrade 10% every year

GPU Mining cards degrade 10% every year

File this in a ‘with a grain of salt’, but odds are good there is some truth behind this research. It would be great if benchmarking tools could detect the age of your GPU and see if they can corroborate this claim.

Palit Microsystems, a Taiwan-based graphics card manufacturer, is reporting that graphics cards in near constant use on massively compute intensive crypto currency mining degrade in performance by about 10% each year. Most cards in these environments run 24/7 and often on extremely compute heavy workloads. Proper cooling, power delivery, accelerated silicon aging, or a host of other factors could be leading to this

The caveat empeter here is that Palit is a manufacturer of new graphics cards, and gets no money from the resale market. So, they do have an interest in encouraging users to buy new cards. Too bad it’s impossible to get them

Spanish Prisoner

Spanish Prisoner

David Mamet films are not for everyone, but they have an unmistakable style. I remember renting The Spanish Prisoner and being fascinated by it’s styling and story. As someone that has worked at a Fortune 50 company and been privy to many a secret project or two over the years, it was a great story about working on secret projects and the shadowy possibilities of espionage and double-dealing.

While it’s not the best movie (it has some odd holes and a good dose of deus ex machina), I remember the sound track fondly as setting the mysterious mood. It’s by Carter Burwell – so give it a listen and imagine yourself in a world where you never know who is really on your side…

Cool and Unusual London Attractions

Cool and Unusual London Attractions

Have you ever wanted to visit some of the more nerdy, local, and historical attractions around London and outlying areas of England? Perhaps visiting a abandoned postal rail network used during WW2, walk strange city alleys such as the Man in the Moon, or unusual art shows, talks, tours, or events?

Ian Visits lists many interesting local attractions in and around London that make for a fascinating addition to your next trip. It updates every day – so it’s a great way to catch short running attractions. Give it a look!

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/

Fighting Fantasy

Fighting Fantasy

ChrisC has a nice Youtube channel with a few good playthroughs of some of my favorite adventure books. Fighting Fantasy books were created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone in 1982. He does a good job on his walkthroughs and is a nice, calming listen. Honestly, I don’t know why more Twitch streamers don’t read old adventure books like this and let people vote on the next choice. Perhaps there’s an idea there…

Deathtrap Dungeon: Livingstone, Ian: 9780440917175: Amazon.com: Books

Back to the topic. My first introduction to the books was as a middle schooler and I can’t tell you how many times I checked out this white-cover Dell version of Deathtrap Dungeon. I soon found the City of Thieves, Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and many others. Before the internet, one had to visit many libraries to find more of them.

They recently did a new reprint series, but they can still be had on ebay. Or, if you’re interested in a more professional production, Eddie Marston was hired to do an interactive video series that’s had much higher production values.