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Creation Date: 2002-05-14
Oof. JF is down, but not out. I'm going to focus on school only for two weeks. If you're a savvy web surfer, you should see my mangled face below. If not, click here. It's only 376 kB, so don't worry.



If you don't want to download, just read on. Hello, this is Joel Voss of AltSci Concepts aka. Javantea of Javantea's Fate. Right now, I'd like to give you a little update on how Javantea's Fate is going. Recently I've given up even trying to work on Javantea's Fate because my graduating college is far more important. So I'm going to take a break until June 6. So, see you then. Check back from time to time if you will and don't give up on me. Thank you.

Actually compression is something I've been into in the past few days. I read this article on how this one game developer wanted to put fifteen minutes of tv-quality video onto the Nintendo 64. No problem, right? Well, it seems that Nintendo doesn't have a CD player! 64 actually refers to how many megabytes that each game is made of on the cartridge. Goodness sakes! How many decent 64 MB games are there out there these days? Of course, the Nintendo 64's hardware is equally impressive: ~66 MHz processor, 4 MB of RAM, and 320x200 resolution on a 32" television. Need I say more? This guy has it tough, doesn't he? 15 minutes = 900 seconds. 64000 kB per 900 seconds. Not to mention that you have to put a game on there, too. It goes without saying that this poor schmuck needs high compression. Well, why doesn't he just DivX it? Well, first off DivX is unstable. Secondly, it's not out for the Nintendo 64 yet. Thirdly, it wasn't invented then. Fourthly, his boss wanted a "good" solution. I call DivX a good solution, but then again, I'm a geek. Solutions usually include a finishing move that takes fourteen fingers to properly do. But anyway, so this guy decides to use MPEG-2. Good for him, DVD-quality is really well compressed. So that isn't enough. No problem, he can just implement a bunch of math that confuses the heck out of me. So he ends up with something that looks really good in a small space. He is proud of himself, I bet. But then I look at the numbers and a I laugh my arse off. Why? Because my DivX shown above is four times more compressed than his and has more resolution than his. He put weeks of work into something that has taken me a few minutes. Reinventing the wheel sucks. So if my boss says that I need to fit an hour of video onto 30 MB of disk space, I'll say: "Do you want that on your desk by 3 PM today?"

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