June 06, 2005

Overclocking and An End to the HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy

     So with the completetion of my semi-new computer (more like reconstruction), I've been looking into something called "overclocking". Overclocking is a way of making your computer go faster by processing more commands per second... actually, more like more commands per millisecond but either way, faster. There are several reasons not to overclock. First, it makes your machine burn out sooner. If you didn't already know, your computer's life is limited not only by the ability to process information, but by the amount of usage and time it has been in use. Eventually, the parts will stop working. This happens almost no matter what you do (maybe not if you kept it at subzero tempeatures in a completely water and static free evironment, but that's an extreme case), and the point is by overclocking, you reduce what life your parts may have had.
     Secondly, if you try to overclock like a moron, you may end up doing this: AMD Vaporization (note: you will need a divx player like ffdshow to play this video. If that link has for whatever reason died, you can download the ffdshow installer here)
     Thirdly and finally, getting good enough equipment to cool a rig that's really overclocked is either expensive or noisy. I think it'd be cool to build my own phase change cooler (and no, that wasn't a pun). If I was smart about it I could simply salvage all the parts from a scrapyard (except for the tubing which would run between $15 and $30) and then have something that I could really overclock. It'd be a fun experiment.

     And now onto something that I have no idea whether or not anyone's been paying attention to: The HitchHikers guide to the Galaxy. If you've heard all the episodes then you've probably been rather pissed at my leaving you guys hanging by not posting, but here we are all the same. I've now posted all 12 episodes, and each one is, in my opinon, gold. Hope you guys enjoyed it!

Posted by Kickmyassman at June 6, 2005 11:18 PM
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