Saturday, 18 October 2014

Radio sound effects : RTTY

When I was in the military (you have been reading all these blog posts?) so you will know. I uset to use a handheld RTTY of sorts. It ran at a super low baud rate taking 4 minutes to send a whole sitrep. Yes, I used to compose sitreps. and get them signed off and then sent. You had to write them up, type them in and send them. On the other end you just printed them off. The transmission was FSK and worked over a VHF radio if I remember. Anything from 25 to 100 watts, although the smaller portable radios could hold the carrier for long enough to send a short message too. Portable radios were good for practice, but never managed to keep going from long enough; pretty much because they were designed for voice and not being continously held with the key down. To hear what they might have sounded like if you happened to be on the same channel.
http://www.nonstopsystems.com/radio/radio-sounds.html


You might recognise these noises from some popular naval criminal investigative TV series intros.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Abandon Alpha Terra

YOUNGER: TATA, THE SKY HAS BEEN GRAY FOR 2 MENSE CYCLES NOW. SHOULD WE NOT LEAVE ALREADY?
ELDER:  YES, AND NO. TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER ELDERS WE NOW HAVE CONTROL OF 2 OF THE NEW SOL NATIVE'S ORBITAL COMPUTERS CALLED CUBESATS. BUT WE CANNOT CONTROL MANY MACHINES ON THEIR NETWORK ON OUR OWN WITHOUT YOUR HELP.
YOUNGER: TATA,THIS IS IMPORTANT TO YOU I CAN SEE, BUT WHY?
ELDER: YOU COULD GO WITH THE OTHERS.
(PAUSE)YOUNGER: I CANNOT LEAVE YOU TATA, WILL YOU TEACH ME HOW TO SHAPE THE THOUGHTS OF THE SOL NATIVES?
ELDER:  SO YOU DO UNDERSTAND. THE NATIVES HAVE FORMED 3 GROUPS, ONE WISHES TO LEARN, THE OTHER TO FIGHT AND A THIRD GROUP ARE NOT PART OF THE EQUATION. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PLANET AND IT'S ENVIRONMENT AT ALL. WE ARE WORKING ONLY TO CONTACT THE 1ST GROUP AND INJECT DATA INTO THEIR NETWORKS USING HIJACKED MACHINES.
YOUNGER: OK, HOW DOES IT WORK?
ELDER: THE SOL NATIVES ARE NOW AWARE OF OUR VIRUS, WHICH HELPS OUR CAUSE.  IT IS NO SECRET THAT JUST LIKE ALPHA TERRA HAS BEEN RUINED, SO TOO WILL SOL. WE WILL SEND THEM MESSAGES IN THE DATA STREAMS, SOME NATIVES ARE ALREADY STARTING TO UNDERSTAND.
YOUNGER: WHY CAN'T THEY ALL SEE THE DAMAGE TATA? MA AND THE OTHER FAMILIES ON THE BLOCK ARE GOING TO GAMMA CENTAURI THIS CYCLE. MOST OF MY SCHOLA FRIENDS HAVE LEFT FOR A NEW LIFE ON NEW TERRA ALREADY.
(STATIC)

Agent wildfire01: So, what's the trade?
Agent zaphodikus: It's a container. I got it in a hack, did you bring the virus?
Agent wildfire01: Yeah
Agent zaphodikus: OK, this feels creepier than it needs to be. Some agents take the game far too seriously, lets find a beer so long. That was the plan, right?
Agent wildfire01: I don't drink, nothing serious.
Agent zaphodikus: That's OK. I don't much either but I like trying different ales to be social.
Agent wildfire01: I also find the game strange, but it works socially, just look. It go us to meet up. So what do you do, I mean, like for work?
(CONVERSATION DRIFTS)
Agent wildfire01: I trained in marketing. I want to find work doing good things myself too. Environment agencies and such like is my thing right now. It feels important.
Agent zaphodikus: Me too. I wanted and still do, to find work up North where more of the energy sector work is going on. Energy is a source of jobs that will never go away, but my interest is energy efficiency. I like green stuff...
(STATIC)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Dirt 3 youtube with no sound fix

Does your Dirt game youtube upload have no sound? That's because the audio works, but the correct drivers are not 100% set up in the game. If you cannot see Rapture 3D in the Audio settings...
You need to update the audio drivers -
1. Download the latest http://www.blueripplesound.com/get-update2
2. Uninstall the Rapture3D drivers if old.
3. Install new Rapture 3D drivers version 2.6.5
4. (optional) Set system environment variable ALLOW_RESTRICTED_RAPTURE3D = 1
5. Restart Steam (if you did step 4)

6. In game, change Sound from "Software" to "Rapture 3D", and restart game.

To see the result, check out this uploader instruction.

Hacking Dirt3 sound files

Want to know how to listen to the cool audio tracks from Dirt 3.
I was trying to do a quick tut on how to upload a clip from Dirt 3 directly to youtube. It's actually quite easy once you know, but devilishly hard to figure out unless you own a typing monkey. I got frustrated by all of the cryptic steps! All I wanted to do was to race and then upload my race footage to youtube. So "we" decided to write them up for myself (in another post) in case I forgets how.
Anyway, back to the backing soundtracks hack.

Firstly you will need to scan this article that led me in the right direction. Or download the Ego Audio Tool tool directly here:
Ego Audio Tool
Now go into
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\DiRT 3\audio\dictionaries\pc_mu_frontend
There are other sound file folders, but this is the one you want. But that's not important because you cannot rip the files for conversion, you can only replace them. Anyway, the program will find the folder for you.

Just double-click a track to play it back.
And here is where Fraps comes in, if you are still in the dark, you have probably not been using Fraps and doing random game clip uploads to youtube for long enough. I bought Fraps about 20 years ago (yes I did) and it is totally helpful for all of this kind of thing. You will also want to check out  Audacity the free audio editor that really does rock when it comes to putting your own mic inputs down on top of your footage.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Creative II

Every army has a uniform, but this is not a war of men against men, so the uniform is an optional. Private Conrad Braam had worn a uniform before in a war now abandoned, it had provided comforting identity, but that would not work here. This enemy has set no such rules in place, and has no need to either. This battle was under an open sky. No rules. When you are fighting a very real war against an invisible enemy, any "muggles" interference needs to be avoided, so trying not to look like a combatant would be helpfull.
Conrad had never thouight he was ever good at not looking a bit suspicious, middle-aged bearded men look that way by design he reckoned. Little things like the slight squint, even the hobble from the hurting shins did not help. In fact he knew that to nor look suspicious was impossible, so why not go with it as far as possible anyway. The solution, an Indiana-Jones leather hat, with a lived in feel. The hat was to be practical at first, but soon became a defence not just against the sun, and mostly the rain, but against obscurity. Nobody will notice us if we try hard to be noticed, or so it starts in our little mind.

*powering up*
Acquiring position.
Downloading latest intel package.

Mind Unit, was that the briefing agent's key message? Nothing else mattered she had said - but what was MU? Zaphodikus already held the scanner comfortably in one hand and tapped away with the thumb at the controls. The scanner was a re-purposed device, similar to one he had often toyed with before this war had began. Zaph knew at least what XM was, he was a re-charger. Just like in the last war, he would prefer to conduct this one from a distance, but who or what was he becoming now? Zaph steps a little closer to the portal, it humms for a moment, senses him and gently licks his aura. The scanner buzzes violently, and suddenly he knows what he must do to progress.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Which graphics card?

Crudders, it's cooking my system but we need a new card. The NVidia 9800 GTX is a fossil. It's not available in stores even, so I'm looking to upgrade from...

(the fan is not an original; it is a repair,)
to one of these. Radeon R7 260
I have a upper limit GBP100 and wattage 150.
Best price so far from 
Dabs £92.00 http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-amd-radeon-r7-260x-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-92ZR.html#
Scan £93.41
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-radeon-r7-260x-overclocked-28nm-6500mhz-gddr5-gpu-1175mhz-896-streams-dvi-dp-hdmi

ebuyer £94.98 delivered


or 
Amazon for £103.94

But I've just come aware of a lower power card (wattage) with more poke for a little bit more bucks.
The GeForce 750 TI. Dabs £97.96
Scan £99.98

CUDA

It appears that some GPU heavy apps need some help if you are wanting CUDA support it might be possible to separately download/install from NVidia : https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-toolkit-31-downloads And to ensure that each app is not using default settings for H/W acceleration. Always tweak if in doubt.

Friday, 25 July 2014

BBC BASIC or spectrum BASIC

Which is the best variant to learn basics of programming? I'm doing a blast into the past to try and resurrect what it exactly is that made creating a computer program easy and fun at the same time.

Was it the robustness of the responses you got to errors, was it the simplicity. And were the limited functionality and low power ever really an impediment to learning?

Downlaod a Sepctrum menulator and try it out, probably less painfull than getting a box on ebay and the finding it has no got a screen cable.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Spectrum-emulator

or BBC: http://www.mkw.me.uk/beebem/