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Messages - Patrick M

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Mac / Re: New Mac options
« on: January 04, 2011, 08:41:02 PM »
There is a upside.  The closer to March, current line of stock get discounted a little bit, or things like get a free iPod when purchasing for Uni (This is currently running now via the apple edu website)

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Mac / Re: New Mac options
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:29:59 PM »
If you haven't already purchased anything, hold off your mac purchases until after march or so as Apple will release a refresh of the range, and with intel just lifting the NDA on the new Intel CPU ranges (Sandy Bridge), its hightly possible Apple will start using these around then.  The new CPU are meant to be kick ass and pretty much everything you'd expect of the Second Generation i3,i5, i7 range.

Nothing is confirmed from Apple as per ususal.

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Maya / Re: 3Delight for Maya
« on: December 24, 2010, 09:41:01 PM »
Looks interesting but with 2 threads.. could add a fair bit of time to your renders. There is an alternative coming to the labs in 2011, stay tuned.

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Mac / Re: New Mac options
« on: December 15, 2010, 05:40:25 PM »
On a side note, if you paid the extra for the 3 year apple protection plan, this fault on the current Mac Pro would be covered by warranty.


Warranty and insurance, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

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CSU General / Re: Lost username for Autodesk education community
« on: December 01, 2010, 08:50:32 PM »
I'm pretty sure its what Ben said (or another authorised email address that you might of used while using the special authorised link elsewhere in this forum).. I might be able to view the 'users' on my admin end within the autodesk site if your still having trouble.

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CSU General / Re: New CSU Data Charges for 2011
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:10:30 PM »
I would assume fair use policies will be in place.  Also i would assume monitoring for torrents etc may be flagged for those high usage accounts.  Nothing official from DIT but.

In terms of speed, you will always be slow when using the proxy, even more so in peak times due to the methods of 'proxy' and load balancing etc.  Direct access on the other hand means fast speeds! But as always use them correctly and legally!

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CSU General / New CSU Data Charges for 2011
« on: November 23, 2010, 08:21:01 AM »
From: http://www.csu.edu.au/division/dit/staff/training/newsletter/Data_charge.html

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To improve the services we provide to students, DIT has gained approval for the following student data charges for 2011.

Through the residential communications levy, residential students will receive:

A 100 Mbps wired data service in their rooms, and access to the new high speed wireless network through all residences and other campus locations;
Unmetered traffic during the off peak period of 5pm to 8am (unmetered means no data charge during this time);10 Gigabyte monthly quota of metered traffic during peak periods of 8am to 5pm;

Non residential students will receive

Access to the new high speed wireless network across most campus locations;
Unmetered traffic during the off peak period of 5pm to 8am (unmetered means no data charge during this time);
A 1 Gigabyte  quota of metered traffic during peak periods of 8am to 5pm;
Any traffic in excess of the above quotas will be charged at $2.50 per Gigabyte.

These new data charges encourage the use of the network to improve student engagement in technology based learning activities and represent terrific value for students. These charges are a great reduction on existing charges, and significantly cheaper that comparable commercial ISP plans.  

 Staff data charges will also drop in 2011 from the existing $10 per Gigabyte to $2.50 per Gigabyte for peak period traffic (8am to 5pm), and unmetered traffic during the off peak period of 5pm to 8am.

These new data charges will take effect for the start of session 1, 2011.

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For Sale / Re: Corsair 2GB DDR2 800mhz ram module
« on: October 05, 2010, 10:37:40 PM »
First issue I notice is its a 800MHz down clocking to 667MHz, this can cause issues, some motherboards are ok and can manage the voltage changes etc others crash and crash badly.  You might be better off getting a second Identical stick and running it at 4GB.

By the way the other issue is that your running 3, 1GB sticks and a 2GB, this can cause issues via mismatch of memory allocation even more so if attempting dual channel configuration etc, which most modern motherboards have by default (Eg. sticks in slots 1,3)

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For Sale / Re: Corsair 2GB DDR2 800mhz ram module
« on: October 05, 2010, 05:26:36 PM »
Question, Whats your current RAM modules in the system?

Have you tried putting it other slots?

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Rendering / Re: Command line rendering log off and shutdown
« on: August 07, 2010, 11:44:58 AM »
Theres a built in flag for render:

-log <log filename>

Give that a go.

But you may want everything that command outputs not just what -log wants you to know... so maybe try adding this

> somefile.txt

to end of your command.   '>' outputs everything that command does to a file, in this case a .txt files.  Not too sure if this will break 'render'.


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Rendering / Re: Command line rendering log off and shutdown
« on: August 06, 2010, 10:54:06 PM »
I would double check if you are able to run these from the Command prompt, may be restricted for security reasons.  I dont think they are but they may require a higher level account to run it from that environment.

You can also perform some logging of start and finish times of sections etc.  Command Prompt is very powerful if you know how to use it.  If anyone gets stuck give me a yell.

Also for shutdown you can use the -r for restart. And for those that remember the blaster virus/trojan from a few years back will easily identify the dialogbox that appears when using the shutdown -s -t 60 command

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Maya / Re: Maya ASCI and crashes
« on: July 22, 2010, 11:14:35 PM »
At this stage of the learning I would do that method over tracing a boolean error :)

And as i'm sure any 2nd and 3rd would say, make time for the incremental saving and backups, it will save you a lot of time in the future, especially on larger scenes and more complex assets.

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Maya / Re: Maya ASCI and crashes
« on: July 22, 2010, 10:08:18 PM »
Did you make incremental saves and back ups?  If so, roll back to one of those.  That would be the quickest way to fix the issue.

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Maya / Re: Maya 2011?
« on: May 05, 2010, 05:16:45 PM »
It will be until next image is built for the lab - that image will a little while away but.

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