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stingerhs
09-12-2007, 10:48 AM
apparently so (http://theinquirer.net/?article=42299). i guess there's yet another reason to jump on the ATI bandwagon, ehh?? :P

kidding aside, this makes me wonder what else they'll think of to use the GPU for aside from graphics. Nvidia and ATI both wanted to use a GPU for physics, and others suggested using it for FoldingAtHome. seriously, what else could we use that GPU for?? and would SLI/Xfire make a difference??:xp:

tk102
09-12-2007, 10:59 AM
Impressive! Those GPU programmers must be feeling pretty cool.

How about some desktop search utilities?

Astrotoy7
09-12-2007, 11:51 AM
I dont get the whole desktop search thingy. I know where the heck everything is. I have an immaculate filing system ;) unless it does more than that, I dont see the point :p

I like some of the sidebar gadgets in vista, my favourite being the remote desktop gadget... sometimes when I want the noisy stepkid(s) out of the study all I do is type in that computers name on the rdc and it logs them out. I then switch that computer off from a shutdown gadget(the only other way to do it is through a command line option) They whine and moan, I say "i'll look into it" and they bugger off

OT: Im not hugely excited about AV in GPU.... I wonder if it'll be as great as windows liveone care .... lolz

mtfbwya

tk102
09-12-2007, 12:08 PM
I dont get the whole desktop search thingy. I know where the heck everything is. I have an immaculate filing system unless it does more than that, I dont see the pointI don't like being a mouse-jockey and click through all the layers of folders to get to where I put something. Plus I see a multitude of organizational relationships between files. What once made sense to be in one folder may not make sense later. Though this may look less organized to some like yourself, I believe I make up for that with flexibility and adaptability. :D

Desktop searches also do more than just find filenames. They find important text chunks within files.

Astrotoy7
09-12-2007, 12:15 PM
I don't like being a mouse-jockey and click through all the layers of folders to get to where I put something. Plus I see a multitude of organizational relationships between files. What once made sense to be in one folder may not make sense later. Though this may look less organized to some like yourself, I believe I make up for that with flexibility and adaptability. :D

Desktop searches also do more than just find filenames. They find important text chunks within files.

fair enough.

still, my mind refutes its relevance unto itself :D

All my files presonal are an on 120GB ext mini-HDD...its mainly just application setup files and acronis system backups. I dont keep too many documents at home, that's all on the work server(s)

mtfbwya

stoffe
09-12-2007, 12:34 PM
apparently so (http://theinquirer.net/?article=42299). i guess there's yet another reason to jump on the ATI bandwagon, ehh?? :P

What would be the advantage of having a virus scanner in your graphics card? The harddrive IO activities seem to be the most performance draining part of virus scanning, not the CPU resources required, and a GPU-based antivirus program would still need to do plenty of disk access (unless it's just a "resident shield" type application that checks what you are currently doing).


I don't like being a mouse-jockey and click through all the layers of folders to get to where I put something. Plus I see a multitude of organizational relationships between files. What once made sense to be in one folder may not make sense later.

Keeping most files just a couple of folders deep can help with that if you don't have an immense amount of files on your computer though. Behold my impressive organizational skill:
http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/7248/organizedchaosdz1.jpg

Jae Onasi
09-12-2007, 04:43 PM
Keeping most files just a couple of folders deep can help with that if you don't have an immense amount of files on your computer though. Behold my impressive organizational skill:


:lol: Good one. I think my favorite is 'sorted stuff, sort of'. :)

@Astro--when I was a high-level officer in the SCA, I had to refer frequently to first aid laws from around the world, or look up a specific comment by a specific officer or person. Sometimes I had to look up a document sent to someone where I'd referenced a specific law, or find a date for when I said 'x' to someone. The emails involving that office numbered in the thousands during the 5 or so years I served at that level. In addition, when I was helping my 'boss' revise the first aider policy manual for the SCA, we had dozens of minor revisions in that manual, 3 or 4 major revisions, and hundreds of emails referring to just that project alone. Having a text search function made things a zillion times easier, because some of these emails, reports, and projects could be filed in multiple places depending on usage, author, subject, relevance, origin, date, event site, etc., etc., etc.

That doesn't begin to touch the bajillion studies and med articles I read or d/l on just about anything remotely related to eyes (and some things that are just really cool but not related), hysterical things people say here or cool links everyone posts, and so forth. Sometimes I d/l something and have a brain cramp and it ends up in the temp folder instead of the desktop, or I accidentally misspell the file name, and having a good search function makes those files easier to find. If you're an info-junkie like I am, you either have to be hyper-organized to find everything, or you have to have a good search function to find it when you really want it. I love an easy search....

Negative Sun
09-12-2007, 07:32 PM
I wouldn't use Kapersky if my life depended on it, ugh!

If your not playing games or watching movies at the same time, it would make sense to utilize your fancy GPU's abilities for something else, especially if it can drastically increase such performance...(which is why I have high hopes for the AMD Fusion, did I mention that already by any chance? :xp: )

tk102
09-12-2007, 07:42 PM
How about defragging your hard drive with your GPU?

Negative Sun
09-12-2007, 07:45 PM
I was thinking that as well tk...sounds quite good as it could push a lot more data around that way, which would be a good thing with current mainstream HDD sizes increasing rapidly...