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    posted a message on Diagnostic Tools
    CrystalDiskInfo will show SMART statistics.
    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on ChickenBones Mods
    Sometimes when I have the creative mode inventory open, Minecraft crashes. Since it only occurs when the inventory is open, I strongly suspect NEI is causing it.

    Installed mods:
    • Damage Indicators 3.1.2
    • More Crafting Recipes 2.1.1
    • CraftGuide
    • LittleFix 1.0
    • LunatriusCore
    • Macros 0.10.04
    • Note Block Display 1.3
    • WorldEdit CUI
    • Monster Spawner Highlighter
    • OptiFine Ultra D1
    • Schematica
    • Stackie
    • Village Info SSP 2.1
    • VoxelMap 1.0
    3 crash reports:
    Posted in: Minecraft Mods
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    posted a message on Dynmap - Dynamic web-based maps for Minecraft
    Edit: silly mistake on my part. Was having a problem with constant crashing. Seems to work fine now.
    Posted in: Minecraft Mods
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    posted a message on How are people quickly repeating the exact same message they last typed in chat?
    Alright, thanks. Just tested it and it's what I was looking after. :)
    Posted in: Java Edition Support
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    posted a message on How are people quickly repeating the exact same message they last typed in chat?
    I've noticed in many YouTube videos that people are able to repeat chat messages (most notably commands in their entirety, with their last entered parameters too), without having to retype them all out manually again, as if they're pressing a hotkey. I've looked around on Google and the Minecraft Wiki and cannot find any information on this subject.

    I do know that the Tab key can be used as a shortcut, but it can't be what I'm looking for, since the behaviour I've seen in videos is instantaneous. I'm also highly confident it is a vanilla feature, since I have seen it in many MindCrack videos in the past.

    So how is this done? I'm even surprised how I missed any mention of this feature being added to Minecraft, whenever it was.
    Posted in: Java Edition Support
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    posted a message on Really getting on my nerves, but WHY?
    Like some people have already pointed out, Minecraft actually isn't too intensive of a game. I remember before I built myself a new PC in November 2012, I was stuck on an old Toshiba laptop from 2008, with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo P8400 and a 512MB DDR2 Radeon HD 3650M. The laptop also had 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM, although I later paid through the roof (DDR2 is very expensive...) to upgrade it to 8GB. That 2008 hardware couldn't run any newer games at acceptable frame rates - even on low detail settings - but I was still able to play Source engine games fine, as well as Minecraft. I could run Minecraft with the render distance at far, along with fancy graphics and usually see between 30-50 FPS.

    I think you have some other issue bogging down your gameplay, such as malware or too many applications running in the background.
    Posted in: Discussion
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    posted a message on Why String Activated Pushers for mob Systems?
    The reason why tripwire-based traps have become popular is because they actually generate less lag than pressure plate-based ones. With pressure plate-based piston traps, you have redstone torches constantly switching state, which generate light, and lighting updates happen to be the biggest culprit of redstone-related lag believe it or not. With a tripwire-based system, you have a trap that does not generate possibly hundreds of constant lighting updates as it operates. While people like Etho have created tripwire systems that push an entire row of pistons at once, other people have created similar systems which instead push inidividual pistons. The best example of this would be QueenKingHappy's Behemoth enderman farm.

    QueenKingHappy had a very good tutorial video on this particular enderman farm. Unfortunately, his YouTube account was closed without warning by Google. If you want a view of the design, then you're in luck, as I still have a copy of the world download from his video. I've reuploaded it here.

    Not only do tripwire-based farms generate less lag than traditional pressure plate-based ones, they're also faster if I'm not mistaken. The Behemoth enderman farm's fastest speed is 0-30 levels in about 52 seconds.
    Posted in: Redstone Discussion and Mechanisms
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    posted a message on How to effectively reduce "Redstone Lag"
    Just tested the glowstone technique and wow, it works really well! I thought a good place to test it would be my 16-bit calculator, as it is very complex and used to generate a lot of lag when converting large answers from binary to decimal due to heavy use of ripple-carry type adders.

    I still notice a small drop in frames but the improvement is still massive. :)
    Posted in: MCX360: Discussion
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    posted a message on What have you done recently?
    After the pre-release of 1.7, I prepared my survival world - which I've had since 1.2.5 (April 2012) - for the changes to the terrain generation algorithm. I did so by opening my world in MCEdit, selecting an area the size of 64x64 chunks with my spawn point and base in the middle, then proceeding to delete all chunks outside this area. I've also deleted all the chunks for the Nether and the End in my world, as I wish to start fresh there. I also gave my world a proper name, Gielinor. The name comes as inspiration from RuneScape, a MMORPG I actively played from 2005 until 2011.

    I haven't yet prepared for the second ender dragon fight yet, as I've mostly been working on seriously renovating my home base. The first home base I built was a big mess. Nothing was planned properly prior, and as a result all pathways and structures were inconsistent in size. I've also developed better building and landscaping skills since I first created my world. When the mess began to drive me nuts, I decided to demolish everything and build a new base from scratch with proper planning first. To do the planning, I made a copy of my survival world, and transformed said copy into a creative world. It's very handy for planning survival projects and I strongly recommend that other people try it.

    Currently, my new base an area consisting of nine grass plots, which I'm not sure what to populate with just yet. I actually started with base renovations earlier this year, but found it hard to motivate myself to play Minecraft for even 30 minutes or so, until now.

    Here's a screenshot summarising current progress. The image was actually a PNG, but for some reason Imgur converted it to JPG.
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on Smallest Full Adder: How to do redstone efficiently.
    I managed to create something even smaller a year or so ago using the same XOR gate. It's been my primary adder ever since.

    Here is an album I created showing the single adder as well as two adders combined together. Red wool represent the inputs, yellow wool represents the carry in, blue wool represents the sum, and the green wool represents the carry out. I could also upload a scematic of the adders if it would help anyone.
    Posted in: Redstone Discussion and Mechanisms
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    posted a message on Colored Glass is here!
    This was the first thing I checked when I first discovered this:

    If you look closely, you can see that semi-transparent blocks now render correctly through other semi-transparent blocks. Prior to this, the background semi-transparent blocks (in the case of this image, the water) appeared invisible. I'm very pleased with the hard work Mojang have been doing with all the refactoring. :)
    Posted in: Recent Updates and Snapshots
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    posted a message on How Terrible is My (And Your) Computer?
    Quote from Kruzzik_Kel

    No you didnt, Noctua will send you free of charge any additional mounting hardware for your cooler if you can provide proof of purchase

    That's what I thought initially, but it doesn't count for the SE2011. From the SE2011 FAQ on Noctua's site:

    "Can I get a free LGA115x or AMD mounting kit for the NH-D14 SE2011?
    Please note that the NH-D14 SE2011 is a special edition cooler for LGA2011, so we can not offer mounting kits for other sockets free of charge. If you want to use this cooler on other sockets such as LGA115x or AMD, please consider buying an NM-I3 kit from a local reseller. "

    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on How Terrible is My (And Your) Computer?
    Bought a Noctua NH-D14 a week ago on my 19th birthday (August 31st). I had to buy a mounting kit for it though, because it was the SE2011 version of the NH-D14, which is for LGA 2011 only out of the box, but my setup is LGA 1155. It may seem a bit silly at first, but I bought the SE2011 version because none of the local computer shops around me had normal NH-D14s in stock at the time... Too much demand. :(

    Here it is. I don't have a decent camera lying around, so I have to use my mobile phone. At least I put the effort in attempting to take a decent, clear photo.
    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on Build suggesting practice
    Been a long time since I last suggested a build (used to do it frequently outside of this forum). This list is cutting it very close budget-wise. I went with a 3570K because Ivy Bridge has better overclocking competency than Haswell.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.86 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($203.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $998.58
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-07 14:22 EDT-0400)
    Posted in: Hardware & Software Support
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    posted a message on Speedtest.net Results and General Internet connection and ISP Discussion

    My most recent result. Low latency which is good to see (I have seen as low as 5ms) but slow speeds since it's DSL.
    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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