What is the Difference Between Memory and Storage?

Hey guys! This week I will be talking about a common problem/misconception among non-tech-savvy people who tend to confuse the amount of storage a device with how much memory it has.

“But wait, you’re telling me those aren’t the same thing??”

Nope! There is a small similarity but they’re completely different at the same time.

Storage is where all your files, photos, music, etc. will be stored, and this is measured in multiples of bytes. Most of the time, the conversion goes something like this:

  • 8 bits = 1 Byte (B)
  • 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte (KB)
  • 1,048,576 Bytes = 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Gigabyte (GB)
  • 1,048,576 Kilobytes = 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte (TB)
  • 1,048,576 Gigabytes = 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte (PB)

And so on.. However, sometimes it is measured by thousands instead of multiples of 8 (1024). So it would be 1000 Bytes, 1000 Kilobytes, 1000 Gigabytes, and so on.

 

Memory refers to the amount of RAM (Random-Access Memory) a device has. None of your files will ever be stored here. This memory is meant for performing tasks of some degree, and it also designates the amount of information a processor can process at a given time… until it has been maxed out and having more RAM wouldn’t improve performance. Usually, one would not have very much RAM compared to storage space because task-performance does not require as many resources as storing data in a medium (e.g. flash drive, SSD [Solid State Drive], HDD [Hard Disk Drive], hybrid state drive, etc.). Also, you need somewhere to actually store things rather than allocate memory to perform a task.

Well, there you have it. I hope you now understand the difference and can now correct people when they make that mistake. See you next week!

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Old Faithful’s Final Stand

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Hello blog readers and this time of the week I am going to talk a little a bit about Old Faithful. Yes, Old Faithful the famous geyser that erupts on time. But the range of when it erupts is at the estimation of 35 to 120 minutes from it’s last eruption. The reason I am blogging about Old Faithful is that I think that it is interesting that this famous has continued it’s rotation for a long time. From certain climate changes over the years, Yellowstone Park had experienced some changes which affected some tourist sights along the park. Such as, earthquakes that has changed the park’s environment and it’s living conditions for both the wild life and the people that are camping, working, or living at the park.

Ever since my last trip to Yellowstone Park, I have heard from parents and some other sources that Old Faithful has been slowing down it’s rotation from the changes of the environment. The rotation of this famous geyser’s eruption would be predicted from it’s last eruption, the longer the eruption was the longer the next show would be. Over time, Old Faithful would generally be off of it’s natural rotation from the major earthquakes to the minor earthquakes in the park. I think that Old Faithful’s maximum height would generally be lowered due to natural changes within the park itself and from human disturbance around the old geyser.

Amazing Websites 2:

I thought, since the last post was so successful, I’ll make another post about websites that I’ve found and collected.

crimereports.com –track crimes in your area, to better be ready to protect your own home and self from getting robbed

supercook.com –Type in what you have in your pantry and it will give you multiple recipes you can make with your resources available

snopes.com -Rumors/claims debunked.Ever wonder if what someone tells you is true? Well, snopes can let you know.

sleepyti.me -lets you know when you should go to bed and get up for the most refreshing sleep.

freerice.com -This is a trivia website, every question you answer correctly will donate 10 grains of rice to a person in need. You can even pick the topic of what trivia questions are asked.

coursera.org -get online credit by taking online college classes from multiple colleges, such as Stanford, ASU, UW, and more.

homestyler.com -design your own home and what you’ve always dreamed of

bubbl.us -Brainstorm with bubbles in a collective way

staance.com  -Agree or disagree with current politics or ideas

ourworldindata.org -exactly what the name says

howstuffworks.com -again, exactly what it says. This has such a WIDE collection of how things work. It’s amazing.

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Sibling Rivalry

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Like all brothers and sister Lucy and Brinkley love to compete. They love to race, they love to wrestle and they love to compete for your affection.

Whenever we go on walks my mom will give me the dogs and she will go a few hundred yards up the path. Then she will call the dogs and I will let them go. Lucy and Brinkley immediately bolt out of the gates and sprint towards her. Lucy has the quickest starts but Brinkley always is able to catch her after a few seconds. Once he catches her he tries to bite at her and do anything he can to get in front. Lucy just focuses on the path ahead.

Lucy loves the tennis ball. Brinkley, on the other hand, has no interest in the tennis ball… Until Lucy starts to play with it. As soon as Lucy goes for the ball Brinkley is all over it. He will do anything he can to take it away from her. Sometimes he will just pick it up and try and hide from her. He is such an annoying brother.

Brinkley and Lucy love to lay right next to you and cuddle. However, if one of them is laying next to someone and getting attention the other one has to be even closer. If Brinkley is sitting on the coach next to someone Lucy will jump up on the couch, squeeze her way in between them, and whine for attention. Brinkley doesn’t like this. He will start to whine too, leaving you with two crying puppies.

Lucy and Brinkley act like any other siblings. They are competitive, playful and loving.

Firewatch

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On February 9, 2016, the game Fire watch was released. This is a brand new game that is not a part of a series. Fire watch is a first person adventure video game developed by Campo Santo and published by panic for Microsoft windows OS X, Linux, and PlayStation 4. It was the debut video game by both companies. It has received very good ratings from various sources. Most of the times graphics and game plays are what makes a game great which is why in Fire watch, the graphics are just outstanding and realistic enough to grab anyone’s attention. If you look at some of the reviewed pictures of the game, you could see the art of the images. The story mode of the game is led by a very strong script which puts this game headed into the right direction. In this game you are left in the wilderness with your only lifeline being a radio. Your character’s name is Henry and you start off by interacting with your partner Julia. You’re supposed to head to a tower and try to contact some. To be successful in the story mode you want to make the best decisions in the game. Some things to follow in the game are: Using your map for help and make sure your heading the right direction. Since the map is your guide, viewing it will also tell you what your current objective is and how to move on. There’s a timer on your radio to watch out for when you’re in contact with your partner Julia, and you’re trying to have a conversation with her to guide her. Overall this game is a new game unlike others that makes adventure games more fun to play.

DIY: How to make your room warmer

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Since I recently downgraded from a 2 story house with 4 bedrooms to a first floor 2 bed room apartment I have had to down grade with all my items in my room. At first when I moved I had a lot of what my mom calls “garbage” basically items that I found valuable but she didn’t. But with this move my room has become more clustered. I have many containers are in front of my floor board heater, this causing me to not be able to use my heater. These DIY’s are a small one but it helps out in the end.

Age: ALL

Prep time : 2 minutes – A couple hour

DIY#1 How to make your room warmer: This DIY is super simple, many of my friends and family do this

  1. Materials needed
    1. Blankets (these can be blank simple colors or any ordinary blanket
    2. Pushpins (Tacks, Nails, wall hooks)
  2. Steps
    1. Choose which blankets you would like to use
      1. These should be thick but not thin
    2. Place blankets up against the windows
      • Make sure these aren’t being placed next to any type of burning flame of some sort, the last thing you need is for your room to catch on fire.
    1. Pin each corner in
      • If you want to keep these pins up all year long then I’d suggest using hooks for in the walls, they can hold other objects besides blankets
        • Hooks Pro’s and Con’s
          • Pros: Screw into wall, hold lots of weight, durable.
          • Cons: Screw into wall, they poke holes into blankets.

DIY#2 How to make your floors warmer: Since I have hardwood floors I have started doing this more often than not

  1. Materials needed
    1. Blanket
  2.  Steps
    1. Make sure your floor is clean and the entrance to your door is wide open
      • You want to make sure that this blanket cannot be a tripping hazard because it will be put on the floor.
    2. Place blanket on floor that usually gets very cold but far enough away from the door
    3. Open door at night just a little bit to let some of the heat from other rooms come in
      • This might be very hard for you if you are the type of person who cannot sleep with their door not shut
        • Don’t worry it is always hard one for me
      • Clean the blanket regularly because you will be stepping on this
        • This is just a cheap altercation for your room if you currently don’t have the money to buy a rug.

DIY#3 How to make your bed warmer: I recently started this on 11/24/15 and since it has made my bed so much warmer

  1. Materials needed
    1. Old comforter: can / Does not need to match the bed ( just depends on how long it is)
  2. Bed
  3. Materials that go onto your bed
  • Steps
    1. Tear everything off your bed down to the sheets
    2. Place old comforter above or below sheet it is up to you
      • Tonight I am changing it to under (the type I have makes it cold to the touch whenever I move in my sleep.
    3. Put your bed back together

Some of these DIY’s might seem basic but they are meant to be simple and help you out with getting warmer at night, granted some might pay a lot more money for certain items to keep their bedroom warmer, but since being on a student budget, and not wanting to burn my bed ( I had an electronic blanket burn holes in our bed) these are just some common things I have learned recently. Hope you all have a good week! ♥ Queen Of Craft

Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Ubisoft. This game will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 23, 2016, and Microsoft Windows on March 1, 2016. This game is part of a long going series since 2005. The setting of this game dates back to the very beginning of history. It is set in 10,000 BC in the middle of the Stone Age. This was the time where wild beasts roamed the wilderness. Beasts such as sabretooth tigers, Woolly Mammoths, etc. In the game, you play as the character Takkar, who is a member of the Wenja tribe who has been separated from his people. You find another tribe member of Wenja, a lady named Sayla. Sayla’s been attacked by the rival tribe Udam. After you meet her in the story, you two need to work together to rebuild the Wenja tribe. The mission is to find others to help you fight the Udam tribe and take down their leader UII. UII is a terrible person, who is brutal and is dangerous to mess with. With the setting being in the Stone Age, there are many skills to learn such as crafting and savaging. One of the most important feature of this game is to tame animals throughout the game. In the beginning, you start off with an owl and a wolf to tame. You need to learn how to control the animals and learn each of their special abilities. This is a very interesting game that shows us more about the past and teaches us some history which makes this game a fun process because you witness different things.

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the 1st date :)

hey friends!

Obviously I’m an expert at dates and clearly you should listen to everything I say because I know everything about how to make a boy fall in love with you (I really don’t please don’t listen to me). But although I may be fairly okay at first dates I can’t guarantee that I know how to keep it going well with your boy after that hahahahahaahahahahahahahahahaha so anyway here are some first date tips I have for you that you can listen to if you really want:

  1. Dress appropriately! This isn’t what it sounds like, I don’t mean to cover your entire body up. By this, I mean dress for whatever activity you guys are doing. If you’re going ice-skating, you don’t need to come decked out in your Steve Madden Darielle 5 inch heels or Vera Wang lace ballgown. If you’re going out to a fancy dinner, don’t be wearing your old, beaten up combat boots and a flannel. Your clothing choices should match whatever you’re going to be doing. It sounds simple, but it’s surprising how many girls (and guys too, no discrimination here) forgo this basic rule on the first date.
  2. Loosen up: Don’t be all tensed up and awkward. I know it’s hard because it’s a first date, but remember there’s no sweat if it goes horribly wrong. I mean really, you’ll just never speak again, and you’ll find someone else and forget all about it. It’s really not so bad. I would know. I’ve had my fair share of terrible dates and I’m still okay! Mostly!
  3. Don’t let silences be awkward: You can either treat a silence like the most awkward thing in the world, or you can use it to your advantage by smiling or looking into each other’s eyes or something like that. Or you can just find something new to talk about. But be casual, don’t make it obvious you’re trying really hard to make conversation. And if you do find yourself really uncomfortable and trying to find things to talk about, then he’s clearly not the one. So at that point, whatever.
  4. KEEP YOUR PHONE PUT AWAY: It is so annoying when you’re on a date and the guy is on his phone. I’m so lucky to have never experienced this, but a lot of my friends have come out of dates with guys they really liked absolutely disgusted and annoyed because the guy was constantly checking social media or texting his friends. It’s terrible manners! When you’re on a date, you should be focusing on the person in front of you.
  5. Try to look/be as much like yourself as possible: I’m not saying you shouldn’t try to look good or behave well, but don’t look or act completely different than you normally do because you want the person to like you for who you are, not the person you tried really really hard to be. Just be the best version of yourself, not a totally different person.
  6. Be prepared for anything: Don’t fantasize about the date going perfectly, because it may not. Don’t expect it to play out a certain way, because it could go totally differently.
  7. Try to stick it out even if it sucks: It’s just rude to leave in the middle of the date. That being said, if something really terrible happens you always have the right to leave. But if it’s just that you don’t find the person very attractive or you don’t think they’re very funny or something like that, don’t just leave in the middle. Give them a chance and stick it out, and then you can leave knowing you gave it your all and it just didn’t work out.
  8. Don’t overanalyze, go with the flow: Don’t be that person who tries really hard to notice little psychological signs like if the boy’s feet are pointing toward you or if his chest is puffing out. Just be normal and don’t freak out or try to pick apart every little detail. It’s gonna be okay I promise 🙂
  9. Let them know if you’re having/if you had a good time! We’re all dumb when it comes to dating and we all need that reassurance that the date is going well! It’s nice when you get a little “I had a really good time with you today!” or “I’m having so much fun!”

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I would probably wear this dress to a nicer dinner date. I love that it has the nice touch of the bejeweled neckline but otherwise a pretty simple plain black color. I love sticking to basics because they make me feel the most confident and comfortable. I also love that it’s pretty shapeless, something about flowy and loose-hanging dresses makes me feel really good. Of course I also had to buy the shoes because they are to die for (although they are kind of hard to walk in). Sorry for the really awkward pose I just had taken this picture to show my friend that the dress was flowy so as a result I look like a crooked chicken trying to balance on a sack of rice or something.

ADVICE OF THE DAY: First dates are not that big of a deal, really. Just be yourself and be normal, and whatever happens will happen. If it doesn’t go well, that’s fine. If it does, that’s great! Either way, you’ll eventually find that special someone and it’ll all turn out fine in the end 🙂

love,

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

On February 23, 2016, the game Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 comes out. This game is a big fan favorite since the game first debuted in 2009. Garden Warfare 2 is a third-person shooter and tower defense video game which is developed by Pop cap games and published by Electronics. This game is playable on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox one. Just as it has throughout the Plants vs Zombies series, this game has received exceptional ratings from many different sources. This 3rd person shooter game is filled with new maps, new weapons to fight with and characters with special abilities that haven’t been seen before. There are 12 different maps and 40 different characters included. The backyard battleground is the main area that involves doing everything in the game. There is another way to play instead of only playing online, and that way is the single player experience which is for all missions. Other new things about the game are that two people can be on the same system at the same time. There are two versions of this game, one is the regular and the other which is the deluxe version. However if you buy the deluxe edition of this game, you get 200,000 coins, an in game currency that is used to pick up character power-ups. There are 3 packs of upgrades included: Phenomenal Character pack, zombie class custom accessories pack, and the plant class custom accessories pack. The deluxe edition of this game is $69.99 which is $10 more than the standard version. All these new features contribute to the making of this great game which is a must buy game.

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Trade Deadline

The NBA trade deadline was yesterday and there was no notable moves that were made. There were some moves that were made like Jeff Green going to the Los Angeles Clippers giving them a small forward that can score and defend. They needed that with Blake Griffin still sidelined with an injury. Another move that was made was Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova of the Detroit Pistons get traded to the Orlando Magic for small foward Tobias Harris. This trade makes a lot of sense for both sides because the Pistons already have Reggie Jackson who has been their guy this year leading them in scoring. The magic needed a point guard that can score and brandon Jennings can do that. The have a bunch of young talent and they do have pieces in place to be a rising team in this league. Zach Lavine a home grown talent who defended his slam dunk crown against Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic. Lavine was incredible as many expected but Gordon did give him a run for his money. Many around the league thought Gordon deserved to win that one dunk contest because he had arguably the best dunk in the contest. Most of lavines dunks we’re from the free throw line which is also incredible and probably won him the contest. It was a dunk contest to remember because the last few were definitely forgetable. Klay Thompson faced off against the former 3 point champ and partner in crime Steph Curry and he took his crown.

 

Website Compilation: A MUST READ REALLY

If there is any post you should really read, well, THIS. IS. IT. Because listen up, I’m going to give you some amazing websites from a list that has taken me nearly two years to compile. And you’ll be grateful.

Unfortunately, I barely have enough will to make this post, so I’m not going to put the links in any special order.

HERE IS THE BEST COMPILATION OF WEBSITES:

Featuring- zooniverse.org

This website is AMAZING. You can help live projects, working with scientists, animals, and other people to identify new planets, asteroids, cancer cells, and even transcribe WW2 and WW1 letters.This is definitely a service project, and your help will be noticed and recorded. You can also do all this from your computer. No having to travel anywhere. Just stay right at home and help change the world!

Other Websites- 

retailmenot.com – this is for coming college students.This website has billions of coupons!

roadtrippers.com -just type in where you are and your destination, and this website will give you places to stop by on your road trip to your vacation!

thisiswhyimbroke.com -an AMAZING website, and super affordable merchandise. Trust me, you’ll love it. I do.

Wish.com -this website sells things for RIDICULOUSLY UNBELIEVABLE CHEAP. For example those 50 dollar Ugg boots? They sell them for 15. And it;s completely legit. I’ve already bought a lot from this website.

procatinator.com -procrastinate. With cats.

livelovely.com -another one for those upcoming college students. Look for the best apartments with your requirements (want a cat or dog?) and find the most affordable price and area for you.

essaytyper.com -MLA Format, baby

animagraffs.com -how things work. In gif form.(car engine, camera, etc) pretty cool

iwastesomuchtime.com -a great website just for wasting time!

nordstromrack.com -yes. I FOUND IT.

analyzemywriting.com -THIS IS YOUR SAVIOR FOR AP LIT

dailyrotation.com -want to keep up on worldly problems? This website updates every hour with the top 10 headlines in the world.

babyanimalcams.com -the ultimate stress reliever. Just sit back and watch cute baby animals

kongregate.com -the ultimate gamers dream

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Enough said.

This is spookyspoon, feeding you creepy, from day one.

 

Results of the Australian Open

The Australian Open was a big tournament, like it is every year. It is one of the big grand slams on the ATP tour, a big destination for many players during the season. This was also the first tour in 2016, and will predict some good players and possible people and outcomes to look for in the upcoming season.

Such things I discussed in the first paragraph are in fact, what insured at this tournament. The discovery and emergence of a British player Johanna Konta, who was a semifinalist in the tournament, provides an interesting spin on the events of the tournament, and what is yet to come. She used to be no 47, however she has been rising in the rankings, and perhaps this will be another Andy Murray of surprisingly rising to the charts. In the womans singles overall, a lot of esteemed and expected stars ended up not making it very far in the tournament, even Williams and Sharapova, the only widely predicted star to actually make it very far was Azarenka, who was beat eventually by Kerber.

In boys singles however, the predicted route of Djokovic conquering took place as before. Nadal was expected after coming back to do well, however his resurgence has not taken place yet. Federer still struggles against Djokovic, losing in a set of four. Whether or not its his aging, or not being able to compete with a young player, He has not been doing as well this season as normal. A lot of fans were disappointed, because expected talented protegies did not end up performing as well as expected.

Gravity and Space Time

Almost 100 years ago, one Albert Einstein published a paper that would revolutionize contemporary physics. His General Theory of Relativity established the notion of space time- that the universe was made up of an ever-permeating “fabric” that exists in four dimensions- three spatial and one time. The theory also pioneered the concept of relativistic gravity- that is, that gravity is the result of a massive object’s warping space time. A by-product of the math involved in Einstein’s beautiful theory ware gravitational waves- warping caused by moving mass or energy that propagates through space time.
Yesterday, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) project announced the very first direct observation of gravity waves, further re-enforcing Einstein’s theory after a century.

LIGO itself exists in two locations- in Livingston, Louisiana, and the other in Hanford, Washington. A future apparatus is planned for construction in Pisa, Italy. The instruments themselves, called interferometers, consist of two 4 kilometer vacuum tubes placed perpendicular to each other sharing one end. A laser is shone down both tubes, each beam perfectly in phase with the other, and against two precisely machined, incredibly massive mirrors suspended to reduce vibration.
The laser beams then bounce back to a photo detector. When gravitational waves pass through the earth, they warp space and cause one of the interferometer’s arms to grow ever so slightly longer while the other is shortened. This causes a slight deflection in the “landing” area of the laser on the photodetectors. If the deflection remains after removal of noise stemming from seismic activity and Brownian motion, and if the same deflection pattern is seen in both locations, the deflection is said to have come from gravitational waves passing by the instruments.

The interferometers at LIGO are unfathomably sensitive. The total deflection sensed in the recent detection event was several orders of magnitude smaller than the diameter of a proton. That is, under .0000000000000016 meters (1.6 femtometers).

The detection of gravitational waves adds yet more evidence to support Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, and the massively increased sensitivity of LIGO has, and will, allow us to “hear” something we were previously deaf to- ripples in the very fabric of space time. The discovery may also shed light on the interaction or similarity between the force of gravity and the other gauge bosons. Though much more work remains before the unification of standard model and gravitational theory becomes a reality, discoveries like the one at LIGO will pave the way for future developments in theoretical and quantum physics and a better understanding of our universe.

The Hardest Part Is Getting Started

There is something both thrilling and impossibly nerve-wracking about standing behind a starting line. It’s a process that only takes a few minutes. Your warmup schedule has prepared you to make your way to the starting tent with comfortable time to spare. More organized schools will have designated, alternating lanes to organize runners based on the schools from which they hail. If they’re really fancy they’ll have a nice waterfall start. More commonly, meet organizers will forgo the bureaucracy and simply let runners sort themselves out on the line.  No matter the method, the result is the same. Everyone knows their speed relative to their teammates. Some things don’t need to be argued. The more competitive runners gather closest to the front.

This is when I can freak myself out, and potentially ruin a race. In that moment, whatever mindset I’m in, whatever physical sensations I’m feeling, is what I’ll carry into the extremely imminent race. Soreness, ambition, confidence, doubt, needing to go the bathroom, whatever. All that should have been sorted out beforehand. Now I’m about throw myself as I am into a process that, if I do it right, should be painful. If I do it really right, I should push myself through more physical pain than I’ve successfully done in the past. If I back off, I can make it through the race fine, but only the crushing disappointment of a half-hearted effort will await me at the finish. That, I know from experience, is almost always my least desirable option.

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Anyway, thinking about all can psych me out, and that takes the edge off the nerve I’ll need to sustain my willpower for the next several minutes. So when I can, I change my focus. Fear of failure is never as strong a motivator as hope for success. I envision a successful race, capturing my mental state at each successive stage of the effort. Calm myself. View the upcoming race not with apprehension, but eagerness. A satisfying, exhilarating challenge I can embrace. When I can pull that off, that infinite second of time before the starter pulls the trigger — and, generally, the race itself — sis a heck of a lot more bearable.