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A rant remembered

I remembered one!  After forgetting about it a few times I was reminded when trying to make sense of a forum post that sounded great but only if it meant the definition I had in mind.  Confused so far?  Good.  For a long, long time RAM referred to memory, the temporary stuff where programs are loaded when you open them.  It was a relatively simple explanation but it worked in general.  Then there’s storage.  From floppy disks, to hard drives, flash storage and optical media.  I’ve always used the term “free space” when talking about it to anyone and it makes sense to me to refer to it as storage since you store things there in a more permanent way than RAM.  Why is it that now almost every manufacturer of phones refers to RAM as ‘system memory’ while referring to flash storage as “flash memory”?  It really confuses the issue.

Flash memory?  Fine.  I can work out what that means for the most part but then you get specifications that list it like this.

128MB RAM, 256MB system memory (operating system plus dynamic user data area)

OK initially I thought that meant there’s 128MB RAM for programs to operate in but what’s that 256MB system memory?  Is that RAM or storage space that’s internal to the phone?  It’s stupid and confusing even to me and I consider myself pretty clued up on technical terms and gadgets / tech in general.

It isn’t such a hard thing to work out eventually when it’s official things like that and as it’s a Nokia phone I’m almost certain that the above block quote is 128MB RAM and 256MB flash memory storage.  The problem for me comes in when other people start to use the term memory for anything that is storage.  Why is this a problem?  Mostly annoyance at them not knowing the difference then asking me a question that could be about either.

The thing that reminded me is to do with my phone since it has a small amount of RAM and a forum post claimed to get around 10% extra space back via some clever thing I don’t fully understand.  The prospect of 10% extra RAM is pretty huge on the phone but 10% extra storage space wouldn’t catch my attention.  In the end I can see they mean actual RAM and given the technical nature of the forums I should have perhaps given them the benefit of the doubt to start with.  I haven’t managed to make it work yet but I will.

In conclusion, and to end my rant, RAM is used by open programs, documents, games etc and is lost when you shut down the system or reboot.  Flash ‘memory’ is storage space.  REFER TO THEM AS SUCH AND STOP CONFUSING ME!

When you were young

I was thinking the other day about things you believe when you’re too young to know better and what those things were.  For me the funniest (now at least) was thinking that before colour TV everyone and everything in the world was black and white too.  I was very young.. shush!

Not quite the same but something I couldn’t understand was how sale prices worked.  I can vaguely remember how I wondered what saving had to do with whatever it was on sale.  To explain why I couldn’t understand it you have to realise that the only meaning of “saving” I knew at the time was saving up for something.  When I saw a sale sign that might have read, “Save £40!” I took it as the sign saying save that much money up and not related to the item.

It would probably be good if I didn’t understand so much now, being young and confused by such things means you can go and have fun without daily worries about the future playing on your mind.

Mood swings

I’ve tried to avoid anything that might bring on a mood swing from situations to people to places.  For the most part I’ve managed to do it but there have been a few times when I can be around someone, anyone, and all they have to do is talk.  It doesn’t matter what it’s about or even if they’re talking to me, just talking can be enough to set off the feeling of rage and anger inside me.  I don’t always notice it but it’s definitely there and trying to figure out the reason behind it is proving more than a little difficult.

I know what the main root cause is, my anxiety and panic attacks, but I don’t know what it is in the situations that provokes the response.  I hope I can figure it out sooner rather than later because I don’t enjoy feeling that way and it’ll only take one slip for me to really fly off the handle and tear into someone.

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