Category: A-Level

Referencing Sources

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Some A-Level students will be working on a major piece of coursework, or NEA (Non-examined assessment). I often see students unsure of how to reference their sources. There are various ways, the method I’ve often been told to use is Harvard Referencing. Sheffield University have a good article (Harvard referencing, no date) which gives some ….  Read More

Epic Games buys a compression company

0 commentsA-LevelGCSEA-LevelGCSE Epic Games, yes, the people that make fort**** and Epic Games Store, they’ve just bought a company called RAD. There’s no information on how much they paid, but I doubt it was cheap. So what is RAD? They make various tools, but the main ones do compression. Like zip and MP4. Why bother buying ….  Read More

Network Layers

0 commentsA-LevelGCSEA-LevelGCSELinksNetworks GCSE students (and A-Level students) will be familiar with the network stack…well…they’ll know it’s something they should know. It is however something which people are often fuzzy on. This article explains it nicely and talks about TCP and UDP and how it fits within the stack. Don’t worry about the OSI model, that’s something ….  Read More

How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation

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This video looks at not only the game design principles, but also the tricks the developers used to get every bit of performance and push boundaries to make Crash Bandicoot a really ground breaking game for it’s time. Contains a nice section which compares the CPU and GPU. Also comparing RAM to secondary storage (CD)