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I've just finished further tests on the new pages, but using XML, instead of HTML. That allows me to now start working on dynamic Flash charts with drill down capabilities with Fusion Charts to further enhance readability and analysis possibilities. For instance when you select the Raid controller tab and hover the mouse over a hot-spot, a pie-chart will appear like a Spry tooltip with the distribution of the % of systems using 'None', 'On-board', 'Areca', 'LSI' or other controllers. Same for Manufacturers, Model CPU, # RAM, etc.
The next step is to use CPU-Z to gather all the hardware information in Ghost mode, so you, the user will not notice it running, but attaching itself automatically to the submission form and preventing you from entering all the questions about your hardware. Once that is done, I can make pop-up windows with CPU-Z like information about the hardware, when you select a certain record, kind of like master/detail pages.
Then the next step is to link all the hardware info from each system to external databases, and show up-to-date BFTB charts based on current prices.
This is pretty ambitious for a single person, who is now taking his first steps in developing a website with mySQL, php, js, AJAX, Spry, XML. HTML, jquery and the like, it only takes far more time than I expected and hoped for.
I make no promises that I will succeed, but my intentions are pretty well defined above.
On the http://ppbm5.com/DB-PPBM5-2.php page you can select to narrow your search to CS5.5 only (currently 40 systems with BillG in top position at rank 13) if you want. Personally I like the query possibilities even more than the sorting capabilities.
BillG's results point out the issue I was questioning. Using 5.5 his system is ranked number 13. Using 5,his system is ranked number 3. The MPEG2-DVD results drop dramatically using 5.5. Is there a fix in the works?
Wow, you have a lot planned. With all you have already done, the capabilities are really taking off!
The problem is that in CS5.5 internal cache algorithms changed rather dramatically and what we never expected now suddenly is true. The design of the MPEG2-DVD test is nothing more than three instances of the H.264-BR sequence after each other. With CS5.0x and it's caching, you could see that the results were very good, but the changes in the caching in CS5.5 cause the much lesser results.
If we were to modify the MPEG2-DVD timeline to avoid the replication and thus the caching issue, we would also invalidate the existing results. Rather a nasty dilemma. However, since we are aware of this limitation, we can take it into account for CS6.