Saturday, July 12
Speaking of much data, I just rebuilt my PC. Wiped the system drive, repartitioned it, reinstalled Windows XP, Plus! Pack (not sure why I bother... well, the Nature theme is kind of nice), SP1, Mozilla...
Have you noticed that Windows applications these days all like to keep their data in a particular place? That place being C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data.
So your vital information is, by default, stored in a hidden folder on the system disk. This is absurd. Admittedly, most people only have one disk, and only one partition on that disk (not that this is a good idea, just that it's the way things are). But why in Hell's name is my data - my data - automatically hidden from me by the operating system?
Anyway, I told Mozilla that no, my email folders aren't in C:\Documents and Settings\PixyMisa\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\deh0sa9r.slt\Mail any more; they're now in E:\Mail. (Hey, I didn't notice that before! E:\Mail! Haha!)
And the second time I did it, I got it right and it worked. So the next time I have to shoot Windows XP through the head and reinstall, I won't need to backup and restore 4 gigabytes of old email first.
Yeah, 4 gigabytes. See, Steven den Beste was right when he said that there is much data.
Oldest Planet Ever Discovered: Hubblesite reports on the discovery of a 13-billion-year-old planet. Imagine the candles on that cake!
TCP Interface for IIgs: GS/TCP is now available to provide standard TCP networking on your Apple IIgs (which runs at a zippy 2.8MHz).
Repel Bugs With Your Cell Phone: Only available in Korea.
Ask Slashdot: Soft Processors in FPGAs: Ever wanted to build your own microprocessor, but lacked a billion-dollar R&D facility? This is for you!
Reviewed: The Magicolor 2300DL colour laser printer. If you don't want a colour laser printer, it's because you've never had the chance to play with one. For speed, reliability and convenience they blow inkjets out of the water. Until recently, they've been too expensive for home use. ZDNet review one of the cheapest models available.
(That's pronounced "corrosion", by the way.)
Linux on the XBox: All the details on how. Also why.
Metallica Disses Apple iTunes: Metallica continue to whine. Discerning people continue to not listen to them anyway.
MP3.com - Bye Bye?: Vivendi has closed the European arm of MP3.com, which they paid 265 million squid for not too long ago. Will the rest of the company follow?
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Dead-pregnant-men software failure: No, the computer system didn't actually impregnate or kill them. Whatever happened to truth in advertising?
The risk of assuming things: The assumption in point being No-one can be that crazy...
Yet another bunch of
wankers lawyers wankers claim to have an absurdly over-broad patent on basic internet functionality. Can't we just shoot these people?
(Thanks to freshnews.org for their automatic Geek News aggregator.)
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