Well that's good. Fantastic. That gives us 20 minutes to save the world and I've got a post office. And it's shut!

Tuesday, August 30

Geek

Format Format Format...

Well, I could have done the quick format, but not the first time with a new disk, nuh-uh.

Anyway, when this finishes, my new notebook will have five times the memory and five times the disk space of my old notebook. Life is good.

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Saturday, August 27

Geek

A Gig Ain't What It Used To Be

Downloaded Cygwin onto my notebook. Installed it. Download + Install = 2.8GB.

Eek.

There's 3GB of software install files that came with the notebook. The Windows directory is 1.5GB, and the I386 directory of Windows install files is another 0.5GB. The hibernation file is equal to the memory size, so 1.25GB for that. Pagefile is currently running about 400MB. Program files (other than Cygwin) about 2.4GB.

40GB doesn't get you as far as it used to. I want to drop munu on there so I can play around with it, and that's another 12GB or so.

I'm going to try compressing Cygwin and see what that does.

Before

Size: 1.96GB (2,105,701,800 bytes)
Size on disk: 2.22GB (2,391,920,640 bytes)
Contains: 112,806 Files, 5,655 Folders
After
Crunch crunch crunch...

Size on disk: 1.35GB (1,450,449,973 bytes)

Okay, about a 40% saving. Nice, if not world-shattering.

Of course, if I really wanted more disk space, I could always get a 100GB replacement drive, like, oh, this one here on my desk. Yes, that will do nicely.

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Wednesday, August 24

Geek

The Chomskybot Weighs In

Everyone's favourite simulated academic has obviously been following the threads on consciousness (here and here), and has this to add:
So far, the theory of syntactic features developed earlier does not affect the structure of the extended c-command discussed in connection with (34). A consequence of the approach just outlined is that most of the methodological work in modern linguistics is rather different from the requirement that branching is not tolerated within the dominance scope of a complex symbol. Furthermore, the appearance of parasitic gaps in domains relatively inaccessible to ordinary extraction raises serious doubts about the system of base rules exclusive of the lexicon. From C1, it follows that the earlier discussion of deviance appears to correlate rather closely with a parasitic gap construction. For one thing, the fundamental error of regarding functional notions as categorial is not to be considered in determining the levels of acceptability from fairly high (eg (99a)) to virtual gibberish (eg (98d)).
Also, the new mu.nu Philosophy forum is now open at the University of Woolloomooloo. All Bruces and Sheilas welcome!

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Tuesday, August 23

Geek

Toytown

I got a new toy today - one of these. I actually got one of the low-end models, because I wasn't paying for it, so it had to actually be justified. Anyway, they don't have much of a range available in Australia. In America, you get to choose exactly which CPU you want, how much memory, how large a disk drive. In Australia, you get 1.4GHz with 1MB of cache and a DVD/CD-RW drive, or 1.6GHz with 2MB of cache and a DVD writer. For the difference in price, I could get an extra gig of memory, so I did.

For a cheap, low-end notebook it's very nice. The screen doesn't have a reflective coating, which can be a bit distracting, but on the other hand it's extremely bright and clear, with excellent colour. It's got Firewire and 3 USB 2.0 ports, a card reader slot that works with both Memory Stick (which my camera uses) and SD/MMC (which my Palm Pilot has). Battery life isn't bad; initial tests suggest over 2½ hours playing videos with brightness turned up all the way. (I haven't had a chance to run it flat yet.)

It's not small, though. Twice the size of my old Vaio (which was tiny). But more than twice the speed. And one-third the price, so I'm not about to complain.

Now I just have to choose which anime to copy onto it to start with. And maybe shop around for a better price on those new 120GB notebook drives...

Oh yes. I'll be getting wireless internet for it too. It already has WiFi and Bluetooth, but I'll be adding a wireless broadband modem, so I'll be able to munu from anywhere.

Technology. What can't it do?

Update: 256MB bad. 1280MB good.

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