Friday, September 24
The drivers for my new RAID controller are on floppies.
My computer does not have a floppy drive.
(You're supposed to feed it the floppies when you're installing Windows, so just downloading the drivers doesn't actually help very much. How it can then find the drivers when it needs the drivers to access the hard disk which contains the drivers is one of those unanswered questions.)
So, I bought another gigabyte of memory for Kei, my Windows XP box, mainly so that I can play with virtual machines (which gobble memory like candy).
I thought I'd see if it made any difference to performance when I wasn't running any virtual machines.
Windows XP is quite noticeably faster with 2GB of memory than it is with 1GB of memory.
For what it's worth.
And no, I'm not going to go out and buy another 2GB of memory to see what that does. It won't fit, for one thing.
I have three disk drives playing up at the moment. None of them have actually failed, but they are all causing errors often enough to be annoying.
So I've bought four new disk drives.
And a RAID controller card.
Um, and a gig of memory, because Virtual PC goes through memory like a rabbit through a carrot patch.
And a gigabit switch, because Windows networking is utterly retarded.*
And a bunch of fans, because Summer is just around the corner, and I'd rather all those new disk drives didn't melt.
Alas, my copy of The Sims 2 hasn't arrived yet, so I'm stuck with my old Sims for now.
* It's a long story.
Saturday, September 18
There must be roses. (What the hell is a brickbat, anyway?)
So, a big un-pox to the guys who wrote rsync, which un-sucks about as much as any piece of software could.
Oh, and likewise to the creators of Cygwin which lets me run rsync on Windows.
Hmm. "File has vanished". It's never said that to me before. Probably not a good sign.
Hmm hmm. Maybe I could delete some files? Half a million on this disk alone and still scanning like mad. No! Ack! Urk! What am I saying?! I haven't deleted anything since 1996 and I'm not about to start now!
Hmm once more: 741,241 files. On one disk. One out of... Uh, several. Rsync is now considering these 741,241 files, or so it tells me.
Hmm for the last time. I forgot how pathetically slow rsync is on Windows. Argh. Yuck. Bleah. Foo. This is going to take forever.
Friday, September 03
Blibit-squeak. Blibit-squeak. Blibit-squeak.
Another one bites the dust. Disk drive, that is.
But the joke's on you, forces of darkness! It's mirrored! Bwahahaha!
Of course, the computer won't boot if it's got a 0GB disk drive inside it, but that was easy to fix.
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