The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Monday, 20 October 2003]

Shiny bright computers

It is done. Both the Mac and the Windows XP box are running squeaky-clean, fresh-off-the-cd systems.

I never again want to have the drive with the current backup fail right during installation. That was not cool. I did have another backup on yet a third drive, as any normal paranoiac would. And of course one file had gotten corrupted somehow. My NetNewsWire plist with over a hundred feeds I read and enjoy, of which I do not have any other backups going back a few months. Because, hey, I have two backups, right? (Grinding of teeth). Lord only knows what happened to that poor file. The surviving copy held parts of my Safari bookmarks. Not all, just a few. Spooky stuff, that.

I’m definitely noticing a speed decrease on the Windows box, though, after taking out the fast 80 gigger with 8 meg cache and putting in an old and creaky 16 gigger with, from what I can gather, essentially no cache whatsoever. Or maybe it’s 256 kilos; who knows. It’s not enough, that’s for sure.

And now, a moment of silence for a lot of mp3s that have gone to the great encoder in the sky…

Music: Sleep Alone by Moby

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