Its always interesting booting up a computer I havent used in a while and basking in the bizaritude of what I had once thought to be a good setup

I've just booted up a computer for the first time in a long time to find that it's got three drives, and four volumes. One 1TB drive is full of old backups, and the other 1TB drive and half the 2TB drive appear to be in software RAID with the OS installed, then there's a small boot partition, and a partition with the remaining space from the 2TB drive

I know I should probably know my own phone number, but I have more than one number, and I rarely need either. So it would be really REALLY helpful if _any_ phone _ever_ would just tell me what my number is without having to dig through menus.

The distinct and varied number of ways a vacuum cleaner is a firehazard is astonishing. And they barely even work at the best of times. I honestly don't know how they're so terrible.

I often think it would be cool to get a pinetime, but then I realize, I've got one of the toughest watches of all time, and I've just broken another pin.

Seems like tclsh is kinda broken on OpenBSD, on x86, AMD64, and SPARC64, starting at least at 6.8, maybe earlier, and still a problem on 7.1

On every other OS I runt TCL on, all I've got to do is install the relevant TCL package, then type "tclsh" to run the TCL shell. Installing TCL on OpenBSD, and running "tclsh" results in "tclsh: command not found"

More updates on the computer with the corrupt windows 10:
Turns out my Windows installer iso isn't corrupt, but I can't for the life of me manage to get it to work, either.

Additionally, messing around with the hard drive under linux, the drive it's'elf seems to be acting a bit flaky. Which, while yes, hard drives do fail, the fact that windows 10 thrashed that poor hard drive so hard ALL THE TIME probably didn't help. The hard drive light virtually never went off so long as it was booted.

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I then managed to write the iso to a memory card, which exhibited (again, nearly...) identical behaviour to the USB stick and hard drive. Then I tried running an OpenBSD boot disk I had laying around to test that it wasn't a hardware problem, and the OpenBSD disk ran fine.

So I guess the Windows iso I downloaded is corrupt. (I downloaded it from M$'s official download, btw)

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Update on my windows 10 computer that corrupted it's'elf:

After downloading the (compared to Linux at least) massive installer iso, and writing it to a USB stick, it exhibited (nearly) identical behaviour to the broken bootloader on the hard drive. That USB stick was then no longer recognized by the Linux laptop I used to write the iso. In fact, no disk was until a reboot. Then, I tried writing the iso to a hard disk, at which point that hard disk was no longer recognized by my laptop. (cont)

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Seems my one windows 10 computer has spontaneously gone corrupt.

I already despise the new GPU power connector. Just, everything about it. It is, objectively terrible, in every way.

I don't like apple, but I do really like MP3 players, and there's a ton of aftermarket ipod cases out there, so it'd be really cool if people started making new motherboards to fit the old school cases.

It depends. Usually, I just have one account, and when family need to borrow it, I just give them the password. But one some of my computers, I do actually have really private data, and on those, I have two accounts. One I use when I'm alone, and one I use when there are people around. Not being an online activist anymore, I rarely do that anymore, though.

nVidia launching the most expensive and power hungry graphics cards ever, in a recession and power shortage. This is gonna go so well.

A lot of the friction of modern life comes from capitalism's mandate that the workplace must operate with the smallest number of staff possible. To do otherwise is to needlessly spend money that could go to profits, the theory goes.

In practice, this means that every workplace is constantly running on the ragged edge of failure and disaster, keeping it together by their fingernails. So staff are stressed, struggling and burned out, and customers are rarely if ever satisfied.

I insist on continuing to call media controls "transport controls" even though modern computers don't have any tape transport mechanisms.

Windows: Spork; Clearly designed by committee/"market research" rather than necessity. You can technically use it, but it's infuriating. Seems to come with everything nowadays, but you're supposed to throw it away and get a new one all the time.

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Operating systems as cooking implements:

Linux: Cooking knife; if you wanna do any actual cooking, you'll need one. Reliable, but can still cut you if you aren't careful.

*BSDs: Meat grinder; Most won't need one, or know how to handle it. But for those who do, it's indispensable.

Haiku: Spreading knife; Simple. Many people don't use it, but is actually kinda fun, and shockingly useful.

MacOS: Silver butterknife; Expensive, shiny, prestigious. Not actually useful for anything.


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