My seven year old daughter was watching the speed graph linearly increasing whilst the RPM graph saw-toothed. Now she understands gears in a whole new way.
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After ten years of two monitors I've gone for four and it's made another leap in friendliness.
In KDE, with 2x2 monitors you can:
- maximize a window to all four
- maximize horizontally
- maximize vertically
- drag to the middle of a side to fill that side
- drag to the top / bottom of a side to fill that corner
- drag to the middle of the top to fill all four
Pop into System Settings | Window Behaviour | Titlebar Actions | Maximize Button for much tinkering.
Another useful thing is that my mouse pointer is about 14mm high so it's easy to see, well done KDE devs. Sadly when I remote into other machines it uses their local mouse pointer size
In practice I find I spread Eclipse over all four and web pages fill the left or the right, it's pretty useful for eBay listings, Slashdot comments etc.
Before you ask it's 4 x 50GBP monitors and a 50GBP quad-head video card.
I tripped over that with my two cameras which had both been in-sync and at UTC. They had fallen out of sync.
I spotted it when looking at some photos the kids took which it transpires they took at the same moment when I adjusted the times. The little darlings did it all on their own without me prompting so maybe I can handover the file system management to them if they grow up as pedantic as me. Problem solved!
One day I'll probably be old and grey and sat around with nothing to do. It would be nice to find out what I was up to and didn't have time to look at.
Luckily, by then, the systems we use will be able to help me find interesting images.
I'm trying to use high-res for when I have a wall completely covered in a screen in ten years time and I want to avoid cringing when I see the old images.
BTW I was surprised that a 40"x60" canvas is only 200GBP these days.
This may be totally over the top, but I restore the backups onto my system before over-writing them.
I remove files duplicated in my live system by name+date and MD5-hash to catch renames. I then trawl the remnants manually. Sometimes I find a file I wish I hadn't deleted which I hadn't noticed in my 1st-level archive backup (see "rsync --backup-dir"). On one occasion I think I found a file where the MD5 hash had changed and I rescued a good copy from the restored version.
I seriously question the value of this process as the return is so low. Human-error is much more of a problem than bit-rot based on my experience with this approach.
I could improve the signal/noise ratio of the remnants by keeping a hash of the files I purposefully deleted from the live system but that's a whole new branch of exploration.
Imagine if people could afford to live where they want to, get their kids the best education possible, and spend the time they wanted to with family and friends.
Some of us have already done this on our own.
Now that I don't live in London I've taken a hit on my salary and the types of work I can do. However, moving to the countryside has allowed me to spend that time with my kids instead. Today we went for a walk in the forest for a few hours and it was wonderful. We've been really lucky, we mandated a broadband connection as part of the move and the world has moved to make this a lifeline for banking, auctions, work, groceries,
I believe people have been doing this for centuries.
At the end of the day I feel fortunate that we can finance living in the country on a programmer's salary. Just like with having kids, I'd say my basic advice is to lower your expectations of what you'll have in life and you'll be fine.
I love that the remote turns on the PS3. Mine is two rooms away with a long HDMI cable - the kids can turn on the PS3 through the walls.
Seeing as we have a toddler, the PS3 is safely ensconced in the 19" rack and little grubby fingers and cheese sandwiches can't get to it.