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Comment: Re:Reliability (Score 1) 216

by babbage (#21919810) Attached to: Top Solid State Disks and TB Drives Reviewed
I met a well known mountain climber recently who mentioned that he has been bringing laptops to Mt Everest for years now, but they all stop working above a certain altitude due to the air pressure drop (and, to a lesser extent, the temperature). Apparently it has been a big problem for the work they do for years now.

At altitude, the hard drives basically seize up, and the LCD displays develop a faint spiderweb pattern that makes the picture difficult to discern. Once they come back down, things start working normally again -- the hard drive starts spinning again and the LCD goes back to normal. Above a certain level though, the traditional laptop technology just doesn't work right.

He mentioned that they used to use original hard drive based iPods for data collection they do at the summits, but the flash based Nanos are much more reliable for their needs (not to mention smaller, lighter, and longer battery life...). Once the laptops start shipping with some kind of reliable solid state storage, they'll migrate to those also.

Wikipedia and the End of Archeology 256

Posted by Zonk
from the it's-a-wiki-past dept.
Andy Updegrove writes "Far too much attention has been paid to whether or not the Wikipedia is accurate enough. The greater significance of the Wikipedia today, and even more for those in the future, is its reality as the most detailed, comprehensive, concise, culturally-sensitive record of how humanity understands itself at any precise moment in time. Moreover, with its multiple language versions, it also demonstrates how different cultures understand the same facts, historical events and trends at the same time. Today, archaeologists are doing digs to understand how people lived only 150 years ago, making guesses based on the random bits and pieces of peoples' lives that they find. In the future, that won't be necessary, as archaeologists are replaced by anthropologists that mine this treasure-trove for data."
News

Journal: Arbeit in der Schweiz? (Practicing my German, more like...) 5

Journal by babbage

My wife's company would like to transfer her to an office in their Swiss office in Lucerne / Luzern, but she's got baggage -- me.

So, they're willing to sponsor her, take care of her visa & other paperwork, help set her/us up with an apartment, and bring her over for a couple of year, while she learns how the European side of her company works and she gradually makes her way up the management ladder.

User Journal

Journal: Google Desktop Search + Apache Reverse Proxy for LAN search

Journal by babbage

So Google has finally offered a form of desktop search, but it only works on localhost. This seems reasonable for the average home user, but an obstacle to setting up something even cooler: a slick Google powered local LAN search engine. Think about it: even on a mostly Mac / Linux network, you can set up one Windows box that has Samba mounted your main network shares with the Google software, and through the magic

Security

Journal: Apple Remote Desktop bug ?

Journal by babbage

I think I've found a bug. I'm not sure if it's an ARD bug, a Fink bug,
or something else, but I definitely triggered some unwanted results.

I used ARD2 to install Fink (the 0.6.2 installer package) on two remote
machines, neither of which had a currently logged in user.

OS X

Journal: Vulnerability with the OSX screensaver password lock

Journal by babbage

No one wants other people messing around with their computer when they're away from their desks, but what can you do? It's not practical to log out every time you want to go for a cup of coffee, so many people put a password lock on their screensaver instead.

Apple

Journal: MacWorld thinks an iMac G5 is imminent? 2

Journal by babbage
There may be nothing to this, but it seems interesting anyway. I recently bought a PowerMac G5, and when I registered it with Apple, I was offered a free subscription to MacWorld. When signing up for the subscription, one of the questions you're asked is which Apple product you purchased most recently -- and one of the items on the list was "iMac G5". Does the MacWorld marketing department know something that the rest of us don't, yet? Very interesting...
Apple

Journal: Dead Applejuicemen

Journal by babbage

GarageBand looks okay and all, but they totally dropped the ball on the name. For one thing, they broke then "clever" iName scheme that the rest of the iLife suite uses. For another thing, they missed a chance to get an oblique 80s punk rock reference, which clearly all software should aim for. How could they have fixed this?

Real Programmers don't write in PL/I. PL/I is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.

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