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+ - How to keep a huge file collection snappy?

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mbaer writes "I've got the following problem on my Linux box: Over the last three years I have amassed some 1500 documents in one directory, all named according to an alphabetical scheme based on the authors' last names. The total disk space of that directory is now exactly 2.0 G (output of du -sh). It sits in an ext3 file system.

This collection has been very useful for quickly accessing files on the command line by typing something like "acroread Coas..." etc. But access and management of those files via GUI file managers or GUI save dialogues becomes increasingly sluggish. So, fellow Slashdotters, what am I to do. Break the single directory structure? Or, choose another file system, and if so, which? Or, turn to some new and fancy solution altogether?"

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2, Funny) 106

by mbaer (#27492817) Attached to: New Fundamental Law of Network Economics

You didn't understand the true "edge-based" genius of Beckstrom's Law. Applied to Pizza it would be:

"The value of all the worlds pizzas equals precisely the value that each pizza eater attaches to their pizza."

Yeah, this is the funniest slashdot article I have seen in a while. It becomes even funnier considering that this dude is actually serious about his conjecture. First, I thought it was a mere April's fool joke.

Comment: Re:common place (Score 1) 607

by mbaer (#25028441) Attached to: Tech Vs. Business?

Minor nitpick unrelated to your argument: A lot of aluminum smelting plants and large paper mills have their own power generation facilities or have entered into some sort of co-op for generating the power they need rather than paying a power company.

Which is why Iceland has a huge aluminium smelting industry. They build these plants literally right upon builing water, so the energy comes well cheap for them.

Distance is always an important factor, even in IT.

The solution of problems is the most characteristic and peculiar sort of voluntary thinking. -- William James