June 28th, 2005


overwrite this file stupidity

So I'm moving around some pictures locally, dropping some into a folder which I apparently had already copied some into.

It brings up this great dialog, asking:

Do you really want to overwrite this file?

And underneath it:

-- shows they have the same modtime
-- same size
-- and renders thumbnails of them both (and they're the same)

Okay, Mr. Program, maybe they're actually the same and you don't need to ask me. You obviously read the damn thing in to make the thumbnail, so you could've just hashed the file. And even if you got it from cache/exif, you know the size of it (and it's small, being a camera phone pic), so you could've read and hashed them in less time than I did clicking a confirm button.


Slow computer

I occasionally notice that my computer is old:
papag:~ $ cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 8
model name      : Pentium III (Coppermine)
stepping        : 6
cpu MHz         : 798.287
cache size      : 256 KB

And only 750 MB of memory.

But you can't beat absolutely silent, ya know? Once you go silent, no computer works for me anymore.

I really need to use one of the other (much faster, much louder) machines in my house, since I've given up on "silent computing" systems which never are.

I think the answer is:
-- USB keyboard and mouse (done)
-- USB extender over Cat5
-- DVI over fiber or something
-- audio.... maybe my USB audio DA converter would work? not sure the bandwidth on those USB over Cat5 things, but should work considering how piss-slow regular USB is.