December 2005

December 25, 2005

Happy Whateveryouliketocallit!

We here at iWalt.com hope you all are having a wonderful winter weekend. It’s very late and I’m still awake. Earlier we dug our quarter century old Atari 2600 out of the garage and after scrounging for some spare parts to get the video properly transmogrified we were up and running. I’m talkin’ Maze Craze, Asteroids, Defender, Pitfall, Adventure, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders. Good stuff. :) It blows my mind that the thing still works.

December 7, 2005

Temporal Switch-a-roo

I came to the painful realization today that sorting monthly archives in ascending chronological order is Simply Not Done. So upon arriving home this evening I set about making the switch. Tabitha was impressed with how quickly the changes were made.

I’ve always been more in the monthly-archives-are-for-reading-the-story-of-what-happened-that-month-so-why-not-put-them-in-ascending-chronological-order camp. But apparently I’m the only one there. :)

December 6, 2005

Space to Stretch Out

I lost every scrap of information on my computer in 1997. At the time I owned a Jaz drive (I know, I know) and two 1 GB Jaz disks (I know!) from which I was able to rescue quite a bit. But I lost a ton of data. All of my early web stuff, all of my digital photos (it was 1997 but I’d already amassed quite a little collection of grainy 640x480 images), tons of docs, school work, video… It was a rough day. Since then I’ve never been without a CD or DVD burner. And as a result of diligently backing up my machine to optical media for the past eight years, I now have a ton of poorly organized discs of overlapping, sometimes useless, sometimes precious data. None of it indexed, none of it safe, and no space on my laptop to organize it.

So I bought an external hard drive. It’s like 250 GB of breathing room. I can make backups of my hard drive, organize the data from the old discs, and just generally stretch out. It’s a huge relief. If you’re as lazy as I used to be about backing up your Mac, buy an external drive. Get one at least twice as large as the one you’re going to back up. Then go buy SuperDuper. It’s excellent.

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