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Joshua Ross JoshRoss Drinking Ovaltine since 2004
  • How do you manage "many" files? ( harddrive structure discussion )

    Sven Groot said:
    turrican said:

    I don't know what the exact number is. I'd try to keep it under a 1000 personally if only for my own sanity in trying to find stuff, and because Explorer will probably start suffering before NTFS itself does.


    I do know that disabling generation of short 8.3 filenames can improve performance if you have a lot of files in a single directory: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/121007

    If you had three million files, and you wanted to keep them in directories containing less than 1000 files, you could arrange them by file hash.  Create a directory called Hash or something like this, and create hex named directories from 00-ff, and for each of those create the same set.  Hash the files and move them into the directories by the first two byes of the hash. Or is this silly?



  • Do strimmers hold more promise than they deliver?

    I use my to get the weeds out of the cracks in the pavement. Shears wouldn't do such a great job with that. Part of the problem is the amount of focus required to use the thing.  If you are not paying attention, you could really hurt yourself.


    Before I go too far, are we talking about the same thing?

  • Goatse Security

    Bass said:

    Please, don't ever make a comparison between something and Goatse.

    Like Goatse and the Guatemalan Sinkhole of 2010? I wasn't meme dropping, that is the name of the hax0r gang.



  • Goatse Security

    It looks like these guys found something in AT&Ts rectum. As it turns out, there was an AT&T website that had an AJAX vulnerability, exposing the names, emails and ICC IDs of all the iPad 3G owners.

  • What do you use Powershell for?

    I wanted to use it to wrap some file operations with a file-system transaction.  But that isn't supported yet. Every once in a while I use it to test my patience. Is that a good answer?

  • A final thought on Bing

    How did cashback work? Were the merchants charged for it? I never used it, but now that it is gone, it seems more tantalizing.  If some effort was put in to making Bing shopping more enjoyable, perhaps I would use it.  The thing that set it apart, for me, was the way it could sort ratings.  But, when I would use the ratings sort, it would always return ratings on discontinued models. There should be a filter to hide discontinued goods.

  • Belgium cultural appreciation thread

    Everything else being equal, I think the beer out of Belgium is very nice.



  • If Microsoft does not like piracy, why does it not...

    magicalclick said:
    Bass said:

    Is that even debatable? I do not see Open Source Restaurants out there. You always have to go miles for that super popular unique restaurant. It would be so cool they all Open Source, thus, we can get the same food in our own house?


    I guess that you've never eaten at a Chinese restaurant. Take the time to click the link and watch the video.



  • Is there a quick way to download all Windows updates without installing them?

    Shining Arcanine said:
    spivonious said:

    Prioritized I/O is not a feature I use and hardware-accelerated UI is great, but my applications do not need it.

    Did you try WSUS Offline Update?

  • Bing Destination Maps

    I just tried out the Destination Maps feature in Bing Maps and I find this idea interesting. Typically there is either too much info or too little on a map. The highlighted-route technique seems to help, as does the chop-the-route-into-a-bunch-of-segments-and-take-snapshots way of doing things. But, this sketchy style of simplification seems to solve the too much/too little problem nicely. I wish that it worked a little faster and the maps did a better job of showing, hiding, and simplifying roads. However, you have to leave room for improvement in these kinds of things.


    EDIT: Happy Birthday Bing!