...as the grinding slowly morphed into the high pitched whine of a happy SCSI drive, and the drive transfer meter crept up to a reasonable 1MB per second. I got the files off of it with a quickness, then threw it away.
Yes, I have officially, in front of witnesses, sped up a computer by oiling it.
Someone sold me a cheap 50MB HD in the late 90s (it was probably full of dubiously obtained files or such). It would teeeechnically spin up, but my Amiga was pulling about 50KB per second off of it, and it made a grinding bearing sound. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I flipped it over and squirted a little 3-in-1 oil into the bearing.
Spent the weekend learning #golang. Worth it, too. Looking forward to using it.
What would adult society be like if we had more interactions like this?
Kids Choose Own Greeting To Start School Day
Bill Gates on the Windows user experience, in an internal email from 2004:
"Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up. But that is just the start of the crap."
Amazing how little has changed in the last 15 years.
Just discovered Raising Dion on #Netflix. 3 episodes in, I can say that it is one of the best-written superhero series I've seen in a very, very long time. Less flash-in-the-pan and more substance than, say, Avengers: Endgame.
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