Random bytes

Computer-related stuff that’s been on my mind of late:

  • Everybody should subscribe to the Daily Bitch feed, not just because it’s Monty (though that’s a good enough reason in itself), but because if you ever want to link to something of hers, it’s a lot easier to pull the URL from your feed reader than to try to figure it out from the actual site. (And I should know.)
  • Does anyone know a reasonably-effective way to get someone who’s put out X good podcast(s) to hurry up with Episode X+1 already?
  • I have this weird idea that EPROMs should not vomit up their contents just because you hit the power switch at a funny angle. Big Blue apparently disagrees.
  • Has anyone on earth ever successfully run a Lotus Notes client with 256 MB of RAM?
  • I’d still like to find a way to record CD-Rs at slower speeds than offered by my software. (Yeah, I know: get new software.)

I don’t know if this will end up as another series. Yet.





5 comments

  1. Kirk Leggott »

    3 October 2006 · 8:13 am

    There was a time when Lotus Notes would run in a small memory footprint, but the horrendous code bloat of both Notes and the operating systems it runs on now means 512 MB is pretty much a minimum, and you’ll be happier with 1 GB. Fortunately, memory prices have come down enough that this isn’t too painful to do for most clients.

  2. McGehee »

    3 October 2006 · 9:17 am

    Fortunately, memory prices have come down enough that this isn’t too painful to do for most clients.

    I tried to buy a 1GB stick to upgrade my bugbox, but the price difference between it and a 512 MB stick was about $100, meaning the additional half-gig on the 1GB stick was more expensive than the single half-gig on the 512 MB stick.

    Whatever happened to volume pricing?

  3. Dan »

    3 October 2006 · 1:24 pm

    Regarding the podcast – it’s almost too obvious to write. Sometimes when you’re talking into the mic, you think, “Is ANYONE listening? Does ANYONE like this drivel?”

    So writing an encouraging email can’t hurt.

    (In case you’re wondering, I do a podcast for my employer. Haven’t started a personal one yet)

  4. Dr. Jan »

    3 October 2006 · 10:19 pm

    Are you talking about the Ugly Girls? We are migrating over to our new site (www.uglygirlsclub.com) and won’t be up and running (although we are currently producing podcasts soon to be published) until the middle of October when I am on fall break and have a chance to get this thing going. smooches, your biggest fan, Dr. Jan

  5. Mister Snitch! »

    4 October 2006 · 12:48 am

    “I’d still like to find a way to record CD-Rs at slower speeds than offered by my software. (Yeah, I know: get new software.)”

    Yes, get new software. I believe Toast offers what you’re looking for (and I understand Toast is cheap these days – someone told me $20 recently but I didn’t confirm it). Or get a Mac. The slower speed options are built-in.

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