I’m making an effort to tidy up the upstairs Storage Locker of Doom.  It’s been accruing stuff for a decade and is now officially full.

Amongst the general effluvia is a succession of discarded storage solutions (i.e., external disks and RAID systems), and there’s nothing sadder than a 512GB USB2 disk from 2007.  So I’m taking them all to the recycling place, but before doing that I’m wiping them.

I had forgotten how slow these things are: It takes like five hours to wipe a half-terrorbyte disk.  So I had to start doing it in parallel:


The Future is Here

The electric utility people came by to install those new-fangled wifi-enabled power meters today. After power-cycling my flat (only one device died!) all my computers are up again and I had a peek at the installation.

So… there’s that thing. I assume that’s a wifi antenna? Mounted on the door? Wat…

Oh, how elegant and pretty.


I’m resampling a lot of vinyl these days (because I got a spiffy record player and the earliest albums I sampled back in the 90s I only have in mp3 (and crappy mp3 at that), and I have to have everything in flac). You know. It makes sense.

So the other day I was sampling the Dark & Long EP by Underworld. Behold:

Yeah, lots of dust, but isn’t that a nice pattern? There’s only one track on this side of the album, and it’s in 33⅓, and the track is only 8 minutes long (so the grooves are spread out more than normally), and it’s a really repetetive song. All taken together, the result is visually very distinctive.

I think I remember reading somewhere that some people are able to tell various classical music pieces apart by just looking at the vinyl. You don’t need that much training to be able to recognise this one, I think…