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Monthly Archives: October 2009

So the main printer in my lab (the only one really) has a page count of… well check out the screenshot:

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So lets do some math. I know that a ream of paper is about 2 inches thick and has 500 sheets in it. So 500/2 = 250. 1124682/250 = 4498.728″ – which is 375′. Still 375 feet isn’t all that impressive.

Multiply 1124682 * 12 you get 13496184″ (if you stood all these pieces of paper end to end) which is about 213 miles according to the google conversion tool. Essentially a piece of paper end to end up the entire Oregon coast – which is a bit more impressive.

I ordered a new video card for my desktop PC from some guy on eBay (it was a good price…), but the way its being shipped is odd:


LOUISVILLE, KY, US 10/06/2009 11:50 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
ONTARIO, CA, US 10/06/2009 5:25 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
BALDWIN PARK, CA, US 10/06/2009 12:03 A.M. ORIGIN SCAN
BALDWIN PARK, CA, US 10/05/2009 7:27 P.M. FORWARDED TO THE FACILITY IN THE DESTINATION CITY
10/05/2009 1:16 P.M. PICKUP SCAN
US 10/05/2009 6:10 P.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED

So basically its on a little odyssey around the country.

Its rare that I laugh at a joke, but I did for this one:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/901-Tales-of-Monkey-Island

Its hard to imagine I think switching disks all the time to play a game, but I was there ;). I eventually managed to be able to afford a hard drive for my Amiga, but before then everything had to be stored in ram or on floppies – 880KB ones at that.

Speaking of which – I forgot to post this for “Speak like a Pirate Day” like I always do :/:

FYI – if you played this off floppies you might have had to switch disks for each choice :(.

DeepFreeze is a tool made by Faronics corporation that essentially freezes the disk in place so that you can do whatever you like to the PC, but after a restart all the changes are restored to its frozen state. Its a really nice tool for someone who runs a lab, but how does it work?

Playing with it – I believe its a kernel level driver that intercepts filesystem calls to update the MFT (master file table – its a section of the disk that tells the OS where files are located physically and how big they are – stuff like that). Anyhow instead of updating the disk itself – it caches those changes on a separate file or in physical memory (not sure yet) and of course when you reboot those changes are discarded because the memory is reset. I’m still playing around with it – so its a theory still.

So the person I was working with resigned to go work for the county, and I got her old job. So I’ve been working 40 hours a week now :).