As I crunch my way through all kinds of older data, I find lots of KDE memorabilia. Here’s the hackerheads, shot by Robert Scott for Akademy 2006. It’s just a small sample, intended (if I remember right, but there were also Curly Wurlies involved) to enliven Planet KDE. Compare the photos to Akademy 2013, and you can find a reasonable amount of overlap, showing the kind of continuity the KDE community has over seven years.
HDD cleanup continues apace. I did like the wisecrack about semantic storage — although it’s not quite correct, since these are drives removed from otherwise decommissioned machines, or tarballs rolled of my university student account before the departmental Solaris server was decommissioned. It’s more like moving boxes never before opened (I know there’s several that I moved house with 8 years ago that are still awaiting an opening moment). In the mean time I’ve discovered a bunch of academic papers I had forgotten I had ever written and a bunch of OCaml I wrote that I no longer understand, as well as several versions of my bachelor’s thesis written in the winter of 1998.
/dev/sdais secretly already in RAM.
blogilorcfile, but it doesn’t seem to record anything useful in there: no blog URLs, no usernames, nothing. Everything seems to be in kwallet, which exports whole wallets at a time. In other words, I can get at my blogilo configuration by exporting the wallet (unencrypted, plain XML), editing it to remove all the bits I don’t want (such as my IMAP passwords) and then importing it on the other machine. This seems error-prone and tedious — this time, it was actually just as straightforward to simply do all the configuration anew. It strikes me that there would be a market for a menu item Settings->Export all of this application’s meaningful configuration. As the computing experience becomes more fluid, moving from device to device, that might become more important — if I have configured something on my desktop, I want the same KDE application on my tablet to easily, seamlessly, take over the configuration from elsewhere.
Last week I sat down with a pile ‘o hard drives of varying vintage (although all of them SATA-era), ranging from 80GB to 500GB, which had been used in machines over the past ten years. The idea being to sort out what’s where and why and to consolidate the interesting bits. First order of business on each drive was figuring out what partitioning scheme and filesystems were on there. I suppose if you stick to one OS over time that’s a simple thing, but I have fdisk+ext2 filesystems, gpt+zfs, gpt+gmirror+gstripe+ufs and other things in the mix. Reconstructing the path from two physical drives labeled “Comice” and “Anjou” to a readable filesystem can take a while.