Saturday, December 31, 2016

Expose the hierarchical file system to the user.

Say it again: Expose the hierarchical file system to the user.

Or, in 2016-speak:
Expose (clapemoji) The (clapemoji) Hierarchical (clapemoji) File (clapemoji) System (clapemoji) To (clapemoji) The (clapemoji) User (clapemoji).

This one goes out to the makers of iTunes, Photos (Mac app), iPhoto, Google Photos, Mendeley, OSX, Windows, and every other piece of software that deals with your important files.

Software comes and goes. Picasa? Came and is phasing out. iPhoto's gone. iTunes is still around but useless. Flickr's still around I guess. Nook came and went. Kindle's still around, for now. What can we count on to last in the digital world?

Files. Files and folders. In a Unix (or mayyybe Windows) hierarchical file system. Picasa's dying? Fine: we can get our photos out, in the same organizational scheme they went in. You migrate your iTunes music to a new computer? Well, at least all your mp3s are still sorted by artist and album.

But if you were using iPhoto... good luck. Your photos might arrive on the new software, but they might not, because they were all stored in one giant blob called "iPhoto Library." Maybe your "albums" or whatever nonsense organizational scheme will arrive too. But if you had them in files and folders, you'd be set.

The one thing* that's lasted since the start of the modern age** of computers is the Unix file system. That's also the one thing I'd count on to still be around in some form in 50 years. And I will still want my photos and music files in 50 years.

* ok there are more
** I just made this term up, call it like 1970+?

(another dumb thing: new iphones store all photos as a photo + a video, so they move a little bit, like harry potter. guess if anything will still reliably read a photo + a video as one single file in 50 years.)

Anyway, apologies for writing a long rant; if I had more time I'd have written a shorter one. But in the meantime, Expose The Hierarchical File System To The User.

Monday, December 19, 2016

New bike: Ricardo Villalobos

Check this out! See the turquoise "Yerka" on the frame? That's where it locks/unlocks. The whole frame comes apart and, together with the seatpost, locks around something. It's pretty neat. Probably will be my new around-town bike.

Ricardo Villalobos is a Chilean-German minimal techno producer. This bike is from Chile, and kind of minimal. (but then you unlock it and it has all this hidden depth, or something!) A techno producer feels appropriate for a riding-around-town bike.

That makes this bike #3 I've assembled from parts. I'm learning here! Stats and links for my memory's sake:

Frame: Yerka XL (58cm)
Seat and post: whatever came with the frame (it's a whole locking system)
Handlebars: Oval M650 MTB Handlebar 710mm 31.8mm w/ Oury aqua grips to match the Yerka lock, cheapo stem from Bike Kitchen
Headset: Cane Creek 40 series integrated headset. Note to self: that was the wrong headset for this frame. "Integrated" means it doesn't have cups, b/c they're "integrated" into your frame. Except on mine, they weren't. Luckily, Bike Kitchen had a couple extras.
Brakes: Promax Radius caliper brakes. Stud lengths: 37mm front, 15mm rear. 60mm max reach from center of the stud to center of the pad at its lowest. Origin8 Power V-type levers, standard XLC cables/housings
Wheels: EighthInch Julian V2 wheels, white, 32h. 42mm deep rims. 100m front spacing, 120mm rear. Thickslick 700x25c tiresThese rim strips. Tubes.
Drive train: Lasco cranks (46t) and BB (VP BC73 68x103) (white), EighthInch white chain (1/8" obv), ACS main drive freewheel (16t, 1/8"), cheapo pedals from Bike Kitchen