Useless self indulgence


20060801-goodbye.jpgSo long, WordPress, you’ve been great to me. Unfortunately I’m not going to be hosting here any more. I just can’t take it any more, the total lack of control over the programming and design of my site. I’ve wanted to do more than just blog, but with WordPress that just won’t happen.

So I just signed up with dot5hosting.com, I bought the domain name jobyone.com and I should be setting up shop there shortly.

WordPress has been quite a boon to me though. I originally set up an account just on a whim, but it quickly rekindled my love of being in charge of a website. So now, with the fire back in my belly, I’m moving on to bigger, better things as I plan to resume development of ECO, my master plan for making a CMS.

So long everybody.

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uTorrent installs with a set of fairly good configuration options, but there are a few tweaks that might be useful to some people, as well as a few thoughts I’ve had on how to make it easier on your computer.

do Pre-allocate all files
found in: Options>Preferences>Downloads>Other Settings
By default uTorrent starts with empty files and adds to them as it downloads data. Checking this box will force uTorrent to create a file the size of the file you’re downloading full of dummy data the moment you start the download.

I’m not sure why they chose to make it do this. Maybe so that starting a massive download won’t instantly fill up your hard drive. From a planning perspective, I see not pre-allocating files as being on the same level as buying stuff on credit. Sure, you might want to get every episode of Star Trek (all the generations), but just because uTorrent lets you start the download doesn’t mean your hard drive will let you finish it. With this option checked you know for sure how much hard drive space you have left, even after you finish your current downloads.

Pre-allocating files has an advantage from a performance and stability standpoint too. Since the dawn of Bittorrent I’ve been annoyed by its tendency to create fragmented files. Without pre-allocation uTorrent will write each chunk of each file as it gets it, physically spreading the files all over the damn place on your hard drive. With pre-allocation, though, each file should wind up more or less in one place on the hard drive, in one continuous block of data. This will make your computer access it better, and in the end less prone to file system corruption.

do Auto-Save Files Somewhere
found in: Options>Preferences>Downloads>Location of Downloaded Files

This dialog allows you to automatically save your torrent files in a specific place. That’s nice, but to really make it useful you’ll also want to configure it to move completed files somewhere else. This way adding new torrents to the queue is a snap, as is browsing in windows the ones that are completed.

Mine is configured to save all incomplete downloads in My Documents\My Downloads\My Torrents\Incomplete, then move them up a notch to My Documents\My Downloads\My Torrents when they finish.

maybe Use the Scheduler
found in: Options>Preferences>Scheduler

If you’re like me and your ISP gives you certain times of day when you have unlimited bandwidth you’ll love this one. uTorrent lets you specify, by day of the week and hour, whether to pause everything, throttle back everything, or download like the Internet is about to end. I won’t bother explaining how to set it up, it’s easy.

An Orthodox JewI remembered today that people read stuff on the Internet to be entertained, and the best way to entertain people is with humor. So here’s a joke.

A German, a samurai and a businessman are walking through the jungle together. Suspend your disbelief on that one, it’s happening. Suddenly they’re attacked from all sides by a horde of hungry cannibals.

Of course, even with a samurai, they’re no match for this many cannibals, especially cannibals as hungry as these. So soon enough they’re all tied up and on their way to the cannibal village.

Once they get there they all stay tied to a tree for a time, wondering what their fate will be. After a little while the cannibal chief shows up to make a proposition.

He swaggers up to them, quite literally the king of the jungle, and says “I’m going to be completely honest with you, you’re all going to die. Then I’m going to eat you, and make a canoe out of your skins. Since I’m such a nice guy though, I’m going to let each of you choose the way you die.”

So the samurai immediately requests a knife. The cannibals all go scurrying off to get him a knife. When they bring one back to him, he commits seppuku, disemboweling himself and falling dead on the jungle floor.

“Bring me a gun,” says the German, after a pause during which he considers just how painful it would be to commit seppuku. So the cannibals all scatter off into the jungle to find him a gun. Eventually they return, and one of them has found an old flintlock pistol. It barely works, but the German manages to load it, and promptly splatters his own brains all over the underbrush.

Finally, after much thought, the businessman says “bring me a fork.” The cannibal chief is confused by this one, but he made a promise, so he pulls a fork out and hands it to the businessman.

The businessman immediately begins to stab himself over and over again with the fork. He keeps this up until he finally becomes too weak from blood loss, and lays dying a slow and painful death in a pool of his own blood.

“Why did you do that?” The cannibal chief asks, shocked by the brutal spectacle self-mutilation he has just witnessed.

With his dying breath, the businessman looks up and says “enjoy your canoe, Mr. big shot.”