Got an e-mail from some moderator at PSY.net, taking me to task for talking about the site in public. I don’t think he even looked here to see what I’d said about it (which is almost nothing, so far); he was just getting more curious e-mails than usual, and a few of them mentioned me. I answered, “Sorry for the inconvenience. If it’s too much load on your servers, I’d be happy to talk to Travis on your behalf.” That was petty, but satisfying. So’s posting about him here.
Meanwhile, if you’re among those few who are poking at that site, well, I won’t implore you to stop but there’s really not much point. It’s invite only, like GMail, but much more focused. If you’re in its target audience you’re probably already there. I’m not trying to be exclusionary – really, if it were my project things would be different. But I didn’t make the rules.
Meanwhile, anyone want some GMail invites? I’m swimming in the things. Figured I’d ask you people first before I donated them somewhere.
Another e-mail, from “J.W.,” whose return address (predictably) bounced. J.W. wants to know if I’m suicidal, speaking so candidly about myself, my friends, and places like the Sea of Love. He’s a little unclear about the exact method of death I’ve planned for myself, though he mentioned the unusuals’ constant bogeyman, the Gray Corridor, a couple of times.
In general I feel that people who don’t give me an easy way to respond to them don’t deserve one, but I’ve heard this more than once. Sometime soon I’ll write a detailed rant about it, as it’s been on my mind a little too. The short answer is: No, I don’t think I’m crazy to blog this. I have a theory about secrets. We tend to pick them up far too easily, and they always consume more than they give back. True health and safety is being able to get rid of them all. I feel strongly enough, having watched a few good people destroy themselves with their secrets, to want to try to the reverse. And while I can’t ethically experiment with the secrets other people have entrusted me with, I can do whatever the hell I want with my own.
On a far more random note, I impressed the hell out of myself last night by figuring out what had been wrong with Jenna’s laptop for the past few months. It was getting so slow and jittery that it was painful to play any sound or video on it. I noticed that the jitters always started when the hard drive light came on, which made no sense. Then I guessed a DMA problem, and Googled a registry fix. Turns out that if you get more than a couple of read errors on any drive over the life of your computer (say, by moving a laptop around), Windows XP shuts off DMA and doesn’t let you turn it back on. Which means that all hard drive access eats CPU time, which means that everything jitters. Naturally, this keep this bit of info to themselves. If you’ve ever noticed the same problem, on a hard drive or CD drive, click that link and see if it fixes it.
Discovering this secret made me feel a bit better about the Mac Mini I’d ordered from Apple’s site the day before. Though when it will arrive, or just how unavailable this machine is right now, is also a secret.
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