Hacker's Diary

A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.

December 14
Backup complete.
Total time elapsed: 2 days, 7 hours, 33 minutes, 11.000 seconds


December 12
Technology status update: I am still trying to get a complete backup of my unwell laptop, which hasn't had same since mid-October. Latest behaviour is to run some of a backup then error out without, you know, an actual error. At this point I've proactively freed up space on the backup drive and connected to the network with a cable rather than wireless, so hopefully this will increase the chances of a successful backup run. I'm also attempting to use my old BlackBook (my original Mac laptop, 2006 vintage) but that's been hampered a little by software so out of date that you can't use parts of Apple's website with Apple's own webbrowser.

Started watching the X-Files from the beginning with Mrs. Waider. We're four episodes in so far. No cellphones! No mention of the Internet! It was a simpler time...


December 8
Churchill was mildly entertaining but also, it turns out, completely full of lies. So there was that.

December 7
So of course it spent a couple of days backing up, and then failed (silently; no errors anywhere) and has now started a new backup. Fortunately it only took 3 hours to do the preflight this time...

December 5
This is the sort of hardware nonsense I'm currently enduring:
Preflight complete for "Macintosh HD"...
Time elapsed: 5 days, 21 hours, 15 minutes, 48.000 seconds


Note, that's just the preflight. It still has to copy a few GB of data.

December 4
In which Mrs. gets her H. Dip (Comp Sci). Huzzah!

December 1
Y'know, I was convinced that The Lobster would be a bit of fun. No, it was weird, but not in a good way, and miserable, and ultimately a waste of however long it ran for. I think whichever IMDb commentator said it'd have made a good short was on the right track, if a touch generous.

(If this marks me as some sort of theatrical Philistine, fine. I've already made clear my liking for movies in which things explode and neurons need not apply.)

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