Tip for Windows users
Windows has the cipher command which can be used to overwrite free space on a drive, e.g. cipher /w:F:\ will overwrite free space on F: with 0x00, then 0xFF, then random numbers.
9 posts • joined 10 Dec 2015
Used to support Lotus Notes back in the '90s and enjoyed reading the entry for Notes in the Interface Hall of Shame: Link
"Judging from the number of visitors who have mentioned it, the process of copying messages in Notes is perhaps its worst interface "feature". Apparently, when mail messages are copied from one folder to another, the message itself is not copied; Notes creates a "reference" to the message. Unbeknownst to the user, if you delete the reference, Notes will in turn delete the message itself. Similarly, deleting the message will cause all references to it to also be deleted.
A number of visitors described the loss of valuable information through this process."
FTTP brings reliability as well as higher potential speeds. My main gripe with ADSL is not the speed - yes I'd love 100mbps - but it's the unreliability of the copper network. Every time it rains and the pits fill with water the reliability plummets. If I'm trying to work from home or download the latest software release, having the connection drop is, at the least inconvenient, and potentially costly. I'm sure a doctor who is working remotely would also not want the connection dropping out halfway through the procedure.
Your train analogy also doesn't really fly. Miners build point-to-point rail lines between a mine and a port. Do you really think Netflix wants to build point-to-point networks to every one of their subscribers? And YouTube, Stan, Foxtel, and all of the other video providers? The internet is more like a road network, with users trying to get from one destination to any of thousands of other destinations. Road networks, electricity distribution, water, and sewage are all natural monopolies, and we should not be allowing commercial actors to benefit from these monopolies.
1) It's not just about what speed people are purchasing today, it's about investing in the future as well. If high-speed connections were ubiquitous then high-speed services would follow.
2) The copper is old and unreliable. Every time it rains, people have trouble with ADSL dropping out. A new fibre network would fix this.
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