Aug. 23rd, 2009

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I was copying files hither and yon in conjunction with having a new computer. While watching filenames scroll by, I realized that my source disk contained a backup of the computer I used between 1995-1999; I hadn't been sure where that backup had been hiding.

The metadata on those old files was still intact, stunningly enough, and all the custom icons I had painstakingly attached to my folders when I was a 15-year-old Mac user with too much free time were still there. And if I can figure out how to open Microsoft Word 5.1 documents (strange to think of a time when I didn't know LaTeX), I can read my college application essays. I have no idea when I am ever going to re-read those transcripts of Unix Talk sessions from days long past, but I wouldn't dream of deleting them.

Some advice: don't re-read emails from the dead after midnight. It might make you want to cry.
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Northwest Airlines agent: "And that's from Portland to Brussels, leaving at noon..."
me: "Did you say 'Brussels' or 'Bristol'?"
agent: "Well, I don't know, it just says 'BRS'. Which one is it supposed to be?"
me: "Bristol."
agent: "It says 'BRS', I assume that's Brussels."
me: "Can you check that it's Bristol?"
agent: "All it says is 'BRS'. But if you think it's Bristol, it's probably Bristol."

Maybe Northwest makes airport codes available to their workers on a need-to-know basis?

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