What to do when your new HDD drive arrives?

When in need of HDD space for content archival, I usually purchase internal SATA HDDs with 4+ TBs of capacity. The “Western Digital RED” series has been working OK for me, although I had one 6 TB volume complete failure (suddenly unrecognizable, unrecoverable, and all that on very light use), months ago.

When one buys these HDDs, they should arrive “uninitialized” and, with zero starts/stops and zero minutes of use, inside a sealed anti-static bag, ideally inside a retail or OEM card package. You can check the SMART data using software like “HDD Sentinel”.

Here is what I do next, on Microsoft Windows, using the “computer management” tool (“compmgmt.msc”):
1) Initialize the disk using “GPT” and not “MBR” (for better support of large volumes);
2) Quick format the HDD (for a speedy format);
3) Disable content indexing (for speedier usage and because for searching I do not use Windows Explorer or other Microsoft tools).

Then, using the command prompt (“cmd.exe”), I use fsutil to disable 8.3 names creation. For example, if the volume was assigned to drive M:

fsutil 8dot3name query M:
fsutil 8dot3name set M: 1

The first line will probably tell you that 8.3 names (for retro compatibility with Windows XP, DOS, etc.) is enabled;
The second line disables 8.3 names creation, speeding up the file system operations on the drive. This makes a big performance difference when working with thousands of files, which is my case.

Listening to Okada – "Life Is but an Empty Dream"

A bit dark, or even too dark, but slow and with enough silence to allow you to think. Oddly relaxing for an album with tracks titled “killing myself” and “the right to destroy myself”.
I think reverse psychology might be playing its role in the perception of this music, which can be so gloomy that it actually induces a contrary, uplifting response!

Alan Turing was born 107 years ago

Alan Turing was born in this day (June, 23) in 1912.
Here is his paper “Intelligent Machinery”, one of the very first writings on Artificial Intelligence:

Download PDF:
Alan Turing – Intelligent Machinery


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Technical Details

URLs "p1" 20190622 – scientific papers, podcasts, tube channels, etc.

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URLs "p1" 20190617 : 72 resources, including papers, articles, videos, etc.

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RF2: Racing Alain Prost’s 1990 Ferrari around Le Mans, France (1991 layout)

On the weekend of 2019-06-15+2019-06-16, there was yet another 24h Le Mans event. Curious about the circuit, using rFactor 2, I decide to run Alain Prost’s 1990 Ferrari (the famous “duck nose” car) around the 1991 layout of the circuit. Unfortunately, the 1990 mod I use only features the 1990 Ferrari cars (Prost and Mansell), so I injected the 1999 bolides (from a different mod) as the competition, in what became a very interesting racing spaghetti.
Long story short: I am 3 seconds slower than the fastest of the 1999 cars, which seems quite good to me 🙂

Here is a video of a 03:14:7xx lap around Le Mans. First, the outside camera, then the inside camera.

A warning: rFactor 2 seems to have a technical limit of 3 minutes per outside camera replay. This means that I cannot capture a full “Le Mans” lap with outside camera. For that reason the outside camera in this video not only skips 14+ seconds of action but also – and more relevant to the interested viewer – is actually the joining of the first ~14 seconds of a second lap the replay system managed to capture with the true footage of the inside camera.

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Listening to "Age of" – "Oneohtrix Point Never"

Listening to “Age of” – “Oneohtrix Point Never”.
At times, refreshing and unusual mix of instruments (namely what sounds like harps and tubes), interesting pitch plays (mainly fluctuations) and album tracks that can feel totally unrelated. There seems to be an investment in contrasts. Frequency contrasts as in having acute moments with a grave background, and acoustic contrasts, as in having simple instruments (e.g. guitar) mixed with complex and artificial audio (e.g. voice transcripts). Nice!