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So there I am, happily computing on my normal office desktop, when I notice that the C drive is, like, totally full. Wait a minute, I think to myself, didn’t I have at least a third of that drive empty when last I looked?
Also, Google Earth, my favorite place on the whole damn web, weren’t working right.
After trying to figure out a way of finding out where all this memory had gone, I decided to back-up and delete my two biggest folders: work and photos / videos.
Lo, I’ve got my globe back.
For a bit.
Then I get notified that my G-E cache is all kinds of full. I follow the steps to purge it. Cool. It works. Check the volume on the main drive. This cleared a huge amount of memory off the drive, like 40%. Wow.
So I look it up, google style, and I find this http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/earth/vJcVK2M9g7U%5B51-75-false%5D, which documents similar experiences, both before and after the update.
I am running ver. 188.8.131.520. Win 7. 64.
I’ve a very extensive places list. Like the garage, it could use a good cleaning. But would that have anything to do with it?
Something I’m going to watch, now that I know what is going on.
Anyone else have this experience?
Is there a way of quickly finding whatever folder is bloated?
Is there a way of viewing volume statistics over time, to detect a spike in memory use as a graph?
UPDATE: Been browsing logs. Norton tells me that two days ago, while Google Earth was idle, it up and wrote 305,971 MB to my drive.
Via this post from the Arizona Geology Blog (a regular read) I learned that hot brine from a mining operation is generating electricity.
This post from Treehugger has more info.
Press Release from Rio Tinto, operator of this huge open pit:
11 April 2013
Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon Mine pit wall slide
At 9.30 pm local time on 10 April 2013, Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon Mine experienced a slide along a geotechnical fault line of its north eastern wall. Movement on the [read more...] replies: 2
If you haven’t seen this most excellent panel discussion on the role of story telling and science, I highly recommend it.
Part one consists of the panelists each telling a science story.
Part two is the Q and A session, which i [read more...] replies: 1
This answers the question of where is Curiosity drilling? Via Wired there’s the 360 mars Curiosity Panorama:
It’s brilliant!replies: 2
Getting bad here along the Front Range of Colorado. Fires everywhere, 100+ degrees, dry thunderstorms and their outflow winds.
There’s one burning six miles south of Chez Podrock, lightning strike, hundreds of acres in two hours.
Thirty miles north, 90,000 acres burned in a fire that started three weeks ago. 200 + structures lost.
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I’ll be thinking about these folks next time I’m waiting for a package.
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Well Folks, the ship’s been through an upgrade, Robert the designer-engineer, has added and or modified our little spaceship and once again handed us the keys. It’s a Win-Win thing – much as I loathe the term – for he builds the best ships and we are his test pilots.
Robert handed me a [read more...] replies: 1
Y’all might have seen the story a few weeks back, but I don’t recall it showing up on the Zone. Recently, that intrepid rover Opportunity studied a neat little outcrop:
Tests reveal that it is gypsum (which requires water to occur) and that the rocks are insitu. That’s where the [read more...] replies: 2
just another test.replies: 8