Like the nachzehrer which lives a half rotten life chewing its own shroud in the grave, during the last six months Sir Arthur’s Den has been a half-dead blog - no “status update” or new post, but a non-stop attention by the owner to static management of the (few) legit comments and the (too many!) spam comments collected daily by Defensio quarantine. As 2012 comes, Sir Arthur has finally decided to come out of the grave - shroud or not - and try to put his hands on these pages again hoping to succeed.
One of the things that more took my time, in all these days of guilty and unforgivable absence from the blog, was tinkering with hard disk cloning programs and tools to work with partitions. Actually it would have been better, considering my latest misadventure with magnetic HDDs, to deal with the matter way before - for instance at the beginning of the reinstallation process of my software after having purchased the new laptop. Anyway the fact is that I spent the last week (excluding the weekend) trying backup and partitions manipulation tools, and the previous one integrating the useful documentation already collected about the subject.
While I’m still in the throes of digesting a four days Christmas food stuffing, waiting for the will to (re)start to write something meaningful on these pages I yield to the last dessert made up by variously assorted snapshots. In particular they cover PlayStation 2 emulation with PCSX2 and high definitions rips, two of the many things that where forcedly precluded to me before my new laptop fortuitous purchase due to the lack of adequate hardware equipment.
System restore after the hard disk death is proceeding slowly as expected, currently I am at around 45% (…) but luckily I’m starting to see a less vague profile within the installed applications and everything. What are the basic components to make you feel at home on any Windows system? Anyone has his own, personally I’m fond of (among the others) the three things depicted by the following screenshots.
It always happens so, you get the blow when you expect it the less, the latest backup dated back to half and a month ago and you end up facing the little comfortable situation in which you have to restart from the beginning with a new hardware, a new operating system with its pros and cons, the software - all the software - to reinstall and so on. Two Fridays ago my laptop’s hard disk decided to leave me for good, in the evening I had turned it off as usual and the following morning I was welcomed by a very little encouraging error message informing me about the the impossibility to load the system registry Hives in memory.
Hello there. This is a little service message to announce that from now on Sir Arthur’s Den won’t allow new user accounts registration anymore. The accounts of the few registered users have been removed and I apologize with the concerned people for this, but frankly speaking I don’t think it be much of a loss considering that until now I haven’t found the way to make the account creation a somehow useful procedure.
The funny thing of Internet is that you can get into everything, even what you expect less: in the past days I have been interviewed by Swiss newspaper laRegioneTicino on abandonware, retrogaming and related topics. The resulting article, available in PDF format in the technology section of newspaper’s site or here on Sir Arthur’s Den as well, is a reduced version of the interview made via e-mail. Nothing particularly impressive, actually, but surely it’s something I had pleasure to do
One year ago, a month more or a month less, Sir Arthur’s Den was born. At that time I wasn’t fully aware of what could mean to manage a blog in two languages, to have to update the back end code every few months and to deal with DDoS-alike traffic peaks on an hosting service sold as a “premium” one but that clearly is worth just the few bucks it costs. The webmastering experience was zero but the desire to manage a personal project largely compensated the lack of familiarity with WordPress and its issues.
One thing I have learnt in the last years is that there is no meaning in being amazed for what happens in your life, because if you change perspective once this doesn’t mean you won’t have to do so again in the future. After having spent the last two years in Bologna, the past Saturday I’ve relocated once again in my parents’ house in Montesarchio, a pleasant little town in Campania that I have never particularly liked and in which I had already spent the previous 30 years.
The wise says that it’s dangerous to hope for something, because then you risk to get it and have to face it in full. When at the beginning of September the news on DeathSpank has been featured on Slashdot, the blog has been flooded by nearly 18,000 visitors spanned on three, four days, to my great delight for the reaction and the promotion (I mean, it’s Slashdot, not just a z-series site like there are too much in Italy and elsewhere) and above all with no issues for my web host, the already quoted AN Hosting. What has happened in the past days, however, during the second Slashdot effect flowed on Sir Arthur’s Den, has made me rethink my ideas on shared web hosting, AN Hosting itself and the trend I’ve got in the adoption of WordPress plug-ins preferring the ease of use to all the rest.
I don’t know where this post will go, but I think it is at least appropriate to answer back, for that minimum of coherence sometimes I remember to have, to some of the trash freely shot at me, around a month and half ago, with no possibility for me to do something about that or at least oppose to the things “articulated” by the brains in brine with which I have been obliged to deal with in vain for three years of my life.
I’ve made it, finally and against any possible unfavorable weather prevision I’ve closed the test cycle on AlterVista / Lycos Tripod and I’ve switched to the official publishing on Sir Arthur’s Den. It’s lousy hot these days in Bologna, and also thanks to an (un)usually unstable UMTS connection, an unusually unstable museum-PC and an unusually financial situation… namely not, painful as usual, I’ve made a double work to arrange the right server configuration.