Friday, September 26, 2008

Windows Vista: Where'd all my Hard Disk Drive Space Go?!

I've had my desktop for about a year now and was getting rather concerned at the lack of hard disk space I had left. I couldn't believe that I actually filled up a 400GB HDD in such a short amount of time. I figured part of it could be the fact that I was storing recorded TV shows on it until I found a more reliable way of getting them to a DVD.

So, I ordered a new hard drive, even bigger than my other one and transferred all the videos and recordings to that drive, expecting to free up 60-70GB. Boy was I wrong! After I had done that only 30-40GB freed up, and the next day I only had 25GB, and then 20GB...what was happening?!

I downloaded some hard drive analysis tools (windirstat, treesize, and despacio) and they all said I was using less than 100GB, I figured them for a bunch of free tools that were obviously faulty (I later realized they were right!).

I did some research and found a lot of people pointing the finger at Windows' System Restore. Most were saying that it typically allots 12% of your hard drive for creating System Restore points...that would mean I was losing about 60GB of space to System Restore! I found a good tutorial that told me how to change the space allotment and was really surprised. First, let me walk you through the steps of how to change this storage amount in Vista:
  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Click "All Programs" then "Accessories"
  3. Right-Click on "Command Prompt" and select "Run as Administrator"
  4. Don't freak out because you have to use the command prompt
  5. Type "vssadmin list shadowstorage" into the command prompt
  6. The results should tell you the amount of storage used and the maximum amount allotted

If you're not satisfied with what you see (my allotment was unbounded! It was taking up 280GB!!!), follow these steps:

  1. Repeat steps 1-3 above to get bring up the Command Prompt
  2. Type "vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=[your hard disk]: /On=[your hard disk]: /MaxSize=[how much space you want to allocate]"
  3. For example: "vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=2GB"
  4. You should get a message saying Successfully resized the shadow copy storage association, and you should have more free space on your hard drive.

I'm not sure what the recommended amount should be (if you know please comment). I gave myself 10GB, which still saved me about 270GB of space! I was flabbergasted at that amount of space.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Movie Blog: Cool Hand Critics

I'm not sure I emailed everyone about the new blog Sherrie and I have started, so I thought I'd tell you a little about it here. I've always loved watching movies. I married Sherrie and got her to watch them with me, though she seemed to be a little skeptical about the quality of time spent watching movies. I could totally see her point, as I have quite a disdain for people who sit and "watch" (flip through) T.V. for hours on end, with little content of value ever being presented.

In order to come up with a compromise I suggested we start analyzing the movies we watch and post our reviews on a blog. This isn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill movie review site, we're trying to do something a little different. There are already a lot of sites that tell you all the bad stuff that a movie contains and try to explain the value of the movie. However, these same sites try to explain how Sex in the City contains any moral value and it makes me cringe.

We decided that we would not only report on the negative content of the movie, but give a genuine review on whether or not we feel the movie has any moral value. We're trying to base our opinion's on Moroni's definition of "good": anything that invites us to do good and persuades us to believe in Christ. We're still perfecting our analysis, but invite everyone to take a look and give us your own view of what you think.

The theme of the site "Cool Hand Critics" comes from one of my favorite movies Cool Hand Luke, in case you were wondering. As soon as we watch it again we'll put up a review of it and let you know if it really is a "world-shaker."

Monday, September 22, 2008

Favorite Music (At the Moment)

Here's a list of 10 musicians I'm currently very fond of (in no particular order):
  1. Juanes: La Vida es un Ratico - I'd like to get more into musica latina, but this is one of the best bands I've heard, with Mana coming in a close second.
  2. Radiohead: OK Computer, In Rainbows - I just discovered this band a few months ago, and absolutely love these albums.
  3. Michael Buble: Call Me Irresponsible
  4. Harry Connick Jr: I prefer his big band music over his solo or duet music.
  5. Counting Crows: All their music is great.
  6. Guster: Everything.
  7. Brian Setzer: both the orchestra and his Rockabilly band.
  8. Jack Johnson: Sleep Through the Static - I can listen to this over and over and never get tired of it.
  9. Yo-Yo Ma: I have his 2 disc special collection and it is amazing.
  10. Ben Folds (after I've done some editing): I currently only own Rockin' the Suburbs, but I've heard most of his other music and put him up there with Elton and Billy.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Card Game: Spoons

Number of players: With a regular deck no more than 6-8 players.

Object: Collect 4 cards of a kind and/or don't be left without a spoon at the end of a round.

Set-up: Place a spoon for every player minus one in the middle of the playing area. Deal 4 cards, face-down to each player.

Play: Dealer takes the top card and then decides on one card from his hand to give to the player on his left, face-down. All players do the same when they receive a card from the person on their right. When one of the players gets 4 cards of a the same number they are to take a spoon from the center of the table signaling to everyone else that they should hurry to take one. The person who doesn't get a spoon either earns a letter from the word "S-P-O-O-N-S", or is eliminated from the game. For each player that is removed from play, you must also remove a spoon.