harddisks

“I CORRECTED YOUR GRAMMAR!! Are you so proud of me??”
“I’m doing this thing where I’m owning up to my mistakes, I LIKE IT DO YOU!!!!”
“I said like multiple real things consecutively. It felt weird but good, ARE YOU PROUD OF ME??”

Jake Peralta is honestly too pure for this world how did this delicate sunflower survive for this long

Apparently you can read the orignal thread where Linus Torvalds announced the thing that became Linux. My favorite bit:

(LT) PS. Yes - it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.

(other guy) How much of it is in C? What difficulties will there be in porting? Nobody will believe you about non-portability ;-), and I for one would like to port it to my Amiga (Mach needs a MMU and Minix is not free).

(LT) Simply, I’d say that porting is impossible. It’s mostly in C, but most people wouldn’t call what I write C. It uses every conceivable feature of the 386 I could find, as it was also a project to teach me about the 386. As already mentioned, it uses a MMU, for both paging (not to disk yet) and segmentation. It’s the segmentation that makes it REALLY 386 dependent (every task has a 64Mb segment for code & data - max 64 tasks in 4Gb. Anybody who needs more than 64Mb/task - tough cookies).

Reviving an old (failed) harddisk

I think many people have experienced this: 

You have got a very old harddisk that failed. There may be some valuable data on it. Just don’t throw it away! Harddisks are mechanical devices. 

There are some tricks to revive them for at least one more time and one of the most promising is to heat them up. Most Harddisks used lubricated bearings. There is a not so slight chance to revive them again by using a hair-dryer before powering up. 

I’ve been told this methode by my father and it worked for me more than once.