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We've ordered a new TV, scheduled to arrive next week. When that happens, we'll need to find a home for the old one.

It's a 56" diagonal Samsung HL-T5687S LED DLP. It's one of the best DLPs ever released before LCDs pretty much took over completely and rear-projection-style DLPs were abandoned.

It has a cable tuner, 3 HDMI ports, one VGA+audio port, two sets of component video ports, composite/S-Video ports, and a USB port.

It is not a "smart" TV; it has no network connectivity at all (this is a good thing). About the best it can do is display JPEGs off a USB flash drive.

All three original LEDs are still there and still illuminating fine. The DLP chip was replaced less than two years ago, and has no stuck mirrors. Picture quality remains excellent. It's also rather frugal on power consumption -- under 100 Watts when last I measured it.

Its Fatal Flaw is that it's having trouble booting up. About one time in three, it hangs during boot, and you have to pull the power cable out and plug it back in to get the TV to boot properly. (My guess is that it's a cooling issue, possibly from a dead/dying fan.)

Anyone interested in the unit should let me or Leigh Ann know soon-ish, as we have absolutely nowhere to keep it once it's successor arrives.
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I've been willing to cut Google a lot of slack over the years. While the potential for abuse of their users was always there, they don't have the track record of being outright and gleefully mendacious like Microsoft.

That opinion may have changed upon reading this announcement, because THIS. IS. FUCKING. STUPID.

And I'm not talking about the plausibly deniable no-one-could-have-foreseen kind of stupid. There is documented history on this point. This mistake has been made in the past, multiple times. This is willful. This is malice aforethought. This is full awareness of all the possible -- nay, highly probable downsides, and ignoring them and going ahead, anyway.
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Dear +Mozilla Firefox:

It sounds like you need a new Director of Browser and Web Technology Development. And as it happens, I'm available after 15 Jan...

...Because jack-assery such as this would NEVER happen on my watch.
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+Ingress​: Is it now considered en vogue for games to ignore my explicit instructions and interrupt my work day?
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Still works.
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Unbelievable.

I noticed that I was using about 75% of my storage quota on Google Apps, and decided to look into cleaning up old files that don't need to be there any more. So I went over to +Google Drive and looked to see which folders were taking up the most space...

IT WON'T TELL YOU!

It will tell you the size of individual files, but there is no way to get it to tell you the total size of a folder's contents.

Moreover, this question has been asked several times on several different discussion fora, including Google's own GDrive support forum, some dating back at least as far as 2012. The proffered answers are all ridiculous:

- Open the folder and add up all the file sizes by hand.
- Download the folder as an archive, then unpack it and see how big it is.

...Just before I clicked "Post" on this missive, I decided to check out the Google Drive "API" (where "API" in this case actually means "protocol"), with an eye to figuring out just how hard it would be to write a program that recursively enumerated a folder and added up the sizes -- you know, the way every file management utility since the beginning of time has done. Based on the example code shown in "Work With Folders," it appears that a file can have more than one parent "folder" -- suggesting that GDrive "folders" aren't folders at all (in the strictly hierarchical sense), but more akin to tags, such as those used to sort/store messages in GMail. Therefore, reporting the size of a "folder's" contents could be misleading, since the file(s) may appear in multiple places. ("Hey! I deleted a ten-gig folder; why did only two gigs free up?")

And if folders themselves can have multiple parents, then you could end up with a circular directory loop when recursing down the hierarchy.

Still, it should be possible to enumerate a folder, then check each file for its parents. If the file has exactly one parent that is the folder you're enumerating, then its size definitely contributes to the size of the folder. If it has more than one parent, then it's a "soft" contribution. Still, you can calculate and display both totals; the rest is just UI -- which Google likes to think they're good at.
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This is either one of the best things I've ever done, or one of the most embarrassingly wrong-headed things I've ever done. Which one is it? Click to find out...
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