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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1925 on: March 08, 2023, 11:33:20 PM »

If I know Iíll need to find a file or a group of them sometime in the future, Iíll create a folder where I put everything related to that project. Finding that is super easy from then on out - the alternative is typing whatever I think it was named into the search box, then hunting through a ton of .py files Iíve never touched that appeared when I downloaded Anaconda four years ago to see if I guessed the name right.

If itís in Downloads, good luck ever finding anything in there. The files on my current laptop were backed up from my previous laptop, which Iíd had since 2016 - so there are over 3,000 items in there.

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« Reply #1926 on: March 08, 2023, 11:57:52 PM »

What if MMM actually lives in Nebraska?

Then he would have driven on a gravel road before.
Maybe MMM is just an advanced ai made by the new urbanists to drive us away from the forum  :bigass:

Perhaps he's actually some computer science graduate student's dissertation.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1927 on: March 09, 2023, 12:01:56 AM »

If I know Iíll need to find a file or a group of them sometime in the future, Iíll create a folder where I put everything related to that project. Finding that is super easy from then on out - the alternative is typing whatever I think it was named into the search box, then hunting through a ton of .py files Iíve never touched that appeared when I downloaded Anaconda four years ago to see if I guessed the name right.

If itís in Downloads, good luck ever finding anything in there. The files on my current laptop were backed up from my previous laptop, which Iíd had since 2016 - so there are over 3,000 items in there.

Apps dump files all over the place.  It's very annoying.  I do clean out my Downloads directory reguarly but even so.  Some things get stuck in my home folder, or the top of the file system, or someplace else.  I miss there being a current working directory like on Unix.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1928 on: March 09, 2023, 08:59:06 AM »

If I know I’ll need to find a file or a group of them sometime in the future, I’ll create a folder where I put everything related to that project. Finding that is super easy from then on out - the alternative is typing whatever I think it was named into the search box, then hunting through a ton of .py files I’ve never touched that appeared when I downloaded Anaconda four years ago to see if I guessed the name right.

If it’s in Downloads, good luck ever finding anything in there. The files on my current laptop were backed up from my previous laptop, which I’d had since 2016 - so there are over 3,000 items in there.

Apps dump files all over the place.  It's very annoying.  I do clean out my Downloads directory reguarly but even so.  Some things get stuck in my home folder, or the top of the file system, or someplace else.  I miss there being a current working directory like on Unix.

Yeah, I feel the same way about my Desktop. I used to try to organize it but now it's gotten messy enough that cleaning it out is going to be a bigger project that I'll have to block out time for. Most of the clutter is screenshots I've needed over the years, which get dumped in Desktop for some reason. Also, Microsoft Office applications like Word or Excel seem to indiscriminately alternate whether they save to Downloads or Documents by default.

Anything that winds up in the home directory or above is especially annoying, because it's really hard to actually find those places in Finder on a Mac... to the point where using the terminal to get there is easier. I'll never understand why stuff ends up there.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1929 on: March 09, 2023, 05:05:46 PM »

If I know Iíll need to find a file or a group of them sometime in the future, Iíll create a folder where I put everything related to that project. Finding that is super easy from then on out - the alternative is typing whatever I think it was named into the search box, then hunting through a ton of .py files Iíve never touched that appeared when I downloaded Anaconda four years ago to see if I guessed the name right.

If itís in Downloads, good luck ever finding anything in there. The files on my current laptop were backed up from my previous laptop, which Iíd had since 2016 - so there are over 3,000 items in there.

Apps dump files all over the place.  It's very annoying.  I do clean out my Downloads directory reguarly but even so.  Some things get stuck in my home folder, or the top of the file system, or someplace else.  I miss there being a current working directory like on Unix.

Yeah, I feel the same way about my Desktop. I used to try to organize it but now it's gotten messy enough that cleaning it out is going to be a bigger project that I'll have to block out time for. Most of the clutter is screenshots I've needed over the years, which get dumped in Desktop for some reason. Also, Microsoft Office applications like Word or Excel seem to indiscriminately alternate whether they save to Downloads or Documents by default.

Anything that winds up in the home directory or above is especially annoying, because it's really hard to actually find those places in Finder on a Mac... to the point where using the terminal to get there is easier. I'll never understand why stuff ends up there.

Since I've had a laptop and can't always backup until I get home, I dump almost everything onto my desktop to either copy/move the files later. Since the work PC has somewhat different file folder structures in Documents (et al), it's just easier. I'll usually just directly move the saved files to my desired folder if it's solely for work, which gets backed up to the work cloud anyhow.

Probably maddening to most, but hey, free laptop.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1930 on: March 09, 2023, 05:15:40 PM »

Anything that winds up in the home directory or above is especially annoying, because it's really hard to actually find those places in Finder on a Mac... to the point where using the terminal to get there is easier. I'll never understand why stuff ends up there.

One of the first things I do on a fresh Linux install is delete all the pre-installed ~/Documents, ~/Pictures, etc. subdirectories of the home directory and then dump all of my stuff directly in the home directory. (I have ended up recreating many of them in some form under different names, but the capitalization of the default folders, and the automatic behavior some programs display toward them, bothers me.) This seems like it helps reduce such ambiguity. I have no idea if OS X will let you get away with that, however.

I will say I'm a bit annoyed with Firefox saving PDFs I instruct it to open directly to ~ rather than the ~/tmp/dl directory I created for the purpose of saving temporary downloads, however. But not annoyed enough to tinker with the config, clearly.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1931 on: March 10, 2023, 07:38:58 AM »

It would be funny if the reason I-11 is being extended over US-95 to Kyles Canyon is because NDOT accidentally hired a grid purist.
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« Reply #1932 on: March 10, 2023, 08:04:56 AM »

If I know Iíll need to find a file or a group of them sometime in the future, Iíll create a folder where I put everything related to that project. Finding that is super easy from then on out - the alternative is typing whatever I think it was named into the search box, then hunting through a ton of .py files Iíve never touched that appeared when I downloaded Anaconda four years ago to see if I guessed the name right.

If itís in Downloads, good luck ever finding anything in there. The files on my current laptop were backed up from my previous laptop, which Iíd had since 2016 - so there are over 3,000 items in there.

Apps dump files all over the place.  It's very annoying.  I do clean out my Downloads directory reguarly but even so.  Some things get stuck in my home folder, or the top of the file system, or someplace else.  I miss there being a current working directory like on Unix.

Yeah, I feel the same way about my Desktop. I used to try to organize it but now it's gotten messy enough that cleaning it out is going to be a bigger project that I'll have to block out time for. Most of the clutter is screenshots I've needed over the years, which get dumped in Desktop for some reason. Also, Microsoft Office applications like Word or Excel seem to indiscriminately alternate whether they save to Downloads or Documents by default.

Anything that winds up in the home directory or above is especially annoying, because it's really hard to actually find those places in Finder on a Mac... to the point where using the terminal to get there is easier. I'll never understand why stuff ends up there.
There is, but Windows makes you work to get to it. It's c:\Users\[your name]. It's also hard to get to, since Windows doesn't make it a shortcut by default.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1933 on: March 14, 2023, 11:40:40 AM »

There's a thread titled "Induced Demand: Let's Talk About It", and ironically, that thread is filling up with posts! Four pages so far. And I don't see any lower traffic on the other threads.

Obviously that thread demonstrates its own point :-)
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« Reply #1934 on: March 14, 2023, 12:25:08 PM »

There is, but Windows makes you work to get to it. It's c:\Users\[your name]. It's also hard to get to, since Windows doesn't make it a shortcut by default.

This is called the User Profile folder and its directory path is stored in the system variable %UserProfile%.  Windows does provide shortcuts in the Windows Explorer file chooser for key subfolders, such as Documents (My Documents in older versions of Windows), Downloads, Desktop, Music, Videos, Pictures, etc.

The out-of-the-box default for major browsers like Chrome and Firefox is to save downloaded files in the Downloads folder, which has the path %UserProfile%\Downloads.  However, it is generally possible to set a different target path in settings, to require the browser to prompt the user to pick a folder, or to save in the last used folder (and, if it no longer exists, to prompt the user for a new folder).  Firefox subdivides folder assignments by server, which means that if I save an article from the online Wichita Eagle, it will usually go into an "articles" folder, while if I save something from the TxDOT FTP server, it will go to a subfolder in my "TxDOT Plans" folder.

It has been literally years since I last had something save to the Desktop.  I can't imagine a scenario where a file would save there unless it was hard-coded to do so because the Desktop is guaranteed always to exist.  This behavior used to be quite common for program installers, but now they usually save in Downloads unless a different target folder has been configured.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1935 on: March 19, 2023, 06:32:14 PM »

I saw this slide and now you have to, too.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1936 on: March 19, 2023, 08:46:26 PM »

I saw this slide and now you have to, too.


So we've had a mascot all this time and nobody told me?
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1937 on: March 20, 2023, 08:05:53 PM »

How did a Massachusetts license plate saying KCAZZO get approved?
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« Reply #1938 on: March 20, 2023, 08:48:32 PM »

How did a Massachusetts license plate saying KCAZZO get approved?

Maybe the person on license plate approval duty doesn't spend much time around Italian speakers. I've never heard that expression before myself.
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« Reply #1939 on: March 21, 2023, 07:20:37 PM »

There's a thread titled "Induced Demand: Let's Talk About It", and ironically, that thread is filling up with posts! Four pages so far. And I don't see any lower traffic on the other threads.

Obviously that thread demonstrates its own point :-)

Oh my god that's hilarious.
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« Reply #1940 on: March 21, 2023, 08:11:59 PM »

How did a Massachusetts license plate saying KCAZZO get approved?

Maybe the person on license plate approval duty doesn't spend much time around Italian speakers. I've never heard that expression before myself.

More Italian speakers, and certainly more ethnic Italians, in Massachusetts than Oklahoma, Iím sure.

I very briefly thought about getting POES KLP for a license plate, but anyone who doesnít speak Afrikaans would just wonder what Poe story I was talking about. Also my wife would murder me
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« Reply #1941 on: March 22, 2023, 10:38:18 PM »

I wonder if the sign for Bryan Dairy Road was once missing or someone just couldn't read it?



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« Reply #1942 on: March 23, 2023, 02:19:33 PM »

Yesterday, I uploaded an image that the forum resized to be 666x400 pixels.  This morning, I remembered it and thought:  US Route designations that Colorado didn't/doesn't seem to want very much.
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« Reply #1943 on: March 23, 2023, 04:53:01 PM »

Yesterday, I uploaded an image that the forum resized to be 666x400 pixels.  This morning, I remembered it and thought:  US Route designations that Colorado didn't/doesn't seem to want very much.
At least the reason for killing 666 made sense... sort of.
400 just doesn't belong at all. No justifiable reason, that I know of.
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« Reply #1944 on: March 24, 2023, 02:05:25 PM »

Why are so many newspapers called ďInsert City Bee?Ē  Near me two of the more prominent papers are the Fresno Bee and Modesto Bee.
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« Reply #1945 on: March 24, 2023, 03:48:08 PM »

Why are so many newspapers called ďInsert City Bee?Ē  Near me two of the more prominent papers are the Fresno Bee and Modesto Bee.

Because bees are industrious.  That's why we say "busy as a bee" and why certain group activities are called "bees".  Both the Fresno Bee and the Modesto Bee are descendants of the Daily Bee, as is the Sacramento Bee.

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So, the promise was a paper as busy as a bee. (Quaint, but not a bad marketing strategy, I should think.)

The first James McClatchy used a picture of a bee on his business stationery. His son, C.K., ordered the image of a bee depicted in mosaic tile in the lobby of the old Bee office at 911 Seventh St. in 1901. That mosaic now is on permanent display at the Sacramento History Museum.

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« Reply #1946 on: March 24, 2023, 03:51:49 PM »

Interesting, I would have assumed it was a more Ag-centric rationale for the naming convention.
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« Reply #1947 on: March 24, 2023, 04:00:34 PM »

I saw this slide and now you have to, too.


I know it's been 5 days but you can still delete this.
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« Reply #1948 on: March 24, 2023, 04:25:56 PM »

I saw this slide and now you have to, too.


I know it's been 5 days but you can still delete this.

I can delete a lot of things.
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« Reply #1949 on: March 24, 2023, 06:20:38 PM »

Why are so many newspapers called ďInsert City Bee?Ē  Near me two of the more prominent papers are the Fresno Bee and Modesto Bee.

Don't forget the Babylon Bee.
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