January 30th, 2016


Lorazapam, second try

ravenkat pointed out that I can sleep for days even without medication affecting me, so I might be blaming the Lorazepam for my own laziness. So, after work Friday night, I put another pill under my tongue.

It did calm my brain, and stop my obsessive thoughts, but the side effects weren't really worse than four shots of vodka on an empty stomach. I woke up at 1 PM Saturday, which isn't too unusual. I can type fairly coherently and accurately now (or at least I think I am doing so purple monkey dishwasher), so I think this might actually be a useful medication for my doctor's toolbox for when my brain starts acting up.

SSDs are great

I bought a refurbished Lenovo laptop four years ago, and it served me well until recently. Then DVD drive broke. The screen bezel was cracked. The battery life dropped to less than an hour. The power socket became damaged, so it would only charge if I held the plug pressed in at a certain angle. The tiny hard drive was nearly full. It took over ten minutes to boot. I started having disk errors, and some sectors of my hard drive were corrupted. But other than that, it worked great.

Thenl Microsoft started pushing Windows 10 onto it, filling the remaining space in the hard drive, and having their "GWX.exe" upgrade software stay resident in memory. I followed all the tips online on how to stop it, but Microsoft kept finding new ways to try to make me love them. Everything they did slowed my computer even more.

The correct thing to do would have been to wipe Windows from my laptop and install Linux. Instead, I bought a new laptop from Canada Computers, on sale because it was open-box. In addition to a regular hard drive, it has a small solid-state drive (SSD)!

Solid-state drives use flash memory to store data, instead of a spinning platter covered with magnetized rust. This is more energy efficient, and your computer can read the data much faster. If you install your operating system, program files, and frequently-accessed files on the SSD, your whole computer runs much faster.

Instead of ten minutes to boot, my computer is ready to go in under 12 seconds. Opening large programs such as OpenOffice used to take several minutes; now they also open in seconds.

SSDs are expensive, so you probably would want to store photos and infrequently-accessed files on a regular drive, until the price drops. But I highly recommend using SSDs for your operating system and program files.