Sunday, March 23, 2008

What is it with operating systems and disk drives...

Why can't humankind invent an operating system that plays nice with disk drives?

Even when there isn't a disk in the drive my computers occasionally
seem to make the drive whir into action just to discover that there
still isn't a disk there! To check that I haven't managed to sneek a
disk in while the drive hardware wasn't looking. And when I do have
media in the drive it seems to spin it up just to access the net,
delete a file on my desktop, start a program, or even when I'm just
starting my computer.

Is it because all the engineers figure this technology will die and
it's not worth fixing?

For goodness sake, don't make the drive move a nanometer unless I ask
for data from a disk that is *in* the drive, put a disk in the drive,
or eject it.

And don't get me started on how OSX has the wonderful ability to
ignore my eject requests more than 50% of the time. If I hit eject for
more than 3 seconds, DO IT NOW!