OOnly 3.4 years remaining

~ 07 April 2004 ~

Ugh. I hate transferring data to a new machine. And I loathe backing it up.

Last week my work PC was upgraded to a matte black Dell 2.0 Ghz, a step above my #E5E4DA-colored Gateway 866 Mhz machine. Sadly, an upgrade to Mac OS X wasn’t part of the deal. Hail personal PowerBooks.

In the process of switching, I found one of my all-time fav screen captures, taken while transferring data a couple years back:

1,789,568 minutes remaining

Other than the inserted red arrow, this is an actual capture—no Photoshop tricks here, Detective Slick. Apparently my machine stalled or something while transferring a paltry 500 MB of data.

I calculated 1,789,568 minutes in terms of days. That’s only 1,243 of ’em—3.4 years if anyone’s counting. At that breakneck rate, I’ve got only about a year left before I can transfer the next 500 MB of data.

Also in the process, I stumbled across another 50 or so screenshots, promptly adding them to my /screenshots archive. Someday I’ll faceplate a pretty page to house the screenshots. For now, here are a few of my favs from the recent addition:

  • Someone forgot to tell Farmer’s Almanac that print and web mediums really *are* different
  • MSN in the Palaeolithic period
  • For die-hard Adidas aficionados, Nike *cough* is “eevil, like the fru-eets of the dev-eel” (name that movie line?). But holy Peter this layout still looks good today.
  • WSJ’s embarrassing beginnings (sadly, this screenshot was taken around late 2000, believe it or not)
  • Excite headline blunder – government officials and mad cow disease? Maybe it wasn’t a blunder…


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1   Ryan Parman ~ 07 April 2004 at 11:39 AM

Hah! I remember that MSN redesign being touted as “great”, “excellent”, and “easy-to-use”. I forgot what the homepage looked like before that though.

I came across an old floppy disk with a prior version of my website on it (yes, on a floppy). This was 2000, so I believe it was version 14.0. I later came across a piece of paper that had a sketch of my ideas for the all-new version 10.0 of my website from back in 1998. (I’m on version 21.0 now, BTW)

On that same floppy, I found an images folder with the original Hotmail logo GIF — back before they were bought out by Microsoft. I believe that logo is from mid-1997.

I hope I didn’t throw the floppy away. I’ll have to see where I put it. Hmmm… *looks in drawers*

2   Hasan ~ 07 April 2004 at 01:15 PM

Being stuck on dial-up in a place where the phone lines only support 33k, that screenshot brought tears to my eyes (the good kind).

3   Cameron ~ 08 April 2004 at 08:13 AM

Ryan, let me know if you find the Hotmail logo. I’d love a copy of it.

4   KJC ~ 26 April 2004 at 11:59 AM

[Sorry, found this post late.] The movie quote is from the under-rated “So I Married an Axe Murderer.”

5   Cameron Moll ~ 26 April 2004 at 03:15 PM

Rock on, KJC.

6   Kim Siever ~ 18 June 2004 at 03:34 PM

“So I Married an Axe Murderer” is the movie.

Do I get a prize?

7   Cameron Moll ~ 19 June 2004 at 03:52 PM

Ding Ding Ding!


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