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Oops, I did it again!

It seems that every few months I would fuck up some of my Linux files when doing some work as root. It usually happens when I am in front of the TV with the Linux laptop on my lap. So, I wanted to delete the cache of my distribution’s package manager and instead of writing

/home/eugenia:# rm /var/cache/pacman/pkg/*

I wrote

/home/eugenia:# rm * /var/cache/pacman/pkg

and of course, this deleted my files on /home/eugenia/ instead of /var/cache/pacman/pkg/. Thankfully, I didn’t have any important files on my root of my home folder. I did a similar thing a few months ago on my Slackware installation (these days I only use Arch Linux though).

After this happened again last night I decided to do what I usually do: try to find the true problem of why this happens and why it hasn’t EVER happened to me on OSX or Windows. The problem is the terminal itself as opposed to a graphical file manager which is so visual that helps a lot to not do any mistakes (error count is higher when using a terminal than a graphical manager). As a user of Linux *I have* to resort to the terminal to do some administrative work as root. On Windows I already have enough permissions to do that while OSX prompts me with a Finder alert asking me for the administrator’s password. Nautilus and Konqueror don’t have this feature so when I try to copy, edit or delete a file outside of my home they simply say that they can’t do it, instead of just prompt me with a password window. This leads me to use the terminal all too often even for very simple things like the clean up of a cache. And when my mind is not 100% on my laptop (e.g. by watching TV at the same time), shit happens.

Why don’t I load Nautilus as root then you ask? Because it takes 3-4 seconds to do so and I don’t want to wait. It is an inconvenience thing that I don’t want to go through. Neither I want to mix on my desktop eugenia’s nautilus windows with root’s nautilus windows. I prefer to use the terminal than have to deal with Nautilus, the way it is now.

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Thom replied to my earlier UFO post and I replied back on his blog.

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We went to the Apple Store in Palo Alto yesterday to check out the new iPod Video. Really beautiful piece of gadget. The store was packed with people, truly lots of people. We noticed that the Apple Store now becomes more of an iPod store rather than a Mac store. The long software aisles have *dissapeared* and only a small part now carries *some* software titles. Also, all Macs now were connected to an iPod, while this was not the case before.

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“A 15-year-old girl with a peanut allergy died after kissing her boyfriend, who had just eaten a peanut butter snack, hospital officials said Monday.”

This is so weird here in the Americas. I have never met a single person in Greece that ever had such an allergy. We eat peanuts all the time there…

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I watched a movie last night with Nicholas Cage winning $2 million on the lottery. In the movie, his wife started buying all this useless stuff like expensive fox coats etc. I started thinking, what would I buy if we were to win $2 million dollars? Well, apart from a few small and seemingly cheap things for the house, I don’t think I would personally buy anything else. I would probably invest the money. No, not because I am a big business mind (I am not), but because I don’t need anything extra at this point. We already have everything we want or need in our everyday lives. It’s kind of amazing actually… When I was a kid I got through some very harsh periods, we wouldn’t have money sometimes not even for bread. This has made me resistant to most material goods overtime. Of course, I have also developed a passion for gadgets the last few years but I am steadily working on limiting this useless spending and I am doing very good lately about it. I haven’t bought any serious piece of gadget for a long time (I am usually sent some for reviews though).

It truly is a weird feeling of not wishing you had something, the feeling of having everything you need. Of course, the only thing I do wish I had is a baby, but that’s not something you can buy, so it doesn’t count. 😉

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