On 1/18/07, Waldemar Kornewald <wkornewald@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Well, you could at least make it possible to specify volumes that should still have a write cache (this is possible in XP, too), so your always-connected USB HDD will always work at maximum speed.
Exactly the reason why I would NOT like the very option of disabling the write cache at all. Or at least not make it the default. "It Just Works"(tm) entails reliability AND performance. Actually, it essentially means user shouldn't be pissed off by the quirks of the appliance.
This is a nice idea to prevent data loss. We also have to make it very easy to unmount your volumes, though. Placing the volume icons on the desktop is IMHO accessible enough. Maybe Deskbar is the right place for volumes?
I don't think so. I hate the fact that Windows makes it hard to eject removable devices (at least 2 clicks and quite a good deal of mouse aiming at the tiny "removable media" traybar icon, not to mention how difficult it is for my father to remember what's it for, how's it shaped, and when to use it), and some Linux DEs are heading towards the same (mis)direction by "uncluttering" the desktop and adding another level of indirection by demanding one to open the "Computer" icon. Mac OS, Amiga and BeOS got it right. One click (and hold, and releasing the mouse upon selecting the "eject" command) or one keyboard shortcut or one drag to the trashbin. Why should we change how to unmount volumes? The journaling protection should be absolutely transparent to the user, except when it kicks in and asks the user to reinsert the media.