[Air-l] [cc]Microsoft's really hidden files
Zunt at aol.com
Zunt at aol.com
Fri Aug 10 10:21:11 PDT 2001
In a message dated 8/10/2001 12:09:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, jhuns at vt.edu
> my e-mail and browsers work fine without such things, so why do they do it.
Other folks find those features useful. I sometimes allow cookies to be
stored on my machine to help me get quicker access to various web functions.
I also have cached web pages on occasion to speed delivery of content. I
don't cache my old e-mail, but know folks who do for their own reasons.
The author advises me to "erase all [my] cache files, all [my] cookie files,
and all of [my] e-mail correspondence. " My reply is simple: No thanks.
I'll erase what I don't need on my machine, and will do it on my own terms.
When my drive gets sufficiently filled with junk, I'll shift what I need and
wipe it clean. No big deal, and to my way of thinking, no need for
conspiracy theories ;>).
I'm surely not a defender of contemporary bloated software that generates
bloated files and bloated file structures, but am stuck in a position where I
use what's easily available to get jobs done as efficiently, effectively,
etc., as I can. And I don't mind folks complaining re: their perceptions of
product quality. What bugs me about that article is that the argument is
based on a factual error: the existence of supposedly hidden files that I can
actually see. Hyperbole and crudeness while presenting a straw man just
doesn't set well with me.
You must be leading a blessed life to get away with a semiannual maintenance
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