Saturday, May 28, 2005

It won't help

Today's post was inspired by today's Dilbert. One thing that's bugged me ever since MS-DOS started including defrag.exe is that there's this idea that generic, random computer problems can be solved by defragmenting the hard drive. Generic, random hard disk performance problems can be solved by defragmenting. Those popups you're getting? Those are because you've installed spyware. Defragmenting your hard drive may allow Internet Explorer to load them from your cache half a millisecond faster, but it won't make them go away. I guess there is some good to come from it, though... it gets people defragmenting their hard drives occasionally.

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