Treemaping tools and filling HDDs

Treemapping is a method for displaying tree-structured data by using nested rectangles.

Or, that is the academic way to explain it. :P

The simple way?

Treemapping is when you see the contents of your hard drive in a nice visual way, in order to see what you are wasting space on. :P :P

Treemapping Software:

TreeSize Free I’ve used this, it’s good but nothing visual.

SpaceMonger This is what I have at the moment, I like it :) It gives you a nice idea of things ;)

DiskView I haven’t used, plus it only has a 15-day trial period.

I bought a 1Tb hard drive in July 2009, and… well … I must say it’s full already. :P O_O (18,4 Gb free out of 931Gb)

I know, I know. Well, what can I say? :P I am notorious for such things. :D

But, I have an excuse! Yes indeedy I do!

This is what SpaceMonger tells me:    (Warning: The following may be boring for some :P )

233,9 Gb is backup from my older HDD. Some things are quite sensitive and precious, so I want to have as many backups as possible.

222.3 Gb is backup from M’s laptop. :P He had to format it, so everything was transferred to me, but I haven’t deleted anything yet. You never know what might be needed! :P

82,9 Gb is anime that I recently acquired from P. :D

80,2  Gb is memories … pictures, videos etc.

57,1 Gb is the rapidshare folder, aka some Lost episodes in HD quality. :P My laptop doesn’t even support HD quality! Damn, I should delete them.

44,7 Gb is Tv series folder, aka Lost. :D

23,5 Gb is movies…

I hope they don’t put me into jail for this info :P

33,3 Gb is more backup from another older laptop…

And some more smaller folders with smaller capacities…

Which means! More than half of the hard drive is used for backup  :D So I guess it’s put to good use, ne? :D

What about yours? I am curious to know! :D

P.S. Any ideas for a better title? :P

Riding the (Google) Wave


:P Sorry, that was cheesy, I know. :P

A new tool from Google, called Google Wave, has emerged. What is it? The video below sums it up quite well in only 7 mins. :D

I have an account … I can only send 7 invites, so maybe we can team up if the invites aren’t enough so we can all benefit. I think it’s a great idea!

For example we can quickly plan meetings there :) Or have a nice chat :P Or share our mutual documents. ;) I wonder if it works with Excel documents as well? :D Or share quickly anything interesting we might want others to see. :) Apart from sharing files, it applies also to photos!

The following text is taken from a wave (sent to my wave inbox) that is accompanied also with videos, so the new user can understand how to work with it. I just copied the text so you can get an idea, so don’t sue me Google! :P

The Basics

Starting a new wave

A wave can be both a document and a conversation.

Replying to a wave

You can reply anywhere in a wave.

Editing waves

All participants on a wave can edit any part of the wave, at the same time.

Reading through waves

To quickly read through unread blips in a wave, hit the spacebar.

Working with waves

Using Playback

The playback feature lets you move through the history of a wave.

Installing extensions

Extensions let you add rich content and interactions to waves, or integrate with other systems.

Visit the Google Wave featured extensions

Attaching photos and files

To attach a file to a wave, start in edit mode. Then either:

  • Click the paperclip and select the file from your desktop or
  • To drag and drop right from the desktop into a wave, install Gears in your browser.

Learn more

When to use Google \/\/ave

Go back to Welcome wave

There are tons of ways to use Google Wave–here are just a few examples to get you thinking and an overview video that shows Google Wave in action.

Organizing events

Keep a single copy of ideas, suggested itinerary, menu and RSVPs, rather than using many different tools. Use gadgets to add weather, maps and more to the event.

Sample event planning wave

Meeting notes

Prepare a meeting agenda together, share the burden of taking notes and record decisions so you all leave on the same page (we call it being on the same wave). Team members can follow the minutes in real time, or review the history using Playback. The conversation can continue in the wave long after the meeting is over.

Sample meeting notes

Group reports and writing projects

Collaboratively work in real time to draft content, discuss and solicit feedback all in one place rather than sending email attachments and creating multiple copies that get out of sync.

Sample project


Bring lots of people into a wave to brainstorm – live concurrent editing makes the quantity of ideas grow quickly! It is easy to add rich content like videos, images, URLs or even links to other waves. Discussion ensues. Etiquettes form. Then work together to distill down to the good ideas.

Sample brainstorm

Photo sharing

Drag and drop photos from your desktop into a wave. Share with others. Use the slideshow viewer. Everyone on the wave can add their photos, too. It is easy to make a group photo album in Google Wave.

Enjoy! :D Let’s ride the waves together!

(A cheesy opening, and a cheesy ending … Sheesh ….)

Music …

Hello hello :)

One of my hobbies, as with most people I think, is music. :)

Here are a few choices of what I am listening to lately… Post your latest favorites as well! :) I can maybe hear something new that way. ;)

This one is a Greek one, just today I heard it for the first time and I am hooked! xD

I think the lyrics of the following are crap, but I like the beat. It’s catchy xD

There you have it … :P Three songs, three different genres. :P

Or… rather one more. :D

I love Coldplay’s album “Viva la Vida”! They have so many good songs in one album, it’s not easy to achieve… ;)

At 2:24 and on I can see the beauty of the world, the beauty of humanity. Each person different, but special …

I wish you beautiful days and relaxing nights.

Medieval Torture Devices

There are no hello’s this time. No comments to be said, only facts to be read.

I was reading this article, of torturing devices in the medieval times.

I think half the time I was moaning and groaning from the atrocity. Of course I have heard of most of them before… But reading about them in detail, engaging yourself in the happenings and possibly placing yourself at those times… Or even trying to imagine how it could feel… Unimaginable. The Iron Maiden?! Mercy. :( Or the Pear Anguish or Breast Ripper? I had never heard of the latter one before. I wouldn’t call those torture devices. Torturing is to cause pain in order to extract information. Not to have the victim slowly die of excruciating pain and anguish. Those are fatal devices. :/

On a brighter note (article), here are 5 innovations that won the Edison award :) The i-Limb Hand sounds remarkable… What science can do… Just like anything else, science can be used for miracles, and can be used for destruction and death. Just as a simple knife.

I believe I did quite well on my exam today! :D Woot!! Hopefully I am not too far off. :P

I remembered “The Battle” from the Narnia soundtrack, and it’s really a beautiful song. So, I will end this with this musical note that ignites the imagination and sparks fire into souls !  Hats off to Harry Gregson-Williams! :D

i-LIMB Handi

The coldest inhabited places on Earth … !

H – Hello … *chattering teeth*

You think that you are cold? Try saying that to people living in Siberia or Alaska, for example… :P

The coldest inhabited places on Earth 

To give you an idea… Vostok, Antarctica: -89.2°C !!!! O_O And I thought *I* was cold with -17°C … ! :P How can people live this way? :/ When it is normal to have -45°C … How many layers of clothes must they wear? O_O

Oymyakon – Siberia

Ok, I must admit something. I broke down and watched the Avatar trailer, because I was curious why the whole gush about it. :P It does look nice… But of course the great music helps a lot. :P One part reminds me greatly of the ‘Requiem for a Dream’ song, but maybe it was exactly that. It seems that the graphics will be really good. :) Anna-Lousia from Lost is in the movie, yay! :D :P (I don’t know her real name :P ) But I am not sure if I really want to give 12 euros for it. :P It would be nice to see it 3D, but I should be saving money. I can give that money for another movie that I REALLY want to see… Like Harry Potter!!!!!!!! :D :D :D


Damn it, time must not like me it seems. Whenever I don’t have my eye on him, he runs away. And then when I search for him again, I realize he has been gone for long.

I should be studying for exams damn it. But again it seems I wanted to take a break and a long, long time went by without me realizing it. (Or wanting to realize it :P )

How to procrastinate…!

Yo hello!

I’ve spent 3 hours today doing what is widely known as procrastinating. I’ve become such an expert at it, that I thought I may educate you all as well at this wonderful art. :P


When you have something important to do, just anything that must be done… Fix the house, clean up, study, read for exams, etc. Do the following:

a) After you wake up and eat breakfast, go to the computer to check your email.

b) Spend as much time possible on point a), reading each email thoroughly. You may even read older emails to reminisce good ol’ times.

c) Go to Youtube. Watch videos from your favorite subscribers, go on other youtubers you haven’t seen before and watch their videos as well, listen to songs and keep pushing the “Repeat” button.

d) Go on Facebook. Play stupid little games like “CafeWorld”, “CountryStory”, “FarmVille”, or “PetSociety”. Spend as much time as possible there, feeding your pets, watering plants, plowing fields. You are anyway gaining skills for your future job and life, so really take time to see how to plow and water plants. Gain levels.

e) Go on Twitter. Tweet everything you’ve done today and what you are doing this minute. If you are eating, tweet that as well (don’t forget to write what you are eating so everyone knows).

f) Realize that your stomach is grumbling and eat something ready-made. Leave the dishes to be washed later.

g) Sit back at your computer. Watch some movie or series. Talk on Skype to someone you haven’t talked to in a long time.

h) Realize that it’s night already, and the day is gone, and you still haven’t done what you were supposed to do.

i) Wallow in self-pity and guilt for the nothingness that you did for the whole day.

j) Procrastinate another couple of hours.

k) Drag yourself to bed.

[sarcasm] And, there you have it!!! A complete guide to spend your day effectively and productively. [/sarcasm]

Enjoy! :D

3D Modelling

Yo ho!

Among other interests, for years I have been thinking what the hell I should do in my life, as a job/extended hobby. I still don’t know the answer. One of those options was 3d modelling…

For anyone that may be interested, here are some links… Maybe you will start it sooner than me…

Free 3d model websites Free models to add to your work, because having a model ready-made is saving hours of work.

Archive 3d

Btw, I found this and it’s really quite funny :D Awkward Family Photos ! Heehee! :)

A light and adorable animation made with Blender! Wooow …

Blender is free! There are many tutorials out there. It’s the free alternative to the super-expensive-but-widely-used 3ds max.

And in CgSociety you can gawk at the amazing and talented work that some ordinary (!) people have created… I still cannot comprehend HOW in the world such things were created …

For example this! O_O

Take care, and Happy Name Day to all the Johns and Johannas! :D

Web Comics!

Hello … :)

Do you enjoy reading comics? If yes, tell me what you read… I am interested. :)

How about web comics? Which ones are your favorites?

I enjoy reading Questionable Content :D ! When I was sick some months ago, I sat inside the house for days and read around 1500 pages during that time. :P

It’s a light and enjoyable read in my opinion… And the story flows naturally. :)

Xkcd is a cute comic about life, love and physics. :P

There is also Perry Bible Fellowship that I found and read yesterday, but it’s not great. The humor is weird (sometimes funny, but all-in-all I’d say it’s the weird kind of humor. The kind my dreams can relate to.) It aims to a more narrow audience, not everyone likes this kind of humor. :P Also for me, some strips were enjoyable, others not funny at all. :P

Cyanide and Happiness

There you have it! :) A few web-comics to have a look at if you have internet access and you are bored. :P If you have any good ones, share them as well! ;)
Btw, I mustn’t forget Piled Higher and Deeper (or PhD) ! :P
Enjoy xD

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to you all! :D

I wish you a very happy year, with good health, close friends, joyful times and peace of mind. And may you get over your troubles, fears, problems, anything that set you back in 2009! :)

How did you spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? :) For New Year’s Eve, M. and I made finger food (yum!) and it was sooo good! :D And we watched Lost while the firewords were shooting in the sky… :P A pair of addicts, don’t you think? :P xD It’s quite thrilling, making you want to watch more and more! Now we are at the second season.

For New Year’s Day, I cooked :D I did my best, since I haven’t been much of a cook so far. I made Chicken Salad (substituting the turkey for chicken) and Chicken Broccoli Roll. Both were very good!! :D Yay! I made it. I also made brownies, but I left them a few minutes extra then they should have been, so they weren’t as soft as I would have liked. Damn, brownies can be so sensitive and difficult to make.

I haven’t written for 4 days… I know. :/ So now I must write 3 more posts today…! O_O Eek! It’s just a way to make me to be disciplined and be on it every day. Maybe even once a week could be good, but for the beginning I want to make myself write, thus forbidding myself to quit… And then after I reach a point when it’s become a part of  my life, I can change the frequency, have better quality maybe, or have it more concrete.

About the question I had here, I was thinking about it again… (I do appreciate your comments btw. :) ) But why would someone want to visit my blog again, just to read my thoughts? If we take it cynically, doesn’t everyone just care about themselves? Well ok, I don’t want to insult my friends so let’s take strangers. Someone stumbles on this blog… Why would they want to spend time to read someone else’s ponderings? Some people have enough with their own as it is, let alone knowing others’ as well. I just would like your opinions on this since I was thinking about it …

I have another 3 extra posts to write, but I will do them during the week! I’ve got dishes to wash, time to spend with M., and maybe to watch Lost. :D :D

Have a good evening!!! :)


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