Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2012 14:01 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Most applications do not deal with disks directly, instead storing their data in files in a file system, which protects us from those scoundrel disks. After all, a key task of the file system is to ensure that the file system can always be recovered to a consistent state after an unplanned system crash (for example, a power failure). While a good file system will be able to beat the disks into submission, the required effort can be great and the reduced performance annoying. This article examines the shortcuts that disks take and the hoops that file systems must jump through to get the desired reliability."
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RE: So
by MOS6510 on Sun 9th Sep 2012 18:24 UTC in reply to "So"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Thom probably doesn't have much time, but compared to the other OSNews members he spends by far the most time on this site. Without Thom there would be no OSNews.

My guess is this site has a few thousand active readers. Anyone can write or submit an article, most don't. I don't think it's fair to almost demand more effort from Thom. This is his hobby, not a paid job.

I've put in some effort to submit links to articles that are more interesting, more technical, more educational and less Apple/pattent related and a number did get linked (by Thom). If more people did this Thom has more choice to pick really good ones.

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RE[2]: So
by fran on Mon 10th Sep 2012 06:54 in reply to "RE: So"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Thom probably doesn't have much time, but compared to the other OSNews members he spends by far the most time on this site. Without Thom there would be no OSNews.

My guess is this site has a few thousand active readers. Anyone can write or submit an article, most don't. I don't think it's fair to almost demand more effort from Thom. This is his hobby, not a paid job.

I've put in some effort to submit links to articles that are more interesting, more technical, more educational and less Apple/pattent related and a number did get linked (by Thom). If more people did this Thom has more choice to pick really good ones.


The problem imo is that the editors expect a higher quality from submitters than what they write themselves.
This make it very daunting to contribute since you get extremely scrutinized by someone with a degree in journalism and language.
This is not all the time every time, but it is true to some extent of the submissions.

Edited 2012-09-10 06:55 UTC

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RE[3]: So
by MOS6510 on Mon 10th Sep 2012 07:33 in reply to "RE[2]: So"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Maybe Thom can shed some light on how many articles get submitted and how many get rejected.

I can imagine most will be written by amateurs, because professionals will have their own media to publish their works. But I think amateur articles, even if written very badly, should get accepted. It will give them a chance to learn and improve and it's nice to see what people who aren't skilled in writing think. The opinion of a child can be more valuable than the one of an expert.

It seems a number of OSNews readers have a personal blog were they write stuff, maybe they should submit links to those articles.

But apart from all the Apple stuff I'm quite pleased with the rest of the linked articles. Only it seems Thom is the only active member of an otherwise idle team. There isn't a page where they are all listed, but you can find a few on http://www.osnews.com/contact
Viewing this page yesterday I learned of someone called Smith Johnson, who is an undercover reporter, who doesn't seem to be reporting anything. The rest doesn't seem very active either. Most activity seemed to have stopped in 2011.

If just a few more people would at least link submitted linked articles it would make it same more like a team effort. Now it's "Linked by Thom Holwerda" everywhere, giving him a bad imagine of a cheap linker.

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RE[2]: So
by bassbeast on Tue 11th Sep 2012 18:34 in reply to "RE: So"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

But does he ACTUALLY pick any of those articles, or does he just ignore those that don't match his mindset?

I ask this with all honesty because i used to submit a lot of articles on /. but quit when the old guard editors quit and the new guys were all groupthink central. All articles had to be either serious flamebait or follow the groupthink, it didn't matter how poorly or badly it was written. there was also one editor who if he liked your submission would change a couple of words and put his name on it.

So you can't just say "We should contribute more" because a site has to have conditions where submissions are encouraged, otherwise most will do like me and just not bother. If Thom actually encourages submissions i have waay too much time waiting on Windows installs at the shop and spend that time spinning through geeky RSS feeds and site headline grabbers so i'd be happy to throw some geeky stuff up if anybody is interested.

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RE[3]: So
by MOS6510 on Tue 11th Sep 2012 19:06 in reply to "RE[2]: So"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, he ignores most of what I submit, but I did submit a lot of them.

I guess if more and more people would submit stuff even more and more won't make it, but the ones that do should be rather good one... I assume.

But finding articles to link isn't so difficult, original content is. I.e. articles written by OSNews readers. Why not publish bad ones? At least it might motivate others to think they can do better or give bad writers the chance to learn and improve.

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