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[4]: So
by fran on Mon 10th Sep 2012 07:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: So"
fran
Member since:
2010-08-06

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.


Over the last two years i did email a few times.
I also bitched a few times about articles not being submitted. Look at my submissions and you see the extent of it. (It only show the last 50).

My conclusion after it all is that this really is a hobby site, though a very serious hobby site.
Tom probably would love to write more stuff. Probably love to guide people in writing to his required level of standard, but you rarely hear anything from him. The man is just very busy from what i gather, running two businesses. I can only imagine the mental fatigue of a translator as well.
David would probably like to contribute more, but it does take lots of time, and from what i gather he has a few business keeping him very busy as well.

Funny the other day i read Gruber makes $500000 a year from his Daring Fireball blog.
With that kind of income you can pretty much only concentrate on writing.

Edited 2012-09-10 07:46 UTC

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RE[5]: So
by MOS6510 on Mon 10th Sep 2012 07:58 in reply to "RE[4]: So"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

$500.000??? He doesn't get paid for every letter, that's for sure. I've visited his page a few times, because it got mentioned somewhere, but his articles are often very short. Most of the times he reacts to something someone else wrote, so his articles are basically forum replies. Maybe he writes longer stuff too, just not when I visit.

OSNews is indeed of the hobby level, that's why I like it. But I also value the comments crowd a lot. The comments section is often a place where you can get different insights and viewpoints. A number of people is pretty smart and skilled.

I think most people don't know how busy Thom is. It's easy to think he sits behind his computer all day working on OSNews. Recently he revealed he also gets hate mail and death threats, which I can imagine don't help to motivate him to write stuff for this site.

Because of this I think it's even more important OSNews gets more active staff so it's not just Thom's name everywhere and he doesn't get the blame each time someone is fed up by something.

The linking of submitted linked articles doesn't seem too difficult or tasking, it's something that can easily be done by someone else, freeing up time for Thom.

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RE[6]: So
by fran on Mon 10th Sep 2012 08:02 in reply to "RE[5]: So"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

$500.000??? He doesn't get paid for every letter, that's for sure. I've visited his page a few times, because it got mentioned somewhere, but his articles are often very short. Most of the times he reacts to something someone else wrote, so his articles are basically forum replies. Maybe he writes longer stuff too, just not when I visit.


It's true.
http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/This-Apple...

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RE[6]: So
by fran on Mon 10th Sep 2012 08:05 in reply to "RE[5]: So"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06



The linking of submitted linked articles doesn't seem too difficult or tasking, it's something that can easily be done by someone else, freeing up time for Thom.


I tried writing, but it did not made the cut.
I though it was ok, but it seems i am not the write stuff. Maybe it's true.
I have a much greater chance of having a quoted link accepted than otherwise.

But frankly these days i am much more interested in applications than operating systems. It's fun news yes, but the evolution and toolbox we actually use on a OS is more fascinating to me.

Edited 2012-09-10 08:06 UTC

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RE[6]: So
by Neolander on Mon 10th Sep 2012 12:01 in reply to "RE[5]: So"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Because of this I think it's even more important OSNews gets more active staff so it's not just Thom's name everywhere and he doesn't get the blame each time someone is fed up by something.

The linking of submitted linked articles doesn't seem too difficult or tasking, it's something that can easily be done by someone else, freeing up time for Thom.


Speaking from personal experience (tried and failed to do a good OSnews editor job in early 2011), it's fairly easy to join the OSnews editorial team, but I wouldn't recommend doing it unless one really has lots of spare time on his hands.

One hour per day or so is sufficient to sort out, format and publish submissions that simply link to another website, especially considering that the daily publishing rate is capped by the amount of news that can be displayed at the same time on the right column. But high-quality originals, which we are missing most right now, take much longer to write.

Edited 2012-09-10 12:04 UTC

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