This evening, I was trying to help out my sister with troubleshooting her digital camera over instant messaging. She said that it said the card was full, but didn't show any pictures, so I tried to walk her through the process of getting the camera to format the card. If you've ever tried to explain this process to someone, on a camera you are unfamiliar with, while being unable to see the camera in question, you know just how difficult a process this can be. The camera doesn't seem to have a format option, just an "Erase All Pictures" option, and even after that, it still says the card is full. I was perplexed.
Suddenly I had a fleeting moment of inspiration! In the default configuration, GNOME moves anything you 'delete' to a special trash folder on whatever drive the file existed on, and doesn't actually delete it until you empty your trash. This has always been the first thing I turn off when setting up a new GNOME installation, because this is freakin' retarded. "Is it possible," I thought to myself, "that this retarded behavior has just been copied by the GNOME UI people, and isn't actually not a GNOME annoyance at all, just something they copied from some other stupid system?" Sure enough, MacOS 9 behaves in exactly this way as well; emptying the trash on the computer did in fact free up all the space on the camera.
Does Windows behave like this as well? This is like the worst possible system I can think of for dealing with file deletion, and surely someone has to have gotten it right...
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