||[Sunday 9th October 2005 at 9:58 pm]
So I finally decided to tackle the folders "Random junk", "Random junk][", "Random junk Mk III" and "Random Junk the 4th" in my data directory. While a lot of stuff in there should really be shunted along to the bit bucket, there's other files that made me pause, either as I thought I'd lost them forever a long time ago or because I'd forgotten I had them. And then there's others, which make me realise just how long I've had this computer for (the oldest file date which I think is from this computer is 2 apr 2000).
And then I find a few web pages, that I'd saved (back in the days of dialup when connecting to the internet was both slow and expensive), which have sidetracked me somewhat. To give an idea of dates, the site for one has gone 404 but when I tracked it down in the wayback machine the page had a footnote containing "PROJECT DOLPHIN! Say bye bye to Playstation 2! There is a new fish (mammal) in the harbor! Click here to check out Nintendo's NEXT Generation System a.k.a Project Dolphin". Project Dolphin being the codename for the Nintendo Gamecube.
I've also found other files, like some help files I wrote for a program that I've since lost. Oddly enough, that program (a coin toss simulator) was knocked up in a few hours in relation to a maths course I did when I was in Year 9 (age 13-14). The maths course was run by the Royal Institute of Mathematics at the University of Sussex, which happens to be where I am now. I could probably track down the lecturer who I gave a copy to (okay, so I was young and stupid back then) and see if he still has it.
Speaking of that, one of the things that I noticed early on when I arrived at Sussex uni and started wandering around was that they've still got the same newspaper article up in the Pevensey café. That article dates back to when Pevensey was a maths building, before the Psychologists took it over. It's little things like that which can bring a smile to your face.