Science Fiction Time: Marrying Matrix and Three Body To Let Humans Live Forever!

Science fiction captures us in a state of dreams because it’s something we want but cannot get.  So instead of giving up all hopes, we want to imagine up the possibilities even though some science fiction kinds of stuff would be forever suspended in our imagination.  We also like to dream up many far-fetched scenarios that may or may not be possible in the near future when we would be long gone.  It’s for the future generation we hope because we dream about it now.

With such a spirit, let me steal some ideas from the Matrix and some ideas from Three Body series so I could marry these ideas up to form something really out of this world.  If you have watched the Matrix series, you know that in this world it’s possible for humans to quickly digest digital information directly from machine to the brain as a brain got a connection which can siphon learned digital materials from machines.  If you have read or listened to books in Three Body series, you know that hibernation is a thing!  So why don’t we marry the Matrix’s brain-machine connection with hibernation?

Imagine this, you may want to upload a copy of your brain into a machine or a robot, and allow this robot to live as you in the real world while you hibernate away.  Let’s say you automate your hibernate chamber to wake you up every 100 years so you could come out and play and get some sunshine before you go back to your centennial sleep.  When you wake up, the new era would be way smarter and more advanced than you, and so you would allow the robot that had lived for 100 years in your place to upload the experience of 100 years into your brain so you could catch up with the time in seconds and minutes.

Furthermore, you could direct your robo-self to invest and make money while you’re hibernating away.  This way, when you wake up 100 years later you could be wealthier.  Of course, if your robo-self got a buggy program, you could be poorer instead.  It’s a jungle out there while you’re sleeping into the future, and so I guess you could never expect to be 100% sure that you could be a billionaire when you wake up right?  Regardless, at least you know you could be a lot smarter when you wake up since you could learn all the mistakes and successes from the experiences that the robot uploads to your brain.

Let’s say you only want to play in the sun for 10 days each time you wake up, and the math could continue on to let you sleep and wake, play and then sleep again — almost as if forever young into the future.  Each time you wake up you only waste 10 days of your life, but the future medical care is so advanced that you would be 100% free from diseases.  Well, unless the future is going to regress into a new dark age, you would probably be fine!  So, you would set your sleeping chamber to wake you up whenever a new century arrives so you could come out to play in the sun and absorb all the experiences from the robot.  Oh, your robot probably upgrades itself as time progresses, and so you don’t have to upgrade your robot when you’re awake!

You get the idea, this setup could let you live for a very long time into the future.  If such things ever escape science-fiction and come to play in reality realm, we could say humans almost achieve immortality.  Humans could then wake up from a dream each time to witness a newer century.  Perhaps, the earth itself would cease to be hospitable and the sun would cease to shine and yet humans could still sleeping away in a coffin just to be woken up in a newer century!

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Got Small SSD As A System Drive For Windows 8? Here Are Some Tips To Free Up Some Disk Space For Your SSD!

Samsung SSD 830 Series 128Gb 2,5" SATA

Samsung SSD 830 Series 128Gb 2,5″ SATA (Photo credit: Tolbxela)

If you got a small SSD as the system drive, you know how annoying it’s to see it’s being filled up quickly right?  Nonetheless, there isn’t anything you can do about it to stop Windows from eating up SSD space, especially if you’re using Windows 7 and 8.  Still, there are several things that can keep your SSD system drive sane by doing few things as followed…

Disclaimer:  I’m not going to be responsible for your actions in case your computer caught on fire or data were smashed into the oblivion.  You have been warned, and so only trying these tips out if you’re knowledgable (and able to own up to your mistakes).

  1. Use CCleaner (only download on its official website or reputable websites to avoid fake CCleaner software which could be a malware or virus) — to clean up the cache, temporary files, and other unnecessary cluttered data.  Furthermore, you can also use CCleaner to clear up erroneous registries.  This software alone is able to help you free up a lot of space in your system drive (i.e., C:\)
  2. Use Windows’s built-in Free Up Disk Space utility.  This way if CCleaner missed anything this Windows utility will help clean out the rest.  Nonetheless, I don’t think CCleaner will miss anything unless you had specified specifics data not to be cleaned by CCleaner.  So, this step is rather redundant if you ask me.  To access Windows 8’s built-in Free Up Disk Space utility, you gotta do this:
    1. Accessing the Charm bar on the rightmost side of the monitor as you’re facing it
    2. Click on search icon to access the search box
    3. Type in the search box with Free Up Disk Space
    4. Select Settings link underneath the search box
    5. Click on Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files link/icon on the left panel
    6. Select C: drive
    7. Follow the self explanatory steps afterward.
  3. You can also save many many Gigabytes of disk space if you turn off hibernation for Windows 7 and 8.  If I’m not wrong, Windows 7 and 8 usually reserve the same amount of hard disk space to RAM size for hiberfil.sys if you had disabled pagefile feature.  Otherwise, Windows 7 and 8 usually assign some disk space to pagefile.sys and a lot of disk space to hiberfil.sys — adding these two files together would equate the RAM size.  So, let say if your system has installed 8 GB of RAM, then it’s agreeable that Windows 7 and 8 have also reserve around 8 GB of disk space to be used for hibernation through the file known as hiberfil.sys (i.e., if pagefile.sys isn’t existed).  The best way to disable hibernation and recover this 8 GB or how many GB worth of disk space that might be, you have to do this:
    1. Accessing the Charm bar on the rightmost side of the monitor as you’re facing it
    2. Click on the search icon to access the search box
    3. Type in the search box with cmd
    4. Right click on the Command Prompt icon/link
    5. Look at the bottom Charm bar and click on Run as administrator icon/link
    6. Type into the command prompt the command:  powercfg -h off
  4. Furthermore, you can also reduce the pagefile size to free up even more disk space (i.e., for SSD which acts as system drive).  It’s not recommending to do this since Windows 7 and 8 can crash if the system runs out of memory (i.e., RAM) and cannot access large enough pagefile.sys file.  Nonetheless, I myself had reduced the pagefile.sys file size to only 1% of the SSD disk space, recovering some disk space in the process.  I figured that my system got amble amount of RAM (16 GB to be exact), therefore I went ahead and reduced the pagefile.sys file size.  I don’t think my system can ever be out of memory unless I crazily run too many RAM hungry programs at one go.  Nonetheless, I did not disable pagefile.sys completely, because to have some paging is better than not having any.  Having some paging might be able to prevent system crash when the system is out of memory.  When a system goes into paging mode, the system will be very slow.  Whatever the case, here is how you reduce your Windows 8’s pagefile size:
    1. Accessing the Charm bar on the rightmost of the monitor as you’re facing it
    2. Click on the search icon/link
    3. Type inside the search box with Advance system settings
    4. Click on View advanced system settings link on the left panel
    5. Select System Protection tab
    6. Highlight C: drive
    7. Click on Configure button
    8. Slide the Max Usage slider in the appropriate manner to reduce the pagefile size
    9. Click OK button to save everything and exit this feature.

With following the tips I just shared, you might be able to recover a lot of disk space from your SSD.  I was able to recover around 40 GB worth of disk space from my SSD (i.e., which acts as system drive).  In the process I was able to shrink my C: drive to allow me to add an additional partition for dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04.  Awesome isn’t it?  Of course, the extra partition on SSD isn’t capable of holding Ubuntu system’s home directory and various other directories (i.e., in long term use), but I got lucky as I also had an extra hard drive to spare.  Nonetheless, you only need 5 GB worth of disk space for installing Ubuntu 13.04.  In my case I have 5.7 GB worth of disk space of doing this, and so I assigned 700 MB for swap drive, the rest was for root directory.  The extra hard drive would be for /home and /var directories for the Ubuntu system.  Why only 5.7 GB worth of disk space to spare on SSD C: drive when I claimed that I recovered around 40 GB worth of disk space?  Well, Windows 8 didn’t allow me to shrink SSD C: drive to the point that I could use all the 40 GB data free disk space, because some of the original data might not be moveable and had sprinkled to certain supposedly data free regions of the SSD, consequently the surrounding data free regions of the SSD were not available for partitioning.  In the end, I could only partition SSD C: drive with an extra 5.7 GB partition.