I got a MacBook Air a few weeks ago. When I replaced the hard drive, I named the new one Solidus.

I picked the name because the previous owner named the computer Solid Snake. In the game, Solidus is the character’s ‘older brother’ of sorts, which fit.

Of course, it’s a solid-state drive, so the name fit.

But a solidus turned out to be an ancient Roman coin. In a society filled with backstabbing and politicking, only a gold coin was truly ‘solid’. That computer is really the first big thing I bought with money I earned myself.

Today I discovered that a forward slash is also a solidus. What does the path “/” refer to on a Mac? The boot drive, or in my case, Solidus.

Something about all that makes me smile.

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