> disabling write caches
> this is mandatory unless you have battery backed cache to recover from
> failed writes. period, end of statement. if you don't do this you _will_
> loose data when you loose power.
If this is true (and I don't doubt that it is), why on earth is it not the default? Shipping software with such an unsafe default setting is stupid. Most users have no ideas about these settings... surely they shouldn't be handed a delicious pizza smeared with nitroglycerin topping, and then be blamed when they bite into it and it explodes...