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I had a really good idea for a blog post last night as I was getting ready for bed. It was going to be awesome. I felt like I had at least a good four or five paragraphs worth of stuff you might actually want to read.

But I now cannot remember a lick of it. Not even the title, which I remember being especially exquisite.

So, instead, you get to hear more about how hardware hates me.

When I got home last night, Mike was upstairs fussing with my computer and the RAID that we have for backing up our shit. See, the night before, my personal laptop’s hard drive decided that it too would like to shit the bed. Luckily, it is dying a bit slower than my work computer’s hard drive did. The work computer was a complete loss as soon as I noted that it was broken. My laptop decided that it was okay to boot up after it’s initial seemingly complete death. Sure, it made a sad mac noise. But it still came up.

So we tried to back up my shit. We tethered it to the RAID, set stuff up, and walked away. Apparently, Mike found it to have failed to copy the next morning. So he started it again, and yesterday afternoon it had failed again. Leaving him with only one option. He hacked the OS.

Yeah, that’s not the option I would have thought of. And it’s probably good that I didn’t see him doing this. It would have made me anxious. He told the OS to keep trying to read bad sectors. Like 1000 times or something stupid like that, before calling it a real read error.

It worked.

But I do smell a trip to an Apple store in my future. One with a visit with a Genius. Hopefully he tells me it’s easy to pop in a new hard drive, or at least that he can do it for a fee that doesn’t make me nauseous.

Ultimately, though, my computer is pretty ancient. I mean, I want to believe he’s going to make it another bajillionty years, but when it comes down to it, 4 is old for a laptop. Just… I don’t really have spare money floating around for a new laptop. And I don’t really want to get a desktop. I like being able to lounge on the couch when I’m working from home.

At least I know what would happen to the brand new power cable I just bought my laptop less than a month ago. I was whining about how I’d hate to spend money on my computer only to have to replace it when Mike stated, as a matter of fact, “If you get a new computer, I’m stealing your power cable. We can sell the broken computer with my broken power cable on eBay.”

Nice to know someone’s already in line to steal and sell parts…

I wonder if I can get the kind of price I got last time I sold an old and broken computer on eBay.

eBay is my Friend
How neat is it that you can sell broken used crap on eBay and get real money from people? I wrote a little poem to express how lovely eBay is.

eBay is my Friend

I had a nice computer,
I liked it quite a bit.
I dropped it on the floor,
because I’m a dimwit.

It was cracked and broken,
but as I wiped it down,
I seemed like it would function
still, so I – I didn’t frown.

Then after months of happy use,
the screen went two-thirds dead.
It’s usefulness was shattered
and I hung my sad sad head.

After I got over it,
I wanted to see it gone.
Now some guy in California
wants my computer for his own.

eBay is my friend now,
’cause they let me peddle
my junky broken ‘puter
to the highest bidder.

Pretty crappy poem, huh? I’m awful proud of it. And I’m awful glad for eBay!

— My LiveJournal, 03/03/2004

February 14th, 2008 • 9:49 am • dinane • Posted in Life, Technology, Uncategorizable120 Comments »

Back Up Your Shit!

This is less of a blog post and more of an order. You should back up your shit. Now. I mean it. Get out a CD-R, or connect to your company’s back up server, or make a shelveset or a personal branch, or do whatever it is you do to make sure you don’t lose things. Back up your shit. I mean everything. Even the stuff you just kinda keep on your desktop. Everything. Even the VMs you think you don’t care about that much. Everything. Even the work you’re doing right now that isn’t finished. In fact, especially that. Just think about how much it would suck to have to start over.

Back up your shit.

Or you’ll end up like me.

February 12th, 2008 • 10:58 am • dinane • Posted in Life, Technology, Uncategorizable250 Comments »


I had to make a couple lists to follow up my last post. They are incomplete, but hopefully will be enough to knock some sense into me.

Reasons why I want to buy this:

  • It’s really pretty
  • It’s super-neat
  • It doesn’t cost as much as I thought it might (the internet suggests a range in the low to mid $2000 range, my brain initially assumed more like $10k)
  • I’ve lately been thinking that I want an electric guitar to go along with my basic acoustic and my electric-acoustic

Reasons why I should not buy this:

  • It will probably sell out and be a big crazy disaster
  • It still costs way more than I should spend
  • If I bought it I wouldn’t be able to buy a new computer any time in the next decade (which I was hoping to do)
  • My Ovation is sitting upstairs feeling unloved (and probably dehydrated, I need to get a humidifier up there) because I don’t play it nearly enough as it is
  • I don’t need a new electric guitar
  • The internet says they’ll be coming out with a less limited (and theoretically less expensive, though probably less pretty) edition next year

Okay, down off the ledge. I will not be making an appearance at Guitar Center tomorrow. Thanks, brain, for calming yourself down.

December 6th, 2007 • 4:19 pm • dinane • Posted in Music, Technology, UncategorizableComments Off on …Cont’d

I… I mean… Wait… Yes?


Did you know that they make guitars out of robots now? Robots! Guitars! OMGWTFBBQABCMLBNBANBCCNNNHLCBSNFL!


December 6th, 2007 • 3:42 pm • dinane • Posted in Music, Technology, UncategorizableComments Off on I… I mean… Wait… Yes?

Blogable: Crying in Public

Let me paint you a picture. I’m sitting on a brown leather sofa, kind of haphazardly. In front of me is an extremely large plasma television. In each of five directions, I can see very small cube speakers. They are producing no sound, but the television is producing a picture. A moving picture, in fact, showing some adorable Huskies.

When I saw the preview for Eight Below, I was in the movie theatre. I’m sure most people work the same way during the previews. A preview finishes, you look to the person you’re there with, and either make the excited “we’re going to go see that” nod or the less-than-impressed “not in a million years” finger-in-the-throat. Most of the time, Mike and I look at each other and make the same gesture. Sometimes, if I’m really excited, I fidget in my seat like a five-year-old. In this case, I was really excited. I love puppies! Mike… he made the gag gesture.

I was sad, but soon forgot about it. That is, until I was sitting in Best Buy waiting for Mike to pay for the TV.

Oh, right. We (and by “we” I really mean “Mike”) bought a new television. It’s too big. But it was on sale with several combined discounts and 3 years of no-interest financing. Why did I let him do this? I don’t know. I’m still not sure how he wore me down. But now we have a new TV, and watching 24 on it was pretty nice.

So there I am, sitting in a store, amongst people I do not know, watching the end of a movie I’ve never seen, hearing the audio from the next movie over (which I immediately recognized as Superman Returns, in case you were wondering). There were puppies. They were cute. Their owner-daddy found them. One of them was missing. Sadness. One of them wouldn’t get in the truck and ran off. Owner-daddy chased him. They found another puppy lying on the ground. Owner-daddy cried because, like me, he thought the puppy was dead. But then… you could see he was breathing… and his eyes opened… and owner-daddy picked him up and carried him home. And then…

and then…

and then…

I was bawling.

January 17th, 2007 • 11:05 am • dinane • Posted in Movies, Technology, Television4 Comments »


Man… I don’t even come close to needing this. But I want it! I want it! I WANT it!

What is it? It would be the iPhone that is coming out in June. I have no need for it. I don’t use the internet on my phone now, even though it is capable of it. I don’t check my email on the go. I don’t expect my phone to do anything really except ring when my sister calls it. But this gadget-phone-smart-phone-toy is just calling out my name.

I want it.

January 9th, 2007 • 2:20 pm • dinane • Posted in Technology8 Comments »

Quick Note

Due to a small problem with billing for my web host, we were down for a little while. We’re now back up. That’s awesome, huh?

That’ll teach me for going on vacation the week my site gets billed the month after my card expires…

More later!

January 2nd, 2007 • 10:46 am • dinane • Posted in Site, Technology2 Comments »


Writing VBScript is like shooting fish in a barrel with a gun that doesn’t shoot straight. The only reason the fish die is because the water all leaks out of the barrel.

December 18th, 2006 • 3:07 pm • dinane • Posted in TechnologyComments Off on UGH!
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