Back with a bang

Thanks to everyone who left a note during my vacation; it’s been a little over two weeks and I have lots to tell.

Perhaps the most interesting thing that happened during my vacation, or at least the thing that had the biggest impact, was a spectacular hard drive crash in the Pentium. Lots of buzzing and ticking from the underside of the laptop, a few cracking noises and suddenly, my portable-but-outdated link to the Internet, e-mail and so forth was completely gone. No boot, no BIOS recognition, nothing but a persistent tapping from the belly of the beast, every time I turned on the machine.

On a scale of one to 10, this was an eight on the drastic-meter. All my local Crux repositories were gone, my to-do lists, e-mail archive, personal calendar, application settings, list of things to blog about, notes for before and after the vacation … you name it. All electronic vapor.

In a manner of speaking, of course. I made a point of e-mailing myself most of the lists before I went on vacation, and I did sync some things between machines before I left, but those files were 10,000 kilometers away, on a machine that wasn’t even plugged into the wall, let alone the Internet.

The real tragedy here was that I lacked the tools to get it going again. I was in a position to pick up a cheap laptop drive at a bargain basement price, but I couldn’t just delay my entire vacation for a day, while I recompiled an entire system from scratch on a piggybacked machine in a hotel or a friend’s house, inconveniencing any number of people in the process.

Now if I had been using, for example, the Thinkpad, I might have made a go of it. The Thinkpad has a CD player, a (relatively) fast processor and enough memory to at least rebuild a console-only system overnight.

But even that would have been mostly pointless, considering all the configuration and setup that would have been required. In all, the issue was closed.

So I borrowed a family member’s laptop from time to time, and did most of my e-mail checking and surfing the old fashioned way — from a graphical browser. Not my ideal situation, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

I should note that this is the second time in roughly two and a half years that a hard drive has imploded on me. The last time was shortly after I moved to Japan, but looking back there’s very little that seems related between the two incidents. Different manufacturers, different drives, different situations … all unrelated. I’m willing to chalk this up to bad luck.

And now that I’m home and I can inspect the machine, I am willing to accept it as only a minor setback. I have spare drives, and can start right away, rebuilding it if I want. But you know me — I already have a few ideas that are outside the “norm.” … :twisted:

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6 Responses to “Back with a bang”

  1. 1 G 2009/10/25 at 2:42 PM

    A stroke of bad luck, definitely. Hope it’ll lead to something nice, streamlined and creative! =:0)

  2. 2 mrreality13 2009/10/25 at 8:14 PM

    welcome back -hope you had a blast :)

  3. 3 truzicic 2009/10/25 at 9:27 PM

    Welcome back… Looking forward to read about “few ideas that are outside the norm” :)

  4. 4 Adrian 2009/10/27 at 4:19 AM

    Welcome back! I missed your posts! Too bad about the HD. Didn’t you make any backups? It couldn’t be that much of data, right?


  1. 1 Travels with Charley « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/10/28 at 7:04 AM
  2. 2 Poor man’s SSD « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2010/07/22 at 9:58 AM

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