Thursday, April 15, 2004

Hardware failures

Of all the pieces of hardware in a computer that could possibly fail, the most annoying is a hard drive. Guess what piece of hardware in my computer is in the process of failing? Hey, you got it. I bet that didn't take more than two guesses.

About two weeks ago, I bought a 160 Gb drive from Futureshop because they had a kick ass mail-in rebate deal. Anyway, it cost me only $170. I set it up (in software) with the 160 Gb drive I already had as a 320 Gb striped array. Fantastic. Until the new drive started giving me read errors.

I had just finished the laborious process of transferring over one hundred gigs of crap off of my previous drives and onto the new striped array. That took basically a whole day of watching progress bars. Now I have to do it all again, only this time, I have to go "pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease" everytime it starts a new file hoping against hope that it doesn't fail. There is nothing worse than losing data.

Once I get all the data off that I can get, it's back to Futureshop to see about getting a replacement. I don't have the package anymore (they make them such that you can't get the damn drive out without destroying them), but I do still have the label; I was just about to send in that mail-in rebate, you know. I have high hopes that they will still take it back, because the magic 30 days have not yet passed and it is defective, after all.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Best. Monitor. EVAR.

I think anyone who's ever written a client/server architected program has either basked in the glory of, or pined away for, a dual monitor set up. I know that since I have had dual monitors, I just can't go back. It's just too sweet.

This monitor however, would put all that to shame. If you were ever writing a server/client/client/client/client/client program, then this is the monitor for you :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Canadian women win gold

The Canadian women have done it again: won a world hockey championship. There was definately some questionable refereeing going on during this game; bad calls were made on both sides. But it if weren't for a (bad) decision in calling one of the Americans' shots that actually went in the net a non-goal, this may have been a vastly different game. Sure it happened in the last 5 minutes of the game, and Canada was up by 2, but still, there's that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that says "what if..."

Did anybody else watch the game? Was anybody there? Please comment.