Tried to log in on my file server last week and found out that the hard
drive was dead. Finally went to Fry's yesterday, and bought a couple of
Western Digital red (NAS) 2TB drives. Designed for continuous duty, which
would be a good thing. Disassembled the lock on the docking bay I had the
backup drive in (and promptly found the key, lurking in what had been my
Confirmed that the backup works and the old main drive doesn't, and
installed the latest Debian. Which only took about an hour. It boots
fast as a bat, and ships with a driver for the Realtek ethernet controller
on my motherboard. So I can free up the PCI slot for something more
useful, like maybe an ESATA/USB-3 card, if I can find one.
Now begins the tedious process of restoring (done, as of this evening) and
reconfiguring. Which will take time because I want to make some
long-overdue changes in the config.
It looks like the last time a backup was made was June 25th. I don't
*think* I did much, if anything, since then except maybe add a couple of
passwords to the keychain. And of course I've lost a lot of email. If
you sent anything to steve at thestarport.org in the last couple of
months, I haven't seen it. (It is now forwarded to my gmail account,
along with steve at savitzky.net which I've been doing pretty well at
keeping up with.)
It's possible that some of the transient stuff can be rescued from the old
drive -- it seems to run ok for a few minutes before suddenly going
offline. Not entirely clear that it's worth bothering with.
Apart from that... Colleen has been getting physical therapy three
times/week, and is now able to stand up and transfer into her power
chair. Progress. Her caregiver is an excellent cook -- Thai, Chinese,
and Japanese, with an emphasis on lean and low sodium. Yum!
Links in the notes, as usual. One, found by a coworker after I'd
mentioned something to that effect, is one of my favorite stats: iPad 2 as fast as Cray 2 supercomputer. I also dropped a donation on
YsabetWordsmith's poem, "Part of Who I Am". Some great links
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