It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?
Friday, October 31
You are a tabby cat. The total home-body. You'd be
content just to stay at home all day and not
get up from the couch. You lazy sloth! Try and
make a movement every now and then, or someone
might decide to bury you in the back yard!
What color of cat are you?
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Thursday, October 30
I've recovered 37,000 files so far. That leaves about 210,000 files to go.
If your filesystem has become corrupt and Windows no longer recognises it, panic not! Delay not, but buy Stellar Phoenix. It doesn't suck. It recovers files, without (so far) error. Quickly - uh, well, not actually quickly. But easily. Reliably.
Hooray for Stellar Phoenix! Hooray!
Now I just have to work out what I'm going to do with this 230GB of files I'm recovering...
Not only have I lost two disk drives so far this week, but I've come down with a nasty cold. At least I'm better off than this guy:
There'll be an airplane crash in Burma next week, but it shouldn't affect me here in New York. And the feegs certainly can't harm me. Not with all my closet doors closed.Must not lesnerize...
No, the big problem is lesnerizing. I must not lesnerize. Absolutely not. As you can imagine, that hampers me.
And to top it all, I think I'm catching a really nasty cold.
Wednesday, October 29
Very much not yay.
I suddenly have 250GB less files to worry about. Came home this evening, thought about burning another DVD, decided to have a nap first. Had nap, came back to computer:
The disk in drive D is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?Given that drive D is a 250GB external hard disk, this is not a good sign.
Excuse me a moment.
fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck
Sorry. I wonder if the disk is dead outright, or if the filesystem has been corrupted. I'll have to see what is available in the way of recovery tools.
Sigh. At least I got to back up the anime.
Update: The disk is not dead; the filesystem is corrupt. Probably recoverable. So, anyone know what the best, reasonably priced utility for recovering poodulated FAT32 filesystems is? I downloaded a copy of GetDataBack, which has let me know that the files are there. Is there something better I should be using? Does Partition Magic do this? (Because I have other uses for it, if it does.)
Update: The demo version of Stellar Phoenix has found 388,063 files totalling 377.859GB. This includes deleted files (which, given that the disk was full, are a lost cause - but that's okay, because all I want is the not-deleted files). I just told it to exclude the deleted files, and it's having a bit of a think. (Read: grinding the CPU into powder.) Every file I expected seems to be there, with no signs of corruption in the directory structures. The demo version won't let me at the files, but so far I'm tempted to buy this one.
Burnt 49 DVDs without a hiccup... Number 50 was a coaster.
I've ordered another hundred disks. Did I mention that I have a lot of files?
Tuesday, October 28
Another disk drive went South overnight. Acutally, given that this is the Southern Hemisphere, it may actually have gone North. Hard to tell without a magnetometer. Anyway, last night, working fine. This morning, as dead as Blogspot's archives on a bad day.
Fortunately, I spent much of the weekend running backups.
Unfortunately, I hadn't got around to that drive yet.
Of course, it's part of a RAID-5 array, so all I have to do is reboot, and it will fail the drive out, run a file system check...
Run a file system check...
Reboot. Go into interactive mode... I said, go into interactive mode...
Grr. Reboot. Go into interactive mode. Zap that filesystem out of the table so that it doesn't automount. And...
Reboot. Boot boot boot. Good. Mount the filesystem manually... Good.
Now, copy all the files across to... Um. Did I mention that I don't have any disk space left? Hmm, now that I've backed up all these files, I don't actually need to keep them on the disk. Not as such. So zzzzap! Bye bye 50GB of, well, stuff.
Copy copy. Now why is there an scp process running on the target machine, chewing up 99% of the CPU, and doing no I/O whatsoever? And why has my copy stalled? Kill the process. Kill the... Bugger. Reboot - the other box, this time.
Copy copy copy. And now I have no disk space again.
Monday, October 27
I have extracted my blogroll from the evil clutches of Blogrolling, and put it up here for all to see. Yay!
Sunday, October 26
Railroad Tycoon 3 is out.
If you are an anti-idiotarian, rightist (is that a word?), centrist, or even a non-barking-moonbat lefty, there's still time for you to get over to the New Blog Showcase and vote for Defending the Blogosphere Front in the War on Terrorism at Irreconcilable Musings.
We've already squished the LLLs like bugs, but there's always room for more squishing.
And if you are a barking-moonbat lefty, keep reading this blog and your cure is assured! (Warning: Some thinking may also be required.)
Update: It looks like the League of Losers tried a little Chicago-style "Vote early and often" chicanery, but they are rank amateurs at the game compared to Harvey of Bad Money:
Earlier this week (twice, actually) a bunch of losers ran a denial of service attack on Hosting Matters. Pissed me right off. First, if you don't like someone's blog, you should make a better one yourself. Second, if you're not qualified to do so, then just hit the damn back button & don't give them your traffic.or Physics Geek:
Irreconcilable Musings has a NBS entry that discusses this topic, and even offers an idea for something you can do to keep a good blog from being knocked down again. That makes him a winner in my book. Or at least votable.
And just for fun, I'm going to give IM some Chicago-style bonus votes. Rumor has it the Bear's vote counter is a little wonky. Well, when in Rome...
Defending the Blogosphere Front in the War on Terrorism over at Irreconcilable Musings
I see that the Axis of Weenies has put in all their 27 votes for the post saying Bush=Hitler, Cheney=Satan, we're all being Enron-ed. Grow up, people. It's not the best written post, or even the most entertaining. If a liberal version of Frank J. ever appeared in the Showcase, I'd vote for it because it would be FUNNY. Actually, since most liberals are humor impaired, my example is a huge stretch, but you catch my drift. Anyway, voting for someone's blog just because you happen to agree with their ideology only makes you look stupid. Look, I can make like a liberal blogger, too: Bush is Hitler! Halliburton controls my life because Cheney is Satan! Bill Clinton makes me wet: uke::. Sorry, there are some things I just can't do.
Update: I see that the Axis of Weenies decided to cheat by treating the New Blog Showcase as their own personal Chicago-style election. I've decided to try their approach and make the assault so pernicious that Truth Laid Bear will cancel all the multiple votes as cheating. Since the lefties have decided to create a Florida redux election by manufacturing votes, I'll join right in.
In fact, Physics Geek posted that not once, but three times! Applause!
Update: Loyal reader and occasional commenter Mitch H. of Blogfonte tsks loudly. He has a point. But they started it! Um... I'm only reporting the news, not making it! Let's see... A rolling stone... No, that one doesn't work at all.
The drugs made me do it! Or possibly the devil! Devildrugs!
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