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Heureka!

We found the USB drive!
(Well, not me personally, but see below.)

The USB floppy drive that I lost in December, that I hunted all over my house for, that my dad helped me search for at home and two of my students scoured my lab spaces for... just turned up in a clothing closet as we were packing. It's only a $36 drive, but my students and I were sure it had been stolen, so it's really quite a relief. We aren't quite in unlocked-front-door territory here in Kansas (we have had equipment stolen from the department before), but it's almost like that here.

It's such a load off to not have to go to the Union and buy a replacement (not that having two is a total waste, but it'd have been a nuisance to find it afterwards). Plus, now - if my luck holds out - I can boot Norton Ghost and restore the 12Gb drive of Vingilot (my ThinkPad 600E) with half of my AIM chat logs and a bunch of other files.

Well, this reminds me to download what music I did back up before onto the 60Gb HD of Numerramar (my ThinkPad A31p) and bring that to MWC.


Edit, 14:45 CDT: Seen with rsmit212 and masteralida - and then there were three...

Servants of Cthulhu. Fnord.
Servants of Cthulhu:
Victory is Destruction.
Fnord.


Which Illuminati are you?
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Edit, 16:00 CDT: Nebula is mother to us all! Fight for her!
I forgot to mention that I slept from about 05:45 to about 10:45 and had a dream (not really a nightmare) about Darana Cairnfell as Thetis. Gee, thanks, masteralida!

What's next? M'lissa as Briseis? Or perhaps Deidamia daughter of Lycomedes? A child of hers and Michael's as Neoptolemus, the original baby from the Daytime Soap Opera School of Accelerated Growth?

You know, you'd think if she were out to make her son invulnerable, that woman of all people wouldn't screw up... but who says she would want to? :g: (Now, dressing him as a girl, that I could see. It certainly wouldn't trask his psyche any more!)


Edit, 20:15 CDT: Had dinner with a recently retired colleague, and will be attending her exhibition at an art show here in Manhattan on Fri 04 Jun 2004, after Media West. Oh, and where the trask did my mother learn so much about how to fix a USB mouse?

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Banazir

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dakotamidnight
May. 23rd, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Just out of curriousity, does the case on your A31p crack easily? I have one and the case basically falls apart when you pick it up.

tis intresting that we have the same computer lol.
yahvah
May. 23rd, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
cracked cases :-D
I have a Thinkpad T20 and the case to it cracked. I don't know if it cracked easily, but it surely cracked.
dakotamidnight
May. 23rd, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
hmmm....perhaps it's a general defect with thinkpad laptops. although i've only seen a few other cases on my campus, where we all are required to have a thinkpad laptop. hmm...maybe i should contact IBM on it.

Mine is currently being held together with crazy glue, lol.
rsmit212
May. 23rd, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D

I've had a T22 for close to two years now and not had a problem with the case. I have lost 2 hard drives, one with all data lost. But the case has survived drops from the arm of the couch and daily commutes etc...
gondhir
May. 23rd, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
I've seen quite a few heavily abused laptops, many of them ThinkPads (or StinkPads as we called them) and I have to say that the TPs actually have quite strong cases. Can't say I really prefer the rest of it, but I have yet to see one with a broken case.
banazir
May. 23rd, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
I've seen quite a few heavily abused laptops, many of them ThinkPads (or StinkPads as we called them) and I have to say that the TPs actually have quite strong cases.
That's been my experience, except for the easily worn-off paint. On the older-model ThinkPads, 2001 and before, gaping holes wear through in the matte finish to expose what appears to be an aluminum case. This is what happened to Vingilot, my TP600E (mobile Pentium II-366).

Also, the lettering wears off on the keys, which is only mildly annoying if you can touch type. Showing people my [Shit] key is always funny. I should have taken a photo, but by the time I got my digicam last October, it was more like a [Shi.] key.

Numerramar, my A31p (Pentium IV-1.7GHz), has a plastic case, but I tend to be very gentle with late-model notebooks and only start really whanging them around when they are really old and expendable. (I suppose that utility curve should be "when they are nearly out of warranty or after they are far out of warranty", but you know, IBM's actually been good about replacing even just OOW stuff, so I return the courtesy by not trasking struff 1000 days into the warranty period.)

Can't say I really prefer the rest of it, but I have yet to see one with a broken case.
I have, and in fact a lot of bits and pieces (spring-hinged gate for the docking station on the A31p, lithium battery lid, keys, mysterious rubber pieces) have broken off from my TPs, but by and large they don't crack. That sounds unusually fragile.

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Banazir
dakotamidnight
May. 23rd, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
perhaps I should attepmt to take photos of this...to allow everyone to see it.

EDIT: OK, photos taken...anyone know where i can host them for free to show everyone?
banazir
May. 23rd, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
perhaps I should attepmt to take photos of this...to allow everyone to see it.
Sure!

EDIT: OK, photos taken...anyone know where i can host them for free to show everyone?
GreatestJournal gives you hosting for up to 1000 free pics of up to 125K each. There's also WebShots, PhotoBucket, and Snapfish, but I don't use those.

I'd offer my own web server, but it's down at the moment.

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Banazir
dakotamidnight
May. 23rd, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
lets see if this works








i am trying to just link them from the sprint website, since i took them with my camera phone.
dakotamidnight
May. 23rd, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
ok lets try this again...with yahoo this time







Re: cracked cases :-D - dakotamidnight - May. 23rd, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
dakotamidnight
May. 23rd, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
okay....couldn't get it to work in comments, so it's posted in my journal dakotamidnight. feel free to look and see. might work better if you view just that entry so that the background isn't black though.
Re: cracked cases :-D - banazir - May. 23rd, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: cracked cases :-D - dakotamidnight - May. 23rd, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Warranty time! - banazir - May. 23rd, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Warranty time! - dakotamidnight - May. 23rd, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Warranty time! - gondhir - May. 23rd, 2004 04:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Warranty time! - banazir - May. 23rd, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Warranty time! - dakotamidnight - May. 23rd, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Warranty time! - banazir - May. 23rd, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Warranty time! - gondhir - May. 23rd, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Warranty time! - dakotamidnight - May. 23rd, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Drak Helmet!! - banazir - May. 23rd, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Drak Helmet!! - gondhir - May. 24th, 2004 01:15 am (UTC) - Expand
Look, sir... Spaceballs - banazir - May. 24th, 2004 02:13 am (UTC) - Expand
gondhir
May. 24th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: cracked cases :-D
I'd offer my own web server, but it's down at the moment.
Speaking of which, when is it going to be back up?
Re: cracked cases :-D - banazir - May. 24th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: cracked cases :-D - gondhir - May. 24th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Threesy - can't get worse, can it? - banazir - May. 24th, 2004 10:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Threesy - can't get worse, can it? - gondhir - May. 25th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC) - Expand
banazir
May. 23rd, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
IBM ThinkPad A31p (Pentium IV 1.7GHz)
Just out of curriousity, does the case on your A31p crack easily?
I have one and the case basically falls apart when you pick it up.

Hrm, no, it hasn't cracked but here are the things that have come off:

  • The little rubber thing in the middle of the LCD panel, at the top (what is that?)

  • My [Home] key (I was cleaning a cough drop crumb out of it and the little rubber contact came off along with one of the plastic catches, so it won't snap back on)

  • The lettering on the following keys: E, O, P (partial), A, S (partial), D (partial), L, Left Shift (partial ;-)), C, N, M (partial)



tis intresting that we have the same computer lol.
Yep. I haven't ever liked the fact that this clunker weighs over 7 pounds (3 kg or so), though.

What kind of RAM do you have on yours?
I got it with 512Mb and kept meaning to upgrade to 1.5Gb, but still haven't done it.

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Banazir
masteralida
May. 24th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
Oh, and where the trask did my mother learn so much about how to fix a USB mouse?


Mothers can do anything, didn't you know that?
banazir
May. 24th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
The hand that r0><0rs the cradle r00lz the w0r1d
Mothers can do anything, didn't you know that?
Oh. Wright.

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Banazir
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