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By riceowlguy (Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 11:58:18 PM EST) (all tags)
just me and Pandora.


Having Pandora on my "Martha" station is a good way to wind down the day.

I agreed to have a crack at doing some data recovery from a laptop for a friend's sister on Monday; tonight was the first chance I have had to really have a crack at it.  The laptop won't boot, so my first try is going to be putting the HD in an external enclosure (yet to be acquired) and see what I can see.  I almost went far down the wrong rabbit hole trying to get at the HD; I couldn't find anything online about how to get at the HD on this particular model, but I did find a thing about how to change the CMOS battery, which involved the whole lifting out the keyboard, etc. business.  I got to that point but didn't see any HD, so i stepped back and took a closer look at the bottom of the thing and there it was, a panel with two screws and a little cylinder symbol.  Facepalm.  HD has been been removed and everyting else put back together; there may be time to get to the store tomorrow to get the enclosure.

This brings up the fact that I intend to buy a laptop this month, and while I have wanted a Macbook Pro for a while now, I think I might be happier with something which is easy to service myself.  Anybody with more laptop experience than me (this will be the first one I've ever bought) have an opinion on what is easy to service and what isn't?

The sailing went very well; there was no need to worry about shoes (I just wore my tennis shoes) since everybody else just wore flip-flops and took them off as soon as we were on the boat.  We stayed out until about 11pm so we could watch the ISS/shuttle flyover.  Also saw a lot of bioluminescent plankton in our wake.  I'm on the e-mail list now so I know when the sails are going to be, so I can hopefully go again sometime soon.  My main value at this point is as ballast (and the occasional hauling/winching), but I'm trying to scour Wikipedia for info so I'll understand more next time I go out.

I was worried that after a few weeks of quitting singing that I would get bored.  Hah!  I'm just as busy as before (perhaps moreso), but it's all uncommitted stuff and mostly more physically active stuff.  I'm having a great time with tennis, especially now that I've gotten more of my friends involved.  Over the past month I'd say I've played an average of three times a week.

I'm starting to think more about my upcoming move plans.  My ideal move month would be November - it should have cooled off by that point, but not so much that the hot water has become an issue yet - but may be as early as October.  I think this upcoming month I need to get serious about some of the preparatory stuff in terms of getting rid of stuff I don't need, starting to burn down my pantry, etc.  September after I get back from PAX it will be time to get serious about looking for places.  If I find something right away, I'll jump at it and get it done early (although September and early October are usually still too bloody hot to be hauling stuff up and down stairs).  Depending on timing it may be better to go ahead and take the hit on double rent for a month in order to have plenty of time to do stuff.

I never expected one of the "benefits" of Twitter to be getting to see Kevin Smith live-blogging his attempts to get it on with his wife, and then be interrupted at the worst possible moment because he forgot when his call was.  Everybody wow.

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I never really understood why ... by lm (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 12:24:11 AM EST
... more PC makers didn't follow Apple in making a key stroke sequence to boot in hard disk mode where the box acts like an external drive.

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Not sure it would help in this case by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 12:45:29 AM EST
the system isn't even posting, or at least nothing shows up on screen when the power comes on (but it doesn't seem like just a bad LCD - NumLock doesn't work, for example).

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It didn't help when my iBook died either by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 09:33:53 AM EST
But it's quite a nice feature.

Now taking the hard drive out of an iBook. That was an adventure!


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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New Apple Design helps by The Lord Chancellor (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 08:57:01 AM EST
 When Apple switched to the Unibody design earlier this year, they made accessing the MBP's HD much easier.

Remind me to tell you my horror story from last month about a client with a bad drive.


we've done surgery on Macs by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 07:34:35 PM EST
and it wasn't too bad.  there are some really great sites out there.  Still, we were able to do pretty well without any internet help.

get the Pro!

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