Rise of the machines

We seem to have a rebellion on our hands here.

First a video camera gets snarky with me on Thursday, and then yesterday my backup hard drive commits suicide and tries to take the iMac with it.

I’m talking refusal to boot, the blue screen with spinning wheel, all the dire portents of the End Times, which the Bible tells us will be heralded by an Irish-American bearing a smoking Visa card to the Apple Store (see the MacBook of Jobs, Ch. 10.6.8).

So I forced a shutdown, unplugged all the peripherals, reminded myself of the first of the Four Noble Truths (life is qualified by suffering), and hit the power button.


A series of diagnostics indicated that my 2TB miniStack v3 Firewire drive was FUBAR, and today the wizards at Other World Computing agreed and told me to return that bad boy for regrooving. It’s the only product of theirs that’s ever failed me, and they’re taking care of bizniz, more power to their Torx wrenches.

I won’t be able to back up my bullshit until they send a replacement, but I expect that the world can get by with only one whiff of my stink for a few days.

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13 Responses to “Rise of the machines”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Technology is great…until it leaves to go eat a sammich. My hard drive is completely full on work laptop and the IT dept says no refreshes until Q3. I’ve been trying to dump some of my archives and anything else I can do without, but can’t wait to see when it’s going to decide to seize up. Then we find out the reason for the Q3 refresh schedule is a huge reorg of the company. So now, it will be either get a promotion or loss my job. So now, who cares about the laptop. I’ve got 23 years with company and 2 to go for at least some early retirement. But hey, the good news is I made it this long. Never thought I’d make it past the first 12 months in corporate America.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Here’s hoping you get the promotion and a raise and skate on through toward a comfy retirement, Sharon. I only lasted 15 years in the newspaper biz and didn’t even get a plastic Timex, much less a gold watch. I’ve done 22 as a freelancer and now Herself is charge of my (our) retirement plan, so we’ll only have to fight the cats for food three days a week.

  2. BruceM Says:

    Patrick me lad! I have the solution for ye troubles … Irish Yoga. I have an illustration but I can’t figure out to attach it here, and I’ve lost your email address.

  3. Khal Spencer Says:

    Computers. Sigh. I suppose it beats semaphore.

    Also, if any of you want to stock up on Hatch chiles, better do it now. The Rio Grande is bone dry down there and the forecast is for more nothing coming down from the heavens. Except dust and wind, that is. The punch line is the aquifer is salty, so irrigation is slow death to the fields.

    What was that promise to Noah? The Fire Next Time.

  4. thebulldogedition Says:

    In a completely unrelated comment, Happy Birthday, Old Dog.

  5. Steve O Says:

    Technology …


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