March 25, 2011
Rats. Starting a couple of days ago, every once in a while Alcyone would start buzzing loudly and vibrating. It sounds just like a hard drive dying. To make it stop, I have to turn the computer off and then rap the case sharply a few times.
I didn't need this.
Alcyone has two 500GB drives, and I just now looked it up. They're ST9500420AS, which turns out to be Seagate. I just checked, and Newegg sells the same size drive from Toshiba for just $70. I trust Toshiba the most of all HD makers. I've never had a Toshiba drive fail on me.
So maybe it's about that time.
(By the way, all my computers get backed up daily by Deneb, the NAS. So data loss is not really an issue here.)
UPDATE: Just thought I'd mention that I'm working on another flash to run April 1, like I had last year. But if Alcyone dies on me, I might not be able to complete it. I ordered the replacement drives and they should arrive next week some time, but installation and recovery-from-backup might be challenging.
"Alcyone" is a villain in Magic Knight Rayearth,
I name my systems after anime/manga worlds; the laptop is Seiren and my old P3 was Escaflowne; this machine is Cephiro. But I've run out of names I like; hopefully something will come along that grabs me by the time I get a new machine.
(The network is "Roshtaria" so that's already taken, worse luck.)
Posted by: atomic_fungus at March 25, 2011 01:11 PM (7IkA9)
Well, the iPAQ is named "Uiharu" and the Slate 500 is named "Saten" and my WiFi hub is named "Railgun."
But if I buy another big computer, it'll get the name of another star. I might use Mintaka; I haven't used that one before.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 25, 2011 01:32 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 25, 2011 03:53 PM (W8Men)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 25, 2011 05:29 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: David at March 25, 2011 09:57 PM (xcVNq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 25, 2011 10:31 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 25, 2011 11:10 PM (9KseV)
You make it sound like that's a bad thing...
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 25, 2011 11:41 PM (W8Men)
Posted by: RickC at March 26, 2011 07:30 PM (VKVOz)
Over time, we relaxed the rule, and added themes like "no" (shirt, shoes, service, parking, spitting, etc). The annoying new professor who had insisted on having one of our very few high-end graphics workstations in his office received the one named "clue".
Posted by: J Greely at March 26, 2011 08:40 PM (7CyNp)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 26, 2011 09:20 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: J Greely at March 26, 2011 09:42 PM (7CyNp)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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