Back that drive up

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I’ve never experienced a complete hard drive failure. Fortunately I’ve been able to catch the few times my hard drive started to fail thus prompting me to copy everything out. In the past it has been internal drives in the PC. This time it’s the hard drive enclosure I purchased for a premium about 3 years ago. The setup is one drive acts as a dump and another drive acts as the time machine drive. Wait a few weeks then turn on the external to do a time machine backup on certain folders. Once things are done, turn off and unplug the enclosure. This week as I’m turning on the enclosure I’m finding the drive’s not getting recognized. Further troubleshooting found one of the drives not turning on. Without troubleshooting any further I start to copy the backup of the backup onto an external I bought. I know that sounds anal, but I avoided a potential bad situation. These days I can’t stress how important my data is. It’s getting to a point where the data I keep isn’t only for me but for other people.

Always backup.

Now to figure out what’s wrong with the enclosure.


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On a normal uninteresting day I stumble into something post worthy.

I’m working overtime 6:00pm and after eating dinner I head back to the jobsite when it happened. On the way back I see Mr. cool dude riding a custom fat boy motorcycle. If I’m not mistaken a fat boy is defined as a bike with a skinny tire in the front and a huge wide tire in the back. So Mr. cool dude dressed to the T helmet, handkerchief over the mouth button up shirt and jeans. His bike is totally custom (I know from watching American Choppers) with a custom paint job, suicide shifter, heck even the handlebar grips were custom. We pull up to a stoplight and Mr. cool dude evidently was either a) on drugs b) enjoying the weather but not c) paying attention when he love tapped the car in front of him. Once he tapped the car in front of him he drops the bike. He stands up and opens up his arms as to say, “What were you doing?” to the car in front of him. As I’m watching this I’m in shock. The car in front barely notices and drives off as Mr. cool dude starts his bike and tries to drive off. We pull up closer and I notice some bolts and spacers lying on the ground from where he dropped the bike. That will cost him I said to myself as I started laughing. My coworker notices the Mr. cool dude and after I continued to laugh he said:

“Why are you laughing?”

“Hahahaha. What was that guy thinking? Seriously, he has no one to blame but himself. I don’t even know why he thought the guy in front of him was at fault.”

As it turned out Mr. cool dude dropping his bike somehow messed up his ability to shift his bike out of neutral. Mr. cool dude had to walk the bike probably to the parking lot as we drove off. It’s good to have a laugh every once in a while.

Dine out

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To offset going out to eat ALL the time (I know I get a bunch of crap about it all the time) I try to eat as healthy as possible. I know, restaurants don’t prepare healthy food, they prepare food that sells. Fast food restaurants are even worse, and the thought of healthy food is a curse word. I use to be an avid soda drinker. It was part of my diet and if I didn’t have at least one then the day wouldn’t be complete. It’s been about 4 years since soda has been removed from my diet opting for water. Saves me money and I don’t put a ton of sugar and stuff that wears away the bones in my body. Slowly I’m giving up the fries. I don’t even have to explain why fries are bad, everyone knows. It was tough but these days I order food that doesn’t come with fries. I don’t eat fried chicken. Lots of my friends and coworkers do, but I don’t. My latest attempt is counting calories. I’ve been looking up the restaurants I frequent at the amount of calories in the ingredients and not in taking the biggest offenders. Note to self: sometimes beef is healthier than chicken. Does it work? So far so good. When I eat healthier I don’t have to work out as much. haha

Game 7

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Being a Houston sports fan is an endless ball of frustration. We don’t attract the big athletes until the end of their careers. And typically Houston isn’t a great draw media-wise. On top of all the frustrations the Rockets have a long history of injuries. Despite the injuries we came out and played. We didn’t sit around and complained about losing our best players. We went out and we gave it our all. Regardless if we win or lose game 7 I’m proud to be a Rockets fan. We proved the Lakers can lose. I’ll be watching and cheering Sunday.

Go Rockets!

I’m a PC

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Don’t you like the new Microsoft Ads where customers are allowed to pick which laptop under $1500 and they’re allowed to keep the laptop? Microsoft got tired of Apple’s commercials and finally decided to fight back and make their own commercials. The one with the mom and son is the one I see the most. He goes into Best Buy and browses laptops and makes a face at Apple’s Macbook because the screen’s too small. He ends up picking a PC and they’re both excited cause they get a free laptop. The only problem I see with this commercial is that Microsoft doesn’t make computers. They’re a software company.

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