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Mar. 5th, 2007

06:36 pm - Blargh.

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Okay, first of all, this is mostly cathartic venting for my own benefit, so please don't read too much into it. I'm doing fine. Kind of tensed and with unpleasant black things wanting to bubble up in the back of my head, but really, I'm fine. But I figured I was perhaps in more need of venting than I had thought when I caught myself unjustly snapping at a coworker who did nothing wrong, nothing more than writing some tool that obsoletes one I did a while ago (yeah, so I'm growing uncomfortably insecure about my work, what a surprise).

Right, so. Yeah, I've not been online much lately, but not without reason. Lots of tiny things going very slightly wrong, most of which independently insignificant, but the accumulation is starting to wear me down.

Some of you know where I live: a charming little rural town in the middle of the forest. Lots of cool community activities getting done, such as celtic dances and songs, trekking, and of course my martial arts lessons. It has a charming little church next to the charming little school and, as I've once reported, has been featured a few times in charming little TV series.

Hell, the place's name probably means "the quiet place in the forest", etymologically.

Surely that's the dream place to grow up, right? Mooch candy off the neighborhood, run about the woods all day long, learn all manners of cool things about wildlife?

Well, apparently not. I guess that when you're determined to be a victim of that terrible unfair society and use it as your excuse for everything -- that's the hip thing lately, y'know -- nothing's gonna stop you.

My car got broken into while I was at my martial arts lesson two weeks ago. Bent door, shattered window.

Apparently the town officials know the kids who did it, and the similar acts of gratuitous damage that have been committed lately in the town as well, but eh, without proof, which in this case would amount to catching them red-handed, nothing they can do.

I took it mostly with a shrug, honestly. Fucked up kids are something about which to be sad, not angry.

Still, the following week was damn draining. Get organized with one car for the two of us around our complicated, mismatched schedules; get in touch with the insurance company, learn that I must press charges at the Gendarmerie before they'll do anything; get up early so I can find the Gendarmerie's service where you're supposed to press charges open before work, discover they want to see the broken car, drive back home and come back with that car; get home with the paper; drive to work with the other car, fax the paper to the insurance company; obtain a first appointment with their most local partnered repair shop; have them decide whether it's anything the insurance company will pay for; obtain an appointment to get the car fixed; drive the car there early before work; wait patiently for them to be done; receive a phone call where they tell me there'll be a delay because the car manufacturer -- which happens to be my client at work and thus already a recurring pain in my ass -- shipped them the wrong parts; FINALLY go pick up the repaired car and discover that the insurance company left me with a large deductible to pay from my pocket.

All this took well over a week of managing the complicated logistics of it all around working hours. Tired? Yah.

I was hoping to relax some on a horse's back during the weekend, but the course had been canceled and they forgot to call me about it. So I just watched then end of another course and then went and groomed Bacchus, just because.

Anyway. With the car fixed, I could see to my current business: obtain the last of the hardware I needed to organize weekly backups of my and Caroline's data.

So a good chunk of time got spent tracking down an external USB hard-drive enclosure to use with the spare HD that will serve as backup drive.

Except there was NOT ONE to be found in any of the stores I went to. Come back in a few days, sir, they said, we're expecting a shipment. But the shipment didn't come.

Okay. So. Guess what happens when you're trying to hunt down some piece of hardware to backup your data but can't find the damn thing anywhere even though it was plentiful not long ago?

And yes. You guessed right.

My main HD died last week. I lost everything that wasn't on the old disk from my previous machine. Bits of writing, pieces of code, personal email, recent photos -- all gone.

The day after, there were external USB HD enclosures in store.

So, uh, yeah, I guess I'm a bit tense.

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From:luna_the_cat
Date:March 5th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Oh. Oh, dear.

Weeks like that just suck. Or as my husband would say "they suck wet farts out of dead pigeons."

Your old HD -- do you still have it? Have you tried putting it in the freezer?
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From:balinares
Date:March 6th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
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> Weeks like that just suck. Or as my husband would say "they suck wet farts out
> of dead pigeons."

... Okay, I don't know for sure what the game was, but your husband wins it. :)

> Your old HD -- do you still have it? Have you tried putting it in the freezer?

Yup, still have it. ... In the freezer? How so? How long? What do I do then, plug it back in and stare in confusion as it resumes working like nothing happened? >O.o<
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From:luna_the_cat
Date:March 6th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
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Ah, good. Yes -- wrap the HD up in a couple of good sealable plastic freezer bags so that it doesn't get too many condensation problems, then pop it in the freezer for half an hour to a couple of hours. Then hook it up while it's still cold. It won't keep it working for that long, but you'd be surprised how often it will revive a dead drive long enough for you to copy data off it.

Boggled me when I first got told that trick, but I've used it successfully twice. Go figure.
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From:clx
Date:March 5th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Arggh merdage de HD.. :/ Ça a failli m'arriver l'autre jour, le disque faisait des spin-downs avec de drôles de bruits a quelques dizaines de secondes d'intervalle, puis repartait, et cela de plus en plus souvent. J'aurais du me dire qu'il allait clampser, j'avais remarqué que mon Seagate n'était plus aussi silencieux qu'au premier jour, mais bon, repousser le backup chaque fois au lendemain, et...


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From:balinares
Date:March 6th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
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Ben là, même pas de signes avant coureurs, rien. Le disque a juste arrêté de répondre de but en blanc. Merde, quoi...
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From:ralesk
Date:March 5th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Aww man :( *hugs tightly* I’m really sorry to hear all this crap you had to go through...
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From:balinares
Date:March 6th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
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*hugs back*
Thanks dear. I'll be okay, don't worry. :)
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From:postrodent
Date:March 5th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Ah merde, c'est epouvantable. Many sympathies, dragon. It's terrible how fallible these things are. *hug*
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From:balinares
Date:March 6th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
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Tell me about it. The more I work with computers, the least I like them. Someday the Singularity will fizzle out and it'll be the computers' fault, you'll see. ;(
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From:kelfstein
Date:March 6th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
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Loosing you HD blows, I have lost a few, I burn a cd with my more important stuff every once and a while so I will never have full loss again, but a full back-up would be better.
As to the vandals, I understand you frustration.
Hugs
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From:balinares
Date:March 6th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
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I know. Alas, I have lost more data to CD decay than to HD crashes over the years, and so I'm wary of using CDs for my backups. Hence the external HD solution I was working on building up. One day too late. :/
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From:kefen
Date:March 6th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
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*câlin* Je ne peux que te souhaiter du courage et une semaine rapide et sans histoires, pour que tu te retrouves d'autant plus vite au milieu d'une plage de sable chaud à siroter un punch!

Sinon quelle marque de bière et de chocolat veux-tu que j'apporte en passant vous voir avant votre départ?
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From:balinares
Date:March 6th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
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Chais pas, au vu des posts du Phokse j'ai du mal à me convaincre que ça va être bien reposant, cette affaire. :)

Pour la bière et le chocolat, je ne sais pas. En fait je ne sais pas trop ce qu'on a le droit d'amener, le site du ministère des affaires étrangères ne dit rien. Pour la bière, dans tous les cas, ça restera conditionnel au poids de nos bagages je pense. :|
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From:balinares
Date:March 6th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
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... De la bière. En soute. Donc potentiellement non pressurisée. Hmm. Je ne me rappelle plus trop de ma thermodynamique, mais en fait je suis pas certain que ce soit une super bonne idée, la bière en soute. Ou alors je me plante?
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From:kefen
Date:March 6th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
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Non non, ça serait pour consommer avant le départ, pas pour emporter :) Je suis sûr qu'il y aura du rhum à profusion sur place :P
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From:kefen
Date:March 6th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
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Ah pardon j'ai été moins clair. C'est rapport à ce qu'il faut encore que je passe brièvement chez vous pour y déposer les derniers trucs que je dois faire parvenir à mon homme.

Si au passage je peux apporter -- mais juste pour toi, là -- de quoi te changer un peu les idées, ça serait bien aussi. Et y'a longtemps tu m'avais appris la technique Shaolin du chocolat-bière contre les coups de fatigue :)
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From:issarlk
Date:March 6th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
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Hier j'avais honte de t'avoir envoyé ballader avec ton histoire d'API. Mais ma grande lacheté m'as empeché de m'excuser alors je t'écris dans ton blog c'est plus simple.
Donc désolé pour hier, moi aussi je suis tendu en fait et j'ai tendance à voir des attaques sur ce que je fais et pas aimer, car ma solution est la meilleure, bien sur :)

Sinon ton systeme n'est pas obsolete du tout. Mon script ne gere que les zones admin, prod et drac... et rien d'autre. Et puis avec RoR ce sera les doigts dans le nez pour faire des webservices et API :)

Ca pu pour ton disque dur :((( Moi j'ai apris qu'il ne faut rien mettre d'important sur un seul disque dur.

Tiens, le "nouveau" disque dur acheté l'année derniere fait des spin-down et clac clac, de temps en temps (une fois tous les X jours). Ce disque a mon systeme Ubuntu, et Windows. Mais mes données son sur deux disques en RAID1, je suis pas fou!
Cependant, j'ai accumulé un certain nombre d'images de pingouins ces derniers mois sur mon Windows et ton entrée me fait penser qu'il faut aller en acheter un neuf pour backup, car ce serait domage de perdre tout ce volume d'Art.

Je te conseille un double disque en RAID1, sérieusement. Les disque c'est du consomable maintenant.
Ou bien un gros USB externe avec backups journaliers.
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From:balinares
Date:March 6th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Disons que c'est déjà très près des bornes de ce que j'avais en tête en demandant de changer de service, avec la mise en place d'un système d'information intégré à moyen/long terme. Or donc, si y'a déjà un existant ça va salement compliquer la chose, d'autant qu'il n'est très probablement pas compatible avec les briques sur lesquelles j'ai déjà un peu commencé à bosser.

Après, mes doutes personnels grandissants sur RoR (et sur lesquels je ne reviendrai pas) n'ont pas à entrer en ligne de compte, quoi qu'il advienne, et c'est la raison pour laquelle une API commune (donc fatalement un truc indirect avec du vieux XML-RPC, voire *gasp* du SOAP) est le mieux sur lequel je puisse tabler, ce qui ne remplit pas de joie mon petit corps déjà meurtri.

Ca, et puis j'ai aussi des réactions cons des fois, et ça me gonfle.

Pour les backups, je me méfie du RAID, parce qu'entre autres problèmes, si c'est ton contrôleur qui crâme tu as l'air con avec tes deux disques. Et puis je vais aussi devoir gérer le backup des données de Caroline (et accessoirement de mon serveur virtuel), donc je pense qu'il va tout de même me falloir un truc mobile. Mais merci du conseil, je le garde en mémoire. J'ai acheté un disque neuf pour réinstaller, mais si la garantie pour l'ancien disque marche encore, je le ferai remplacer et je verrai peut-être pour faire du RAID entre le nouveau et le remplaçant de l'ancien.

Sinon merci d'avoir posté ce commentaire, c'est gentil, et ça montre bien que tu n'es pas aussi lâche que tu veux bien le dire.
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