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    One of those mornings  echo $newRAM;
    added Wed June 15 2005 at 6:41 AM
    It's seriously been too long since I've written anything. I'm not sure who reads these days, but my apologies are sincere. I don't apologize to you, per se, as much as to myself for not being true to my site. Or whatever. At any rate, don't give up checking for updates because I'm still alive.

    Ever have one of those mornings where you feel like you're flying? I don't usually. I'm really not a morning person. It's not that I woke up earlier this morning. In fact, I overslept the alarm by about an hour. Standard fare for my mornings, really. It's a combination of several things, really. Work has been hectic this week, which after completely dragging for a couple weeks is a nice change of pace. I've had plenty to do, and I know that I'm the right person to be doing it. That's not to say I'm irreplaceable, but as it stands right now, nobody knows the code that I work on better than I do. It's always good to feel needed.

    I'm not going to go into much depth on the next topic, for two reasons. First, I don't want to jump to too many conclusions (at least not publicly... I'll just keep them to myself). Second, I don't want to freak anybody out. But because it's the main thing that has me flying this morning, it would feel improper to not at least mention it. If you're offended by online single's sites, stop reading now.

    There's more to read. Read the extended entry.

    Fried Drives and Ram  echo $newRAM;
    added Wed June 15 2005 at 9:52 PM
    I'm too tired to be dramatic or to write anything exciting. Basically, I just want to whine a bit. As I said, I'm tired... it's been a long day, so PITY ME.

    Alright, enough of that. That's not very productive at all.

    Let me start again. I'm actually not exactly sure where it "starts." I was having troubles burning CDs last night (my burner has always been a bit cranky), so I left one burning nice and slow and went to sleep. When I woke up and the computer was moving slow and choppy, I assumed that it was because Nero had a memory leak or something, so I rebooted and headed off to work.

    When I came back home, it was still having troubles. I restarted, the same thing, and I tried shutting all the way down to power up from scratch. And then the "disk repair" utility popped up as Windows tried to load. I knew then that it was nothing to do with memory leaks, and probably nothing to do with software at all. I fought to get Windows to recognize the drives for a bit longer and eventually gave up and powered down for dinner.

    After dinner, I took off the case and figured out what happened. The fan that I bought to keep the hard drive extra cool had gotten stuck and was sitting there heating up like crazy. The heat from the fan probably damaged the hard drive, and I have no clue how bad it is. At the suggestion of a friend, I'm going to try installing Linux and see if I can use it to recover as much of the data as possible, then I'll start sending emails to the people I bought the hard drive from and see if I can get my money back, or a replacement.

    I'm actually more worried about the data than the drive itself. I suppose before I upgrade to a new hard drive again, I'll have to figure out how to get two more hard drives in and set it up via RAID. For now, though, it's extremely late and I'm rather exhausted. Maybe tomorrow, everything will seem a little better again.

    By the way, nothing's wrong with the RAM- I just liked the play on the Fried eggs and Ham bit.