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how NOT to backup data

Posted by giveaphuk on March 23, 2007

ok, so here is a serious assumption on my part, which I’m sure many others have also encountered.

Being a geek for many years has left me with about 5 computers, all of various ages, all containing both my own & clients artwork. I recently decided to go Zen on my room, & clear out all this old equipment, so I purchased a 240gig external HDD & spent many hours backing up my data from all these machines, into this one convenient location.

It never occurred to me that centralizing data backups to one source is inviting disaster (IE:// a load of eggs in one basket). Last nite, I accidentally tripped on the HDD power cable & this external HDD went flying off my table, where it fell to the floor with a big THUNK! Now when i plug it in, it whirs & makes a loud click, a sure sign that this has been destroyed.. No computer, be it mac, pc or Linux will now recognize this drive (even in the bios!).

The one thing i am thankful for is the fact that I still have all these old machines, & haven’t as yet reformatted the drives, as i was planning to do!! Failing this I would have had to spend Hundreds of Dollars getting a data recovery service to attempt to fix my problem.

Now I am going to have to spend many hours again, moving all this data back onto a new external HDD, but this time I am going to purchase another HDD, which i am going to pack away very safely, as my ultimate secure backup!

Sure I could have backed it all up to DVD also, but last time i did that, years later, when requiring some old data, I opened my cd case to discover these DVD’s had suffered a bad case of Techno Rot, thus rendering all data useless!

So a word to the wise, from my stressful experience, backup essential data MANY TIMES, & in MANY DIFFERENT WAYS!


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using gmail chat in 3rd party chat applications

Posted by giveaphuk on March 20, 2007

something really cool i just discovered, while fooling around with my macs chat client adium. If you go into your preferances you’ll see an option for adding new accounts.. When adding a new account, simply select ‘google talk’ & then input your email address as username & subsequent gmail account password.

Then, as if magic, all your gmail buddies (that you prob. chat to @ work) are magically appearing online with all your other msn, yahoo, .mac, jabber friends..

I am guessing the same goes for similar PC apps.

Too easy!!

Posted in apple, chat, computers, friends, life, PC, technology, work | 2 Comments »

beer & computers never mix

Posted by giveaphuk on March 10, 2007

ok, so last night i was rockin out to some music, drinking beer & generally enjoying that which was the end of my working week.. All was great until i spashed some beer over my macbook pro, which wasn’t that bad, it didn’t seap inside, or so i thought.

So then i wake up, next day, go to check my email & discover this beer stain on the INSIDE of my screen, & am now like shit, this big splotch sux, if only it looked like the virgin mary, or elvis or someone then i could sell it for heaps on ebay..

the computer runs fine, everything is good except for the stain, which although it isn’t shocking, it’s really not going to help me as a designer.

macbook pro beer stain lcd screen.

Does anybody have any suggestions on how i fix this? I seriously doubt apple will cover this with my warranty & i don’t really want to buy a new lcd.

Posted in apple, beer, computers, DIY, help, technology | 16 Comments »

Mac vs. PC. Which survives a bullet?

Posted by giveaphuk on February 26, 2007

I just did a bit of research & now we’ll see which computer is the toughest. Here are two seperate situations where laptops saved their owners lives. Macbook Pro vs. Panasonic CF-M34 Toughbook. Which one survives a bullet?

macbook pro takes bullet

Mac takes a bullet during failed mugging in brazil.
& still works!!

toughbook bullet

PC takes a bullet for a US soldier in iraq.
& died!

Although i am happy to inform you, that both the targets of the indended bullets both were saved thanks to the tech they were packing & then again i’m also relieved to know that although apple isn’t involved in military hardware, it still can take a bullet for its owner.

Let’s keep all the good tech in the hands of creatives!


Now lets throw an Ipod into the list.. Interesting photo I found of flickr, here.

ipod bullet

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laser guided light based graffiti by Graffiti Research Lab. L.A.S.E.R.

Posted by giveaphuk on February 21, 2007

 Without a doubt this has to be the hottest form of street art! Jump below for a cool video.

Graffiti Research Lab. L.A.S.E.R.

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vista – a macfanboys 1st impression

Posted by giveaphuk on February 20, 2007

so my mate came around with a brand new laptop so i could show him around, turns out it has windows vista (home edition) installed on it, so i spend the 1st hour or so wavering between WTF & hey this is cool.

Didn’t run BF2, i crashed it (badly) after stupidly installing an xp driver. From being primarily a mac user, though i do use XP for games etc, only if they are not already ported to osX, I have to say that vista is a great improvement, i’d enjoy playing more with it, i guess i would need the best version, don’t know if ‘home’ quite cuts it, but i’d have to say osX does win hands down, but vista does have legs, & it’s an os i will be keeping an eye out for..

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