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art – control alt delete ak47

Posted by giveaphuk on May 7, 2007

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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!!

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saying goodbye to the team

Posted by giveaphuk on February 24, 2007

yesterday, my boss, requested that I notify my team of graphic artists that tonight would be their last night working with us, as workloads are in their usual lull for this time of the year. @ first it was very daunting thing to consider having to do, i have grown rather attached to those who work, not for, but with me, as i’d basically interviewed all these guys some 6 months ago, & selected a team of 15 to employ. Over this time i was able to get rid of 6 of them, which was ok, ’cause some of those guys weren’t the best to work with.

And once i had the team where they we’re @, i was most content, my job was alot easier ’cause i had a bunch of professional & talented people, also with all important people skills, so it was quite fun to think of turning up on nightshift to hangout with them.

Honestly, it ended up being like breaking up with 9 girlfriends simultaniously, we we’re all very bummed out by the whole affair, so proceeded to the lounge to get drunk & rant & rave & enjoy the good times, for one last time.

I really hope to work with some of these guys again.. Although i am greatful for being back on dayshifts, starting a different & challanging role & back to some sembellance of a ‘normal’ life, i’m gonna miss the lil’ buggers like crazy.

hmm, i guess these hoops are made for jumping thru.. i guess as long as there is a decent paycheck @ the end of the line, then i don’t mind dancing for ‘the man’ once in a while.

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