"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Computers are stupid.

So Pete brought home a copy of WoW for me to waste my life on. Super, I think, but me being me and unable to just leave well enough alone, I don't want to wait for my MacMini to arrive. So I go to install it on my laptop, as my PowerMac a) has no CD-ROM and b) is a dual G4 500, not something WoW will be happy on.

Unfortunately WoW says "wtf is this Tiger bullshit? You ADC membership-having sucker, I won't play nice with this", so I figure, fine, 8a414 came out last week, I need to update anyway. I'll just dump my data onto my workstation and install Panther before going to bed, then burn the new Tiger build tomorrow and install it on another partition.

Ha!

I boot my laptop into target disk mode, as that will be much faster than copying 25G over ethernet. No big. Then I hear the enclosure my workstation's root drive is in go "Pop!" and suddenly get real quiet. Anything not currently in memory on my workstation stop working. "Awesome!" I think, and reboot.

It boots my laptop OS. "Not awesome! But whatever!"

So figuring I'll just go ahead and continue on with dumping my data onto the PowerMac's data drives, I roll my chair back to grab the power cord for the laptop... and crack. I roll over it. "Fucking damnit!" says I, and look at it. It looks sad, but plugs in and charges the machine happily. "Whoo," I think.

So now I am copying all my crap off my laptop into my workstation which has no OS drive on it. Likely I just blew the enclosure and not the drive itself (which seems to spin up okay from what I can hear), so I'll just shove it back onto IDE later.

Well, now that the machine has free IDE. I spend the majority of yesterday moving data around... the new mirrorshades.net box (ligur Mk II) now has two 200G Maxtors in it, concatenated into around 355G. Yay.

I like that all of this happens at midnight. I really should know better by now...

March 21, 2005 12:45 AM