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18 October 2004


Shel Holtz

My sympathies, Neville. Michele's hard drive crashed a couple weeks ago. A recovery service wanted $600 to fix it -- and that was at a discount.

Candi Clevenger

I can feel your pain. This morning when I got to the office I was greeted by a "can't find the hard disk" error. I endured a few hours of super-slow performance, grinding noises and crashes (complete with several appearances by the infamous blue screen of death) before I gave up and called for re-enforcements. It's still chugging along (barely) but I lost most of the day today. :( There is nothing worse than losing productivity during a super-busy week! Oh and I hate working on a spare machine which isn't set up with everything I need *shudder.*

Tom Murphy


I know the pain, it's the little things that take the most time. Specific configurations, utilities, things you forgot you loaded but you use regularly.

By the way, you've committed a 'Cheney'ism', the link you give to Windows Blinds is to a company that provides physical blinds for house windows :-) People will wonder why you have blinds on your laptop!


Neville Hobson

Thanks, everyone, for the sympathy!

Getting up and running again quickly on the alt laptop has taken a really long time. It's Tues early afternoon as I type this and I'm still a bit out of sorts, so to speak, with all my stuff. Email was the biggest problem: transferring the Outlook PST to this machine (4Gb file: yes, I keep everything), configuring Outlook again... Pain! Worse, I use a cool add-on called NEO Pro for email management and I haven't installed it on this laptop. Haven't had time to do that yet. Plus I don't have ecto (my blogging software) on this machine yet.

The good news is that I spoke with Toshiba tech support first thing this morning. Pick up the Tosh tomorrow morning, diagnosis next few days, fixing and return. Well, that's the plan. Shel, hopefully cost a lot less than $600: if it's a replacement hard drive, the total should run to max 200 euro (about $240).

You're dead right, Candi, re losing productivity!

Tom, thanks for pointing out the Chenyism! Fixed in the posting.

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