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HORROR STORIES!!!
« on: 15 Oct 2006, 21:48 »

or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the One-Touch Backup.

So, Friday afternoon, I had a moment of mild panic at work when the hard drive on my main computer crashed.  I do production for a radio station, and pretty much everything I do prior to the final mixdown of the commercials is saved on this computer, so aside from not having the machine in working order to be able to actually DO my job, I also had thought that I had lost everything I'd saved in the past year and a half, since we didn't have any kind of backup in place...good news is that I was able to recover most of my data, but I was pretty stressed out for most fo the day.  Everyone else who works with these computer boxes of terror, share your own horror stories here!

And for the record, I learned my lesson, and I am now going to be redundantly backing up my data often.
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #1 on: 26 Dec 2006, 19:14 »

That was no fun.  And gee, look, now one of our other computers has been broken for two weeks (although it has been fixed and *re*-broken twice in that two week period.)  Yarr.
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #2 on: 27 Dec 2006, 02:28 »

I downloaded "Pocket Tanks Deluxe with 11 expansion Packs" off of Limewire (lol don't judge me). It fried Norton like nothing, then proceeded to rampantly download EVERYTHING. It kept opening Limewire and Shareaza infinite times and downloading everything you could think of. programs, porn, games, movie clips.... everything. I unplugged my internet after about 20 seconds but the damage was done, as I found about 1,000 0 kb files in evry folder, not to mention a good 2000 more entries in my downloads folder. It was a nasty one. Unrepairable, I had to huck the computer. :x
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #3 on: 27 Dec 2006, 20:14 »

Which is precisely why I don't use Limewire...for anything.  Ever. 
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #4 on: 28 Dec 2006, 06:41 »

I tried Boot Camp on my MacBook, but wound up with a crippled XP, and 15 gigs of HDD space down the turlet. Luckily, some third-party tweaking solved the problem.

I have now abandoned Windows, and since I haven't sold my PC yet, every time i see that box, i die a little on the inside.
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #5 on: 28 Dec 2006, 07:46 »

Which is precisely why I don't use Limewire...for anything.  Ever. 
yeah, I use soulseek now
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #6 on: 28 Dec 2006, 17:01 »

You hucked the computer just cause it downloaded some stuff? Just reinstall xp or something. I just built my new computer that i spent over a grand on, this is upgrading only. Turned it on, heard a wierd noise and the power supply exploded, i was so very annoyed, luckly nothing else was damaged but man was i pissed
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #7 on: 29 Dec 2006, 03:51 »

^ oooh, that sucks. Also, I was going to get a new comp anyway. The old one really was crap, I just wanted to hang on to it as long as I could while I saved up for a new one.
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #8 on: 29 Dec 2006, 04:10 »

I tried Boot Camp on my MacBook, but wound up with a crippled XP, and 15 gigs of HDD space down the turlet. Luckily, some third-party tweaking solved the problem.

I have now abandoned Windows, and since I haven't sold my PC yet, every time i see that box, i die a little on the inside.
You did it wrong.
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #9 on: 29 Dec 2006, 18:05 »

Really? Cause' everytime i use XP, its crippled. I thought it was a design specification or something.  :-D
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #10 on: 29 Dec 2006, 18:11 »

Really? Cause' everytime i use XP, its crippled. I thought it was a design specification or something.  :-D

It is. Everything M$ makes is designed to be crippled and worthless.
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Grawsith

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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #11 on: 30 Dec 2006, 04:01 »

Going from XP to OSX is like removing jumper cables from your penis. It hurts, but once you've done it, you'll never go back.
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #12 on: 30 Dec 2006, 05:16 »

Going from XP to OSX is like removing jumper cables from your penis. It hurts

Having just made the exact same OS switch as you I can tell you that this is where the analogy fails.
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #13 on: 31 Dec 2006, 02:18 »

Going from XP to OSX is like removing jumper cables from your penis. It hurts

Having just made the exact same OS switch as you I can tell you that this is where the analogy fails.
Having just removed jumper cables from my penis, I can tell you that it's a perfect analogy.

I actually just switched from OS X back to Windows.  Mainly because my Mac was a 450MHz G4 Cube (which I bought off eBay on a whim a while back for about $250, heh), whereas my PC has an Athlon XP 2800+.  Oh, how sorely I miss OS X already.  I've tried to duplicate some of the things I had grown accustomed to on OS X, but Launchy is a mere application launcher, a poor substitute for Quicksilver; Reflex Vision is but a pale imitation of Expos?; Yahoo Widget Engine...  well, I guess that might not be so bad since it (as Konfabulator) predates Dashboard, but still!  And there's nothing like Spotlight (Windows' file and folder search doesn't quite cut it).  Really I guess I probably shouldn't have switched (I was using my PC strictly for games, music, and video and the Cube for things like IM, IRC, web browsing and mail), but I'm impatient and was getting tired of Firefox taking multiple seconds to render pages and open new windows and things like that.  If only I had the money to buy a new Intel Mac...  or if someone wanted a Cube badly enough to trade me a MacBook for it.   :P

Hmm, this story isn't particularly horrific (unless you feel really strongly about operating systems).  Oh well.
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Re: HORROR STORIES!!!
« Reply #14 on: 02 Jan 2007, 19:10 »

My server froze about a fortnight ago (pretty sure it was overheating, been really hot here lately and I don't have as many case fans as I should have in it), so I hit the power button, rebooted it. Then on bootup where it does the hard disk check it kept saying that one of my drives was corrupted and it would lock up the boot sequence. No big deal I stick in the dvd booted into rescue mode and ran
"fsck /dev/sdb -r -y"

unfortunately I forgot to specify what filesystem I was using (ext3) and it rewrote the disk as ext2 normally this doesn't happen because it gets the filesys from the fstab but because I had booted off the rescue cd and hadn't chrooted it couldn't load my fstab so it defaulted to ext2. Ahh the joys of linux, more power so I can shoot myslef in the foot with. Lucky it wasn't sda. Suffice to say won't be making that mistake again...

And to whomever it was complaining about boot camp I can sympathize. Before boot camp was released I tried to dual boot OSX with Fedora and overwrote the GPT with GRUB. I didn't realise that grub wouldn't handle the EFI extensions the intel macs used and ended up wiping out everything on my laptop. Thankfully the OSX DVD had some stuff for repairing the partition table so the hard drive wasn't completely rooted.

Did you install the firmware extensions before you installed bootcamp? that might be why you're having problems.

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