Computer Woes

I suppose having gone through three different hard drives in the last year I should be glad I’m not having that issue currently. However, I’d almost prefer it to the nightmare issue I am having. In short, I have to replace the logic board, which is kind of irritating because the issue itself isn’t the logic board. Rather it’s the Bluetooth, but since it’s soldered onto the logic board the entire thing has to be replaced.

Actually, I think this problem has been going on since my hard drive died last summer. I just thought the issue I was having was solely related to the dead drive, but was in fact a separate issue that merely alerted me to the dead drive. I’m just lucky that way.

At least it’s under warranty. If I had to foot the bill for a new logic board, I’d probably cry.

iTunes Says I’ve Lost Six Days

Got my replacement external hard drive and restored a backup onto it. And everything is back in order.

Except my iTunes library:

Status bar in iTunes reads: "2363 items, 6.3 days, 55.79 GB"

My iPhone was very happy to have iTunes open and immediately tried to sync, which produced a string of messages about missing files. None of them were actually missing, they just weren’t where iTunes was looking for them. And it tunes out those half dozen files weren’t the only ones.

Fortunately, this was a relatively easy fix. If you change the default location for your iTunes Library and it ever becomes inaccessible, iTunes will revert to the default. Resetting that and letting iTunes “clean up” almost completely fixed this issue. The exception seems to be some files that have an extraneous “localhost” appended to their location. I’m not sure what caused that particular issue but it was only a very small number of files and, amusingly, none of them from that six-days-long list.

Nonetheless, it’s no wonder I have a wicked migraine. Joy.

Operation Office Organization

Well, so much for that daily blogging thing, eh? Sorry for the complete lack of posting, but it’s been a might crazy around here and what wasn’t a distraction from the intarwebs was mostly not worth blathering on about.

I’m still working on that massive office organization project. In fact, just today I achieved quite a milestone by putting my new desk together. See:

Newly assembled desk and set up computer with assorted accessories and office paraphernalia

Not sure what I did that made the computer screen not show up, but it was just the Apple logo so you aren’t really missing anything. And yes, that is totally a chocobo sitting there reading a book. Personally, I think the metal slime is even more unique because, hello, metal slime. Heh.

Anyway, setting up the new desk only required about 20,000 other things to happen before then, which is why the photo literally only shows the desk itself because the rest of the office looks like a bomb went off. However, it is a very clean bomb because I dusted, swept and vacuumed the entire room to a degree that might be borderline obsessive.

This is because (a.) nothing in my office has really moved since I first unpacked my house and (b.) I got a new vacuum. It’s a very spiffy Dyson and it just so happens to be purple. (I didn’t choose the color but since it IS purple I feel this should be mentioned.) Seriously, everything you’ve ever heard about Dyson is true. It’s a monster when it comes to cleaning. I’m pretty diligent with the daily vacuuming because shepherds really do shed a lot, especially when they’re blowing their coats which Uschi just so happens to be doing right now. Really, though, if you looked at what this vacuum was picking up when I empty the canister you’d swear I’d never run one through this house before. It’s both amazing and kind of gross. It’s also remarkably quiet! Even so, Uschi has decided it is the enemy and has been giving it a wide berth like it might suddenly leap to life and eat her. Ha, Purple Puppy-Eater!

But the desk assembly was certainly the most difficult of the project so now that it’s finally done I expect the rest of the organizing to go a bit more smoothly. Even though I’m sure to continue procrastinating. I just got LEGO Lord of the Rings for one, which is entirely addictive. Oh, and there is school and stuff, too.

“A” for Effort

While I was dealing with that whole enrollment disaster a few weeks ago, one of my professors stated rather matter-of-factly that given all the trouble I’d been having I should just get an “A” for the class for all the work I’d put in to actually be in the class. I don’t disagree with him. In fact, I sort of feel that way about my entire degree at this point, but that’s an entirely other story.

Today, in fact, I really feel deserving of an “A” because I have spent quite literally the last two days trying to get my retrieve my schoolwork from my old desktop PC. I can only think that it is feeling the pangs of rejection and wants any excuse left to keep itself attached. Even if that requires testing my stress levels with the most extreme examples in frustration imaginable.

See, the thing is, I’ve become really good about backing up my data. It only took twice loosing everything to get that way. But the point is, I’m now a diligent backer-upper to the point that I got a bit neurotic last year when one of my two external hard drives up and died on me and I was left with no extra storage. (One of the hard drives is dedicated to my iTunes library, photos, and other assorted goodies; like the backup of my websites.) And even though I was transitioning from a PC to a Mac, I had made sure that everything was theoretically accessible for the Big Move. I checked and double-checked even to make sure that the latest synced backup was the one I was transferring.

And yet for some reason the folder with all my schoolwork was not the most recent version. Which meant that none of the work from this semester was in it. And, as luck would have it, I only discovered this after disassembling the PC. After setting it all back up again, though, the problem was not so easily resolved because before moving them to the iMac, I had to do a bunch of random things to allow access through OS X, which I never did because I didn’t have the correct version. The PC, however, didn’t care and very stubbornly refused to load the files at all because it was determined to sync with a different computer to get the “latest version.”

Eventually, I managed to get it all straightened out, though, I couldn’t possibly tell you how.

I Blame Math

It would seem that the number of devices upon which I could be on the Internet and/or regularly posting here with is directly proportional to the frequency of those activities. As in, the more there are the LESS I seem to actually be around. I would apologize, but the lack of activity has been taken up by the frustrating task of setting up the new computer.

You would think the advancement of technology would make this process very simple but this has proven untrue. I suppose it’s the whole moving to a Mac, though, the actual transferring of data and settings went fairly smoothly. I’m still finding myself rather baffled by the new iMac at times. One thing that has been really throwing me has been using the trackpad because while it’s not complicated — and I’m finding gestures to be very useful when browsing the Web — it’s just different enough that it’s not the movements I am used to so half the time things are doing totally unexpected (read: backwards) things. I am definitely not helped by still having to use a PC for the time being. For now I’ve switched the mouse to left-handed, which has helped me keep things a bit more straight in my head.

The office has been the most time-consuming effort, which I expected. It’s been two-and-a-half years since everything in there was set up and so the dust accumulation under and behind furniture is ludicrous. Also, it tends to be the catch all space for assorted miscellany, like boxes from holiday gifts. So all that had to be cleared out before anything could be done. The dust is really bothering me, though, and so any effort I make is basically in 30 minute increments because that’s about the time it takes for my allergies to go berserk, sending me into a sneezing fit that seems to cause the dog great concern.

The rest of my time has basically been eaten up by school work I feel it’s an endless task presently and I am very much looking forward to the break next week.