On the way in to work this morning, I had great post in my head, even tied in with a video. Then I showed up and let’s just say, it all went to hell in a handbasket really quick.
But (and there’s always a but, isn’t there), it really started last week. During my younger days, back when I was active duty Army, we averaged 22 months between moves. You read that right. We moved on average, every two years. This meant two things; we lived out of boxes quite a bit, and we didn’t collect much stuff.
We’ve now been in this house just over 22 years. Not only is there crap everywhere, it’s falling apart. We have had the entire house repiped for inbound water already. Now we seem to have a drain leak under the slab as well. We only found this out after having the majority of the kitchen drain system replaced.
Luckily, our home owner’s insurance is working with us. Otherwise we would probably just walk away from the house and let the bank take it back. We’re that fed up with the whole situation.
But that has nothing to do with today. Well, not a lot about today anyway.
I had a task set for early this morning at work. I am usually the first tech in every morning, so I had set up to do some work on a computer before everyone else showed up. Shouldn’t take more than an hour tops. Cue the “best laid plans” meme…
Starts off, my tool kit was missing from my desk. I do have a second set, but the pieces are nowhere near as useful as this kit. The screwdriver bits are not exactly the correct size, and as I still have my wrist in a brace, it’s difficult to get hand tools to work correctly at any time.
The main task was to clone a hard drive. Not the most difficult thing believe me. We have hardware and software to make this as close to hands-off as we can be. Naturally, it was anything BUT hands-off.
To make this as quick and painless as I can for those not tech oriented, here’s how it went down.
- Can’t find my good tools
- Had to use the old crappy tools
- Took replacement drive down to the machine to clone it
- System will not boot to my USB drive (Hiren’s) to use the software
- Bring both drives back up to my desk to try the hardware
- Let the clone device run for 30 minutes, nothing happening
- Plug the dock into my Ubuntu laptop – and nothing. The laptop won’t even boot with or without the dock
- Plug the dock into my laptop and boot to the Hiren’s USB to clone
- 2 hours later the software says complete! Yay!!!
- Plug the new ssd into a test machine – won’t boot (There is no joy in Mudville)
- Reclone the drive using a different test machine
- Same error after that clone attempt
- Did a quick repair, well actually, a co-worker did the repair since he has that test machine we were using
- Took the new SSD back down stairs and tested
- Finally!! It booted. (And the peasants rejoiced!)
- Total time for the “one hour max” job – 4 hours!
I will say this once again – I hate Micro$oft! Windows is without a doubt the biggest computer virus of all time.
Early morning texts this morning with Wifey;
The “pig” is a local brewery, The Red Pig. In retrospect, I’m not sure beer will be strong enough for today. May have to go straight to the whisky!
But, it’s finished for now. Here is the video I had planned for today, even if I can’t remember what I was going to post! It’s my favorite Bob Dylan song Tangled Up In Blue. In a way, it’s still kind of fitting. I’ve been tangled up in something all day, and my language has been quite blue!
P.S. Feel free to send me a beer, or a scotch, or a bourbon.