Monday, August 08, 2005

I am tech geek

I am tech geek. I have more than a terabyte of storage.

I've got a Windows Media Center PC I use for everything from audio and video editing to recording massive amounts of TV.

The thing "only" came with a 160GB hard drive, but since I record tons of animation stuff and every Inside the Actors Studio, I added an internal 300GB hard drive, and since this computer is crucial for my Biz stuff, I jumped on an unreal deal for a 300GB external drive, where all of my working files live, in case the computer should ever go kaput.

Then, this weekend, it sounded like the original 160 Gig hard drive was failing. So, even thought I had the flu and a bad sinus infection (not a recommended combination, rest assured), I rushed out and got a steal on a 400GB replacement internal drive, and spent the entire freaking weekend rebuilding my computer (in between bouts of nausea, dizziness, and uh, Xbox sessions). I bought a cheapy USB enclosure for the old hard drive, so I could (in theory) "easily" recover all of my Email, calendar, contacts, etc. (turned out that was a little more work in practice, but it's all done now).

So, sitting back amidst the techno carnage during a bout of cold sweats (and somewhere during the X-Men Legends "Weapon X" flashback level), I still felt good at having rescued my computer -- until I heard the same, bad, high-pitched whine and ball-bearing rattle that caused me to replace the hard drive in the first place.

Turns out the power unit -- not the hard drive -- was going bad. For those in the know, yes, this is a cheaper, easier, and less serious replacement on a computer.

But, since I'm a "The-glass-is--full-and-how-do-I-fill-up-the-other-half?" kind of guy, I still have the following:
400GB internal hard drive (new)
+ 300GB internal hard drive (existing)
+ 300GB external hard drive (existing)
+ 160GB external hard drive (old internal)
= 1.16 terabytes of storage

I feel like I've reached a new level of my technology ownership. Not bad for a guy who's first computer (after the beloved Atari 2600 game console) was an Atari 520ST (with 520K of physical memory); and I felt like I'd really arrived when I upgraded to the Atari Mega II ST.

(Incidently, my two favorite games on the Atari were Kings Quest III and Dungeon Master. I'm still looking for a game that hooks me as much and for as long as Dungeon Master did.)

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