Monday, February 23, 2009

never leave your computer

I'm back from a week of my son's mid-winter break.

We rented a neat house above Truckee (high high above Truckee) with a mess of friends and totally recreated. Cooking, playing, sledding, skiing. It was really great - what was better was re-introducing the kiddo to sledding. Just a "That's AWESOME!" after a snowbank drilling crash was enough to forgive him the snowball to the back of the head. Or the ones at the shuttle buses. Or the shovelful of snow down my back - something about this trip brought out his inner Calvin. We had a couple of days in deep snowstorm and then a few more in blue sky sunny weather - making Mitchell a very happy ski-woman.

Upon return I fired up my main development machine and was greeted by a growing stream of I/O errors as I did repository backups. (system.log and console.log, via the Mac OS Console app) This machine is one of the monster QuadG5's which still rips along nicely. Those machines have had a significant number of failures in their liquid cooled housings, so I'm always a bit on the lookout for goop leaking out. But nothing like all these hundreds of channel resets!

What?! This was only happening on my firewire buss too. Gah.

I've spent a fair number of hours doing all the various dances - different disks, Diskwarrior, reformatting, juggling cables, making coffee.

It was a firewire buss-powered camera, last used just before I left to Skype with Zach Thomas of Aeroplane Software, which was screwing everything up.

I was fretting about the gigabytes of data on those firewire drives... man it would hurt to lose that. But now as it's spinning out again to the backup drives I'm going to go get some pasta and celebrate.


Blazinrachel said...

Oh, yes I agree. Never leave your computer especially when you have the most important files saved in it. As much as possible, create a new account for guests and provide password on your own account in case you need to leave for a couple of days.

caseyd said...

the most important commercial files are in a remote SVN repo.

it was the pictures in the then unreachable _backup_ area.