Monthly Archives: April 2013

What the Dell?

2013-04-29 09.21.24

So, my friends <2 year old Dell laptop recently cashed itself in.  Smell of toasted electronics and pretty much dead to the world.  Speculated that it was a power problem and that data was probably still OK on the harddisk.

I figured it would be a pretty easy job to extract the disk and slip into my external drive toaster.  I’d popped disk out of Dells without much hassle previously.  So, I popped off the access panel on the bottom of the laptop, hmm, all you can get to from there is memory.  So, google’d for the service manual.

Oh, ok, the process is a little more involved:

  1. Remove battery
  2. Remove access panel cover
  3. Remove memory
  4. Remove keyboard
  5. Remove top panel
  6. Remove display
  7. Remove motherboard

No, sadly, I’m not kidding.  30 screws removed and many fragile ribbon connectors separated.   All in all 75 minutes of fiddling.

After finally getting the disk out, we were able to successfully mount the disk on a different computer and extract its precious contents.

I speculate that the cause of death was a some shielding from a broken usb port making a dead short somewhere on the mainboard.

Party in My Pocket

I think my phone is ill.   Typed in a text message, sent it, put the phone back to sleep, and slipped it back into my pocket.  2 minutes later, the vibrate function starts going off continuously.  Hmm, no new messages, no incoming calls, no other notifications.  Nothing would stop it, short of reboot.  Argh.

I like to listen to podcasts in the car by jacking the phone into the car stereo (via a low tech headphone cable.)  This has worked great for the 2 years I’ve been doing it.  Until yesterday, when starting a track and the phone starts making random boops and beeps out the blue.  Again, no pending notifications, just random garbage noise.

Guess its time to go phone shopping again.  Curiously, since I switched to no-contract cell carriers, I can’t seem to find a phone that holds together for more than a year.

Brad Paisley’s ‘Wheelhouse’

Brad Paisley’s ‘Wheelhouse’ Of Good Songs — And Intentions : NPR.

I’m admittedly not a big country fan outside of Johnny Cash.  But, I caught the Fresh Air review of the album and it intrigued me enough to give it a listen, mostly for the semi-controversial collaboration with LL Cool J.  That was just OK, seems like it was spliced together late in the game.

The rest of the album is pretty listenable.  Reminds me a lot of Hootie and the Blowfish, and the Darius’ more country oriented stuff since.  I think my favorite track is Karate, where an abused wife learns karate and then roughs up her husband (echoing Enough).  Of course, having Charlie Daniels on the track doesn’t hurt.

Give it a shot, you might be surprised.