Monthly Archives: December 2013

Can you feel the love?

<< random playful banter >>

me:  (to wife) I don’t like you.

wife: I never liked you.

me: that’s it, I’m leaving.

daughter: daddy, where are you gonna go?

me: I’m gonna go live on the street.

daughter: daddy, we’re really gonna miss you.

yep, that’s my family.

Oh, that can’t be good

After getting most of programs reinstalled, I wanted to copy my iPhoto library to the new drive my external back up disk.  So, I jacked it in, and powered it up.  And waited, and waited, and waited for it to show in Finder.

After 10 minutes, I figured something must have gone awry.  It wasn’t obvious where to figure out what was going on at first, then the light bulb flashed and I tried disk utility.  Unable to mount disk, please run verify operation.

Ok, lets give that a shot.  Chug chug chug.  Kaboom.  Disk has problems, verification process ended.  Please run repair operation.  Well, fiddle dee dee.  Lets give it a try.

Chug chug chug.  Kaboom.  File system on disk is damaged and can’t be fixed.  Please copy whatever you can off the disk and reformat it.

Oh. crap.

At this point, I wonder if I just confused the disk utility program by trying to run verify and/or repair while it was already trying to do something else (I’d hope OSX would be smart enough to not let you do something like that, but who knows?)  If the disk is toast, its not really gonna matter if I just yank it out now.

So, I did that, gave it a few seconds and jacked it back in.  Chug, chug, chug.  Blip, there’s the drive in Finder.


All the irreplaceable files on the drive do exist in at least one other place, so if the drive did actually fail, I wouldn’t lose anything important, but I wouldn’t much look forward to trying copy a terabyte of stuff back on to a new drive from my other backups.  That being said, its probably time to add another backup copy rotation into my back up system.

The 60Gb iPhoto library copy just finished.  Hopefully everything made the trip as expected.

Take it off Baby

Santa Claus was very nice to me this year and brought me a shiny new Samsung 250Gb SSD for my aging Macbook Pro.

Hardware-wise, swapping harddrives in my generation of MBP (Early 2011) is super simple.  Especially if you consult the related Ifixit guide.  Basically you take off the bottom (about 12 screws), disconnect the battery, take off a little bracket that holds in the drive, and take the mounting studs off the old drive.  Then just reverse the process.  Only took about 10 minutes.

For the inexperienced, here’s the general lay of the land inside a 13″ Macbook Pro.


And a close up of the new SSD, seated in its new digs.


Having both drives in hand, the SSD weighs nothing compared to the old spinner that it replaced.  Unfortunately, the weight savings isn’t really noticeable when everything is put back together (now it ways a fraction less than the 5lbs that it weighed previously.)

I did my homework on reinstalling Mavericks on a brand new disk (since OS install disks seem to be a relic of the past.)  You need to download the Recovery Disk Assistant tool and ‘burn’ it to a USB key to boot off and reinstall the rest of OSX.

For me, it booted fine, but when I clicked the install Mavericks icon, it got the verifying the computer is eligible step, and bombed out with a can’t continue, please restart error. Of course, when you restart, it just does the same thing over again.

I looked at the handy ‘install log’ and didn’t really have anything terribly useful in it.  But I noticed the time stamps were all wonky (something in 2009).  I think I noticed this last time I reinstalled OSX from scratch.  After fumbling around with the arguments to the date utility on the command line, I was able to get the clock reset.  After that, the reset of the reinstall process went pretty smooth.  About 90 minutes later, my fresh Mavericks install was complete.

Onward and upward, now on to reinstalling all of my programs.

Blast from the Past

In our family, we recycle gift bags year to year.  Here’s one from 2 years ago:

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When the kiddos were baking, we elected not to know their sex until they popped;  so we gave them code names.  Jilly was Critter and Luke was Pixel.

In related trivia, a pixel is one dot on your computer or tv screen.  The word itself is a contraction of the words picture and element.