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Old 11-26-13, 06:24 PM   #1
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&$%@#!! This is a bummer

http://ccorlew.blogspot.com/2013/11/...nd-broken.html

This totally sucked, so I'm doing the only thing there is to do in our socially networked world: blogging and posting here about my blog.

No, I'm fine, completely unharmed, but emotionally a mess, and out of pocket way too much $$$$.
The bike itself: fine...


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Wow, that sucks! Bummer. Better your Macbook then you though!

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Old 11-26-13, 07:35 PM   #3
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I am glad the offending loose pannier did not get into a wheel and make you go down in an intersection.
You are lucky, your laptop not so much. I'll take you over stuff any day.
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time to upgrade to a rMBP or Air.
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Obviously a flawed product, to be so damaged after a trivial event like a cement mixer running over it. I'd say Apple owes you a new laptop and a no-holds-barred effort to get the data off the old hard drive.


In all seriousness, though, this sucks. I'm sure it sucks all the more because, rightly or wrongly, you feel like it was all your own fault. I hate that feeling and the impotent inner range that goes with it. I am truly glad you did not get hurt and that the bike is fine. But I hope you are able to let go of the grrrr soon.
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I'll wager the tweakers in your story can set you up with an inexpensive replacement.

Or did you say "twerkers"?
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Sorry about the loss of your laptop Curtis. But at least you are ok. Hope you can retrieve the data.
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Thanks for the kind words, all.
Joel, I am having better luck mucking about with the hard drive, Things are looking better.
Bikingsherer, you hit it. If only there was someone else to blame...
DiabloScott: twerkers, tweekers, there's a difference?
Lance OldStrong, yep, that's what i keep chanting to myself. Now if my blood pressure would just go down...
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Before reading your blog I thought it was worse... you involved in a crash.
So I am glad you are ok, and the bike of course.
Regarding the laptop, I am amazed it's not crashed more after such a treatment. With some effort you might be able to recover more data from the drive. Email data may be recovered from your email provider if you access your account directly from your browser.
Tricia is right... it's only stuff. Hey, you know what, you deserve a new MBP with retina display. Your insurance might actually cover the loss as it's traffic involved.
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Old 11-27-13, 08:49 PM   #10
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Wow, that is a bummer. Glad you're in one, undamaged, piece Curtis.
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How did you lose all your mail? In this day in age, isn't everything IMAP or Exchange?
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How did you lose all your mail? In this day in age, isn't everything IMAP or Exchange?
I have years and years of POP mail from my personal account. My school, until recently, gave us tiny mailboxes that we needed to clear often. So, it's all on my Mac.
I ran Dick Repair and Disk Warrior and got it to mount. I think I've pulled off all my important recent junk. Now I'm waiting fo rmy newly ordered Mac to arrive. It will be a pain I'm sure.
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Seeing you're in the Bay Area you might want to give Drive Saver's a ring.

http://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com

They're pretty much the best in the business, sadly, they charge for that privilege. It's worth giving them a call though as they're the only place I know capable of reliably doing platter rebuilds. We had a few computers destroyed in a fire several years back and they recovered all the data off the drives.

Good luck with the (data) recovery.
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Drivesavers are great, but very costly. We used them at my newspaper back in teh 90s when we lost a huge optical disk with years of photos on it.
I'm confident I can gather what I need to survive, But thanks for the pointer.

Trivia question: Their 800 number ends in 1906. Know why? I do...
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Ouch !!!
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Trivia question: Their 800 number ends in 1906. Know why? I do...
Hopefully it wasn't too significant as it ends in 1904 now.

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Gawd my typing is bad...
Anyway, in the very olden days when a Mac crashed big time the clock would reset and the year would be... 1904. Apparently their phone number choice reflected this. At least that's what they claimed.
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Hmm... That must have been the really olden days. Since OS 7.6 it's always defaulted to January 1, 1970 @ 00:00:00 UTC. Perhaps that was before then? That's the 'unix epoch' time which to my knowledge, the OS has always defaulted to... at least since the early 90s. I'll have to ask some of my Apple engineer buddies if they've ever heard of the 1904 date. I worked as a engineer @ Cupertino for several years and I personally have never seen a machine not default to the 1969/1970 date, but I certainly didn't know (and still don't) everything there is about the Apple/Mac operating systems.

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That sucks, but at least you and your bike are ok. I am sorry thou, I almost busted a gut when I read that you used "dick repair" then "mounted it" it and then "pulled off the junk". We are talking about your computer, right?
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Hmm... That must have been the really olden days. Since OS 7.6 it's always defaulted to January 1, 1970 @ 00:00:00 UTC. Perhaps that was before then? That's the 'unix epoch' time which to my knowledge, the OS has always defaulted to... at least since the early 90s. I'll have to ask some of my Apple engineer buddies if they've ever heard of the 1904 date. I worked as a engineer @ Cupertino for several years and I personally have never seen a machine not default to the 1969/1970 date, but I certainly didn't know (and still don't) everything there is about the Apple/Mac operating systems.

Think Mac Plus...
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That sucks, but at least you and your bike are ok. I am sorry thou, I almost busted a gut when I read that you used "dick repair" then "mounted it" it and then "pulled off the junk". We are talking about your computer, right?
As noted before, my typing skills are highly suspect. But yes, my computer. Disk Repair....
All my personal parts remain unaffected. But it does read pretty darn funny....
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Think Mac Plus...
Ah, so old but not super old. I'll have to fire mine up tomorrow and see if I can get the flyback transformer to short. It should run System 7, I think.
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I have lost panniers, but the pannier was always the only casualty, and certainly never one with a laptop in it.

The old disjointed sidewalk on Alma in Palo Alto was particularly brutal.
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Sucks... time for an upgrade!
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http://ccorlew.blogspot.com/2013/12/...-recovery.html

I'm almost mentally recovered, and I've done retail therapy. The link above is to my photos and blog post of my post-screwup bike and computer fixin's.
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