i’m gonna call this a trend

I verified tonight that the malfunctioning of my external hard drive was, in fact, due to the failure of the internal drive, as opposed to the enclosure (which I had hoped). This means that I’ve lost a good chunk of data spanning back to my high school days – this was supposed to be my backup drive, after all – and I’ve had my second ever failure of a personal hard drive, and guess what…it was a Maxtor.

Being a techie, I know many people who won’t purchase on HD brand or another because of previous reliability issues. For me, I always shied away from Maxtor (because of the death of my old 850mb – sniffle), but I know people who won’t use Seagate, or Western Digital either for similar reasons. I think it’s fair to say that when I’ve only had two drives fail on me, and they were both from the same manufacturer, maybe said company and I just don’t get along, so, no more Maxtors for me! When I went out to replace the drive last night (I’m building a new system) I ended up going with a Seagate SATA/300 because 1.) the price was right, and 2.) Seagate seems be the only one offering 5 year warranties on their retail drives. I’m still in the market for a reasonably inexpensive, high capacity EIDE drive, since I’ll need that portable backup up and running again.

drawers.jpgOn the pantry front, I’ve done a good job of not doing any shopping, and I’m slowly working my way through the pile that still lives on my kitchen table. I may have found a long-term organizational solution in the form of IKEA’s RATIONELL line of drawers. My plan is just to replace all of the shelves with them, maybe even attaching two of them to the top and bottom of the door to change it to a slide-out. We’ll see.

So, I may have cheated a little

By buying 8 pounds of buffalo product while in North Dakota on Sunday. But bison for $4 a pound? And I can has roasts? That’s not something I’m going to pass up.

I’m not sure that I’ll actually be making an inventory of everything I’ve got. The main reason is the fact that this picture is about 50% of was in that god foresaken cupboard, not to mention all the cereal on top of the fridge, and the contents of both freezers. I’m wishing now that I hadn’t sold that CueCat at the garage sale, because a bar code reader sure would come in handy right about now.IMG_0318_smaller.jpg.bmp

Now that I’ve got the cupboard empty, I’m realizing that just reorganizing it is not going to be enough, it needs to either be heavily modified or replaced. I’m thinking of buying something like this or this and modifying it to use my original doors so the kitchen continues to match. I’m sure if I try this, I’ll end up finding out that it’s a load bearing cabinet or something equally stupid, but I’m at my wits end here.