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It's... Alive!

Well, Frankenputer is up and running, and almost all the hardware is working. I expect it'll take at least most of tomorrow to get all my files and software and whatnot back and configured, but I'm actually seeing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

Whether or not that's the exit or an oncoming train has yet to be fully determined, but I'm hoping.

It turns out I probably didn't need to get a new hard drive after all, but what the hell. It was cheap, I had the space in the full tower, I had the cable and connection point, and who couldn't use another 160 GB of space?

(So says the guy who currently has 2 80GB hard drives, a 100-GB, a 120-GB, a 300-GB, a 320GB, and a 750GB kicking around.... that's the danger of getting a full tower. You see all those empty slots and you just want to fill them up with things.)

It ain't been fun, but I look forward to resuming my blogging in my comfy chair, feet up on the footrest, with two monitors and my ergonomic keyboard. This sitting on the couch with a cheapo boxy keyboard is getting old, and made me break out my wrist brace again.

Thanks for all the good wishes, but no, I ain't getting a Mac. I like that I built my own computer, and can upgrade whatever I want, whenever I want, a piece at a time. Over the years, I've replaced every single component of Frankenputer (including the floppy drive) one piece at a time, as needed or desired, and I've had great fun doing it. Yes, even the CPU and motherboard. (It started life as a Celeron 500, and is now an Athlon XP2000+.) It's like the "Lincoln's Axe" family heirloom -- "we've replaced the handle four times and the head twice, but it's still Lincoln's axe!"

Regular blogging (well, as "regular" as my blogging ever gets) should resume within a couple of days.


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Comments (8)

JT, I didn't understand mos... (Below threshold)

JT, I didn't understand most of the technical, but your happiness really came through. For that, I am happy for you. Now, get to work. ;) ww

There's nothing quite as sa... (Below threshold)

There's nothing quite as satisfying as completing a difficult task.

JT, our Mac at home has bee... (Below threshold)

JT, our Mac at home has been down for three weeks or more. If I was home, it would have been fixed within days. I am deployed right now, so I had to order the parts (new hard drive and memory) and get them shipped to my home. Once there, my wife had to get someone her boss knows to install the new hardware and transfer ALL the software and files over. It was supposed to be done yesterday. However, since I have not received and email from my wife yet I can only conclude that it has not gone smoothly.

We are a "Mac Family", but that has not saved us from the headaches of an all out computer crash. It happens to all of us.

Maybe I should have had everything shipped here and fixed it myself. Time will tell!

Got ya beat, JT -M... (Below threshold)

Got ya beat, JT -

My system started as a 486-40 running Win95. Currently through upgrades I'm at XP SP3 and have progressed through about 5 different system boards, four cases, a half-dozen hard drive upgrades to the current config of 3 250s and a 750 GB drive, and has three monitors attached to two video cards, powered by a Core Duo processor.

(Admittedly two of the monitors are old 15" LCDs... one of these days, though, I'm getting a pair of 22" LCDs, so with the central 17" monitor I'll have a 61" wide desktop... which might be enough! Wretched excess, thy name is progress!)

And that's why I prefer a P... (Below threshold)

And that's why I prefer a PC over a Mac.

Congratulations on the resu... (Below threshold)

Congratulations on the resurrection of Frankenputer JT.

FWIW I've never bought anything other than parts and rolled my own since '93.

What's the difference between upgrading a PC vs a Mac?
With the PC you can pick and choose what pieces you want to upgrade.

To upgrade a Mac you buy a new one.

I actually talked JT throug... (Below threshold)

I actually talked JT through this one step at a time. I am so proud of him*

one word, Jay. Hackentosh!<... (Below threshold)

one word, Jay. Hackentosh!






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