Entropy Strikes Again

So, I have 11 current website development projects I’m working on. Those who have been patiently waiting for me to get their site perfected are probably wondering why I’m such a slacker and haven’t finished them yet.

And the answer, sadly, is entropy. You see, I take great pains to backup and redundantly backup and obsessively backup all of everyone’s sites, information, etc. However, much like a doctor who never gets a checkup, I never back up my own stuff.

I purchased a lovely 120GB drive from Western Digital… intended to be my “working” drive where I would keep my up-to-the-minute versions of everything. That way I could take it with me everywhere and work on stuff on any computer. Smart, right?

Well, Western Digital forgot to mention that their 120GB drive is a piece of crap. After a mere two weeks of service, it is toast. Complete and utter toast. Every single file on the entire drive (about 45 GBs) is “corrupted.” So, does that mean I’ve lost the sites I’m working on? Not at all… I still have everything that’s currently active online, everything I had done on the sites up till a couple of days ago.

What I did lose was a lot of my personal files… school work, my personal budget. Stuff I can’t really live without, but now I have to piece back together. A frustrating and mind-numbing process that well, my heart just isn’t in. I’m bitter that Western Digital has screwed me so successfully with so little effort. I’m frustrated because I’m doing a bunch of work I’ve already done once before. I’m also frustrated because my car died and it cost $1774.00 today.

$1774.00. My car is barely WORTH $1774.00. So, what cost all that money? Let me tell you:

Tune up
Coil Packs
Transmission Flush & Filter
Power steering flush
Front brake pads
Idler pulley
Upper radiator hose outlet housing
Oil sending unit
Throttle body
PCV (whatever that is)

Why, you ask, did my car need all those things at once? Well, last March… just 11 months ago, my car had 39,500 miles. Today, it has 67,700 miles. 2600 miles a month will do that to a car. I’ve kept up on oil changes, but that’s really all I’ve done. Today I paid the piper.

Did I mention that my $600.00 phone is also broken? Yeah. I haven’t even figured out how I’m going to pay for a new one. Perhaps having a phone that only rings occasionally when it feels like ringing is actually a GOOD thing. I’ll have to stew on that.

So, just when you think you’re getting ahead, Newton and his damned 2nd Law come along and bleed you dry.

  6 comments for “Entropy Strikes Again

  1. February 23, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Jeez, at least they could have lubed YOU up, too. Poor you.

  2. February 23, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    That wasn’t Newton. Nevermind.

  3. Dave
    February 23, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Bummer, dude. They’re having a “push, pull, or drag” trade-in sale here in Colorado, but that probably would be too long of a push…

  4. February 23, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    What no QSR manifold recoil to replace??
    What you really need them to do is flush the compacted spark plug return valve.

  5. February 23, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    I hate it when my idler pulley needs to be flushed.

  6. Jodie
    February 24, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Geez Incredipete, someone saw you coming. What kind of car is this?

    Tune up — well, ok if they insist. Probably too much computerized junk that freaks out under heat etc.
    Sparkplugs – my cheapo Escort wasn’t scheduled for plugs til 100k, and ran fine even then.
    Coil Packs
    Transmission Flush & Filter –that’s what you get for driving an automatic!
    Power steering flush — do what??
    Front brake pads — any newish car with less than 100k miles should not have brake problems, period.
    Rotors — see above
    Idler pulley — my cheapo Escort didn’t need this till 135k. Very important part, since it holds the timing belt.
    Upper radiator hose outlet housing – this breaks?
    Sensors — again, shouldn’t be worn out til over 100k
    Oil sending unit – um, right. Either especially poorly designed or just BS
    Throttle body — what?
    PCV (whatever that is) — this actually tells your car about air/gas ratios, I think. Scheduled to be replaced every 60k in most cars, and pretty cheap (mine was a $10 part and Ford installed it FREE).

    Sheesh. Next time, make Jenna go with you.

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