RE: Dell: Hard Drive Click

Dell: Hard Drive Click

Nope, not at
all. Look up Spinrite if you’re unfamiliar with it. It’s a drive
diagnostic/recovery/maintenance tool that is, well, the stuff of legend.
Spinrite is horrid to watch, being entirely DOS-based, but nothing does a
better job of assessing and evaluating hard-drives. I suspect Spinrite should
ship with every PC made.

 

At any rate, I
scraped up the $89 for a copy of Spinrite on Friday, and both
“girls” passed their hard-drive physicals on Saturday. Roddy does
have a few dead sectors, but 6 is well within the pool of 242 sectors in her
drive’s pool of those available for re-allocation. Yes, Spinrite
interacts with a hard-drive’s onboard electronics too. The click I hear
at odd times is apparently the heads parking. Roddy is so thin that
there’s nothing to deaden the sound, and the odd timing is due to
techno-babble like “lazy writing.”

 

For Steve:
I’m physically disabled, and I use my pair of Dell laptops for
everything. They are a XPS M1710 and a XPS M1530, named Lilly and HotRoddy
after my working dogs. I really depend on both so Roddy’s occasional
clicks were unsettling. Spinrite declared both as healthy, and is now trundling
along on my ancient server, Nemesis.

 

From: Richard_Bernier@Dell.com
[mailto:Richard_Bernier@Dell.com]
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 9:12 AM
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: Dell: Hard Drive Click

 

Mr. Royall,

You need me
to send a replacement hard drive, correct?

Thanks,

Richard Bernier
Online
Community Outreach Liaison

Dell Inc.

Doing good or needing improvement, either way you can contact my
manager
Jennifer_Lea_Hughes@dell.com

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RE: Dell: Online Community Outreach

Dell: Online Community Outreach

Heh. As you
rightly say, this isn’t stuff you want to run out and test, but it can be
a survival tool. Of course there is a downside to the slots. Roddy ends up
essentially peeing in my lap! Under the circumstances, though, that’s the
right choice. Soaked but functional beats the alternative.

 

Unfortunately,
Roddy is making ominous clicks, suggesting her hard-drive is failing. I need to
scrape up the 89 shekels for a copy of Spinrite 6 to rehab the drive.

From:
Richard_Bernier@Dell.com [mailto:Richard_Bernier@Dell.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 2:39 PM
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: RE: Dell: Online Community Outreach

 

Mr. Royall,

 

“The two grooves in Roddy’s lid, and the overhanging
hinge design give rain nowhere to pool and cause trouble. The grooves actually
function as rain gutters!”

 

That is a really nice thing to know.  I haven’t heard
anyone mention this.  Now, I am not going to verify what you say, but it
really makes a lot of sense.  If you come across any other observations do
please share them with me.

 

Thanks,

Richard Bernier
Online Community Outreach Liaison
Dell Inc.
Doing good or needing improvement, either way you can contact my
manager
Jennifer_Lea_Hughes@dell.com


From: Scott Royall
[mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 7:10 PM
To: Bernier, Richard
Subject: RE: Dell: Online Community Outreach

 

My suspicion is
that those “important people,” regarding themselves as artistes,
have sycophant assistants following them with Macs. There are still occasional
nebulae of inspiration, but the quality of the SG franchise has sure
deteriorated. I doubt anyone involved would recognize a M1530 if it bit them!

 

By the way,
I’ve mentioned it before, but there is a hidden benefit to Roddy’s
so-called “barrel hinge” design and wedge shape. She’s pretty
apathetic about rain. I know, the very thought of Dell laptops encountering
water is enough to flat-line your entire engineering department, but it’s
occasionally unavoidable. Dogs do require regular exercise, and I do get
ambushed by Houston
weather from time to time. The two grooves in Roddy’s lid, and the
overhanging hinge design give rain nowhere to pool and cause trouble. The
grooves actually function as rain gutters!
J Lilly, on the other paw, is ill-served by the LEDs in her lid.
Rain collects there, and seeps in. It’s just fortunate that her inner
warmth evaporates the seepage. I’ve never liked those LEDs.

From:
Richard_Bernier@Dell.com [mailto:Richard_Bernier@Dell.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:09 PM
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: RE: Dell: Online Community Outreach

 

Mr. Royall,

 

It would be nice to see an XPS 1530 or 1730 on Carters desk. 
Who knows maybe they did get new Dells for the set, but then the director,
producers, “important people” wanted them for themselves to use.

 

Greatest regards,

Richard Bernier
Online Community Outreach Liaison
Dell Inc.
Doing good or needing improvement, either way you can contact my
manager
Jennifer_Lea_Hughes@dell.com


From: Scott Royall
[mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 2:00 PM
To: Bernier, Richard
Subject: RE: Dell: Online Community Outreach

 

 

Heh. Reread
what you typed.

 

Anyway, both
laptops are doing well hardware-wise.

 

I am curious.
Who is paying whom to get Dells to the Pegasus galaxy? I refer, of course, to
the long relationship between Dell and MGM’s Stargate/Stargate Atlantis
franchise. It amuses me to see Dell laptops populating the sets like rabbits,
but why are Carter and McKay still using Gen2s? Marketing should send a M1730
to Vancouver.
Actually, I think Samantha should be using a “Roddy” Mk II.
J True, Dells aren’t MILSPEC rated,
but those tinsel-heads don’t bother with pesky things like reality. After
all, look at the gun they run around with, the P-90. Cute but ineffectual.
Product placement is everything, right?

 

UPDATE: Roddy
just pulled a new stunt and totally “lost” her hard-drive. I had to
cycle power to get it back. Not good.

 

From:
Richard_Bernier@Dell.com [mailto:Richard_Bernier@Dell.com]
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 12:23 PM
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: Dell: Online Community Outreach

 

Mr. Royall,

I am writing
to ask
how
your computers are doing.  Please let me know
if there is anything
else I may with.

Best
regards,

Richard Bernier
Online
Community Outreach Liaison

Dell Inc.
Doing good or needing improvement, either way you can contact my
manager
Jennifer_Lea_Hughes@dell.com

RE: Dell: Online Community Outreach

Dell: Online Community Outreach

 

Heh. Reread
what you typed.

 

Anyway, both
laptops are doing well hardware-wise.

 

I am curious.
Who is paying whom to get Dells to the Pegasus galaxy? I refer, of course, to
the long relationship between Dell and MGM’s Stargate/Stargate Atlantis
franchise. It amuses me to see Dell laptops populating the sets like rabbits,
but why are Carter and McKay still using Gen2s? Marketing should send a M1730
to Vancouver. Actually, I think Samantha should be using a “Roddy”
Mk II.
J True, Dells aren’t MILSPEC rated,
but those tinsel-heads don’t bother with pesky things like reality. After
all, look at the gun they run around with, the P-90. Cute but ineffectual. Product
placement is everything, right?

 

UPDATE: Roddy
just pulled a new stunt and totally “lost” her hard-drive. I had to
cycle power to get it back. Not good.

 

From:
Richard_Bernier@Dell.com [mailto:Richard_Bernier@Dell.com]
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 12:23 PM
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: Dell: Online Community Outreach

 

Mr. Royall,

I am writing
to ask
how
your computers are doing.  Please let me know
if there is anything
else I may with.

Best
regards,

Richard Bernier
Online
Community Outreach Liaison

Dell Inc.
Doing good or needing improvement, either way you can contact my
manager
Jennifer_Lea_Hughes@dell.com

Windows Weekly

This week’s episode
is especially funny as Leo and Paul careen from topic to topic, touching on
several that are of direct interest to me. I share Paul’s views on the
dumbing down of America.

 

They also mention why MSDN, for all its ridiculous pricing,
is so important to someone like me who is trying to be a software developer.

FW: Ep. 21

> —–Original Message—–
> From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
> Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 10:48 PM
> To: ‘Theresa J. McGarry’
> Subject: RE: Ep. 21
>
> I wouldn’t say that I feel "compelled" to write, but I do have a few
scenarios that I’d like
> to cause people to ponder in the near-utopia that is Trek. Everything
comes with a price,
> even utopia. On the other paw, how long does it take you to write a script
for an episode?
> Converging Interests took me a school year to write working almost
full-time on it. I don’t
> enjoy writing, because I have to lock myself up to finish something. While
that works, it’s
> a lonely process so I don’t know. What I need to do near-term is make some
improvements
> in Xpress-It, the program I wrote to speak with. We’ll see afterwards.
>
> I must respectfully disagree with you on a couple of points. First, Trek
fans are well
> known for drawing comparisons and criticizing that which doesn’t conform
with their
> ideals of what Trek is supposed to stand for. That, along with a lack of
leadership at
> Paramount, is what killed Enterprise, the best series in the franchise if
you ask me.
>
> Second, I suspect that all articles of faith have at least the potential
to spark intolerance,
> because they exist in the world of irrational belief. Religions are the
archetypical examples
> of this. Very few religions espouse intolerance, but, well, just look
around us. Beliefs don’t
> exist independent of their believers, and I’ve seen even friendship
subverted for personal
> gain. I’ve been accused of that myself.
>
> > —–Original Message—–
> > From: Theresa J. McGarry [mailto:theresa@pendantaudio.com]
> > Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 5:01 PM
> > To: Scott Royall
> > Subject: RE: Ep. 21
> >
> > Scott,
> >
> > I definitely encourage you to post your stories! As far as I can tell,
> > there is no ‘ceiling’ on new perspectives and exploration of the Trek
> > universe. If it -is- good, if it pulls us in, as yours does, then it’s
> > not really about any sort of ‘as good as’ or any other relative
> > comparison. If it’s something -you- feel compelled to share, as most
> > storytellers do, then by all means go for it! Anything that comes of it
> > will be good, don’t you think? 🙂
> >
> > As for faith, I think it might be ‘sad’ if one embraced an intolerant
> > religion and its dogma, but for me, as someone who thinks of herself as
on
> > a spiritual journey with questions still, the faith remains even while I
> > myself remain open to other ideas and perspectives. And so Ry, as a
kind
> > of extension of myself, is something like that as well.
> >
> > I push myself to write and try perspectives different from my own,
things
> > that stretch me as a writer (and as a person 🙂 – certainly the
> > point-of-view bit for Otek in Defiant 14 was that, as are the villains’
> > scenes. Such things are ‘uncomfortable,’ but I learn from them and I
hope
> > that it helps the final story by making the characters more real and
true
> > to themselves, which is important to me.
> >
> > So, do what feels right and good for -you-. 🙂
> >
> > Theresa
> >
> > On Sun, February 10, 2008 2:27 pm, Scott Royall wrote:
> > > As John Cougar Mellencamp would sing, "everyone needs a hand to hold
on
> > > to."
> > > I take that to say we, as a species, have a need to believe in
something
> > > larger than the individual. The details of a belief almost don’t
matter as
> > > long as it gives the individual a cozy niche to define their own life.
> > > Personally, I find that somewhat sad, because the individual then
tends to
> > > not explore other beliefs.
> > >
> > > Here’s a "field of dream" question for you: If I were to serialize my
> > > Nebula
> > > series on the Web, starting with Converging Interests, do you think
anyone
> > > would read it? I’m not in love with the idea, because it means a huge
> > > effort
> > > from me for no tangible return. However, I look at (or listen to) what
> > > Pendant is doing, and I truly feel I could at least match their
quality.
> > > Of
> > > course, they do audio and I wouldn’t be. What do you think?
> > >
> > >> —–Original Message—–
> > >> From: Theresa J. McGarry [mailto:theresa@pendantaudio.com]
> > >> Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2008 7:04 PM
> > >> To: Scott Royall
> > >> Subject: Re: Ep. 21
> > >>
> > >> That I am. 🙂 I took "The Romantic Revolution (in Europe)" in
college
> > >> and
> > >> my professor asked, believing that the answer would be negative, if
> > >> there
> > >> was any -group- of people who could honestly be called ‘Romantics’
(as
> > >> defined in his class, which meant emotional rather than logical,
> > >> adventurous, creative, optimistic, idealistic… right-brained, in
other
> > >> words) and I said that I thought science fiction fans, generally,
were
> > >> definitely Romantics, even though it seems a contradiction. I think
he
> > >> was displeased to have someone argue his [cynical] point, but I ended
up
> > >> with an A in the class. 🙂
> > >>
> > >> For all that goes wrong with human relationships, for all the broken
> > >> trusts and betrayals, for all the envy, greed and deceit that goes
on,
> > >> -my- definition of friendship only requires one to make it true. I
have
> > >> been fortunate to have had more than one true friend. I believe it.
🙂
> > >>
> > >> Theresa
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> On Sat, February 9, 2008 1:15 pm, Scott Royall wrote:
> > >> > Regarding friendship being forever, you are a true romantic. J
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> —
> > >> When it seems to be falling apart-
> > >> Ship, planet, the universe, hope and love,
> > >> Believe you can fly;
> > >> Because the only thing that’s going to get you
> > >> From here to there in one piece–
> > >> When heaven itself loses integrity–
> > >> Is faith.
> > >> So believe (he said)
> > >> Fly. Dammit, -fly-!
> > >>
> > >> From Ry Emeras’ Personal Journal
> > >> "Wings of Grief and Prophecy"
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> —
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> > >> 2/9/2008
> > > 11:54 AM
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> > —
> > When it seems to be falling apart-
> > Ship, planet, the universe, hope and love,
> > Believe you can fly;
> > Because the only thing that’s going to get you
> > From here to there in one piece–
> > When heaven itself loses integrity–
> > Is faith.
> > So believe (he said)
> > Fly. Dammit, -fly-!
> >
> > From Ry Emeras’ Personal Journal
> > "Wings of Grief and Prophecy"
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > —
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