Archive for October, 2009

Rant: USB hard drives and warranty

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Thinking of buying a USB hard drive?

External USB hard drives at Officeworks.

Obviously you’re gonna go for the one with the longest warranty – three years will surely see you through your CompSci degree, yeah?

Hold on for a minute. There’s a point I’d like to make.

Hard drives are reasonably equal beings, nowadays; some tend to fail more than others, but it’s impossible to tell for years after they’ve hit the market, and nobody’s going to wait that long. They’re also a very competitive market, where prices fluctuate by mere dollars and cents every week, and when the pressure gets as high as it is now, they’re going to cut costs everywhere they can to stay in the game.

They can’t cut many corners with the drives themselves. I’m talking about the cheap crappy boxes they put them in.

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Out and about

Friday, October 30th, 2009

On the side of a machine that rents trailers at a servo:


Airport Krispy Kreme:

Krispy Fail

Guess the restaurant:

"Dude, what the hell did you have for dinner?"

What a dead pixel (and a very small portion of the fileserver at work) looks like:

When you make millions of something, one or two are bound to come out with toethumbs.