Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Importance of Backup

A couple of weeks ago I had the misfortune of having my media drive died on me. It was a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 3Gb/s 1-TB Hard Drive, model ST31000340AS. It had contained all of my photos ever taken since June 2007 and all my MP3s, videos etc. ARRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!!!

I’ve only had the Terabyte drive for 3 months and had bought it brand new when I went back to New Zealand to sort out some other stuff. I have always been a big fan of Seagate products with all of my computers (desktops, laptops and portable devices) I make sure they are all Seagate Inside. I even recommend the brand to others. I have never expected a brand new drive die on me so soon. All of my older drives ranging from the P-ATA drives to the SATA 1.5Gb/s drives are still working and they are more than 4 years old.

I not that keen on paying the extravagant amount of money to someone else to recover the data for me. I read somewhere that you may be able to recover some parts of the data by freezing the drive... But I’m not too sure or even ready for that. I guess nothing to lose. I’ve already lost big time by not backing up!

Anyway... Important lesson... If you have anything important data stored on a Hard Drive, no matter how new or old or whatever, you should always make a backup of it either to another drive or CDs or DVDs. Something I should have adhered to in the first place. :(

Monday, December 01, 2008

England vs All Blacks (29/11/2008)

I managed to get a couple of tickets for the England vs. All Blacks (New Zealand) Grand Slam final at Twickenham last week. It was my first time to Twickenham and being the Grand Slam final I was really looking forward to it. Needless to say I was there to support the All Blacks even though I live in London now. A Kiwi is always a Kiwi!

Sitting there in the stands in the cold weather, the first half was touch and go. It was a pretty boring first half. All they did was kick the ball around back and forth, a couple of penalties and Daniel Carter missing about 4-5 penalties. What’s going on DC? Too much cheese and too much sun bathing in Perpignan is it?

Anyway the second half was where all the excitement was. Within the first two minutes the English offensive team was strong and they were moments away from scoring a try. But the All Blacks came back even stronger with Mills Muliaina scoring two tries for the team and a try from Ma'a Nonu. It was just simply AWESOME with a final score of 32 – 6.

If Dan had stepped up his performance it would have been somewhere like 47 – 6.

More pictures here.