August 1, 2007

I Hate Computers...

by Chris Randall

I'm going to quit this whole racket and become a shepherd or something. Major meltdown today during a minor upgrade. Lost my mobo, which entailed essentially buying an entirely new comp (mobo, RAM, power supply, video card, CPU). During the moving process, I managed to erase the RAID array containing my next album in its entirety.

Go buy Dr. Device so I can afford therapy. I now have anger management issues.



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Aug.01.2007 @ 5:51 AM
The buying will have to wait until I get my damn warranty replacement HD back. It's been well over a month since my HD spontaneously melted down during a night my computer was on (doing nothing, as usual), I dropped it to the shop where I bought it from next day. No warranty replacement yet, although they faintly promised that it COULD be here this week.

So that makes it a bit over four fucking weeks of me using a small spare HD for basic tasks, not bothering to buy a new one just because of the shop not getting their shit straight, and definitely not installing all the audio apps and other stuff I use because I'd have to do a reinstall and redo all that authorization & config crap for the new OS install later anyway.

I don't really know which I hate the most at this point - myself for not remembering to do regular backups, HDs for breaking down spontaneously as usual, or the damn shop for letting me wait over a month for a replacement.

So that makes two shepherd converts I guess.


Aug.01.2007 @ 8:58 AM
That sucks sooooo bad. There is nothing quite like the feeling of losing important data - especially artistic data. RAIDs seem to be touchy - especially if you're moving them. Keep in mind a RAID 0 set of two drives doubles your risk and halves your MTBF.

Aug.01.2007 @ 9:38 AM
Ouch....I know how bad that stings. If you want the data, you know that it's still there until you overwrite it, right? If your RAID was striping data, you might have to sell a few more copies of Dr. Device to get it back than if you weren't.

In other news, I am working on a punch-card DAW....interested???


Aug.01.2007 @ 9:55 AM
Shit! Backing up right now...

Aug.01.2007 @ 10:24 AM
Subliminal Fusion
Which level of RAID where you running? I'm guessing 5, in which case you could try something like this: link []">link [] (that will also work with level 0, but I sincerely hope you weren't trusting your next album to a RAID-0 array with no backup).

Even if you've formatted the drives, there's hope of recovery though a data recovery service (though that would be significantly more $).

Either way, if you have to shell out to get your data back, I'd be happy to preorder the next Micronaut album now if it would help move things along...


Aug.01.2007 @ 10:44 AM
Oh man, that SUCKS! I?d ask how the hell something like that happens, but it seems like the kind of thing that you might not really want to talk about. Here?s a story: Two of my friends and I all started making music on computers in 1999. The first friend?s computer was a total POS, the motherboard died after about 6 months. Rather than worry about fixing it, he just said fuck it and focused on writing songs and getting better at guitar by learning Jobim chord progressions. Today, that friend has written hundreds of distinctive songs, has a small cult following, and has a backing band of classically trained jazz musicians. They (the band) are far better players than my friend is, but they still play with him because they love his songs. The second friend?s computer is still running today (I guess Dell made some quality desktops at that time). He STILL uses Acid 1.0 and Fruityloops v3 or whatever the fuck it is. Of course, I?ve tried to explain to him that software has come a long way since ?99, that he is being a technological caveman, time to upgrade, etc. His reply is that he can do everything he needs to do with what he has, and that he?d rather focus on the music. Today, he has over 7 full length albums. Granted, the mixes are murky (if you think summing ITB in Cubase is bad, exporting a track made in Acid 1.0 will disgust you), but the actual songs are fantastic, and if any thing, he?s really just incorporated the sonic limitations of his tools to form his own gritty, unique style. He says that he has to be really careful because projects often tend to get corrupted and sound files turn up missing (not surprising when you consider he?s running an 8 year old install of windows 98). His elegant solution? Every time he adds something to a song, he burns a mix down to an audio CD. That seemed totally absurd when he told me, but hearing stories about failed RAID arrays make me wonder if there might be some wisdom in my friend?s antiquated methodology. Back to my main point, all this while I?ve gone through 3 computers, tried every host and plugin I could get my hands on, and experimented with every conceivable workflow. As a result, today, I have 5 songs, 5000 song fragments/experiments, and 5,000,000 files in my Vstplugins folder. Point being, these damn machines, sometimes they actually prevent us from doing the very thing we set out to accomplish in the first place. If I didn?t have such a vested interest in having new AI posts to read and new AD plugins to play with, I just might be inclined to suggest considering leaving the DAW broken for a while!

As far as therapy: I bought Dr. Device last night and it is THE SHIT. The audio samples on the site really do not convey how awesome this thing is. It really should come with diapers just in case.


Aug.01.2007 @ 11:03 AM
I think it's time you took a look at a mac pro or somthing, mr. Randall...



Aug.01.2007 @ 11:11 AM
Nuh-uh? No he di'int!

Aug.01.2007 @ 1:12 PM
Forget raid,
Get yourself an external FW drive for backing up.

sorry for your lost chris.


Aug.01.2007 @ 1:43 PM
Chris Randall
"I think it's time you took a look at a mac pro or somthing, mr. Randall..."

I thought about that yesterday. Here's what I decided: the MacPro wouldn't be any less likely to have that happen to it than a PC. The difference is that it cost me $632 to essentially entirely replace my high-end PC with another one. On top of the fact that, despite what they say, Mac Pros aren't really very good at running Windows.

So I stayed away from the Apple Store, and went to PC Club instead. Personally I could give two shits which platform I use, and who made the fucking thing. I just have work to do.



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