Geek Shop-O-Rama!

I’m broke now, but I’m Happy! is happy with me too. :0)

I got me two of these:

& one of these:

& one of these:

& because I’m all thumbs when it comes to tinkering with electronic hardware, I’m gonna have thsese guys open up my computer and put it all in. (well actually, the old Video Card is being replaced with the new one). :0)

Ooops almost forgot.  A month ago I bought this:

But I never got around to getting it put in the computer, so that will be done when the other stuff mentioend above is also.

I’ll have a total of 4 hard drives in the computer (5TB of storage – up from 1) when this is all done.

It’s almost like I got a new computer! 😀

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Warning: Reformatting your hard drive could cost you billions

I just happened upon a news story that I apparently overlooked. It’s now 3 months old but it’s still fascinating.

Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing information for an account worth $38 billion (€29 billion). That is what happened to a computer technician reformatting a disk drive at the Alaska Department of Revenue. While doing routine maintenance work, the technician accidentally deleted applicant information for an oil-funded account — one of Alaska residents’ biggest perks — and mistakenly reformatted the backup drive, as well….

[the full story]

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Do you have Vonage, the VOIP (Internet Phone) service?

A little background for those who don’t know Vonage.

Vonage isn’t like Skype, Gizmo Project/LJ Talk or the phone services of Google Talk, AIM, Windows Live (MSN) or Yahoo! Messenger.

Vonage lets you use your regular home phones but it connects them over your broadband internet connection instead of your regular phone lines (Verizon itself, A&T and Earthlink have similar services).

But I digress….

I seriously considered Vonage a while back. I was looking to save us some money.

I’m glad I didn’t now, because (as you may already know), Vonage may cease to exist very soon. Apparently their lawyers didn’t bother to do a patent search before they started up. Verizon (who strangely offers a competing service but didn’t start that service till after Vonage did) initially said Vonage had violated 7 of it’s Patents. They later dropped that to 5. But it looks like the courts have sided with Verizon.

Vonage is in serious doo-doo

Unless… their recent alternative plan some how works out.

I’m glad I decided not so sign up with them in the first place.

I hate Qwest (“the” phone company in this part of the world). That’s who we have now. Maybe I’ll give Cox’s service (the same folks who provide our Cable Internet service) a shot….