punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,
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Angry, petty, and minor rant blown out of proportion

Okay, about 8 years ago, I got this nifty thing that was uncommon back then, but rather common now. I got a USB enclosure for IDE hard drives. I got it off of some Hong Kong tech distributor for like $30. You could take any IDE 3/5" hard drive, stick it in, and use it like a USB drive. This was handy when copying disks, backing up stuff that was more than a CD could carry (this was before DVD writers were cheap, and a 16mb USB stick was "large"). And it worked great.

It had 4 parts: the box you put the hard drive into, a USB cord, an AC adapter, and some fanny pack to contain it all (which it didn't, it was always too small for the AC adapter). It had Japanese writing, so I never knew the company. For many years, I used it at AOL for personal as well as business use.

Until the USB cord went missing in 2002. It was a proprietary USB cord (actually, that's not true anymore, but it wasn't sold in the US back then) , so that made this setup useless. Figuring it was stolen, I took the rest of the setup home, bummed. When I left the wardialing department in 2004, a coworker "found" the cord, and said, "I think this is yours... not sure how it got in my office." Not sure how it got there, either. But yay! Now I could use it again. But in 2 years, where did I put the rest of the stuff?

When I left AOL in 2005, I found the hard drive enclosure, but not the AC adapter. Then, later, I found the AC adaptor, but then the USB cord, which I stuck in the enclosure, was missing. Then I found the USB cord, but the enclosure was missing. Figuring it would show up someday, I put the cord in the fanny pack.

I found the AC adapter and the enclosure (with a wardialing hard drive still in it, heh) last year, but then the fanny pack with the USB cable went missing. Then I found the fanny pack when I moved to my new den, but the USB cable wasn't in it anymore. Then I found a USB cable that would work just as well (from my camera), stuck it in the enclosure, but now the AC adapter is missing.

WHY THE HELL DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING??? WHY CAN'T THEY ALL STAY IN ONE PLACE???

Yes, I KNOW I can get a new USB enclosure with all the stuff I need for a measly $30, but it's the principle of the thing; I don't want to pay for something I already have!!!

Grrr......
Tags: hard drive, rant, tech, usb
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