I should have known better. Earlier today when I suggested that I had paid my dues to Murphy, I thought I was being smart.
I sat down to write my monthly MySQL column for Linux Magazine, planning to bang out a few month's worth covering MySQL Administrator and the MySQL Query Browser. But then I discovered that there's not Mac version of either one!
They do offer Linux and Windows versions. But my Linux "desktop" is offline for maintenance (that's a polite way of saying I need to perform a disk swap and re-install). But I have a Windows laptop!
Except that my trusty IBM Thinkpad T23 has just decided that its hard disk is no longer interested in functioning without making loud *click* *click* *click* noises and refusing to let Windows complete the boot sequence.
The bad news:
- I know exactly what it means when hard disks begin that clicking routine: You're already screwed.
- I still have an article to write, so I either need a new topic or need to get a Linux box up ASAP.
- I have no backups.
- I spent the last several hours (has it been 3 hours?!) attempting to salvage the machine. I'm pretty convinced that's a lost cause at this point.
The good news:
- I only used it for running a single piece of software, so the lack of backups is not a major problem.
- The machine is probably still under warranty, so IBM will likely replce the hard disk at their expense.
- This may finally motivate me to sell that machine--once the new drive is installed with a fresh OS on it. I recently got a Windows notebook at work that's quite capable of running SeeYou.
Oh, well. I've learned my lesson.
Anyone got an idea for the MySQL column I need to write in the next 24 hours? :-(
Posted by jzawodn at November 14, 2004 10:08 PM