Archives for: February 2006, 18


  04:12:02 pm, by The Dreamer   , 174 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software

Taking apart a Maxtor OneTouch II external hard drive


I have been searching the Internet hoping to find the details on what opening up a Maxtor OneTouch II might entail. Not because the drive has failed or something, but because I'm getting annoyed that everytime I reboot my computer, the drives disappear and I need to 'update the driver' in order to get the computer to detect them correctly and make them available. :**:

While the one connected to a W2K Professional box has had no such issues, it is a WXP Professional box that another pair of these are connected to.

Today, I finally found a site that had information on it.

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  03:10:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 300 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software, Computer

Interesting BASH quirk....

I had a fustrating making continued enhancements to my Personal ReplayGuide 'update' script, I added some handling for a missing map entry (Zap2It is not providing a map entry for UHD, even though the site knows that it should be at 715).

A simple thing that I've done hundreds of times on other platforms (at work in a file called nsconfigmod, apconfigmod, csconfigmod, or the like) that looks to see if a line is present or not (using grep) and adds lines as needed (using sed).

But, for some reason it just wouldn't work on the Linux box that is running PRG. I stared at it for a good long time, and then tried the script on my other Linux boxes....and it worked. So I started thinking maybe I need a newer version of 'sed'...that didn't help. Maybe a newer version of 'bash'. Well....really new versions have other dependencies that I didn't feel like tackling for this one seeming odd quirk. The PRG box is a RedHat 7.3-legacy box, while my other Linux boxes are more modern (though the other main Linux box will also be update frozen soon) is using bash-2.05a-xx and the other box has a bash-3.0-xx. Evidently the way the versions treat line continuation characters differs....which was what was tripping me up. :##

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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