Archives for: September 2006, 03


  09:08:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 298 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Networking, WiFi

Once was in the last box.

...the last piece of the backup my laptop puzzle, was to find the tapes. And, eventually I did find them in the last box.... |-|

Though it wasn't too bad, since I found other stuff along the way that I either put into use or set aside knowing that I would get to it next.

However, it did distract me from a couple of bigger projects that I just keep putting off, but really ought stop.

To further the distraction.....while on the quest, I was also defragging my laptop and updating some packages on it...I decided to do a net survey.

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  06:26:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 348 words  
Categories: Stuff, Computer

Higher capacity NiMH AA Batteries

I'm current rooting around among my boxes again...looking for the pieces necessary to do a backup of my laptop computer. Haven't done one since I moved, and would be nice to get one done before I next take my laptop out of my home.

While digging around, I found my old Siemens Gigaset 2410....decided I would see if it would work until the multi-handset unit I have coming arrives.

This was an okay phone....I used to have it on my office phone, thinking that it would be handy to deal with calls away from my in the computer room. But, it never actually got used. I suppose the nice thing about its design was that it took regular AA batteries. It came with NiCd, but I had long ago replaced them with NiMH....1600mAh ones. And, it was adequate for how I used it.

But, since the batteries had gone completely dead while in storage, I thought that maybe I'd go looking for my higher capacity NiMH batteries for it instead.

I found a nice matched pair of 2300 mAh LaCrosse charger had them as 2.25 and 2.26 Ah....except they wouldn't fit. But, these are AA batteries....aren't all supposed to be the same?

Well, evidently in the quest to cram more juice into the same diameter/length package...they decided to cheat by making the positive terminal shorter. And, the Siemens phone has a goof proof holder that expects the positive terminal to be of the 'correct' length, etc. Oh well, hopefully the old batteries still work.

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  08:27:39 am, by The Dreamer   , 378 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer

Retrospect and NTBackup don't get along....

For quite some unknown amount of time, I've been having trouble with NTBackup...because I just have a single DLT7000 drive, it requires many tapes to do a backup...and unless I keep a close eye on keeping it fed, the backup may or may not complete if left waiting too long.

Namely, overnight. :zz:

Very annoying having to restart the whole backup from the beginning and refeed tapes that had just been backed up to the day before, etc.

Recently, I started trying to figure out what happens....finally I noticed that the Removable Storage Manager Service had stopped, and more importantly that it was stopped by something at 1:35am.

I hunted around for services that run at night, but didn't see any scheduled tasks or reference that would suggest that Diskeeper's "Set It And Forget It" would be the issue.

Finally, it occurred to me that Retrospect is also running on my system doing disk-to-disk backups....sure enough, it set to run 3-4 times a week at 1:35am.

Most weeks it is 3 times for regular backups, and 1 time every few weeks it does a recycle. Too bad Retrospect isn't smart enough to manage what storage is available to it. You'd think it having two 300GB drives and my system only being a 120GB and a 250GB drive, that it wouldn't eventually run out of space.

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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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