Computers and Doors

So, I’ve not had as much for the blog lately. Have been kind of busy . . . 



Yes, the above is running despite its guts being spilled all over my desk. So, my previous computer set-up was such:

one system drive (240MB, SSD), one data drive (1 TB), one data backup drive (1TB)

one external drive (3 TB) for all photos and graphics (Nikon, Phone, Panasonic P&S)
one external backup drive (3 TB) for all photos and graphics (Nikon, Phone, Panasonic P&S)

Misc: one 4 TB drive, one 2TB drive, one 1.5 TB drive for tertiary backup (monthly). These drives are normally inside my fire-resistant safe (good for two hours at some-now-forgotten high temperature).

Some might call this obsessive . . . some who never lost some of their fiction writing or some of their original photos.

A few months ago the internal backup drive stopped working. No warning; one day it no longer showed up. A few weeks ago the desktop backup drive stopped reading. I plugged them into my older PC to make sure it was independent of connections and/or hardware.


Nope! Dead as doornails. 

Now, both drives are under warranty. I could send them in and get replacements . . . except that I don’t know that my data is actually irretrievable. I suspect what failed is the peripheral internal hardware, and not actually the platters with my data.

I could send the drives in, but would not be 100% certain my data would remain, in fact, private. It would be nice if, for instance, the drive manufacturers asked for the control board or some other identifying item as proof-of-no-life and I could keep the platters.

Failing that, I’ll eat the cost of new drives and permanently destroy the malfunctioning drives (after salvaging the amazingly powerful magnets therein). I will be very happy when Solid State Drives come down in price.

I had both PCs taken apart so I did me some thinking (it hurt!) and worked out a new scheme for how I handle data. While I was at it, I cleaned up a lot of the data on the old PC and made sure I got everything useful and worthwhile from it in preparation for possibly selling it (or for doing something else with it – it’s an XP machine, but still very powerful even by today’s standards).

My current configuration consists of two internal 4-TB Black Drives (designed for gaming or other heavy usages). One to hold all my data (graphic or otherwise) and one to hold a copy of all my data (graphic or otherwise). The two still functioning drives are stored as “time-vaults”, and the tertiary drives will continue their duty as failsafe drives.

In addition, because the safe might not survive a direct hit by a re-entering Voyager I spacecraft traveling at a small (but still significant) fraction of the speed of light, I am looking into cloud storage. If I go that route, I will likely encrypt the crap out of stuff locally before uploading it. What? Sure, you say there is no chance of that happening, but some people don’t agree with that . . . I asked.

BTW . . . I’m listening to this (among other things) . . . 

OK . . . Doors. 

Somewhere, for some reason I’ve yet to fathom, someone is issuing weekly challenges, and this week it’s doors. If I understand it correctly, I’m not to walk up to a random door and kick the snot out of it; no, I’m meant to photograph it and show it here, on my blog.


Now, I don’t know nothin’ ’bout photoin’ no doors, but I can sure give it a try . . . the above is a train car door. I assume it’s operable, otherwise that is not so much a picture of a door as a picture of a slab of steel with a fancy paint job. 

I looked at what others were offering up . . . well, shoot! I ain’t got nothing like that, all fancied-up-artsy-like. Don’t get me wrong, I got me an artsy door like, for instance . . . 

Alaska Cruise 2012


. . . but I think fancy-pants (and petticoats) folks would call that “vulgar”. 

I do got me some more refined doors from the Cripple Creek Visitor Center:



. . . but I ain’t figured out if them doors have enough “character” for the challenge crowd . . . if maybe I do it up in B&W . . .


Ya’ know, I reckon that’ll be too refined. Me thinks something that has been through a bit of life, has seen things, and has maybe been scarred by what it has done seen.


. . . uh . . . maybe not quite that scarred . . . maybe more a bit like this:



OK, OK . . . one can do refined with a bit of character . . .


All them doors above surely have a voice, each spilling their story in quiet desperation . . . but this next door, this next door speaks of strength and determination, of functionality and purpose . . . it speaks of unpretentious utility.


That there is, my esteemed fancy-pants and dear petticoats readers, a root cellar, and this is its door:


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17 Responses to Computers and Doors

  1. oneowner says:

    Solar sisters is my favorite. For quite s while I’ve resisted the urge to participate in any challenge. One day I might find resistance is futile.
    I’ve been planning to upgrade my PC for more than a year and will probably take the plunge sometime after Windows 10 becomes available. The dream computer would have 4 4T SSDs inside the cabinet and 4 outside. I dream big.


    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . obviously, your pants are not fancy.

      I don’t do them religiously; if I’m not busy and I get an inspiration I’ll play with the challenge. Sometimes I play and then I am not happy with what I get and just skip it.

      I do like the cover redo challenge (a movie this week), so I might stick with that for a while.

      . . . and yes, you dream big . . . and expensive.


  2. sandra getgood says:

    I liked Solar Sisters too. Got all the way to the end expecting to find a door with a crescent moon in it, but guess it’s kinda hard to find those now. But there were some interesting pictures of doors… you do enjoy a challenge, don’t you ?


    • disperser says:

      You know, I do have one . . . I should have remembered it. It was snapped with the phone (my old Droid), but no reason why I could not use it.

      I enjoy having fun; it’s a bonus if it’s also a challenge.

      . . . and thanks . . .


  3. mvschulze says:

    Your backup strategy is impressive – and yes maybe obsessive. Back in ’96 a client called me Excessive, Obsessive and Eccentric! I kinda liked that!
    And, I’m certain I have a close-up VHS video, long buried in the physical archives, of a doorknob of one of your doors in St. Elmo (Cash Williams Building)- from our visit to that ghost town in 1988. M :-)


  4. I do not have fancy pants and I’ve never owned a petticoat. Yeah, I’m sure you are not surprised. ;-)
    Oh, wait…in the late 1970’s I had a cool rad groovy pair of purple jeans with birds and flowers of all different colors embroidered on the pockets and down the legs. Do those count as fancy pants?!?!
    All that computer part…I didn’t understand most of it…so I heard “blah, blah, blah”… ;-) :-P But, I loved the door photos and the music!!! :-) I have always loved doors and windows and photos of doors and windows! You found some great doors to share with us! I like the old doors bestest! :-)
    I love hearing those siblings sing and play instruments! It’s been fun watching them grow up on vids through the years! Their story is inspiring! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Sounds like fancy pants to me . . .

      You should also know that blah blah blah makes all this work and provides the photos for this blog. Also, when it don’t work, stuff gets lost forever. I got really serious about backups when 10 years ago I lost a couple of chapters to a novel . . . I tried recreating them, and for the life of me I could not. I knew I had something I really liked as far as narrative, but while I said the same thing, the words did not sing to me like they had on that first draft. I also lost photos, but those are usually easier to recreate (unless they involve travel and people).

      Glad you liked the photos. I don’t usually go out planning for how I will use a particular photo, but I have so many that when someone throws something out I can usually find a match for it.

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  5. Me no sabbe the computer stuff. Buuuttttt I really like the doorsl You’ve gathered some terrific photos of various doors. Really nice examples. I think I like the cellar one the best.


  6. Eddy Winko says:

    I wonder how one goes about exchanging your minor, in one door with the old, out the other with the new? Failing that just lock them in the root cellar, by far my favourite.


  7. AnnMarie says:

    Interesting that you spilled some of your PC guts, got our interest, but then showed us the door(s)!
    Couldn’t resists that one!!!
    Best door is the root cellar one.


    • disperser says:

      Everything working OK so far during the probation period. And yes, root cellar wins hands down for no other reason that I don’t photograph many doors.


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