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May. 24th, 2005

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sitting outside after lunch with _wirehead_, and i managed to sit right in a very gooey patch of gum. anyone know how to get chewing gum out of jeans?

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another question. getting ready to buy aequitus's laptop harddrive and would *really* like to not have to reinstall everything on my machine. i've got a Windows partition at the moment and a Linux install as well. the Windows is the more important one, i don't really mind having to reinstall Linux if need be. so, will ghosting accomplish this task? if so, will it restore *everything* (documents, music files, etc) or does it only keep programs and settings and the like? any ideas of a good ghost program to use?

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or perhaps should i just buy an enclosure and make the drive into an eternal *external* USB drive? (though an eternal drive would be nice too). any clue how much these run? and whether the USB port on a laptop is likely to provide enough power to run the drive?

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From:_wirehead_
Date:May 24th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
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...peanut butter?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
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yeah, i know that and mayo works on hair (as well as freezing)...but i'm worried that the gum is going to be forever stuck in between the fibers of the jeans even if i can get the surface stuff off.
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From:_wirehead_
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
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link with lots of suggestions: http://moxie.nu/moveabletype/archives/002856.php

not that i've ever had to do it myself, but some of those things sound like they might work. i just remember peanut butter working wonders when i was in middle school and some girls spit gum into my hair on the bus.
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From:endon_neu
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
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ice should work on jeans too...
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
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suppose i could just keep trying things till one of them works. mmmm...freezer jeans. ;)
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
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yeah, ok. touche. but i do actually *like* these jeans...;P
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
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hrm. but then you'd have to buy some of that low-rise underwear...
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From:luvcraft
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Damn, wearin' each others clothes AND sharpie foreplay.

KING-KAY!!!

So, is one of you going to move, or are you just going to email lots of naked pix back and forth while listening to the Smiths, long-distance-style?
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From:luvcraft
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
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The USB hard drive casings run about $60 for a normal, PC-sized hard drive. Not sure about laptop-sized.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
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looks like i can order one online for about 10$ so long as it's sent to the States and that PC Club carries them for $30 with a carrying case if i wanted to go locally. just not sure what the best solution is, as i'd probably want the new drive actually *in* my machine no matter what, since it's faster. jsut the prospect of reinstalls is always so daunting.
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From:killbox
Date:May 24th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
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yes, i love my 40gb dataflask, (small laptop drive external usb case,) it will power fine off my usb port (although the cable comes as a Y cable so you can plug it into another port for extra power) it cost me about $18 after shipping, and works great.. programs like norton ghost are supported by it sou coul could put your new hdd in it, run ghost transfer data, install the new drive in the pc, (fix lilo or whatever boot loader you have) and away you go.. put your old drive in the case and keep it as a backup/transfer device..
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From:hizhnik
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
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mr_endon is right: ice works, but it's takes ages, and the water from the melting ice tends to screw things up a bit. Bring 'em to back Ireland and pop into my lab: I'll splash a bit of liquid nitrogen on there, and the gum should crumble off pretty easily. Mmmm ... cryogenics.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
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hee hee. that would be fun. i had a job once where i got to play about with lots of liquid nitrogen (working in a science museum).
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From:hizhnik
Date:May 24th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
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It works, too (for removing gum).

I used to fuck about with LN2 loads at the UK SRS (synchrotron radiation source), sitting there at 4 in the morning when the beam was offline (as it frequently was / is), when I discovered what can be done with only a bucket of LN2, some fruit and a hammer: instant sorbet!
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From:barjack
Date:May 24th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
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There are 3 options for hard drive replacement.

The first is the most tedious. With Norton Ghost you can completely clone your current drive to a new drive. The only problem, both drives have to be plugged in concurrently which would require a tower and 2 laptop hard drive IDE adapters.

The second is the afformentioned USB. Do not buy a USB 1.0 hard drive adapter, the bandwidth is usually restriced to only 6-7 megs per second and a max of only 12 megs (normal HD xfer can be 100 megs a second or more). This means no movies playing off the external drive, etc. USB 2.0 and firewire are both great for this task, but if you do not have on board 2.0 or firewire, you would need a card.

The third option is buying a second hard drive bay for your computer. If you have a Dell, Gateway, IBM or a couple others, you can procure a hard drive bay that swaps with your CD/Floppy/Battery bay and gives you a second spinning disk, just like a tower.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
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so can i not either:

1) put the ghost image of my old drive on a desktop and then restore it to the new drive on my laptop once the new drive is in.

or

2) hook up two laptops to the network, one with the old harddrive and one with the fresh new harddrive installed on it, and copy the ghost image directly over?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
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oh, also, my laptop dual boots linux and windows, so linux tools are fair game, and it would be nice indeed if whatever method i was using could parse those partitions and leave my dual booting intact.
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From:barjack
Date:May 24th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm guessing this is going to be a "complete in Ireland" sort of affair. Once you are there, the best plausible way to set this up would take a visit to a computer store or to the online. For 5-10 UK you should be able find a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter, also known as simply a laptop hard drive IDE adapter. You will ovbiously need 2, the hard drives, and a master desktop system to do the xfer.

This is what i'm talking about:
http://www.cablesonline.net/25hdmounkitw.html

Sparky should be able to procure you Norton Ghost as he is most likely slicker with the warez. Once you have the disk, you would simply put both drives into your tower as master and slave on the CD bus (the IDE chain for the CD drives) and boot/install Ghost. Once Ghost is running, it will really do the hard thinking for you. The latest version supports UFS, NFS, UNIX and other 'NIX file structures as long as there is an NTFS/FAT master partition to start with.

Or stay another day and get it done here, you can always buy another $600.00 plane ticket, right?

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From:barjack
Date:May 24th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Or, of course you could find a supported USB laptop hard drive enclsure. Adric knows more about that and I think has had 100% sucess using his.
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From:djsparkydog
Date:May 24th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
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1) Ghosting should work.
2) I have a 2.5 power over usb enclosure I bought but now have no use for, as the drive dissapeared.
3) I want to see you before you go, goddamit. Or are you already gone?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
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i'm still here till tomorrow afternoon, and am getting together with Greg and Amy for coffee and to exchange hard drive for money later tonight, want to come along?
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From:djsparkydog
Date:May 24th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure exactlt how plausible that is. Could you just give me a call on my cell please?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 24th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
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heya. *just* got back from VI with G and A, and didn't want to risk waking you if you'd gone to bed. will stop by the store before i head out, just to say goodbye, and if you happen to want to get rid of the enclosure you have you could bring it along with you to the job and we can work something out.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 27th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
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Don't bother with ice. Use gin. I don't know if it works or not, but I'm totally curious to find out. Even if it doesn't work, you can still suck your jeans so it's not a total loss.

Linus

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From:ferrousoxide
Date:May 27th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
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well, presuming you provide the gin ;)

you know, instead of lurking like some sort of lurking thing, you could just break down and start an account...
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