I just bought a 1TB external hard drive from SimpleTech / Fabrik, and it is the worst piece of garbage imaginable.
Firstly, the drive comes pre-formatted for PC, which ordinarily wouldn’t be a problem, but it’s formatted read-only, so to use it for ANYTHING I have to completely erase the drive.
Secondly, when attempting to erase the drive with Disk Utility, something about the drive makes the erase operation fail. I tried MS-DOS FAT, which seemed to work, before giving me an error upon trying to use it. Formatting to Mac Extended gives an error immediately.
I’m just considering myself fortunate that I don’t need this in the next few hours.
UPDATE: oddly, someone from SimpleTech saw my posting and sent me a personal email. She apologized for my experience and I sent her some notes. Apparently there is a separate product line that the same company makes which is meant for Mac called G-Technology.
I ended up getting something on special from Fry’s mail order, a 1TB “FreeAgent Pro” from Seagate. The funny thing about this one is it has a glowing bar on it that serves absolutely no purpose other than looking like a prop from a 1980’s sci-fi movie. It does not have a Firewire 800 interface (the SimpleTech one did), which is a bummer, but I’ll take what I can get at this point.
My files are copying now; it’s around 400GB which will take something like 6 hours to duplicate.
I saw “Z Channel – A Magnificent Obsession,” which was pretty cool. I wonder if there are copies of the magazine Z Channel used to put out, floating around on ebay?
Here’s a list of movies mentioned in “Z Channel” that sounded interesting.
- A Safe Place (Jack Nicholson)
- Images (Altman)
- Welcome to LA (1976)
- Madchen in Uniform (1931)
- 400 Blows
- Dance of the Vampires
- Overlord (1975) – Stuart Cooper
- Fingers (Harvey Keitel)
- (Andrei Rublev)
- Heaven’s Gate (1980)
- Decline of Western Civilization
- Bad Timing (1980)
- The Important Thing Is to Love (Main thing?)
- McCabe & Mrs. Miller
- Le Magnefique
- Berlin Alexanderplatz (it’s 12 hours!)
- 1900 (5 1/2 hours!)
- (director Sam Peckinpah)
- (director Claude Chabrol)
- Once Upon A Time In America
- Wife Mistress
- Lady on the Bus
- Turkish Delight (Verhoven)
- The 4th Man (Verhoven)
- Soldier of Orange (Verhoven)
- Flesh & Blood (Verhoven)
- Spetters (Verhoven)
- Katie Tippel (Verhoven – Kaetje?)
- Salvadore (James Woods)
- Something of Value (1957)
UPDATE: Looks like Wikipedia has a page with a more complete list
BRIAN: Today’s word is
BRIAN: Agnatic primogeniture
BEN: Obligate Siblicide
(Another Obligate Siblicide link)
This 8-track tape belonged to my grandparents.
It’s Enka; I can’t really read it.
I ripped it to mp3, and transcribed the titles and artists for future analysis.
It was released by Nippon-Columbia – 8WY-1021
BRIAN: This olive has been sitting in a glass on your desk for several days.Â Is it special?
DIANE: Yes.Â His name is Marvin.
BRIAN: … okay I’m going to set Marvin loose.
DIANE: Marvin!Â You’re FREE!!!