Hitachi Gears Up for Huge Laptop Hard Drives

Hitachi has announced (PC World article) a 500 GB notebook hard drive, designed to fit the 2.5 inch form factor. Asus has pledged to be the first computer manufacturer to come out with a 1 TB notebook. I’m reeling. The computer I’m using now is a Gateway with a 40 GB hard disk. 500 GB of storage is 1,250% of what I have currently. One terabyte would be a whopping 2,500%. The mind boggles at the amount of storage we can make these days, and it’s not stopping. Despite the shock, I’m looking forward to the day when I’ll own…

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Lithium-Ion Batteries: Confirmed Fire Hazards

In recent years there has been a string of highly-publicized cases where various types of Li-Ion batteries catch fire. Be they installed in laptops, cellphones, or, now, iPods, Lithium Ion battery technology has, I think, established itself as a definite consumer hazard. PC World has a humorously titled article (“Hot Tunes: Man Says Nano iPod Caught Fire in His Pocket“) that shares the hazard of the newest of the three device types: the iPod. A man playing an iPod Nano in his pocket had it catch fire on him, setting his pants aflame and sending orange streams of plasma (flames…

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What Does "Durability" Mean, Exactly?

Has anyone noticed a trend in electronics lately? No, I don’t mean the tendency to make things smaller. No, not the switch from silver to black, or black to white, or whatever. I mean the lack of durability in modern devices. Things today just don’t last as long. Really! Five years ago, one could buy a laptop, for example, and reasonably expect to be using the same laptop, the same way, with the same routine (provided one’s requirements were the same) ten years later. Now? You’re lucky if your laptop lasts a couple of years. Things fall apart all too…

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Happily Folding and BOINCing Away…

Since the other day, my computer has been happily Folding and BOINCing, in tandem, all quite well. So far, I’ve completed 82 frames of the 250 assigned in my [email protected] work unit, and have already submitted two for [email protected], with credit pending. Each Spinhenge unit took around 4,000 seconds of CPU time, though I have no idea how long [email protected] has been actually computing. All I know about [email protected] is that it takes anywhere from 20-60 minutes a frame, depending on what I’m doing (what programs are running, or if the computer is idle). I’ve definitely been leaving it on…

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83 Updates

After installing Windows on the Gateway and finishing driver installations, I went to Windows Update and got a list of updates needed. The total: 83. 59.4 MB of files, with an estimated download time of an hour and a little change. Downloading update 7 now, so it might be a while before I move on to installing necessary software, like AVG Antivirus and Antispyware. Those two are next on the list, though.

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New Option in Gateway Restoration

I’ve found a new option on the Gateway Operating System disc. The Gateway Restore program will partition and format “Physical drive 0” instead of referring to it by letter. Right now, it’s completed partitioning and formatting (according to the wizard) and is “Prepairing [sic] Windows Installation…” We’ll see if this works…

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Chat Complete, but Solution Doesn’t Look Workable

I completed my chat with Gateway Support about five minutes ago, coming away with an entire set of instructions. I’m supposed to insert the recovery CD and “Boot to Command Prompt”, using FDISK to reformat the hard drive. Problem is, the drive doesn’t appear to be accessible from the only Command Prompt I can find, the Recovery Console on the Windows setup disc. I’ll spend a little more time trying to get access to the drive, but if I can’t it’ll be back to Gateway…

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Cannot Format User Partition

No way…Gateway System Recovery cannot format the user partition on the Gateway laptop. So how do I get the OS installed? I can’t do anything with Windows without being able to boot into Windows, and I’ve tried both options on the Recovery CD. I guess there’s only one option left: Gateway Technical Support. If they can’t solve the problem, the computer may have to be declared dead. (I could ask to have it taken to Geek Squad, but their prices are ridiculous, and I have some doubts about their actual skills.) So, I head to Gateway.com in search of assistance.

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Restoration Complete…Until Now

I know, I took longer than 30 minutes. The installer took a long time, and then it got late. Anyway, status update. I left the Gateway laptop with fully installed drivers and OS last night. It was configured to access the network and ready for software. Then I tried to boot it up this evening and received the same that was occurring yesterday. Stupid Windows… Now I’m using the Recovery CD right from the get-go, and am performing a full HDD format and reinstall, which will hopefully get rid of that damned error. The problem has to be a corrupted…

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