One of my harddrives was filling up, so I bought a bigger one. Yesterday, a beautiful day in High Hay Fever Season, or spring as some of you call it, I decided to switch out one of the smaller drives for the big new one. Of course, I didn’t know which drive was the one I wanted to switch, so I started at the bottom and worked my way up the three cages with three drives each. This involves unplugging the cables from the back and taking both sides off the case. While I was doing it, I brought up the air compressor from the basement and blew off the cages and the fans and heat sinks in the case. I wrote down the order and serial numbers of the drives and took pictures of them (in case I can’t read my writing, dontchaknow). Of course, the drive I wanted to switch out was in the last cage, but I found it and performed the switch. One more of the power supply SATA connector decided it really didn’t want to hold on to the plastic sheath, which I had wondered what it was as I blew out the case and it drifted in the clouds of dust. The power supply has a gazillion cables, most of which are coiled in the bottom of the case because I don’t need them (it’s called too cheap to buy modular power supplies), so I just dug out one more Molex to SATA connector and plugged it in, only to notice a Molex to two SATA connector that I already had in the case.
By the time I was done, the dust in the room was thick, so I ran around with the vacuum cleaner, ran the air compressor back to the basement, and showered. By the time I was done, besides feeling like I’d been sitting on the floor for too long, the clouds had started to come in and the day to cool.
Today, Sunday, it’s cloudy and raining off and one. It started raining last night, and it looks like a cool week. The scilla are blooming, along with a few surviving crocus and the hyacinths. The scilla have taken over much of the back yard, and a few isolated bulbs in the front, which I wish they’d spread. I looked up to see if you can buy scilla seed, but could not find it. I did find that they’re considered invasive, which I considered surprising. We don’t have that many early spring flowers that I know of, and their season of glory is quite short.
Second brekkies today was spun duck. It has to spin early to turn into pho by tonight. With boiled watercress, which is quite cheap at the Asian stores, and taters. The watercress has a bitter taste, packed with nutrients, and makes a great spring veggie.