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So that's what the problem was

I didn't spend all my sleep-deprived time early this morning playing spaceships on the internet. I also cleared up some more free space on Cowzilla's hard drive by deleting some games and the incredibly annoying software for the router. So now I have 20% free space on the hard drive and can watch YouTube again, to say nothing of everything working a lot more smoothly and not dropping the wireless connection every twenty minutes. Of course, hooking the other Ethernet connection (on the USB hub) into the router may have helped too, I don't really know. The kids are the network geeks in this family, not me. Anyway, once I can figure out where I can squeeze out a couple hundred bucks for an external hard drive case I can clear off a bunch more pornstuff from Cowzilla's hard drive and then things should run even more smoothly.

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jolest
Mar. 18th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
Just out of curiosity... (And because I have a few mid-size USB HDs that I'm thinking of retiring...) How large/fast an external HD were you thinking of getting?
wombat_socho
Mar. 18th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
It's more a case of buying cases for the two drives that used to live in my Compaq Deskpro. They weren't very big drives, but they weren't very full, either, as I recall. Speed isn't that big a deal. I have a lot of stuff backed up on ZIP discs, and those don't load too quickly through the parallel port.
jolest
Mar. 28th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
If you're still in the market for USB drives, and you're willing to do an easy-assemble (REAL easy) of the drive yourself, I strongly recommend this brand (AMS Venus DS3) external do-it-yourself drive kit...

http://tinyurl.com/2468rl

The above URL goes to an ebay auction for one of these drive-case kits which ends in less than 16hrs (9:24pm Wed). If you can get it for less than $55 (current auction cost + shipping = $33) it's a really good deal. I have 4 of these... They're cool-running, virtually silent, and it's dirt-simple to insert a bare drive into one of these cases.

The company makes several cases in the same form factor with different combinations of internal-drive interface and external-case interface. The one the link points to is for an IDE-drive to USB2 -or- Firewire cable (the case has jacks for both cable interfaces).

If you have questions, give me a call. (Call the house and leave a msg if you don't have my cellphone #).
wombat_socho
Mar. 28th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
This looks like a plan. Thanks!
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