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The only thing worse would be doing that to a neighbour's computer.
I came close to doing exactly that a few months ago. I cloned his disk with CloneZilla (first time I used it) before doing a serious OS upgrade from Vista, so basically not upgradable to anything recent. Explaining to him that it's better to be safe than sorry, I wanted to step through this in an extra careful manner so he didn't lose anything during the rebuild process (he didn't have anything backed up).
CloneZilla did a rather poor job of identifying the source and destination drives, as they were the same brand and model (or it could be some other property(ies) it used as an identifier, I can't recall the details). Had to double- and triple-check everything, but there were still some white-knuckle moments...
The first time I installed a second drive in a PC (early 90s) I hadn't known to set the jumper to make the new disk secondary on the bus.
This confused the format utility, but it soldiered on nonetheless.
I've been without power before up to a week. No big deal besides lack of entertainment. But wow, just went without water for 24 hours. That was a nightmare. Can't shower, clean your hands, cook a HUGE number of dishes, or drink anything but soda for the most part. Really puts modern convenience in perspective. Also showcases why living near water sources has been the de facto standard for most of human civilization. Anyone else?
EDIT: For those curious, a water main exploded in my town (literally) taking the entire intersection with it. Luckily even though they predicted a 3-4 day lack of water, they managed to replace the water main in a day. I would kiss every worker that contributed to that if I could.
On one level it sucks, but on another it's great. Down in the south we'd get hurricanes that could put the city out of commission for a week at a time as well. No power, water, etc..
Sure, it was hot and sticky with no AC. And DARK! I mean no street lights... anything... at night. And you lived on Vienna sausage and pissed outside. But you know what else happened? During one such hurricane endured for a week... the person I was in a relationship with at the time... we talked to each other a lot more. We read books together. And just enjoyed each other's company.
I'm not saying you can't do this with power. But it's nice to remember where we came from and what life was like before the modern hubbub. If for no other reason, than to better appreciate where we are at in humanity.
Oh yeah, the one I was thinking about wasn't Katrina. Our home didn't get damaged in this one but it did a bit in Katrina, but we did loose the luxuries. Katrina is a whole different story, more psychological than anything else for most people.
There was damage of course, but I think the worst of it was the sloppy job by the government we trust so much to wipe our butts to recover it and a lot of people in the country just saying let New Orleans go and not worry about it. That's messed up. But, I won't get political.
I haven't been to New Orleans in years (in Cali now), but you'll be glad to know it's chumming along nicely.
Totally. What I've learned about Louisiana is you just can't beat southern hospitality. It's not so much the best place to go educate yourself (I can say that since I'm from there), but if you're looking to drink and eat and just be merry it's hard to beat.
I know right. Especially in the city, you see like maybe one or two stars in the sky. It's shame. You'd never just how many are out thanks to air pollution and lights. It's crazy. Must been some good pics.
While we have no hurricanes here or such, I live in a somehow remote location with poor (old) power lines, so we have power down, when too hot or too cold (that above 36 or below 5), which brings very low (if it lasts long enough it may be total stop) water pressure...
But as we know it and prepared, we - mostly - have no problem... Mostly it is time to some 'get-together' so it is mostly fun...
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I once had a job that required me to rough it outdoors for up to a week. Sometimes we also had to find food and water, but only as an exercise. We usually trained other things and got a small box with packed rations every day.
Cornwall is laid back, tends to be a bit full of tourists (known locally as "grockles") and the traffic comes in two types: grockles rowing damn caravans, and loony locals in Landies driving with their right foot welded to the floor.
Food is good - some of it - particularly seafood (Padstow and area has several Michelin star restaurants) and generally the people are friendly. Weather tends to be good (for the UK) thanks to the Gulf Stream.
Provided you want quiet rather than clubbing, you'll have a good time (and so will the dog!)
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