Scampo Vigil Day #1

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The power button is being heavily used for resuscitation of Scampo these days.  (The coffee splashes are not recent.) It took three tries at resuscitation of Scampo this morning.  If I can get it through startup, it seems good for the day.  Today there was a mid-day lapse when it froze, apparently on a disk-access (since the drive light went out and stayed out).  Scampo remains on deathwatch.

Typically, when I power up, the drive starts up but the power light will flicker but not come on.  Occasionally, I also have to force shutdown and start over, although it invariably starts up all right on the re-attempts and gets farther each time.  The shutdowns are because there is a hang-up in Windows initiation or even a complaint from Windows.  Or it just freezes without fully starting-up my account.

As I said, morning sickness.

Triaging Documents, Data, and Software: The Safety Net

Although I am concerned for the safety of my documents, data, and software, I have considerable protection as the result of full manual backups to Windows Home Server.  These ensure that everything is backed up and relatively current.  The down side of this safety net is that it is difficult to recover individual files from those backups. 

A better approach is to make sure that everything important is used from shared folders, not backups, on the Windows Home Server.  The shared folder material is duplicated on different drives of the Windows Home Server and I backup those folders onto USB drives, though not as regularly as I need to in case the WHS fails badly.  (The server itself is a single point of failure.)

Scampo after detailing my work space two years ago.  Quadro is the closed Tablet PC at the right.There is also some data that cannot be used from a shared folder.  My Outlook PST files are an important case.  I back those up manually before every shutdown.  I can bring those up on Quadro very quickly.  At some point I will just go ahead and do that.

Today I did more to prepare Compagno Quadro with all of the essential that I require of it as a stand-in while I remove everything from Scampo and also make sure that I have everything I need for installation on Astraendo when I bring it into operation.

The Painful Inventory

The first step I took in creating an inventory of what there is on Scampo was to make some serious screen captures.  Here is everything that is on my desktop at the moment:

Scampo Desktop as of 2011-01-20

If you think that is challenging, you should see what All Programs and the content of c:\My Programs are like.

Meanwhile, this inventory has helped me to identify other data that exists only on Scampo and needs to be backed up separately.

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Scampo Vigil Day 2 from nfoCentrale Status on January 22, 2011 10:54 PM

At the end of the first-day vigil, I noticed what appeared to be progressive Desktop PC organ death from shutdown to startup today.  Being mindful of the key symptoms, I was careful to avoid problematic operations today.  I also continued... Read More

The 1024 x 768 pixel display on Quadro, a Tablet PC, requires some adaptation in carrying-on activities that are ordinarily carried out using a 24” 1920 x 1080 display.  The crowding of icons onto the left side is a... Read More

The late decline of Scampo, my deteriorating desktop PC, was marked by a succession of near-death experiences.  These events all occurred at either start-up or shut-down.  Somehow, I was able to extend the operation of the machine well beyond... Read More

Scampo Vigil Day #2 from nfoCentrale Status on February 18, 2011 3:54 PM

At the end of the first-day vigil, I noticed what appeared to be progressive Desktop PC organ death from shutdown to startup today.  Being mindful of the key symptoms, I was careful to avoid problematic operations today.  I also continued... Read More

Scampo Vigil Day 2 from nfoCentrale Status on February 18, 2011 3:57 PM

At the end of the first-day vigil, I noticed what appeared to be progressive Desktop PC organ death from shutdown to startup today.  Being mindful of the key symptoms, I was careful to avoid problematic operations today.  I also continued... Read More

While the Scampo death-watch continued, it was necessary to organize affairs and make sure that all of Scampo’s estate was inventoried and identified for disposal or preservation.  I organized a review by examining the existing sources of inventor... Read More

When the inventory and backups from Scampo, the failing Media Center PC, were complete, I needed to do some final cleanups.  I had uninstalled all Windows-programs that I could while remaining in operation.  Now I needed to scrub the disk,... Read More

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