Sunday, August 27, 2017

Computers

Day 109

When Stuff Does Not Work

11:16am:
I don't ever give up! If you have followed my Blog for awhile, you know that about me. However, sometimes there are priorities.

Example: You are driving your sister to the hospital. She is about to give birth! The brakes on your car fail. Do you now keep driving without brakes?

Here is what happened today:
My calendar prompts me to backup my Mac's hard-drive every other day. The prompt comes. So, I go to do the backup on a Seagate 2TB external drive. 

When the Seagate is plugged into the USB port, the Seagate does not show in the finder! That's weird! I check in Finder Preferences to see if External Disks are setup to show in Finder. They are. [That's a good thing]

I shut down the Mac, remove the Seagate from the USB. Restart the Mac. Put the Seagate in the other USB. Now I see the Seagate! So, I begin the backup. 

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Time Machine Preferences reports:
Backup Failed
Time Machine couldn't back up to "Seagate 2TB."

Serious thing
It has been my experience, that this is a message from The Great Beyond:
"If you don't backup your Mac drive pretty darn quick, the drive will quickly fail and you will lose your data!"

So, I go to fix the Seagate 2TB. But the Mac utility fails! I go to buy a super-duper-fantastically great utility from: ProSoft Engineering. 

It's called: "Drive Genius 5"

Download is sooooo slow!
I pay $99 bucks for Drive Genius 5. And go to download the software. But the download barely downloads! Only around: 4 MB/s [4 megabits per second]. 

Example: 4 Megabits per second = 0.5 Megabytes per second

Verizon to the rescue! 
I phone Verizon for help. A tech-girl talks to me. I explain that I am trying to download a file. Only a 65 mb file. I am using a Verizon JetPack for internet access. And the 65 mb file is going to take over 4-hours to completely download! Tech has me reboot the JetPack. Then, she has me remove and re-insert the JetPack's tiny chip.

Finally, when all fails, the tech-girl turns me over to a Tech Supervisor. This tech supervisor seems really experienced! She advises me to turn off the JetPack, and use my iPhone's Personal Hotspot for internet access.

Note: I did not know that I was able to use my iPhone's Personal Hotspot for internet access!

When the iPhone's Personal Hotspot is connected, the Drive Genius 5 download takes off like a bat out of hell. In only 5-minutes. Drive Genius 5 is downloaded.

Apple does not like Drive Genius 5!
I go to open the Drive Genius DMG file. Apple  balks! Apple does not like that DMG file because it does not come from the APP store.

I go into settings, and turn off the APP store requirement

I go to install Drive Genius 5. Apple balks again! Apple asks: Are you sure? Yes, Apple. I am sure!

Finally, Drive Genius 5 is ready to do its work on my Seagate  2TB drive.

And then, the final coup de gras! Drive Genius 5 is unable to fix the Seagate 2TB!

2:26am:
Tell Readers my sad story
So, I decided to tell you, Dear Reader, my sad story! And what do I do now? I must go out and buy a new huge external drive for backing stuff up.

I told you at the beginning of today's Blog post! I never give up!



5:59pm:
Working at the Lake
The Scampy Team spent a productive afternoon at Devil Lake's, Regatta Park. Although we arrived a bit late in the afternoon [3pm], we all are in agreement that a lot got done!

One of the results, a few more baskets on our pegboard wall!

Pegboard wall is coming along!





Re-engineering is our thing!
One of George's favorite things, is to take a a product that has a fatal flaw, and
re-engineer it so that it works satisfactorily.

Camco's "Tow-N-See" mirror is such a product. The "Tow-N-See" would not stay in place. It would rotate down, so that the mirror would be at the bottom of the vehicle mirror that it was attached to.

In the pic, you may view our addition of a suction cup and a small bungie cord. Our mirror now stays in place. No more rotation!

Tow-N-See mirror
Revision G


8:01pm:
D River - The shortest river in the world!
Lincoln City, Oregon, is a town with a sense of humor! No doubt about it.

We are supper camped at the D River Recreation Site. It's really a parking lot. But this parking lot is hard up against the Pacific Ocean! Maybe that's the reason for the "recreation site" label?

People from everywhere arrive at the D River site every day to watch Sun setting into the Pacific!

We are not sure how D River got its name. But we suspect because it flows from Devil's Lake, to the Pacific Ocean. A whole 120 feet the D River goes!

View from D River Recreation Site











Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 85 feet
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24 comments:

  1. Almost every smart phone out there today is capable of becoming a hotspot, it does cost you though,one of the problems that you better be careful of is somebody using your personal hotspot
    The other thing I believe you said you had a cricket phone that is a satellite company for AT&T if you download an app from AT&T that locate the hotspots closest to you you can bounce off of them
    What is your reasoning for having an AT&T cricket phone and having a Verizon hotspot
    Note
    from Coosbay Oregon to Crescent city California is it AT&T dead spot along 101 ,, so I could see Verizon for that area only

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    1. Ed,

      You wrote:
      "one of the problems that you better be careful of is somebody using your personal hotspot"

      Wouldn't that "somebody" have to break thru my password in order to use my internet connection?

      George

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  2. Drive Genius 5! $39 and basically all it is is a defraging tool
    Is it compatible with your present apple OS

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    1. That genius 5 have a poor rating of only 3.1
      I know you like to be a tech guru but you might want to take a chance and read this
      https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4032


      And Andrew this is why most people like apple

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    2. Ed,

      If it looks as though Drive Genius 5 does not do a good job for me, I shall return it.

      George

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  3. I think I figured out the problem. It starts with an "A" and ends with a "pple".

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    1. Andrew,

      Please share with me in a comment, which computer you are using. Also, why you like it?

      George

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    2. We all know Apple is the most reliable computer out there and Apple support phenomenal.

      BUT why don't you backup to the cloud. I have been using Carbonite for years (cost $50 per yr). When thiefs steal computers they will take the external drive too and then you are up the creek.

      Carbonite, and probably other cloud backups, run updates while you are on the computer. They give you notifications on back up times and alerts. They have telephone support but I have never had a problem.

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    3. Rick,

      Frankly, that never crossed my mind. When I bought my first Mac, I also got a Time Machine and an external drive.

      Automatic. Very easy to use.

      Does iCloud backup everything, like a Time Machine does?

      George

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    4. Yes, Carbonite backs up everything on my hardrive and keeps track of it for me.

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  4. Do you really have so much data that you can't just back it up for free on google?

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    1. Unknown,

      Sorry, I do not comprehend your question.

      Does Google backup as Time Machine does? Time Machine is built in to the Apple Operating System. There may be an answer to your question that I am not knowledgeable about.

      George

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  5. And yes, snart phones nade jet packs obsolete:).

    Now there is an even newer thing... Mobley. $25/month for unlimited data anywhere that you can get an ATT dignal.

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    1. Unknown,

      I used a Personal Hotspot for years. I have found Verizon's MiFi much better for me than a Personal Hotspot.

      I've heard about the mysterious Mobley. Even spoke to persons who claimed to have bought a Mobley. themselves.

      However, those persons who claimed to have bought a Mobley, never showed me theirs.

      Do you, Unknown, own a Mobley?

      George

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    2. We have a Mobley - and it's $20/mo for unlimited data, with the first 22GB guaranteed at 4G, and the possibility of 3G at peak times, otherwise 4G even after 22GB. We are primarily Verizon users. Past experience has shown us that Verizon customer service is very good, and ATT is generally very bad (though not always). But - although Verizon has the most widespread coverage, ATT is now close behind, and sometimes available when Verizon isn't. Frederika works online and needs reliable voice connectivity as well, so the Mobley is our backup (actually we both work online, but my need for connectivity is more flexible - she needs to make and keep phone/internet appointments). On Verizon we have two iPhones with unlimited data but 22GB guaranteed 4G, and two MiFi hotspots with unlimited data, but 10GB guaranteed to be 4G.

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  6. Cloud is $.99 a month and it automatically backs up alll files at a predetermined time every day
    When you sign up for iTunes, Cloud charges that account (reoccurring ) no need to have an external hard drive unless you desire one

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    1. Ed,

      I subscribe to the $.99/month iCloud thing. I have never done a restore from iCloud. So, I do not know how such a restore would work. Would iCloud restore every single thing to a replacement for a vanquished Mac?

      I've restored from a Time Machine backup. It works 10000%!

      George

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  7. I thought you were way ahead of the curve on Mac Systems it sounds like you need to have a free get acquainted class at an Apple Store
    There's a lot of systems apps out there that you can run on Mac only if the OS is compatible
    And speaking of OS what system are you running

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    1. Ed,

      No, I am not way ahead of the curve on Mac systems. However, I wonder if I may be ahead of many folks around here concerning Apple stuff?

      MacOS Sierra.

      George

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  8. I think the question has to fall is what are you trying to do you. are you trying to back up all your files Photos and articles so if the Lost or stolen you have a copy
    Cloud Carbonite any of the top five are good

    Are you trying to back up your operating system for the computer itself
    Your Time Machine is good but it does have certain limitations as in the article will show you

    http://www.macworld.com/article/1155441/storage/timemachineallyouneed.html

    If somebody steals your computer and hard drive you're lost
    However if you have a back up say cloud or Carbonite you have a way of retrieving all of that information
    If your hard drive crashes and you send your computer to an Apple specialist they know what operating system you have and will reinstall it on a new drive but they don't have your personal information
    But your online storage system does
    So in short if somebody steals your system or you lose it,
    but if you have an online back up you can retrieve that through Apple or Windows anywhere

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    1. Ed,

      I just read the MacWorld article the you linked. In my opinion, it is:
      "Much Ado About Hardly Anything!"

      ➜ Steals my computer?
      ➜ Steals my external hard drive?
      [Ed, Don't you seem to be stretching for something here?]

      If my Mac Air disappears, here is what I do:
      ➜ Connect my external drive with the Time Machine backup to my new Mac.
      ➜ On my new Mac, open Migration Assistant.
      ➜ Select from my Time Machine backup then click Continue.

      George


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  9. For you or anybody else that uses Apple 🍎 OS
    Apple OS 10 33 is now a standard version for the iPad iPhone
    However the new 11 operating system is out in partial however this fall will replace the 10 33 operating system for the pad and phone with 11

    On your MacBook if you're not running Sierra do not upload to this point yet,, because the new high Sierra is coming out this fall

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  10. DiskWarrior has reconstructed the directory on my backup drive and allowed Time Machine to use it again—this can take several hours. Time Machine supports the use of multiple back up drives and alternates its backups among them. I use two drives.

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    1. Eric,

      Two drives for backup! Very cautious!

      Perhaps I should follow your example?!

      George

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