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No Rest for the Wicked

Posted on 2006.05.30 at 21:32
Current Location: 63114
Current Mood: frustrated
Current Music: It's lost.
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Long day at work. Came home to more work. My wife and her father had picked up the pantry for the kitchen, and he was waiting for me to get home to help him move everything in and start installing it. Then my daughter locked her bedroom door. It was the master bedroom and had a key lock. I had to punch out the doorknob just to get in her room. I'll have to replace that with a non-locking doorknow tomorrow. So during the electrical part of the kitchen, my father-in-law killed the power to all the computers during the move of the kitchen outlet, which corrrupted my recently moved iTunes database. No problem, I update the shortcuts and...nothing. Busted assed. I estimate I've only lost 10GB of songs. Oh, I still have them on spinning disk, just not in the database. I'm not too happy. I am considering (because I now have the drive space) re-importing EVERYTHING. This could take hours and I'm sure I'll lose my hard-earned and tediously perfect album art. Add to that when the computer rebooted, it brought up my old sc-trans executable which is pointing to the now non-existant iTunes path creating a 40GB log file which filled my primary drive. *sigh* Again, I'm not very happy about all of this, and dreading any course of action I need to take. Even though I have every piece of album art online, it's in quark's gallery - which is offline until I get my firewall in place, which is even more time. I'm exhausted.

Tried a variety of things; moving errant folders into the iTunes folders, 'resetting' my path (which appeared to re-read the database) and 'consolidating' my music, but I think the entire time it was simply working off the corrupted database which does me no good. Furthermore, my new 160GB drive is formatted with FAT-32. How gay is that?


One last thing. I've noticed in the past with iTunes, if I select an entire folder to 'Add to Library' as opposed to shift-select'ing them...I sometimes get multiples of the songs. I'll get 26-tracks of a 13-track album. I'm really scared to 'Add to Library' my entire 42GB worth of music because of this. I could be creating more a headache once this operation is complete. And I'm unsure if it will complete the 8-hours I am asleep...


Sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Ok - it's kicked off. 9637 songs x 1 second per song / 60 = ~3 hours. Not too bad I guess. Lost my 'last played' and 'Play Count' too. *sigh* That's how I keep track of what I've listened to and when. I also lose my 'Date Added' which is how I like to keep my playlist arranged. I bet I'm too angry to sleep tonight.

This sucks so bad.

An entire dynasty - lost!

I am so sick and tired of computers. I think I'll...do something else for a living. Digging ditches sounds like fun.

...time passes...

Ok, let's be reasonable. Perhaps, just perhaps - I can recreate the lost 10GB (mostly that Final Fantasy collection) with this new database...extract what was lost from it; reinstate the old database and add to it what I lost. I'm sure that's the next course of action. Now if I just had the time to accomplish all that.

So tired...

To do: Research a good distro of OpenSolaris...


galinda822 at 2006-05-31 19:33 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry about your iTunes! That doesn't sound like fun!

The new pantry looks great. Maybe it will start looking like a kitchen once you get a stove!!!! hehe
Complete and Utter Nonsense
jesskd26 at 2006-05-31 21:49 (UTC) (Link)
What a spiffy looking pantry!

Sorry about your itunes. Sounds like a pain in the arse. I know how much of a hassle it is to reorganize your library, album art and all. I feel for you, E. I really do.
ehowton at 2006-06-01 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's still too soon to talk about it without hurting. I did discover that the album art actually xfer'd over...which is a big plus. I still haven't decided on a course of action. I'm sure I'll post the events as they unfold.
ehowton at 2006-06-01 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for your kind words.

Everything my wife wants cooked on the stove, I cook on my uber-grill instead. I'm beginning to think the whole stove thing is overrated.
galinda822 at 2006-06-01 15:36 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure your wife feels the same way - NOT!
Besides I'd be interested to see how you would bake something on the uber-grill!
ehowton at 2006-06-01 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
I would fire up two burners, set to 350-degrees, and place the goods on the other side ;)
galinda822 at 2006-06-01 18:56 (UTC) (Link)
You are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
ehowton at 2006-06-01 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
vember at 2006-06-01 06:38 (UTC) (Link)
What is it about pictures -of anything- that makes journal entries so much more appealing? Ah well, it's a sexy pantry, that's for sure. Looks quite nice.

You have my sympathy for the lost iTunes tracks and the headaches of replacing/redoing/remastering it all. I'm amazed at how quickly the files move, though. 1 second per track!!?? Maybe I need to look into getting a similar doohicky - my portable .mp3 player is actually a phone - a Sony Walkman (designed more to play music than most phones, so I'm told) but still... it takes more like 1 minute per song transfer.

So uh, count your blessings. And good luck!
ehowton at 2006-06-01 14:56 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's so tall, she requires a stepladder to reach anything on the top shelf...

The device itself is a basic first-gen mac mini. But this is no run-of-the-mill mac. It was Tony's old mini. Ergo, he upgraded it's flaccid 256MB RAM stick to a raging 1GB. I further had the CPU overclocked by a seasoned hardware tech, and I run the operating system on an 8MB cache 7200rpm firewire drive. With a quickness!

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ehowton at 2006-06-01 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I once purchased two UPS from you, then threw them away two years later when the batteries died!
wardlejew at 2006-06-01 19:12 (UTC) (Link)
At least it is your itunes and not your health that has crashed. Last week, sprained ankle playing b-ball, then found out I had strep two days later. Your itunes will probably be back to normal before my ankle. Though living without music is probably worse than living without b-ball in your world.

FYI: What the Ned? this message window is only 15 columns wide and I can't see my username or password at all! Oh buy the preview window works perfectly.
ehowton at 2006-06-01 20:23 (UTC) (Link)
Nice avatar.

I've restored to the point where I can listen to the music, and I think this will spurn me to do some much needed pruning and arranging.

Yes, at least I have my health...
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-06-01 19:28 (UTC) (Link)
You have much more patience than I. Had the roles been reversed, I would have tortured the power killer, enslave him to fully restore the database, and then execute him for murdering the power and database. I hate when things fuck with my settings. I honestly think I'd much rather have a visit from Lorania Bobbit. In fact, that might do the world some good. The world gets an organ donation, I quit carrying around needless weight and baggage...

I'm pissed just thinking about what has happened to you. It does remind me of comment I once read.

There's two types of people: those who back up and those who are going to back up.

I need to back up. I bet I loose my music in the next 24 hours because I haven't backed up in about a year. I hate my life.
ehowton at 2006-06-01 20:25 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure I can cron a script to backup my iTunes database on a daily basis - which would really only be necessary after adding a new item. I could create an Apple Workflow to run the script only upon the event of track addition...but I prefer cron.
Tomas (pronunced Thomas)
professortom at 2006-06-04 05:08 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, my iTunes database, my iTunes database...oh! I remember now, I sat down, printed it off, folded it up, and shoved it up my ass!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-06-04 08:47 (UTC) (Link)
who the hell keeps writing the ass stuff? It's just gross. Someone must has a fetish with butt plugs and the like and needs to come forth and confess it.
ehowton at 2006-06-05 19:07 (UTC) (Link)
Alternately, dumbass, I could have been quoting from Southpark Season One, Episode Ten: "Damian." But thanks for that fetish reply. I'll be sure to send that on up to Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Oh, really?! Gosh! Where could I have put Pip's invitation? Let's see, Pip's invitation, Pip's invitation Oh! I remember! I shoved it up my ass! Yes, that's right! I wrote it out, put it in an envelope, sealed it, and then shoved it right up my ass, forever ruining any chance you had of coming to my birthday party! Sorry, Pip ol' chap!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-06-05 19:21 (UTC) (Link)
Pip. That reminds me of Great Expectations

I can't think of anything better to say.
drax0r at 2006-06-01 23:09 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I really dig the new font. It doesn't make my eyes hurt like the last one did.

I have also noticed the tendancy of iTunes to double import stuff if you're not careful. I keep repeating the offending action though because I always assumed that it was fixed in the previous patch.

I am so sick and tired of computers. I think I'll...do something else for a living. Digging ditches sounds like fun.

I totally know what you're saying. I used to absolutely love this shit and now after so many years of doing it day in and day out, the last thing I want to do when I get home is play with more computers.

To do: Research a good distro of OpenSolaris...

ehowton at 2006-06-02 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
I have also noticed the tendancy of iTunes to double import stuff if you're not careful. I keep repeating the offending action though because I always assumed that it was fixed in the previous patch.

Exactly. And I'm always surprised and dismayed that it isn't. I always wonder, "Don't they know this shit is going on?"
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