This Does Not Compute

Technology, gaming, music and things that just don't compute

How to Disassemble Seagate Backup Plus Drives

assembledFor reasons I can’t comprehend, over the last few years hard drive manufacturers have sold external drives for less than the price of internal ones. It actually costs them more to manufacture an external drive (enclosure, bridge board, cables, etc.), but maybe they think they can make a couple extra bucks from us geeks who want an internal drive instead? Either way, I’m not falling (or paying) for it, and have lately just been yanking the drives out of external enclosures when I need one for internal-drive duty. Here’s the process for shelling a Seagate Backup Plus drive.

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Undoing Ordered Chapters in MKV Files on OS X

…aka “fixing fansubbed anime files so you can play them properly.”

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Los Angeles 2012

Spent a little time in Los Angeles last week. Aside from hanging out at Newport Beach, there was an interesting theme to the trip…

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DIY iPhone tripod mount

There are a number of iPhone tripod mount cases out there, generally ranging from $15 up to $50 or more. If you don’t plan on needing one often enough to warrant spending that kind of money (remember what Alton Brown says: Unitaskers are evil!), or need one in a pinch, I’ve come up with a solution that costs all of about 50 cents, provided you already have a spare iPhone case.

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Art Project 2012: The Great Wave Home Office


After checking out Edo Pop at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and seeing an actual print of The Great Wave off Kanagawa, I finally realized what I needed to do with the boring long wall in my home office.

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Yes, I’m still here – November 2011 edition

It’s been another month or so, so that means I need to blog again. It’s a good thing I don’t get paid to do this, because if I got paid by the post, I’d be very, very poor right now.

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Every new beginning is some other beginning’s end

Hello there. I’ve had a lot to think about lately. Mind if I tell you a story?

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Minnesota State Fair 2011

It’s the end of August, so that means it’s time for the one thing that no one in Minnesota stops talking about: the State Fair.

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Ricers of the world, unite

Yes, that’s blue painters’ tape on the front of my Demio. Yes, it stayed on the whole way from Minneapolis to Nebraska, and yes, I reapplied it for the trip back. Yes, it actually worked at preventing rock chips. Yes, I actually saw an Evo heading in the opposite direction on I-80 west of Des Moines that had done the same thing. No, surprisingly I didn’t get any odd looks while driving through Cattle Country like this.

The two-car shuffle begins

Time for another round of What’s Parked in Colin’s Garage. This time, though, the addition is permanent — just bought a second car this week. Being a one-car household definitely saved us a bunch of money, but it’s now become impractical and inconvenient. Scored a sweet deal on this sweet little Mazda 2. Since my commute is longer, I’ll be driving it as it’s going to get better gas mileage than our Mazda 3.