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February 8th, 2019 
12:28 pm - AT&T Shuffle
AT&T sent me another insert in my bill telling me about the wonderful services they can bundle together in my area.

This would be good if they could. Unfortunately, they can't, because they can't deliver Internet at better than 3 Mbps to my address. Today, after rattling around their phone tree at the number that the web page said to call, they offered me *satellite* Internet at a stupidly high price. Because living in the middle of an urban area, that's obviously my best available choice.

You would think they could manage to pull fiber. There's fiber only a few blocks away.

But there will apparently *never* be fiber here.

So it looks like I am going to have to get ready to jettison my DirecTV service in favor of Comcast.

I dislike Comcast, but I am learning to dislike AT&T more.
10:56 pm - Mirror, Mirror
The new hard drive for the studio computer arrived today. After dinner, I went down to the basement to install it.

It has been long enough since I opened the case for this computer that I had forgotten how the drives were mounted. In order to get the failed drive out, you have to remove the front panel. This isn't *hard*, but it *is* tedious, especially when there isn't a good place to work. But I managed to wrestle the drive out (once I figured out which drive had failed) and install the new drive.

The motherboard RAID software figured out that the new drive was there, so when I booted into the control software, I was able to tell it to start restoring the mirror. Then the system booted on into Windows where everything is now running *very* slowly as the disk subsystem is spending most of its time making a copy of all things on the old drive to the new drive.

Looking at the situation, I have now ordered a *second* new drive that will arrive Sunday, by which time, the mirror should have reestablished itself. Then I can remove the remaining original drive, put the second new drive in, and let it mirror everything again.

And then I will finish putting the computer back together...
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