April 2013 : 11th and last album : Tokyo Random
April 2013 : 10th album : Ueno Zoo, Tokyo
April 2013 : 9th album : Tokyo Skytree
20th September 2013 : La Defense, Paris
SVS update version 0.15.
Download the new version, overwrite old theme files and apply Sulaco Visual Style 0.15 theme.
This is a fix for the taskbar when using combined buttons. As requested, it also includes a small font *.msstyles file option, follow instructions for using it. The basic version of the theme as huge fonts because it was made for my use on a 40″ tv screen at 2m distance and it might not fit normal PC screen or laptop use. Available in red or blue.
You don’t need to update if you didn’t notice anything wrong with the taskbar of if you don’t need small font.
Click the picture for more info on SVS Project.
April 2013 : 8th album : Ōkunoshima – Bunny Island
Previously on Everyday Adventures: “New” Hard Drives
I finally got my hands on drives from an other store. First thing I notice: the anti static bag looks different from the previous ones (didn’t take a photo but was similar to this). The new ones are sealed with a “made in China” sticker and they have matching QR code stickers. A quick SMART check shows me what I’ve been waiting for: 0 power on hours!!
The original version of Pirhana was made in 2006. I was surprised to rediscover how much detail this drawing had. It used to have multiple colors but I thought it made it look a bit messy.
I am currently preparing a huge update of Sulaco and I’m gathering pieces from multiple stores. I now have everything besides memory (modules that I want are very hard to find in France right now) and hard drives. Well I actually did find hard drives that I wanted but got an issue.
Two days ago, I saw a video on Youtube about a guy who ordered HDDs and found out by looking at the S.M.A.R.T. data (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) that those drives had been used before, refurbished and sold to him. I decided to have a look at my drives, just to be sure.
I’m totally paranoid about data and hard drives, had 3 crashes already, regularly do backup of everything and since I’m planning on doing raid 0, I want to avoid any risk of failure. Turned out both drives had a power on count and power on hours. I looked closely at the anti static bag and noticed that it looked like it was cut by hand and manually thermo-glued. The original label of the bag had been removed and a new one was places over it. Didn’t really look like something that came out of the factory.
I went back to the store and got replacements for both drives, back home, tested them again, same thing. I had a look at the partitioning and noticed a strange 350 GB unformatted partition. I contacted Seagate with serial numbers and turns out those were OEM drives with no warranty. OEM drives are supposed to be sold to companies for system integration and it’s illegal to sell them as bulk drives. I have no idea when they were first turned on, who used them, why they were removed from their original devices or how many transportations they went through. Back to the store today and asked for refund.
I don’t know if this issue comes from the store or from Seagate but I’ll probably be more careful where I buy my hardware next time and I advice everybody to SMART test new drives and contact the manufacturer with the serial number.
Update: “New” Hard Drives 2
April 2013 : 7th album : Kyoto & Osaka