My NORD VPN on Linux Mint

Well, if you have watched Person of Interest (too bad is was discontinued) you know that everyone spies on you (your ISP, government, google, yahoo, etc.). ALL collect your activities, even perfectly legal activities can be held against you. My sister likes German TV series and often they are geo blocked and can not be downloaded to our North American IP address. Continue reading My NORD VPN on Linux Mint

SEAGATE Harddisk Crashed

2 days since my HDD on the Laptop died a sudden death … (2 TB Seagate, 70% full, less than 7000 hrs of operation and <9TB written and <10 TB read … NOT as expected …)

It died while I was attempting to make back-up copies (without knowing it was about to die). Now it is dead. NO current DATA saved/backed up. Some older items deleted to make room … WORST possible time …

Booted Windows from the previous HDD … OK, but out of date, naturally (& no current data – of course).

Tried the DEAD HDD on USB, USB3, using USB powered 3.0 adapter, adapter with power (USB 2.0 and USB 3.0). Randomly, the disk was appearing (after a long time) but never long enough to read a bit from it …

It is under warranty – so no other experiments apply. Complicating is that SEAGATE wants it back – so no future attempts (e.g. once the replacement is installed) … I get it … they want proof it’s dead and they don’t want to send it back. (A very good argument to keep data encrypted and keys on separate media – I did!)

Progress will be posted here …