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  1. The Upright Man says:

    I guess this is as good a place as any to ask

    Does anyone recommend Seagate over Western Digital?

    • axhandler1 says:

      I haven’t tried WD, but Seagates external HDs have crapped out on me twice. Also their return policies for something under warranty are so involved, I gave up trying to send it back. Just my personal experience.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Oh geez.
      The BF just got a WD ext. HD last night, so I’m hoping this query pans out in our favor.

    • Queep misses WarOtter :( says:

      I’ve never had a problem with either, but Western Digital is the preference of my friends who are more tech oriented than me.

    • MaytagRepairman says:

      I don’t buy drives often enough to have a preference. I typically build a new PC every 2-3 years. I go for a long warranty and cross my fingers. As axhandler1 points out that doesn’t always work out for you.

      Last year I finally bought a second drive and scheduled Windows 7 to make a backup of the first drive once a week. My current PC is having a hard time booting the first drive right now and I’m about to attempt creating my first mirrored RAID with two fresh drives and restoring from the backup drive.

    • slyabney says:

      I have a Seagate, a Samsung and the roomie has a WD. No issues of yet to report.

    • Kestris says:

      I have a Western Digital external drive and have had no issues for the last 3 years of use, other than I need to get a larger one sometime soon.

  2. pop top says:

    Aww Laura. Sorry to hear about your doggie passing. My in-laws have a cocker spaniel named Abby that looks just like Maggie Mae (but with a little less white on her chest and chin), and I used to have a cocker spaniel named Lucky. They are just about the best dogs ever, so sweet and I love the curly hair. :)

    In other news, the hubs has gotten on a culinary kick as of late and has been cooking some really great food this week. We’re switching our shopping over to fresh, locally-grown foods and trying to lose weight by doing portion control and just generally eating better (Jezebel has a really good article about this: I can already tell that it’s working because I have a lot more energy and just plain feel better. Now I just need to try to eat more vegetables, which are my arch nemesis, and I’ll be good.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Mmm food. It’s lunch time! I want a salad. Any recipes to share?

      • pop top says:

        Salad recipes? Yuck-o. I should mention that learning to eat salad is one of my New Year’s resolutions…

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          I love salad. You can make any kind of flavor you enjoy into a salad. I like warm salads too. I love steak, so sometimes I’ll get a steak salad because that way I still get the steak I really like, but there are a lot of vegetables too.

          • pop top says:

            Like I said above, I’ve found I like spinach and arugula salad, I just actually have to buy some and eat it. Hehehe.

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      I don’t like vegetables or salads either. I need to work on that as well…

      • pop top says:

        I like some veggies, but I’m super-picky about them…I’ll eat peppers, peas, carrots, potatoes, corn, onions and tomato-based products. I’ll try other veggies, but I usually end up hating them. One thing with salads to try is to get something other than lettuce. I like raw spinach and arugula salads, and micro-greens are good too. You just have to experiment a little.

    • CrankyOwl says:

      The NY Times had a story on eating better this week, along with 3 basic recipes:
      I printed them out since I never know what to cook that’s fast & healthy.

      • pop top says:

        Thanks for the link, it’s really interesting. I do have to say that I love knowing how to make a good stir-fry. It’s a great recipe to know because you can really play around with what goes in it (pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, eggs, peas, carrots, green onions, bean sprouts, etc.) and you can make it as healthy or as fattening as you want. If you’re looking for more recipes, buy one of these cookbooks : They contain quick, easy and tasty recipes.

  3. MaytagRepairman says:

    Reminds me a lotof a dog I had as a kid. Mom always made us get them from the pound.

    • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

      I just adopted my first pound dog. We got a Beagle. I could not be happier about this.

  4. JulesNoctambule says:

    I’m so sorry that the best dog in the world is gone.

  5. 12345678nine says:

    How often is there an “open thread”? This is the first time I’ve seen it/figured it out.
    I feel dumb

  6. haggis for the soul says:

    Sorry to hear about your pup, Laura. What a gorgeous girl.

  7. haggis for the soul says:

    Sorry to hear about your pup, Laura. What a gorgeous girl.

  8. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    Awww, RIP Aunt Maggie.

    In Consumerist like news, I had purchased an item on Amazon that I wasn’t all that thrilled with when it arrived, and my friend (Subtlefrog, actually) bought me the same item as a suprise Christmas gift, because she knew I had wanted it.. Anyway, after talking to her about it we decided that I should return both of them to Amazon and get something else. I chatted with an Amazon rep to ask if I could send them both in one package and the answer was absolutely not.

    I guess they have reasons for it, but it just seems a little stupid if you ask me. I’m returning two of the same item, I can put in both packing slips for the return, why can’t they be sent in the same box?

    I don’t really have any plans for the weekend, but last weekend we went to visit my grandparents, and I took my HD Video Camera. My first video!:

    It features cows, IN HD!!!!!

  9. Mackinstyle1 says:

    Holy cow your dog is pretty much identical to mine! Even with the white stripe. (Crappy iphone pic but the best I can do right now)

  10. Straspey says:

    We have a WD external and it’s great. They have excellent support via the website with updates for the software.

    My wife keeps her 1,000 + photos on that drive.

  11. cvt2010 says:

    Does anyone else get irrationally angry at people who call for phone surveys? I hate that they can call even though you’re on the do not call list. I’m not on the list to avoid sales pitches, I’m on the list to be left alone!

    Unfortunately I work from home and occasionally get calls from clients so I can’t screen all my calls on the answering machine. Plus they usually keep calling again and again and hanging up on the machine.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Yes, but I am more annoyed at people that call claiming to be from charities that benfit, say, “Families of Police officers” or something like that. When I say no and I don’t want to be called they get VERY hostile towards me. Now I just don’t answer, or I hang up on them.

      • cvt2010 says:

        Yeah, we have a VERY aggressive company where I live that has been hired by the fraternal order of police (or whatever they’re called exactly) that get very angry and insulting if you try to turn them down.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          That’s the one. I hate them. A lot.

          And my dad is a police officer, so supposidly I am one they’re trying to help.

  12. hotdogsunrise says:

    This week has felt way too long. I’m so happy it’s about to be over. After all the holidays and the “fun” they bring, I feel like we should have another vacation to recover.

  13. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    I adopted a dog! A 1-year-old Beagle named Scooter. My husband’s deploying and I didn’t want to be alone. I also believe in adopting from shelters and pounds, which is exactly what we did.

    I couldn’t be happier. Best decision ever.

    • pop top says:

      That’s awesome. Adopting pets is great. You should post some pics! I love beagles.

    • 12345678nine says:

      Yep, getting my dogs was the best decision EVER. They bring me SO much friggin joy. It’s like having kids but way less expensive as I am not ready for that at this point in my life.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Ooommmmaaahhhhgaaaahhhh. PLEASE please please post pictures. I love beagles. I want to get one so badly, but I’m trying to wait until Mr. Aroo and I have a yard. OMG, I’m so happy for you. Well, except for the deployment part. Thanks for lending us your man for our safety and freedom.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Awww! My ex and I had a mini-beagle that we got for his little girl. She was the sweetest little dog. You could hold her upside down in your arms like a baby and rub her belly and she’d make little piggy grunts of contentment. I miss that little dog.

  14. nbs2 says:

    So many comments and not a single “What is everybody doing this weekend?” post. How bizarre.

    So, what is everybody doing this weekend? I’ll be contemplating the idea of getting regular sunglasses now that I’m glassesless. Anybody have suggestions on a brand for guys glasses? How much is a normal price? This is a brave new world for me.

    • Bsamm09 says:

      Costa del Mar. Best glasses I ever owned. ~150-250 depending on glass. Great service for broken damages.

    • 12345678nine says:

      I just buy cheapo ones from outlet stores. They last forever and I don’t have to worry about scratching them up or losing them

    • pop top says:

      Tonight is “Holy crap why is there so much laundry to do” night, tomorrow we’re going bowling with family and friends (yay!) and Sunday we are going to clean out the garage.

      We may also battle some squirrels who may or may not have taken up residence within one of our walls. We don’t know for sure if they are actually inhabiting the wall or if they’re just being loud on the roof and the tree that hangs over our roof, having squirrel territory fights.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Hahahaha squirrel territory fights. I had a mental image of squirrels in armor and holding shields and spears, 300 style.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        We recently had a small infestation of flying squirrels. I have 2 elderly cats, nearly 12 years old, and one 6 year old Black Lab. Problem solved. Actually the Lab is better at catching and killing them than the cats.

        I did however learn that flying squirrels don’t actually fly, but boy can they glide. During one fracas, one actually leaped from the fireplace mantle and landed on my shoulder. When it leaped off, the dog got it.

        I’m glad that mess is behind us. Good luck!

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I love Oakleys and will love them till I die. They run from 100-300 depending on style, but I had a pair that cost $120 and kept them all the way through my teenage years and beyond. They broke one day in year 9.

      They are the only sunglasses that don’t give me headaches. I love them.

  15. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    aww, sorry for your loss, laura.

    fighting the insurance company, since i am home sick today and time for the appeal for the first of four claims is running out. i found out last week that the durable medical equipment supplier that sent me 4 boxes of glucose monitor sensors before BCBS denied the claims was supposed to appeal and never did. and also that since they had approval from BCBS before shipping [that was later revoked] i am not supposed to be responsible for the $1350 bill.
    so this week when i called BCBS they confirmed they’d been ignoring my claim until they got the appeal from the provider… and never told me it was missing.
    i was up last night dealing with medical device issues and compiling the data that BCBS says they need – 2 years of blood glucose readings to prove that i am, indeed, ‘sick enough’ to qualify.
    glad they are finally letting me email the documents. was not looking forward to shipping them even the stripped down data and relevant numbers. 2010s numbers alone make up 1925 pages before i cut it down to the important information. that’s still about 200 pages i have to send and the idea of putting that through a fax machine or mailing it was a nightmare.
    but now i have to get the durable medical equipment supplier to do their part and get the documentation from my doctor and send it to BCBS.

    anyone else ever have to deal with a provider who won’t do their part even when them getting paid depends on it? any tips?

  16. Straspey says:

    What a sweet dog.

    Please accept my condolences Laura.

    Having lost a number of pets myself over the years, I can empathize with how you must be feeling these days. I trust the memories you will carry of Maggie will be happy and long-lasting.

  17. 12345678nine says:

    Oh! Question! What are y’alls favorite girl scout cookies? I am going to buy some from a coworker to suck up.
    I always liked the thin mints but I recently found a a publix brand mint cookie that tastes the same and is cheaper, so, no go on those.
    How about those tagalongs?

    • nbs2 says:

      Those are my favorite behind the old Thin Mints (they taste less good compared to when I was a teenager). But, I think most people will suggest the Samoas. I find them tolerable, which speaks highly of them considering my dislike of dry coconut.

  18. Kestris says:

    Aww, what a cute dog she was.

  19. I just blue myself says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your dog, Laura.

  20. PercussionQueen7 says:

    I’m sorry about your dog, Laura. I lost my cat in October so I can definitely commiserate.

  21. EverCynicalTHX says:

    Top post of the week was Ben’s comeuppance for the hit on Rob Paul…that is all :)

  22. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I know it’s Saturday, but I had to vent.

    I’m sorting out the junk mail I’ve pitched into my office trash can over the last several months to sort out what needs to be shredded and what can be tossed (I know…I’ve been lazy lately).


    I had opted out some time ago, but apparently this only lasts so long. It took me years to get out from under credit card debt – current balance Zero – and I don’t intend to go back. There are literally dozens of offers from Chase and American Express that I need to shred.

    Thank you – venting over. I feel better. Now to opt out AGAIN!!

  23. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Noooooo poor little doggie…. *hugs Laura* I’m so sorry. :(

    I missed open thread yesterday because I had to go to the doctor. He was running late, so it was after five before I got out of there and they couldn’t do my labs so I had to go to the hospital today and do them. Monday I’m supposed to have an endoscopy to see if I have an ulcer. DO NOT WANT. DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT.

    And of course, in all the confusion of lateness and making sure I covered everything I wanted to talk about, I forgot to ask for my cab vouchers, so I might not be able to do the procedure after all because I don’t have a driver. Lovely!

    I hope everyone else has a good weekend!