So I’m back at Google after about six weeks off. That probably sounds like a lot to Silicon Valley folks; it’s hard to believe that in high school we would get a break that was twice that long every summer.
I managed to knock out a lot of things I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I got the car in good shape. Saw an eye doctor and a regular doctor. Got my cholesterol checked. Turns out I’ve got more than enough of it. I organized my computer cables, although not as tidy as Danny likes his. I read a ton of books.
What’s more interesting to me is what I didn’t do. My current theory is that even if I were given a near-infinite amount of free time, I probably still wouldn’t:
- Read a book about financial planning or change my checking account to collect interest.
- Decorate my office.
- Learn to play the guitar.
- Or play the piano.
- Or sing.
- Play golf. Or garden.
- Learn to fly a plane.
- Learn to type on a Dvorak keyboard.
One thing I did finish, and which surprised me, is I finally pulled data off all the hard drives that have been collecting dust:
Just in case you weren’t sure if I’m a geek: yes, I am. I highly recommend this AMS Venus hard drive enclosure. It’s got Firewire and USB ports. And if you pop the case off, you get a nice little tray with data and power cables:
It’s practically a mini-assembly line if you need to swap out different hard drive quickly. Then combine the AMS hard drive enclosure with Ubuntu Linux and it will read everything: vfat (Win95), NTFS (Windows NT), ext2/3 (Linux partitions). It will slurp through it all with a minimum of effort.