Electronics Jinx

I have been having a nearly-endless series of problems with my electronic toys over the last couple of weeks, and it’s starting to drive me nuts. Here are a couple:

  • My iPod decided to bite the dust. The drive seemed to have an infinite number of bad sectors and starts clicking irritably at me when I plug it in and try to sync it with iTunes.
  • My Lexar JumpDrive MP3 player stopped working. It won’t turn on at all, even with fresh batteries. My spare JumpDrive whines that it’s not formatted for FAT16, even though I reformatted it more than once just to make sure.
  • My DVD drive at work decided to stop responding. It won’t even eject the tray. The system recognizes the drive, but it just up and quit on me.
  • An external FireWire drive with a bunch of videos decided to die on me. My computer only asks if I want to erase the drive when I plug it in, and my disk utilities (Apple’s Disk Utility and DiskWarrior) won’t even allow me to try to fix the drive. I took it into a computer shop and they were just as helpless. The drive isn’t suffering from a hardware problem and it hasn’t experienced any trauma. It simply ceased to be readable for no apparent reason. And no, I don’t have a backup.

The worst problem by far, however, was someone stealing my digital camera and memory card reader. I used them to take some pictures at work last Tuesday, but they have since vanished from my car after leaving it (briefly) unlocked in front of my apartment.

So In the meantime, until I get a replacement, all the pictures that will be coming to you on my blog will be through the courtesy of my RAZR phone, at least until it follows the trend of all my other electronic toys and decides to stop working too.

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