Well, not a hack as much as a kluge. My external FireWire drive has been out of commission for well over a year. At first, I thought that the disk itself had died, but putting a new one in made no difference.
I had noticed that the disk activity LED was intermittent, but put that down to the disk. Regardless, I tried wiggling the power connector, and that seemed to affect the LED. The power switch is right next to the power connector, and yesterday, I thought I might just remove the switch and jumper the connection. I just finished the little bit of de-soldering and soldering in of the jumpers, and voila, it works! Now and then, it’s nice to screw around with a soldering iron.
OK, I just got a copy of the official offer letter via email, so I can talk about this, now. I’ll be starting a post-doctoral research fellowship at the combined Radiation Oncology Department of Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School sometime before November 1.
My friend Bear went down to Gulfport, Mississippi to help with the relief effort. He and his friends loaded up an old bus with supplies and drove down there. You can read their story in The Ann Arbor News. There are other blogs and photoblogs of their trip there in this post.
If you’ve ever restored your Address Book from a backup, and found that your contact database would no longer sync with .Mac and your Palm OS device, here’s how to fix it. I discovered this after about two full days of working through the combinatorics of deleting, adding, backing up, restoring, and syncing.
In AddressBook, Export all your contacts to a vCard file.
Delete all your AddressBook contacts. Delete all your contacts on .Mac and your Palm device, as well.
Import your contact data from the exported vCard file.