The power of the user group

Had an interesting experience at this week’s Humbug meeting. The hard drive in my Thinkpad has been a little sick of late, and it just so happens that a developer on the smartmontools project (which lets the SMART subsystem in modern hard drives warn of impending disaster) is interested in Thinkpads. We got to talking, he introduced me to the project and we started running a diagnostic on my hard drive. While I was at dinner he had passed the results around the smartmontools developers and they had come up with a dire prognosis: imminent failure within twenty four hours. Not exactly what I wanted to know, but very useful none the less.

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