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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby BasharOfTheAges » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:42 pm

System was off all day, so I just got home and turned it back on. Annoying grinding metal sound started up. Thought something was a little stuck, so I tried a bit of percussive matinence... Turns out it was the soft, easily dented sheathing around the blower housing hitting against the rotating drum inside and the banging on it just dented it more. Now its too loud to even run without the thing sounding like a jackhammer.
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby Athena » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:49 pm

I just fired my psychiatrist because he would not shut up. He kept trying to talk about Japanese politics and how life is so so hard for him trying to assimilate into Japanese society after thirty years and he just doesn't think that my naturalisation will change anything about my relationship with Japan...

Dude. Shut up. I am not even discussing JP citizenship with you. And you are supposed to listen to me.

I've actually noticed this about most of my male doctors and I've decided I'm going to look for a female one, but it is really hard to find one who is English speaking and takes Japanese national health insurance. And I am just looking for a GP at the moment.
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby ngsilver » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:01 am

The new SSD I had bought back in April to replace the 80gig Intel SSD I had as my system disk bit the dust and is now in RMA process. I needed a larger disk for my main system disk and in the process I was able to span the 2 Intel SSDs to make a 160gig editing scratch disk. I love my intels and have had no issues with them but they're twice as expensive as many other brands. So I decided to go with a SanDisk Ultra Plus 128GB SSD because it was cheap. I've had experience with sandisk SSDs with the playback/stream systems I built for Youmacon so I figured it'd be fine. Go figure it bites the dust almost exactly 3 months from when it was installed and first turned on. It's something that happens so I'm not really all that angry tbh, but SanDisk has the most annoying RMA process I've ever dealt with!

First I had to open an online trouble ticket with them. Then, after waiting 3 days for a response I get an email response asking me to re-install my OS on the drive. I refused as all the troubleshooting I'd done up to that point points to a disk issue and not an OS boot issue (apparently they latched onto the first statement that the issues began with a BSOD that led to boot failures, completely looking over the 10 paragraphs of troubleshooting steps and results provided after that initial statement.) After arguing back and forth for a few more days via email I finally got the support person willing to offer RMA for the device, I just had to re-state everything I already had filled out in their online system about the registered SSD and my personal info. So after all that I finally get a voice mail today from support, leaving no callback number, asking for me to once again confirm the date of purchase. Since I wasn't given a callback number I just called the number on my missed calls list. After being bounced around by 3 different operators I finally made it to SanDisk support, in India.... What proceeded after this was an hour long conversation of the support person on the line not understanding what I am saying, asking me to repeat all the steps I had already argued on, before finally accepting the RMA and sending me the info on it. The upshot of this is that I don't have to pay for shipping, but getting to this point was a journey and once they receive the part in 1~5 business days they'll ship the replacement out in 1~10 business days for a 1~5 business day arrival. In the end I'm going to be out of a system disk and thus PC for about a month... So much for my planned AWA entries.... (I do have my laptop and it has Adobe CC installed on it, but I will have to come up with some ideas from scratch since all my source/projects for my previously planned vids are sitting on my main system that I cannot access)

Sigh... I understand that these things happen and honestly I'm glad the drive failed now rather then a day after the warranty ends, but the process is so arduous. Last RMA I had to do was for a motherboard from gigabyte. All I had to do was register the product (it was in use for 4 years by this point) and fill out the info and the issue. They issued an RMA no questions asked and I had my motherboard back in a week good as new... maybe I was spoiled by that process, but having worked in tech support on the other end of the call it pains me to have to deal with script readers.

TBH, I think I'm going to skip SanDisk the next time I consider an SSD purchase. Perhaps it is really worth the extra price to buy Intel....
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby Fire_Starter » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:38 am

About at the end of my rope where certain people. New Guy (who's been here since January) was hired fresh out of school with a degree in Audio Engineering that the ink was barely dry on, ostensibly, to improve the quality of our live broadcasts. As such, he was put in charge of all things A/V related. This includes things like DVD creation & distribution, video editing, etc. that I had previously been tasked with. But the way this whole situation was sold is that he's some sort of whiz-kid who can do anything and everything...

Well, FOH sound has improved (even though I feel it's entirely too loud, but what do I know, I'm not "certified" :roll:), but the rest of the stuff is falling by the wayside.

  • Broadcasts are no longer edited down for replay the following week. They just end if they go over.
  • Aspect ratios for online video are screwed up (4:3 letterox stretched horizontally to be 16:9 - the worst of both worlds) despite being informed of this WEEKS ago.
  • Videos are put online much later than they used to be.
  • Filesizes are about 8x higher with worse quality.
  • Phase variance in recorded audio not fixed, even though I told him EXACTLY what the likely suspect behind the issue is.
  • Instead of just inverting one channel, he creates a completely seperate mono encode to put online.
  • Media distribution is back to me, but he still hasn't given me the ISO's I need that were created by him.
  • Broadcast computer just needs some tweaking to fix performance issues, they go buy a $4,000 Mac Pro instead, that suffers the same issues.
  • Computer for another input to the video switcher freezes right before broadcast. He wasn't even aware we used that system.
  • "Acoustic treatment" for the broadcast audio room consists of leaning a couple of panels behind the monitors, rough backing visible to anyone walking by.
  • Waits until the last possible minute to get a crew together for outside events.
  • When nobody signs up so the event can't be broadcast, makes up some excuse about how "the team got a well-deserved break."

I could go on, but I need to calm down and get some sleep. But the worst part is I can't even bring any of these issues up. It would be seen as nothing but sour grapes on my part. :x
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby Castor Troy » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:33 pm

Finally got booted out of my house by the cops last week since my laywer warned me that the court immediately dismissed my latest injunction to stay in the house for another 2 weeks to prepare for my court date. At this point, I didn't really care anymore since living in the house was a death trap every 2 weeks. The court got tired of my injunctions and told me to GTFO. :roll:

I put up a decent resistance for the past 6 months and (mostly) enjoyed every minute of it. Kinda sucks to lose the first house I ever owned, but if I can get it back, great. If not. Whatever.

Good news is that I was able to find a new apartment pretty fast and my landlord decided that I can get all my stuff out for free, so I got it all last Saturday and safely moved it into my storage unit.

My new apartment is pretty fucking awesome and my (now former) landlord and my former mortgage company are probably shitting bricks right now because the first hearing of my court date is Thursday.

War's finally begun. :twisted:
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby JaddziaDax » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:46 pm

Star Trek: Into "Twilight"...

I can go on forever about how terrible this movie is... I saw it about a week ago, and I was raging the entire movie... It was a patronizing piece of shit.

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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby Devolution » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:04 pm

AWA is officially off the menu for me this year :( seriously fucking disappointed
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby Radical_Yue » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:22 am

My eyes hurt.


I've been trying to avoid staring at monitors and such to help the stress on them but that doesn't work too well considering I, ya know, work in a call center on computers. I've been dumping eye drops in but they're not really helping, only avoiding those bright as hell lights and staying away from computer stuff has helped.


I'm tired.
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby BasharOfTheAges » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:42 pm

My little HVAC mishap got taken care of yesterday... To the tune of $1500. I guess I should feel lucky, the system is nearly 30 years old and installing a new one was a real possibility (that would have cost an order of magnitude more).
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby BecauseImBored1 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:07 pm

I'm sick and bored!!!!!!!! Normally that means I would edit but it makes me extremely dizzy in this state @_@
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby Fire_Starter » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:15 pm

I think I'm going to lose my damn mind. FINALLY get the files I need, and it's a complete mess. Instead of giving me mp3's like I had been doing originally, i get a folder full of ProTools files taking up MUCH more room. And the audio phase problems are STILL present, so I've gotta go in and fix those. On the video side, the aspect ratios are STILL messed up, so THAT has to be fixed. And theres SIX MONTHS of this stuff to go through. Not only are there multiples of the audio, but of the video files as well. For an ENTIRE YEAR of stuff last year, I was running about 260gb. What I get from the last six months is 400gb... 400gb of fail. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby MycathatesyouAMV » Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:24 am

I failed opening my frozen gogurt correctly again and Im too lazy to go downstairs for scissors so now I have to resort to the squeeze it really hard and have it blow its load in my mouth mode, but thats risky and could go all over the place as the last time I did that it was when my mom was driving and caused her to almost wreck and kill us.
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby Kitsuner » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:16 pm

Car got stolen. Thankfully I decided against bringing my 3DS with me, and all the nasty biz of police reports and insurance claims are taken care of, but it still sucks. On the plus side, if they don't find it in two weeks, I'll still have enough time to find a replacement car before either of my big road trips. I liked that li'l guy though. :(
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby Kitsuner » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:16 pm

Car got stolen. Thankfully I decided against bringing my 3DS with me, and all the nasty biz of police reports and insurance claims are taken care of, but it still sucks. On the plus side, if they don't find it in two weeks, I'll still have enough time to find a replacement car before either of my big road trips. I liked that li'l guy though. :(
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Re: The Vent Thread

Postby chitzilla » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:49 pm

you have the worst luck with cars D:
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