Don't you just hate when random events get in the way of the work you really want to do? One of my external hard drives today decided to stop working. I should say the enclosure decided to stop powering the drive inside it, so I yanked the drive out and connected it to my computer with a nifty adapter that I bought for this very purpose. If you value your data, I recommend you get one of these: NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter
. It has saved my bacon more than once.
The drive in question stores my entire photo library of over 50,000 images. Needless to say, this is pretty important to me. I do have the entire drive backed up, but I'd rather not have just one copy, even if that copy is redundantly stored on a four-drive array. I ordered a new enclosure and another hard drive because this one is getting close to its capacity anyway. That's another $180 I won't be spending on the bus.
After the computer issues, I managed to install the laminate on my kitchen countertop. The pattern is "oiled soapstone" and I love it. I also cut the stainless edge guard to length, although it's still wrapped in protective film, much like the backsplash from an earlier post.