Tag Archive for 'SSD'

One pretty damn beautiful word


Yes, that’s right, my new iMac is finally on its way to me. I haven’t had my own computer now for around 6 months and I am really looking forward to the screamer that it will be. Little does it know that no sooner will it be delivered than I will be opening it up for surgery to further increase performance – OWC SSD and my 16GB of Crucial RAM here we come 🙂

Where's our speed?Now we just have to wait for damn Deutsche Telekom to give us the VDSL speed we ordered. I mean, I expected that they would royally f@#k things up – which they have so far – but it is getting kinda stupid now.

Deutsche Telekom offered us 50Mbps speed and we were really unhappy with the service we were receiving from 1 & 1 so we canceled 1 & 1 and signed up with Telekom. Well, first they forgot to send the router out which, after calling them they sent it out. Unfortunately it was a piece of rubbish anyway so we returned it and I bought a new Fritz Box 7390 from Saturn. This fixed all the reception problems certain machines were experiencing when connecting via wifi with the Speedport W 723V and proved that the Telekom router really is an inferior product.

Anyway, ever since signing up we have been stuck on 6Mbps and I asked Ina if she could ask them why that is. They created a ticket and then came the response that 50Mbps was not available in our area. Hmmmmm, why did they offer it to us in the first place then? I wonder.

But now all the street around us is being dug up and a big fat beautiful fibre cable is being transplanted into the earth, this can really only mean o0ne thing. The “Weisse Flecken” that Telekom considers we currently live in is being worked on and we might just very soon have the speed we’re after after all.

Summer rain

The rain.
And a lot of it.
Today is the first sunny day we have had for at least a week or two I believe.
Ridiculous really.
Was at a friends place the other evening and the weather report showed that at that time it was warmer and sunnier in Sydney (Winter) than currently in Berlin (Summer).

Here’s my Haiku:

Sad Berlin Summer
Gone and missed its time to shine
Always the same; pain

So be wary when you read something like this online (taken from world-guides.com):

“During the summer, between May and August, the city of Berlin can get pleasantly warm with many hours of sunshine and it is very unusual for a day to have no sunshine at all.”

Because this is the second Summer in a row that has seen very little, if any sun. I’d certainly be pretty pissed if I came here for a Summer holiday……

p.s. Received the OWC SSD (the second one they sent out on the 27th, July – the first is most likely now residing in a DHL guys house in his newly constructed computer – f%#ker) and have ordered my new iMac – originally Apple said it would take 4 days to be ready, now they say 2 weeks. Whatever, it’s not like I haven’t been waiting months already right??

SSD woes

Well, it has been over 1 month since I placed the order with OWC and there is still no sign of it. The real pain is, as I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, that I was stupid and chose delivery without a tracking number. So who knows where it is, it left the States to never never land – one thing I am almost certain of is that it is never going to arrive at my doorstep.

I mean, how long do we actually live? Do I really have to set aside a minimum of 1 month every time I order something from the States? What freaking century do we live in? How can anything possibly take that long (or longer)? The package enters Germany within generally 3 days, after that it is this f@cking country that is pissing around with my time. This place just pisses me off so badly sometimes. When I order something from the States and am living in Australia (which is a hell of a lot further away from the States than bloody Germany) it usually takes a maximum of 1 week. So just what the f#$k is going on here is anyones guess. This country is slow in every possible way – there are roadblocks even where you can’t see them and it wears me out sometimes to the point where I just don’t want to be here anymore.

I am just so pissed. I don’t know who has it, but someone does – and my bet would be on some wanker from the Zollamt that just happens to be building a new computer right about now.

Luckily, since I bought the product in the States, they have wonderful customer service (even though it is partially my fault for choosing the cheapest shipping). I reported that it still wasn’t here and that I am now in a tough spot because I can’t order my new system until the disk arrives (which I am – I now have no machine to do my work on from home which means I have to stay longer at work). The person I spoke to (Adam) was very friendly (even though I might have come across a little annoyed) and offered to start a claim against USPS and have another SSD sent out immediately via FedEx without incurring any additional charges myself. Can you imagine the same service in Germany?? No, I didn’t think so.

So no matter how this place keeps on f#$%ing with my shit ordered outside of the EU, they can go f#$% themselves, I will keep on doing it regardless. Until I can order what I require within the EU – I don’t see why I should be forced into purchasing an inferior product just because it is available locally. That to me seems like some kind of dictatorship – it certainly doesn’t provide me with the freedom to which I am entitled.

Maybe nothing has really changed at all – the wall is down but still nothing gets in…..

Waiting can be a very scary thing….

Or is that a bloody frustrating thing?? I have to wait before I can order my new computer because I need to install the OWC SSD immediately into the thing. I decided against paying Apple the 600 euros they are charging for a 2TB internal hard drive + a 256GB SSD. A number of reasons are behind that decision:

  • I do not require a 256GB SSD as I am only using it for the system software
  • Paying a 500 euro premium for an SSD seems a little exorbitant to me
  • The SSD that Apple ships is inferior to current SSD models

Due to this, I went to OWC and ordered a 120GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD. I did this on the 21st, June 2011. As you may have read in my previous rants regarding bringing product into the EU from a country outside of the EU, this is a serious pain in the ass. Germany is slower than a f@#$ing wet week when it comes to crap like this. Essentially they are trying to “encourage” you to buy product strictly from within the EU by making things so impossibly difficult, expensive and slow. Well, that’s just flipping great but what happens when said product is not available in the EU? (God – this really is a déjà vu) The only similar product available that I could have purchased locally is the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SATA III 2.5″ SSD – but I have heard nightmarish stories about them and I really wanted to avoid any difficulties with my new machine. By going with OWC I at least know that they have been tested against Macs and that support is available when in this configuration.

So, what am I doing? I am wondering where the hell my SSD is. How can it possibly take freaking customs so long? I can tell you how – because nothing is done quickly in Germany, I tell you, paint dries faster than most anything that is done in this country. A classic example to a tourist from the States or Australia would be to walk into a Burger King, McDonalds or a similar fast-food establishment and time how long it takes you to get your “fast-food”. I can guarantee you it will not be fast (nor can it really be classified as food – but hey, that’s a whole other story). In fact, the ordering process alone is soooo slow you often have so much time on your hands waiting in the snail-paced queue that you start to question the sanity behind walking into such an establishment in the quest for quick, inexpensive food in the first place. So much time in fact that you might catch yourself walking out, disgusted with yourself, before doing yourself the disservice of placing an order. Fast-Food establishments take note – you are losing out on business in Germany due to how slow your operations run in this country.

Anyway, that’s a break-down of the scenario I currently find myself in. I have been ready to order a computer for the last 4 weeks now and am waiting on a f#$%ing 280US part that is being held hostage in some grimy corner of Berlin customs. They will get to it when they get to it I’m sure, first they need to stamp all the other pieces of paper they have created (as per usual – quite possibly in triplicate) for the other incoming packages that have been lying around for even longer.

The saddest thing is that I have no tracking ID – yes, I was an idiot cheap bastard and thought it wise to forgo this feature of the 32.00US shipping and went with a much saner 8.00US shipping instead. So in all honesty I really have no idea if it is even in the country or if it will ever arrive.

SSD – wherefore art thou? 🙁