Jan. 7, 2021

Went To Best Buy, Bought New SSD For Laptop

9:28 AM (of Saturday, January 9th 2021)

Today is Thursday, January 7th 2021 and it was a very normal day today. The thing that stands out the most is that I went outside during lunchtime and bought a new hard drive. This is what my schedule looked like today:

  • Work 10:17
  • Work Tasks 10:17
  • Physical 0:27
  • Beat Saber 0:27
  • Intermediary 5:36
  • Sleeping 5:00
  • Pooping 0:36
  • School 0:29
  • Homework 0:29
  • Productive 4:44
  • Misc 4:44
  • Unproductive 2:27
  • Browsing 1:35
  • Cartoons 0:52

So it says I worked on work tasks for 10 hours today, that was because I knew the last items I had to work on, so I actually started working on it shortly after I woke up. I figured I didn't have anythnig else to do, so that was my focus.

I didn't get much sleep the night before, probably because I stayed up late. Yeah I know I planned on going to sleep before 12 AM every night, but I lost that streak once and haven't returned.

I finished the remaining tasks in that 36 page feedback document I received the other week, the week before the Christmas week. With that, I was basically done with one entire client's side of tasks. I had this other client to do work for, but I didn't finish until like 4:30 PM anyway, not giving me much time to work on that other client's tasks.

During lunchtime today, I got out of the house and drove to the nearby Best Buy to buy a new SSD for this machine so I could install a different operating system on it other than the default Windows. When I got there, I went to the SSD section they had, which was extremely tiny by the way, and it was completely empty. There was like 2-3 SSDs total, and they weren't NVME.

The store was very empty, pretty much no one there. There were probably over 30 idle employees though, everywhere I went there were just a bunch of employees chatting with each other. Everyone wore a mask of course, including me. I wonder where Best Buy gets their revenue to keep operating like this? Anyway I got one of the employees to help me, and I asked him for any NVME SSDs, and he checked the store inventory on his phone. They had two total NVME SSDs, both 1 TB. I picked the cheapest one. Samsung 970 NVME, for $150.

I bought it, but didn't do anything with it until after work. After work I tried installing my favorite Linux distro, Qubes, but it didn't work on this machine. Apparently it only worked via "Legacy Boot" through the USB, and my computer no longer supported legacy. It literally had no option for it. A few years back, like 2016 or 2017, Intel said they would discontinue support for legacy boot by 2020, so any recent CPUs would not have that feature, since my laptop is the latest and greatest I could only use UEFI and not legacy boot.

That sucks, whatever. I'll have to wait until Qubes can be installed via UEFI then. After that I tried Ubuntu and that worked fine. I didn't like Ubuntu that much though, so I replaced it with Archlinux. I scewed up my installation a few times, and so I had to reinstall it from scratch several times. That means going through all the installation steps again, which I did like 5 times. The very last installation I did, I messed up by not installing a wireless controller.

Ugh. I booted it up feeling pretty happy thinking that everything went fine, but then I tried to connect to the Internet and couldn't. Dang it, I have to install it yet again. I tried reinstalling it yet again, but just as I was trying to install some packages, one of them threw an update and all of the repositories kept reporting "no such file". I couldn't continue the installation until the repositories updated their packages.

At this point it was already really late, like 11 PM or 12 AM, I decided to give up and just continue it the next day.

Written by JustMegawatt

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