Well, one out of two ain't bad: I didn't get a headcold on our trip back from Chicago, but I did pick up an eye infection. (Carol got it too; such things are highly communicable. As the old Brel/Shuman song goes, "We will kiss with our eyes...") I'm not going to be doing much reading or computing today (nor perhaps tomorrow) but the antibiotics we got at urgent care are on the job and I hope to return to ordinary life on Monday. One quick entry in the meantime and I'm going to go put a cold rag on my face again.
In the huge bin of held mail we picked up today was a box containing something I ordered before we left: A trio of antistatic plastic boxes sized precisely to hold a 3.5" SATA hard drive. The idea is to use the SATA slots on the top of my new tower case quad core to handle backup. Take a drive out of its box, drop it in the slot on top of the case, do backups, then yank it and put it back in its box. SATA is faster than USB, and the SATA electrical interface is hot-swappable. It's a natural.
The fit is just snug enough so that the drive will not spill out of the box accidentally while I'm handling it. There is a little block of conductive foam on the lid to keep the drive from rattling around when the lid is closed. The latch is firm but doesn't take a pliers to open. (Ok, I do have strong thumbs.) I bought three boxes in three colors for $9.24, from Amazon. It's interesting to me that although the three boxes appear to be physically identical, the three colors are sold at different prices--even when they come from the same dealer. The boxes looked like they might have held a MM paperback, but not quite. I'm sure I'll find other uses for them as time goes on; I'm good that way.