A couple of weeks ago my main computer, a <1 year old iMac, died. A basic look into the hardware from the boot disk says my hard drive is fried.
I have a few things on the drive that aren’t backed up properly, so I’m hoping to get some access to it if I can.
But for the most part it's not been all that terrible of an experience. Nothing like what I lost on a desktop PC in the 90s when I dropped a beer on it. Just about everything's in the cloud now. I just pulled up my main backup laptop and I'm off to the races.
But why did that drive fail? I'm wondering if it had something to do with static electricity and this whole treadmill desk situation I set up late last year.
I averaged walking about 7 miles a day, 7 days a week over the last several months. But there was a lot of static electricity. I used a humidifier over the winter and it helped a lot, but there was still the occasional zap.
Most of those zaps were to the cordless keyboard, but every once in a while I turned the screen a bit or powered on or off.
I’m thinking that there’s a better than even chance that a static charge killed the iMac.
New iMac is on the way, and I’ve grounded myself (metal wire attached to metal part on the treadmill, a homemade version of this).
RIP Michael Arrington’s Treadmill iMac, you died in service to your master. Sorry it was friendly fire.