Snail mail EGTB trading

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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:52 pm

It's on it's way!!!

Fingers crossed, so far if it could go wrong it has - shiped with a guaranteed delivery date of the 20th, anyone want to guess when it will arrive - my bet any day other than the 20th :lol:

Parcel tracks

Date Time Location Tracking Event

16-11-2009 16:27 Gatwick Depot On route to hub
16-11-2009 14:46 Gatwick Depot Collected from customer
16-11-2009 13:46 Patcham Collected from Post Office Branch
16-11-2009 12:23 WDM Online
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:34 pm

As a re-cap

June 14th 2009 - Ken asks if anyone has the full 6 men set they are willing to share.
June 24th 2009 - I notice Ken's post and say that I hope to have the complete 6 men set by the end of August
August 28th 2009 - Downloaded ready to verify - I think the only date that is hit :lol:
August 28-30th 2009 - Krill and others offer advice on verification, problems with both mdsum and Wilhelm on my 64-bit Vista install
August 30th 2009 - fsum does the trick verification sucessfull!
August 31st 2009 - Ken mails LaCie Drive to me
September 22nd 2009 - After various customs delays arrived
September 23rd 2009 - Power supply dies
September 24th 2009 - Support call raised with LaCie
September 28th 2009 - LaCie agree to replace power supply- LaCie UK Honors US warranty!
October 7th 2009 - Power supply returned to LaCie
October 21st 2009 - Replacment power supply arrives turns out that when the power supply died so did the HD or the otherway round
October 22nd-November - more support tickets with LaCie
November 2nd/3rd - HD returned to LaCie for fix/replacement
November 13th 2009 - Replacment HD received from LaCie
November 12-15th - Data copied to LaCie and verified
November 16th - Posted to US!!!
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:29 am

Parcel tracks

Date Time Location Tracking Event

17-11-2009 08:30 International Hub Despatched from hub*
17-11-2009 01:08 International Hub Left origin country
16-11-2009 23:26 International Hub Arrived at outward Office of Exchange
16-11-2009 16:27 Gatwick Depot On route to hub
16-11-2009 14:46 Gatwick Depot Collected from customer
16-11-2009 13:46 Patcham Collected from Post Office Branch
16-11-2009 12:23 WDM Online

* does this mean it has cleared customs this would normally be the greatest risk of delay???
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:07 pm

Customs delays are almost always in the destination country.

Does Parcel Force keep tracking after leaving England??

I am tickled pink. :oops: :D :oops:

Don't forget to bill me for expenses.
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:12 am

My understanding is the tracking should be until signed for?

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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby MarkS » Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:45 am

I sure hope a plane is taking it over the ocean, or else a pirate will get it.
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:37 am

Date Time Location Tracking Event

17-11-2009 21:52 Delivery Agent - NEW YORK -PTT Arrived in destination country
17-11-2009 08:30 International Hub Despatched from hub
17-11-2009 01:08 International Hub Left origin country
16-11-2009 23:26 International Hub Arrived at outward Office of Exchange
16-11-2009 16:27 Gatwick Depot On route to hub
16-11-2009 14:46 Gatwick Depot Collected from customer
16-11-2009 13:46 Patcham Collected from Post Office Branch
16-11-2009 12:23 WDM Online

so close....
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:45 pm

It made it here.

Copying it now. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:36 pm

kb2ct wrote:It made it here.

Copying it now. :oops: :oops:


Yes - and before Christmas!
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:46 pm

I know it's 'belt and braces' but either use a verified copy or run the fsum after the copy to verify the TB's post copy.

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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:15 pm

Marathon copying. First a backup for myself. Then the copies for those who sent me hard drives. Their drives don't have ESATA.

No hardship, because I can use a backup computer, but it will definitely take time.

Thank you. This really is a large step for the chess world. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:04 am

Complete...

TBs to the states, I finally worked out my costs and after a few paypal woes everything is fine.

I actually asked for some of the costs in USD as I wanted to buy something in USD and it seemed more sensibe to avoid the conversion charges...

But it is not easy to pay from a UK paypal account in USD, A long story cut short:

Make USD primary (and I though this would be enough :lol:)
Remove all other balances
Remove all other funding sources from your paypal account - i.e. credit cards and bank funding
-Then it works (finally noticing you have the US dollars)...

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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:31 pm

Anyone in the U.S. that wants a copy can contact me by private message. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:35 pm

Progress made. It fights me every step of the way.

I wish Shaun had not included the bad power supply. That caused an anxious moment.

Back up done and I am now formatting a drive to be mailed to a player in the current CC world championship.

Not much work, but very time consumming. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:57 pm

kb2ct wrote:Progress made. It fights me every step of the way.

I wish Shaun had not included the bad power supply. That caused an anxious moment.

Back up done and I am now formatting a drive to be mailed to a player in the current CC world championship.

Not much work, but very time consumming. :oops: :oops:


Ken,

That was not a bad power supply, it was the replacement one. Not sure if it works with the new external HD LaCie provided once it was discoverd the drive had failed too?

I supose it is possible that testing the new power supply with the broken external HD broke the replacement power supply?

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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:02 am

Shaun,

I have at least 6 LaCie power supplies. None fit the new drive.

I arbitralily chose the smaller of the two power supplies in the box I got from you.

It works. Copying in progress. It takes several days by USB. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby Shaun » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:21 pm

kb2ct wrote:Shaun,

I have at least 6 LaCie power supplies. None fit the new drive.

I arbitralily chose the smaller of the two power supplies in the box I got from you.

It works. Copying in progress. It takes several days by USB. :oops: :oops:


The smaller one is the correct one ;)

It took I think 12-14 hours to copy here, again via USB, (could not be bothered to crawl about to get to the eSata socket) - your USB interface does not seem optimal - is it running USB1?

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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:27 pm

USB ports vary in speed by at least 10X based on whether they are master or slave and there is no ways of telling except by experiment.

Master to master very slow. Slave to slave very slow.

Best is master to slave

This is not a problem with eSATA :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:07 pm

What I think I will do is buy a 2 tb internal SATA drive and put it in my dataport.

The external drive with the EGTB's has eSATA so it should be fast to transfer the data to the internal drive.

Once the data is on an internal drive tranfering it to the external drive without eSATA should only take about 12 hours. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:08 pm

I made the mistake of buying a PCI card and eSATA bracket from Hong Kong.

The upgrading of my computer will take about 2 weeks longer because of shipping time.

Anyone wanting the EGTB's should send me an external hard drive with external SATA to save time.

People who sent me drives should have their EGTB's by Christmas. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:49 pm

Anyone who wants the complete set of 6 man EGTB's can contact me at horndog187@aol.com

I can now fill a 1.5 rerabyte ESATA external drive quite quickly.

It has not been easy. The project has taken nine months. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby natmaku » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:04 am

Im interested...can you give me details on how can i possibly obtain these materials?

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Re: Snail mail EGTB trading

Postby kb2ct » Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:24 am

Contact me by private message or better by email at horndog187@aol.com :oops:
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