The Other McCain

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To the Reader Who Bought 22 Seagate Hard Drives via Our Amazon Links …

Posted on | August 31, 2013 | 30 Comments

. . . Thanks! When I checked the sales report and saw someone had bought this — “Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001” — I was like, “What?” But when I looked again and saw that you bought 22 of them at $112.96 each . . .  God bless you, Amazon shopper!

Each time you click through one of the Amazon ads you see on the blog, you can then shop around and buy whatever you want and, as long as your entry point for that particular online shopping trip was our ad, we are paid a small commission at no cost to you.



Last year, one of our regular readers outfitted his entire home theater with stuff he bought via our Amazon links, and other readers have figured out that Amazon shopping doesn’t have to be merely a personal experience. The reader shall remain nameless whose job involves purchasing office supplies and equipment because, really, don’t taxpayers deserve the best value for their dollar? The vast selection and low prices at Amazon — plus, free shipping on most purchases over $25 — make it a patriotic duty for government employees to shop there.


Who needs 22 computer hard drives in one shipment? I don’t know. The sales report doesn’t identify purchasers, it just says what we sold, like an enclosure for a surveillance camera. Hmmm.

The Pentagon, the CIA and the NSA must buy lots of stuff like that, and they know I believe traitors should be hanged, so let’s just guess that these high-tech gizmos have been purchased by somebody whose job is so hush-hush, they’d have to kill us if we found out.

Your secrets are safe with me. And thanks for shopping!



  • rmnixondeceased

    22 three terabyte HDD’s? Must be the NSA, just to store the comments here at TOM!

  • Matthew W

    “The reader shall remain nameless whose job involves purchasing office supplies and equipment”

    Even I can guess who that is !!!

  • gastorgrab

    “Who needs 22 computer hard drives in one shipment?”


    The NSA?

  • Kirby McCain

    Okay I saw an ad for Newegg on here one day. Do you get a similar deal from them? How about Frys Electronics?

    I’m either getting a MSI gaming rig or the Lenovo y510p.

  • Kirby McCain

    I suspect someone is setting up several machines with large RAIDs for backup and speed.

  • Kirby McCain


  • Wombat_socho

    Don’t get the MSI. I ordered one of those from Newegg a couple years back and wound up shipping it back after futilely trying to get it to work for three months straight.

  • Wombat_socho

    I, too, would like to thank the kind readers who bought two Kindles and a small library’s worth of books through the links on my posts. God bless all of you.

  • DonaldDouglas


  • Kirby McCain

    Well, I ruled out Asus as the screens seem to get a lot of complaints.

    MSI makes good machines, generally. Several features appeal to me as a gamer. A couple of models can be had with the 7 os. And a button to disable the touch pad.

    The Lenovo with dual GTX 750s and the Haswell could equal a lot of pwnage. No optical and only 3 usb ports. But a lot of pwnage at that price point.

  • Matthew W

    Troll Storage !!!

  • M. Thompson

    R. S. McCain: Amazon Supplier to the Feds.

  • Bob Belvedere

    A three terabyte hard drive for $113 bucks! That would hold my Sinatra and Dino collection.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Well…hey..,somebody had to supply the Gestapo [kidding, of course].

  • SDN

    Kirby, I don’t know about their monitors, as ViewSonic has always been my gold standard, but I can tell you I don’t build a system without an Asus motherboard. The things are utterly reliable, and even their free support has been fast, knowledgeable, and responsive at all hours.

  • SDN

    Oh, and my Fortune 100 company was using Lenovo laptops. Myself and several other consultants managed to invoke the company’s “three major failures in a year gets you a new laptop” clause. I do not recommend Lenovo for anything.

  • Kirby McCain

    I used a Gigabyte UD7 on my last build.

    The Asus g series has a Nvidia 3d certified panel and while they’ve had good reviews from the likes of PCMag reviewers on Newegg complain about horizontal lines in the display.

    Lenovo gets some good props on review sites as well.

    I’d like to get a 4700mq machine with Nvidia 750 or higher graphics. A 17.3 isn’t necessary but at least a 15.6 for games.

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  • M. Thompson

    Could be someone looking to back up a large number of movies.

  • jstjoan

    Wink, wink 😉

  • jstjoan

    And you would be wrong.