Monday, August 07, 2006

THE GREAT COMPUTER CRASH

Power on, blinking red light. Silence. Impotence. Abandoned on the shores of California without a working computer.

How long ago did I buy this Compaq computer?? Where is my paperwork?? If I had only let my wife Kathleen file the paperwork in her unique filing system, I would know where to find the info.

Of course I am intrinsically less organised than Kathleen, and waste hours searching for that crucial item of paper.

Anyway, forget how long the computer has worked. It is way past service guarantees for sure. I probably bought the computer at Staples.

Our local computer shop, Computer Stuff, decided the bad news was a bad motherboard and maybe also cpu. The clear path was to buy a new computer. The local folks moved my "teds documents" to my backup "little black book" hardrive, and started work making me a new computer.

I prefer to buy a custom local computer, so if anything goes wrong, I have an expert at hand who is intimately familiar with my beast.

In the meantime, I am using Kathleen's new computer, a HP Pavilion (with ram upgraded to 1.5 gigs) we picked up at central coast electronics/radio shack in Morro Bay, when we were doing our laundry in the laundromat around the corner. (problems with the new washer and dryer we installed in our San Luis home)

No problems dragging my favorite research files from little black book onto Kathleen's computer, so things could be worse.

I am firmly resisting the temptation to install a linux operating system on my new computer. But that means I will have to download unixlike stuff for windows that will give me utilities like ps2pdf etc.

So I can visualize hours of maintenance time getting my new computer to be useful.

The good news is my brain is still functioning and the sun is shining.

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