In the past 24 hours I have lived an XKCD strip:
Yesterday I complained about my keyboard dying on me. Possibly as a result of moving the computer around, my secondary drive died in the middle of the afternoon. By evening, my primary drive had failed and the entire computer was useless. I’ve spent the following n hours (where n is an irrational and very cranky number) trying to rescue my files.
I have some theories on what went wrong but that will wait until I have a more ergonomic way to tell my tale. Right now my desk is a wasteland of parts and keyboards (two other computers were involved in the attempted resuscitation of my main) and the wreckage does not make for a comfortable work area.
(As to why I’m still worried if I have all these functional computers everywhere: My job requires a very specific collection of software, set up just so. It’s at least a day of work to get it all going, even on a healthy machine. Also, these other machines are so old their CPU’s are made of wood and horse glue.)
I began the day with a sub-optimal keyboard, progressed to not having what I needed for my writing, and now I don’t have the tools I need to do my day job. I’m most likely going to have to run to Staples or Best Buy in the morning and just grab a whole new machine. A Vista machine. This is very much against my nature, but I can’t really wait three business days for a good one to arrive from someplace reasonable. This is going to be painfully expensive.
I’ve stopped thinking “this can’t get worse”, because as long as you’re alive this is clearly not true.
But hey, at least I’m taking a break from WoW posts, right? Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day with your fully functional computer.
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