Today’s Pursuits

June 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

The first was in direct response to my wife’s plea to me to get her old computer hooked back up.  I think a lot of it has to do with her being fond of it somehow.  I bought it as a cheap Internet access for her, frankly, with obvious possibilities for playing conventional games and watching DVDs.  I left it up to her to buy a decent sound system.  I may be moving this over to the stereo system, but today’s brief experiment just wasn’t encouraging.  I connected everything more or less properly (I may have forgotten that brief bow to the east, accompanied by the muttered phrase “Fuck you very much” while extending the middle finger of the left hand in the direction of the sky; this is very important, to anyone new to installing or maintaining computer systems).  It once again decided it needed to “check the hard disk”.  I think that’s the verbiage.  That, or something equally informative.  It seemed to take forever (my computer bought at the same time had/has a 2 gig cpu).  Got stuff connected, including the tablet/pen and the combo wireless keyboard/mouse software installed.  And it just couldn’t quite seem to find a wireless network within reach.  It might have of course have been the wrong password.  Except I verified that on the keyboard sitting next to me.   Did I forget to mention that?  we started with the horrendous distance of about six inches and ended at about as close as you could get.  After which I gave up and plugged the fucking thing into the modem router and after which it seemed to give a nearly-feminine sigh of exasperation and acknowledge that well, if it was hard-wired there really couldn’t be any reception problems.  You son of a bitch.  Or something like that.

 

Right now I’m realizing the sorts of things that I want to do with it like install a completely different OS like Linux.  Hope I can do some sort of a transfer of info because it really looks like the hard drive on that computer is bad, and even MS has certified the copy as valid.  For the little that means.  I’d forgotten that allowing her computer to go into standby means that it crashes and goes through the disk verify routine, if I now remember correctly.  What will happen eventually is a kind of data networking that is (not easily) mobile.  This also keeps my mind off pain and the kind of insanity that will probably be involved in the claim for PTSD and their investigation.  Keep in mind that at least notionally a lot of those things could never possibly have happened.  The things, that is, that contributed to my lack of reason, my occasional tendency to destroy things including attempting to destroy myself. 

 

I do go on, don’t I?  This was originally quite a while ago, and I’m just leaving it.  Might as well whine once in a while.

–Glenn

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