06/09/2004: "Computer Dies One Month Past Warranty!"technorati tags: Despair!
Well, I'm breaking my cardinal rule of not blogging at work because last night my computer that I bought April 30th 2003 went kaplooey. (More on that later).
I went out for pizza with friends last night where I discovered, yet again, that I'm a downer as a person...we were discussing how too much news is unhealthy for a person and one friend who is a Well, I'm breaking my cardinal rule of not blogging at work because last night my computer that I bought April 30th 2003 went kaplooey. (More on that later).
I went out for pizza with friends last night where I discovered, yet again, that I'm kind of a downer as a person...we were discussing how too much news is unhealthy for a person and one friend who is a Buddhist was talking about why it's better to detach and meditate and find inner peace and enlightenment, that achieving personal happiness should be the first and most important goal in life, and my assertion is that that strategy is fine if you're in a developing nation, but when you live in one of the most wealthy and powerful nations in the world, you have a responsibility to stay informed as much as possible which is at direct odds with finding inner peace and happiness.
I know I'd be a happier and healthier person if I wasn't such a news junkie but I need to know what decisions are being made by my government, decisions that affect my life and the lives of billions of people around the globe. We have the right and privilege to vote and too many people take that for granted and vote on issues without having the facts, and it's never easy to find out what the facts are, and you can't achieve it with just one or two sources.
Anyway, I feel badly because I think my friends just wanted to go out and have pizza and have fun and talk about boys and summer plans etc. and I seem to always end up being the buzz kill. Then after dinner I was watching The Daily Show and one of the correspondents was at a fund raising dinner for Dennis Kucinich and afterwards the correspondent was talking to the host of the party who was ranting and raving about this social injustice and that social injustice and the report's voiceover said something like, "I've learned one thing about Kucinich supporters, being around them makes me want to kill myself".
OK, the Daily Show is a comedy, I know, I know, but that hit a little too close to home and I realize that I come across too intense most of the time and maybe I need to tone it down a little.
But back to the computer, I came home from dinner, checked my email, put the Dell on standby and started doing chores around the house in preparation for my family's visit (starting on Friday night) and then a couple hours later go back to check again and I gave my mouse the standard wiggle and there was nothing. Then I hit the keyboard, still nothing. Checked the power supply (it's plugged into a surge protector and backup power supply) all was in order but it wouldn't power on. The fan wasn't coming on, the power light, nothing except for the light for the Ethernet card. Since my computer is one month past it's year warranted, I can break the seal on it and check to see if the connection of the internal power supply is secure between it and the motherboard, drivers, fan, etc. I'm hoping something just jostled loose when I put my subwoofer on top of the tower to watch Black Hawk Down a couple days ago. I've already trouble shooted the power supply from the computer to the outlet, unplugged it overnight and tried to start it this morning, nothing, no beeps, no lights save for the Ethernet card light...I changed the outlet, checked everything I could think of. If I need to replace internal components it's going to suck...I work on a network at my job where everything is automatically backed up and it has made me lazy at home. I haven't backed up anything. If the motherboard is toast, I'm going to cry. Although my video files for Kite Club are on an external hard drive, the nearly completed project itself is saved to the hard drive. I can't access the invitations I designed that I was going to order this morning ironically, I won't have a computer for my family's visit after I promised them all they'd be able to check their email etc. (they're all as bad as me).
Seems a whole cascade of bad joo joo has hit me. Maybe there is a Buddhist lesson to be learned here?