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The day my Beast died
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Toger
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August 30, 2010 - 12:34 am
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Is a sad day indeed.

My desktop has issues. It seems to think it's a doorstop [Image Can Not Be Found]

Of course, my last full back-up was back in February. [Image Can Not Be Found]

I'm limping along on a borrowed laptop with no mouse and a missing letter o.

Something is amiss with its electrical innards... I can finally get that 512mb vid card installed! Unless it's unsalvagble.

Did I mention my iPhone auto-boots at least once a week? [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Crap.  Who needs a doorstop?    [Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found]

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Old Age?

People who are relatively new here do not know that before you bought this Beast, your previous desktop ran Windows95*. In other words, you buy the best then run them forever. And throughout their very long electronic lives, they are lucky to have you. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Backup? Whatever is a backup? I'm so bad I turn off system restore 'cause I don't like how the machine feels (sluggish) with it on. Some day I will hate myself for making this decision (none of my computers run system restore). Neither do I back up, but alls I got is game saves & bookmarks, nothing like finances or meaningful stuff.

 

* Am I remembering correctly? Old age does that, thins the synapses. Even electrical.

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Consider it an opportunity to upgrade!! And sell that old vid card on eBay Toger, it's brand new, and buy a new one and have it installed.

I finally started backing up when I realized how much work stuff I have on gaming computer. It wasn't supposed to happen. I was supposed to keep work and pleasure on seperate rigs but my gaming computer is so much nicer...now it backs up once a week on its own.

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Yap, you are indeed remembering correctly... my last rig ran Win95. I'm the same with cars, buy the best I can afford and drive it into the ground. (my last car lasted well over 100K miles and then blew its engine)

I'm not yet at that point where I feel the need to upgrade - my rig runs everything I want to play fairly well. Anything really that captures my attention is on the 360 so I'm covered there.

... re-reading this post makes me realize how not being able to use the o key correctly really affects my typing and thought processes!

I'm off to take the beast to the repair shop... then I gotta connect this laptop to my desktop keyboard 'cause this is crazy![Image Can Not Be Found]

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Be careful out there! (anyone else remember Hill Street Blues? Probably the very last tv show I watched with regularity) That Beast must weight at least 50 lbs if I'm remembering the picture correctly. Down stairs....along sidewalk.....onto....bus?

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Nothing... is worse... than when... this happens.

 

Toger, you have my sympathy. I hope it's a painless fix and requires nothing more than a clearing of dust bunnies. My own gaming rig is beginning to cough and wheeze, lots of crashes and such, and I'm hoping that it holds on to the ghost long enough for me to justify buying an all new monstrosity. Best of luck with your Beast!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Condolences [Image Can Not Be Found]

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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No bus, Yap. City Car Share FTW! 

But I did have to hump it down the stairs (20+) to the car, ease it out of the trunk without dropping it then waddle across the street and ask a passing stranger to open the repair shop door for me. [Image Can Not Be Found]  And yeah, I'm thinking it weighs about 50 lbs… give or take. As the guy at the shop pointed out, it was top of the line in its day.

Here's hoping it's something mundane like… the power supply dying or something. Actually, if I can just get the stuff off my hard drive I'm good with whatever is wrong with it. (it refused to recognize my external back-up drive)

In other news, do you have any idea how many words have the letter "o" in them? Have to continue to use the laptop keyboard as the connector for my desktop keyboard is too fat for the laptop. [Image Can Not Be Found]

*edit - damn, this laptop is soooo quiet. I'm used to the F16-like idling of my beast's fans.

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Good on ya! So far.

Don't know how many words have an "o" but am aware of how many words have an "x" when typed on my notebook with the tempermental  X.

In other news, do you remember reading two days ago when that fate-tempter Yap wrote:  "I turn off system restore 'cause I don't like how the machine feels (sluggish) with it on. Some day I will hate myself for making this decision"?

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Only one quess is allowed.

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If MSSE had a donation button, I'd hit it with PayPal. Alert, removed, firefox refused to go online. Oh-oh. Full scan, two more, cleaned, Firefox works again. Found my system restore is activated. I think Microsoft turns it on steathily when updates are applied – in my case, the 29th.  After popping aspirin & beginning my cleans, it helped to know I could at least attempt a go-back.

Boy howdy yes indeed, I'm leaving System Restore turned ON. (for now [Image Can Not Be Found])

And yes, I've lit the candles & put Snickers bars on the altar of the gods who protect stupid people.

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MS stealth has its purposes. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Maybe I need to offer up some York peppermint patties along with the candles.

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Toger, gods do not live on candles alone.

I've been to oodles of countries* where shrines are everywhere (house, yard, street, shops, vehicles, places of worship – everywhere). Only Protestants seem to think candles & flowers are sufficient. [Image Can Not Be Found]

 

* off the top of my head: Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Bali …

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I figure if candles and flowers aren't enough to appease me, why would it be enough for an other-worldly being? [Image Can Not Be Found]

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* off the top of my head: Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Bali …

 

I think the key question here is…

 

WTF is the matter with you, Yap? You know how hot it is in most of those places??? I like the cold weather m'self…

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[Image Can Not Be Found] @ Steerpike. Of course I know how hot those places are, I did the sweat&suffering!

There are online maps where one can check off states/countries visited, then see a map so marked. My USA map is blank from the middle on up through the NW corner. My World map just about circles the Equator.

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Enjoy them for me please, Yap. It's a list of the places I'd love to go but melting commences at 65F. My trip to the Sri Lankan lowlands would be terrified locals pointing at the greasy puddle in the middle of their market. [Image Can Not Be Found]

grooowrrrr! [menace menace] rrrrowwwr!

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Steerpike, Yap lives in Houston... where it's almost always hot and humid. Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, et al's humidity is on par with Texas. I melt in Texas like chocolate should. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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I'm a melter too lately. I used to bear up nicely under our eternal 10 day Oregon summers but now-a-days I run for cover if the mercury rises above 85 F. My tears mingle with my sweat and it is not pretty.

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For a few days last week it felt surprisingly tolerable, even mild. Relatively speaking of course. Checked the thermometer: 90F. The difference was lack of humidity.

Can't say I'm fond of sweltering heat & humidity. What Houston does offer is full employment making more than ever for 11 yrs. past what we'd considered my husband's retirement. Whether or not one is driven to work forever in order to accumulate savings is another topic altogether. 

Traveling to hot & humid is based on clothes owned, cultures admired, country's fascination. The greater the difference from what I know, the more I want to go. Next up is likely China (3rd trip) including Three Gorge cruise & Tibet. 

Sometimes I think about the BEAST of a computer I could own, the clothes I could wear, the restaurant meals I could eat…but then I dismiss those thoughts in favor of a bowl of boiled rice on a riverboat in China. 

 

See, Toger? I tried to bring the subject back into the realm of Beastly computers. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Yapette said:

 

See, Toger? I tried to bring the subject back into the realm of Beastly computers. [Image Can Not Be Found]


Not necessary as it's way more fun the other way.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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