Sunday, December 9, 2007

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Computers?

(photo: 3pom)

This is a question that has plagued ethicists since the beginning of time, or at least since 1982.

Even computers that run Dog's chosen operating system, Linux, may crash from time to time.

I put my Windows desktop to sleep properly on Saturday _ it was a totally normal night _ and in the morning I couldn't wake it up.

(eleventh earl of mar)

I usually buy the cheapest computer I can find, but this one was two or three steps up from the bottom of the line, when it was new. And now *poof*, up in smoke, just a few weeks after its warranty expired.

Why did this have to happen to it? This Fujitsu-Siemens with a Pentium D never made an incorrect calculation in its entire life! At least not that I know of.

And I never even got a chance to, you know, tell it I felt indifferent towards it. Or to back up my files and say goodbye.

I relied on it for stuff. I had some good times using it, and it _ it was there too, cooling fan humming gently in the background.

When there is no rational explanation for why a computer dies, it makes you wonder: why does an omniscientific Dog allow things that defy science to happen? Does Dog even exist?

Credo Quia Absurdum.

(mel b)

Anyhow, I guess I have to go outside and play now.


Toby Sterling said...

PS: Actually, my crash wasn't as bad as the above post suggests. I'm just, you know, playing it up for effect. Journalistic license, if you will.

Anonymous said...

"cooling fan humming gently in the background"

First sign of trouble if you ask me. (En van leven ga je dood.)

Toby Sterling said...

@Branko _ I eventually re-installed the operating system, erased the hard drive, replaced the memory card and bought a new hard drive before the problem was resolved.
De een z'n dood de PC Oke z'n brood.
Amazing how much storage you get for EUR135 these days: 75OGB! The fan is still noisy though... It's a marital stressor.