I normally leave this laptop running 24 hours a day.
There are two reasons for this.
The first is that you never know the hour or the minute when you might get an email.
The second is that it helps to heat the house.
The only thing is that every now and then, something goes tits up, or it downloads something and it has to be restarted.
This is irritating, because that all important email could arrive just as I’m switching off and I won’t get to read it for at least another minute or two.
Some nerds are going to suggest at this point that I should install Linux. Simple answer: I have been down that road. Fuck off.
Anyway, the machine normally restarts with no problems, but something strange has started to happen.
Sometimes [and only sometimes] when all the clattering and smoke has cleared, and the machine is running smoothly again, I find a little yoke on my screen –
I don’t know what it is. Well, I do know what it is. It’s a map of the American Continent. But what is it doing there?
I have tried clicking on it with both mouse buttons. Nothing happens. I have tried shoving it around. It won’t move. It does nothing except sit there. If it did something, I would be happy. If it spun around, or exploded, at least there would be something to look at. In the end, having watched it for a few minutes, I click on the little X and it disappears.
But what the fuck is it?
Where did it come from?
Anyone any ideas?