Computers are stupid
Considering how clever they are supposed to be, computers can be extremely dim.
I came back from the pub last night and thought I would check to see if I had any mail. Everything was fine and I was happily reading my spam, when suddenly there was a silent pooofff, and the screen went blue.
I had seen that blue thing before, and it is irritating.
Anyway, the computer went through the whole process of starting up again, and that was grand.
In the middle of all this, a little message popped up saying that the computer had “found new hardware” and could I please install a driver for my WLAN. Now, I hadn’t installed ant new hardware, so I don’t know what the fuck it was on about, but I do know enough about the yokes to know that WLAN is something to do with my wireless. Sure enough I had no Interweb connection.
It was at this stage that the computer lost the plot, just a little, because it offered to search the Interweb for drivers for my WLAN.
I told it to go ahead, as I like to see it suffer. Sure enough, it complained that it couldn’t find the Interweb. How fucking stupid can you get?
Now it had been working perfectly before it crashed, so I told it to just check for the old driver which had to be around somewhere. It couldn’t find it.
I went to bed.
I tried a few things this morning, such as playing around with Restore, but that was fuck all use as well. In the end, I just hooked it up to the Interweb using a lump of wire and told it to just fix itself or it was going into the bin. It did.
I don’t know what happened. I don’t know where the old driver went. I don’t really care now that it’s working again.
I know I am going to get at least one smart arse on now telling me I should be using Linux. You can fuck off. I don’t want to use Linux. I have a lot of
pirated cracked expensive software that won’t run on Linux and I am not going to lose all that.
Now I’m just waiting for my screen to go blue again.
Well at least you already know it’s your own fault for using Windows.
sorry to be the smart arse, but Linux probably /is/ the solution.
for those Windows programs that you can’t live without, the solution may be to install your Windows installation as a virtual server running within Linux. that’s how I do it, anyway.
get Sun’s VirtualBox – it’s really simple to use.
that way you get to use your Windows stuff as usual, but you also still have a working system after it blows up yet again.
My laptop got a drink spilt all over it. I dried it out and tried all the computery things possible; I even offered to pay someone to fix it, nothing happening.
In the end, I stuck it in the airing cubboard and then my dad kicked it. Worked like a charm and is still alive today. Computer couldn’t have told me to do that, sillyt thing.
Ciaran – Yes. [*fucking smart arse*]
Kae – Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t I still have to install Windows in the Virtual Box? Square One?
Weirdo – I must say I have always found the lump-hammer to be the best tool in the toolbox. I may give this machine a couple of whallops tomorrow to see if I can fix it….
Get the other fellow on it.
@Grandad – well yeah, but at least now it’s sandboxed – if Windows explodes, you can shrug and just reload the virtual server. You don’t lose any hardware or access to the Internet or other vital stuff, because Windows was running basically as a program inside another working system.
also, because it is now bloody annoying to load up Linux and then Windows, you’re tempted to leave Windows to just those programs that only run in that, using Linux for everything else, making your normal computer use just that little more safe by default.
Kae – I think the simplest solution is to follow TT’s suggestion. 😈
‘strue – it’s too nice a day to get geeky on stuff.
I’ve got beer to drink, and this technobabble is keeping me from it
As my old man used to say “computers are only as smart as the people who use them”