Thursday, 20 March 2008

I'm not a geek!


Here is an update on the status of my computers. Something that has been occupying my time in the past few days, though you're probably not interested. If you want, feel free to skip this and comment about something completely different.

What do you mean that's what you always do?


Anyway, my laptop crashes at random intervals, and I'm going to have to find out why and possibly take it back. Otherwise it's fine...

With the security of having a second Windows machine, I decided to have a go at removing it from my main computer and installing Linux instead. It helped that I'd consumed a reasonable amount of vodka - I've never done anything like this and I don't think I'd have tried it whilst totally sober.

The operation involved reformatting my hard drive, and so deleting all of the files on it. I didn't bother to back any up. Photos, email inbox, the lot all went...

After a tense 30 minutes wondering whether I'd acutally have a useable computer at the end of all this, the operating system was installed and I could log on. It all seemed to work, and I spent the next few hours working out where and how to get all the software I needed.

I panicked a bit the next morning when I installed the video player and it only gave me sound and not pictures. No Cypriot Telly! Luckily I was able to sort that and watch a bit of breakfast TV before going to work. Phew!

The only thing I thought I might miss was Photoimpact - the wonderful photo editing suite that came with the computer, and is now history. However I've now got GIMP which is at least as good.

You might be wondering whether this is the first sign of something bad happening to me and that I'm going to grow a beard, develop a taste for real ale, and possibly take up pipe smoking, spend my weekends campaigning to save the countryside and going round National Trust parks. Hmmm, what do you think? I think not this side of Eternity...

Or perhaps I'm going to turn into a geek, though I suspect I'm getting a bit old for that sort of thing. Anyway, you don't qualify until you've physically opened your computer up and swapped all the parts for others that never quite work properly. Since I only do software not hardware that won't happen.


If you skipped all that you can start reading again

Next Time: A Scary Jean Knee special

35 comments:

Tracy said...

F.I.R.S.T!!!!!

I AM ON FIRE!!!

Tracy said...

I'm on a firsting high! Woot!

I had to replace the hard-drive in my laptop, four months after I bought it..ugh...., and the guy on the phone was trying to talk me through it but I was so afraid that I would screw it up. But I did it! I think it's kind of empowering when it works after you've worked on it yourself.
Good luck with the new program.

Bee said...

What do you mean we comment on things that have nothing todo with your post?????

It's important to learn American slang!!

Dan said...

next time scary Jean special.

Great Post Brian !!!

Brian o Vretanos said...

Tracy:

It sounds like you're well on the road to geekdom - replacing your hard drive - well done.

I took my dodgy laptop back and now have another, that I've just about got up and running.

Bee:

Why did you take that comment personally? Guilty conscience, perhaps? ;-)

Dan:

Glad you read the important bit.

Bee said...

Home for lunch?

Jean Knee said...

on the way home from school I saw a calf trying to play with the barely still a baby donkey. what an awkward interaction that was

Bee said...

Is it peach fuzzy??

Jean Knee said...

yeah but you can scrub most of the fuzz off.

Jean Knee said...

just because I drive a camry doesn't mean I can't be scary, Dan.


you wanna see scary look at my craft blog...shivers

Bee said...

I think I need a new prescription on my glasses because I thought you wrote "Even though I drive a canary"...

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

I've had the day off. I did some shopping, and took the laptop back. And then spent the next couple of hours installing all the software, etc.

Bee said...

LUCKY!
Everyone is off of work tomorrow but me! :o{

And I get no sympathy wahtsoever!

Jean Knee said...

Oh Bee you poor thing, awwww

Tracy said...

Is what Peach Fuzzy?

Tracy said...

And why didn't anyone congratulate me on being First? That's twice that I've been first, once here and once at Bee's and NOBODY SAID A DAMN THING....not that I'm bitter of course.

Jean Knee said...

I have baseball practice with the ski mom tomorrow, can't wait!

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

Yes. Awwwwwwwww...
You see, you're getting plenty of sympathy now.

Jean Knee:

What's the weather going to be like where you are tomorrow? Are you planning on doing anything special, or just having a relaxing day?

Bee said...

I knew you'd understand jean knee... (:'o{

Tracy, "that's what she said!"

Jean Knee said...

usually when you deny being something, you are that something

ex: I'm not crazy= raving lunatic

I think you may be a partial geek

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

You must be psychic! You answered my question before I asked it.

Tracy:

Being first is it's own reward...

Bee said...

Tracy, I called you a ROCKSTAR!!

Brian o Vretanos said...

Tracy:

I was so impressed by your prowess with computer hardware that I forgot to comment on your pride of place.

Jean Knee:

There's no such thing as part-geek - it's all or nothing.

Bee said...

Brian, you never said if you liked the name "Venom" for your laptop.

Jean Knee said...

ha, I'm blind too I thought you said Vernon. Vernon is a partly geeky name

Bee said...

http://spiderman.wikia.com/wiki/Venom

Bee said...

Venom

Bee said...

I would have to agree to Vernon being geeky. But Venom is a warped Spiderman. His suit is Black and white/grey. Purrfect!

Jean Knee said...

oh, I thought Venom was one of the American gladiators

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

Since Venom has now gone back, you'll have to come up with a name for the new one.

Brian o Vretanos said...

This one instead of being black with silver/white keys is silver with black keys.

Bee said...

That was very inconsiderate of you! Now I'm going to have to come up with another name for it.

How about Silver Surfer?

I know it's a pain to have two names, but we'll deal.

Bee said...

I think I know too much about comic books...

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

Silver Surfer is a fantastically clever name, thankyou!

Helena and I watched the first Fantastic 4 film a while back. I think the sequel has the SS, doesn't it?

Bee said...

Yeah it does have SS in it.
I didn't like the second one very much.