Friday, April 20, 2012

Write-off

I get pissed off when chains of events conspire against me..... case in question......

A friend gave me a computer.  I want to plug the computer into my television so I can surf the internet, in large screen mode.... from the comfort of my sofa.  Not a difficult request really.

I installed Windows XP on the computer - a series of problems meant that this process in itself took a whole day!!  The computer has been working, but it has hiccoughed a couple of times, but I thought I had ironed these problems out.

I check my TV and it doesn't have a VGA connector on it to connect a PC.... groans..... the PC doesn't have an HDMI connector on it to connect it to the TV..... double groans...... there's got to be a way to do this..... I can't find the instruction book for the television.... I can't find the model number of the television to find an instruction manual for the television on the internet...... 

Reluctantly I lift the entire TV cabinet which holds (TV; Freeview HDR; Nintendo Wii; PS3; DVD Player; Wireless router; DJ hero controller; All the associated plugs, wires and bits and pieces that go with it) - I drag the unit out just far enough that all the cables and plugs get tangled up and just far enough that I can get a camera down the back to take some photographs......

I sift through a series of terrible photographs that I've blindly taken down the back of the TV and find one that when I zoom in close enough, I can read the model number of the television......

I look up the television on the internet and find an instruction booklet for the correct model.... it requires some software to be installed to read it though and I give up.....

I am just emailing my friend to see what he thinks..... when I remember I had bought a VGA to RGB H/V cable for my laptop, some time ago, and it's right here in the cupboard in front of me.... I dig it out.  It's the FIRST thing to go right today!!

I run all the cables through the right holes in the cabinet, thread this one here, pull that one through there - it's turning from a tidy, cable managed nirvana into the cable knitting fairy's hideout!!  Everything's hanging out.... bits here, bits there..... but everything's plugged in..... I switch it on...... 

Nothing.... blank screen......

I unplug everything, plug it all back in..... and..... a different shade of nothing..... a BLACK screen.......

I switch off and on again like a seasoned IT professional and......

beeeep..... beeeep....... beeeeeeep........ a motherboard sounds its last dying breaths........

I should...
a) go back to bed.
b) smash something.
c) put everything back the way it was before i started pissing about with it.
d) blame it on the dog.
e) all of the above)

delete as applicable!

I consult my download schedule and notice "Day of the Jackal" has just about arrived...... looks like that's the plan then.


7 comments:

  1. as a side note - in putting everything back, I managed to squash and shatter my telephone extension box inbetween the tv unit and the wall.... christ on a bike..... it really IS smash-something-o-clock now

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  2. Ha! Ha! This is what it's really like living in our digital-broadband, user friendly, technologically enhanced world! By the way most men I know were born with VGA connectors. Have you seen a specialist? It's amazing what surgeons can do these days.

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  3. All of the above! I don't think modern technology likes you! ;P

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  4. and therein lies the irony of the story - 5 years out of the business and technology's given up on me..... what to do??? what to do???? anyone need a sherpa???

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  5. People talk about how much time computers save us - I reckon they waste twice as much.

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  6. Rol you're quite right.... well your "twice as much" might be slightly UNDERestimating..... take into account that computers ONLY save time when you're adding something up or typing a document.... and subtract all time spent procrastinating then they probably cost us a LOT more!!

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  7. I WILL say one good thing about computers this week though - I have started using Mozilla Thunderbird for email and blog reading - it works VERY WELL - huzzah!! It DOES save time!

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