Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Day 231: Computer problems

I took this picture in Niagara Falls. Even the computers that run these high-visibility screens run Windows and need rebooting from time to time! It looks like Windows 95 - if so a reboot is a minimum requirement.

Failing computers have been something of a theme today. At work things were getting frustrating due to our network being partially netnowork. Things have been 'up' enough to lull me into a false sense of security but then dash my hopes of actually getting the job done. Late this evening the telecommunications aspect of our church core-team meeting was brought to an abrupt halt by my laptop - it ran out of battery power, but when it came up I got the dreaded blue-screen of death (BSOD) - thankfully not a common sight in recent years.

Incidentally,while I'm complaining about things not working properly - what's with the electrical sockets in this country? About half the sockets in this house are effectively unusable because plugs just fall out of them - this caused the laptop battery to drain by the way. Even if they don't fall right out, they often hang half out of the wall with mains terminals exposed. No wonder they're only willing to use 110 V.

In between work and core-team, I took Exile #3 and Exile #4 to the back-to-school potluck picnic. There computers were completely absent and the networking was much more effective.
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