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August 16th, 2005


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10:27 am - Disappointment
surrealestate and I spent a bit of Monday afternoon hauling my disassembled desk up three flights of stairs, whereupon I promptly stripped two screws in the crosspiece, ripped two other screws out of one side of wood, and rendered the entire desk unusable without some serious reparative work.

Oops.

I also went to Microcenter and bought a wireless adapter for the ol' computer. Now the computer doesn't want to see any PCI peripherals at all. Cranky without explanation, it won't give the network card an IRQ and refuses to believe I have a sound card in a PCI slot as well. This after it first thought I had no primary IDE chain, and I had to take everything apart and put it back together again for to make the seating well-seated. The computer is but 5 years old; we've had our rough times before (like the time I had to manually give everything IRQs through the BIOS) but this time it looks as if we may be sunk. This is most distressing as I do not have the funds for a full replacement computer.

Needless to say I am not pleased. I also don't have an Internet connection at home anymore, unless by some magical miracle I can bring the computer back to the living room, plunk in the old network card, and have it work.

I'm not expecting it to work.

Grah.

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From:derspatchel
Date:August 16th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Thou hast lost an eighth!

If this grumpy computer actually believed it had USB support. There are these funky things in the back of the case that claim to be USB ports, but the motherboard has never accepted them (perhaps someone touched them when they fell out of the nest...)

I have this habit of taking in slightly-damaged Frankenstein computers. I nurture them and love them despite their faults, and we always manage to work around any shortcomings... until one day when the power supply flames up, the keyboard port decides to only take vowels and number pad entry, or the entire PCI section up and dies. That's when Mr. Frankenstein Computer meets Mr. Happy Ballpeen Hammer.
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From:coffeebeanben
Date:August 16th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Regarding the desk: It's particle board. It does that and it's not your fault. Some $2.99 angle brackets from the hardware store will fix that all right up. A small box of 2 1/2" drywall screws may also help you on your journey.

Regarding the computer: I may be able to get to you a 933MHz Compaq P3 with a rather awesome BIOS that speaks PCI fluently. I'll check by the end of the day. Your price: a couple fermented hops beverages.

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From:derspatchel
Date:August 16th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I believe a trip to Bukowski is in your future, good sir. Regardless of the computer's availability.
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From:eeka13
Date:August 16th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Boingben! You beat me to it! I was gonna offer to head on over with my cordless drill and my collection of brackets and anchors and screws.

Spatch? Wanna have a deskrepairin partay?
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From:coffeebeanben
Date:August 16th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
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YOU CALLED ME boingben IN PUBLIC AND VIOLATED OUR SACRED PACT

GIVE ME TWENTY PUSHUPS NOW
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From:eeka13
Date:August 16th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Date:August 16th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Date:August 16th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Date:August 16th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
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From:eeka13
Date:August 16th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)

REMINDER:

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I love you Spatch! ;o)
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 16th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)

Re: REMINDER:

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WOW IT'S NOT EVEN MY BIRTHDAY!
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From:eeka13
Date:August 16th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)

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BUTBUTBUT BOINGBEN TOLD ME TO!
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From:reveritas
Date:August 16th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh my word. :)
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From:eeka13
Date:August 16th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Hey, he SAID to give him 20 pushups...
From:audioboy
Date:August 17th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
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Spatch, you have *really cool friends!*
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 16th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Deskrepairin is good, even if this desk is old and crummy enough that it may be time to just take Ol' Yeller out back and shoot it.

There is, however, another idea, which I shall have to describe post-haste!
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From:cheezdanish
Date:August 16th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
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LAME!

Can I send you magical happy fixit vibes?
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From:mschlock
Date:August 16th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
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I seem to have this mad urge to shout "One o't crossbeams gon' owt askew on treadle!" in a loud Cockney accent.
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From:surrealestate
Date:August 16th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Aw, it's such a cute widdle poutie face! a-wooja-wooja! *scritchscritch*

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