Tuesday, December 26, 2006

You know the kid is home from college when . . .

the Old Man is persuaded to refrain from dropping any more money at CompUSA until it can be determined whether needed parts can be scavenged from the old computer. So there sat my two favorite gents, the Punster and the Son-ster, on the livingroom floor (what, you were thinking there was maybe someplace else?) with two CPU towers cracked open, cannabalizing the old computer for parts for the, well, not-quite-as-old computer. I told our son, half jokingly, that maybe, when the newer computer gives out (in about three days), I'll get another desktop instead of a laptop, just to give him the privilege of cranking open the CPU tower and playing around inside, occasionally. (He assures me that, given how tightly everything is packed into a laptop, it's not possible for amateurs to do their own repairs or upgrades, and besides, one can't open up the casing of a laptop computer without invalidating the warranty.)
The good news is that my current computer is now the proud possessor of two internal hard drives. The medium news is that the scavenged CD-RW drive does play commercial CDs, but not "homemades." (We haven't tried burning a new CD on it yet--stay tuned.) The bad news is that, in the process of swapping CDs for testing, I managed to do such a thorough job of misplacing one of the CDs that we still haven't found it, two days later.
And then, of course, there's the obvious. My current computer, two hard drives notwithstanding, is on its last legs, as I was saying. (Halevai [it should only happen], it should live and be well until we can afford a replacement, which will be at least another year, since the Punster needs to replace his own computer first, for business reasons.) So, since our son had previously absconded with our external hard drive, we bought a new one and backed up the entire (I hope) contents of my computer thereon. Did I mention that our new external hard drive has a higher capacity than our old one? Did I mention that our son brought the old external hard drive home with him? Just how many days do you think we'll be in possession of the new external hard drive? Hint: Our kid's in mid-academic-quarter, and must return to school next week. It's a good thing that I never got around to throwing out the box for the new external hard drive. :)

Friday morning, December 29 update: The kid tells us that we bought a piece of junk--backing up his hard drive, which should have taken only about 1 1/2-2 hours, took him most of the day yesterday. Apparently, he had to move most of his files one by one to keep the drive from stalling. !#$%^&!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, this post kind of reminded me of that medical show where recently a woman had two uteruses.

Wed Dec 27, 06:59:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Occasionally, one can have too much of a good thing. Fortunately, my computer doesn't have medical issues.

Glad you found my post amusing.

Wed Dec 27, 07:04:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Eliyahu said...

A business needs good equipment, even if the prices need to go up 10% to pay for the equipment. There could even be improvements in productivity.

Mon Jan 01, 01:02:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Eliyahu, I conveyed your message to the Punster, CPA. Sadly, it now appears that we'll need a new fax machine/photocopier before we can even talk about getting a better external hard drive. For an accountant, there's nothing quite as "delightful" as having a dying fax machine and a slow laptop with insufficient hard-drive space just before the start of the tax season. (The hubster has been advised to hold off on getting a new laptop for another year while Bill Gates gets the kinks out of his new Vista operating system.) It should be an interesting few months.

As for the rest of the crew, the Son-ster has already said that his next computer will probably be a desktop, for financial reasons--he's not going to be able to afford a laptop on a graduate-student-fellowship income. (He tells us that he'll probably be in grad school for at least three years, so it'll be a while before he's rolling in money.) My next computer will probably also be a desktop for the same reason--non-profit employers are equally non-profit for their employees.

Mon Jan 01, 06:00:00 PM 2007  

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