(Mostly) Back to Normal

My jaunt to CompUSA today took quite some time to complete, as I predicted earlier. Thankfully, the repair tech I spoke with (name withheld to protect the innocent) was incredibly patient and eager to please. He was a trainee, so he had to run back and forth to answer my questions; however, he kept running until every one of my concerns was addressed. I feel indebted to him for his assistance, and I will be sure to let his manager know.

I was so impressed, in fact, that I went ahead and bought the Tungsten C anyway. It’s a little hard to hit the buttons accurately, but I think I’ll get used to it eventually. (Hey, I’ve actually gotten faster since I started blogging this entry! ;))


My hard drive finally bit the dust last night. I’m taking it to the friendly folks at CompUSA to see what they can do. (Pre-Thanksgiving day sale tonight, though…ugh. I despise lines.)

My contingency plan is currently either (a) purchase a Tungsten C (with a $100 rebate through January) if I decide to repair the notebook; or (b) bring home a Mac if I don’t.

IN OTHER NEWS This is my 100th blog entry. Mahalo nui loa to both casual and faithful readers. I never dreamed this would reach the audience it has, and I’m very appreciative. Thank you all.

Computer Woes

I wish computers would either work, or not work. It’s frustrating that they occasionally can’t decide.

I’m really happy that I saved 12 CDs’ worth of data, but I wish the computer would say Operating system not found 100% of the time, rather than 20%. It would narrow the choices I have to grapple with significantly.

If Your Hard Drive Crashes and Nobody’s Around…

…does it make a sound?

It’s a good philosophical question, but I’m not thrilled that I actually have to answer it. It’s letting me blog for now, but every so often my computer starts making sounds like a jackhammer…clunk, clunk, clunk. (I kid you not, I can literally hear the heads bouncing on the platters…crash, crash, cra, cr, cr, c, c, c, …)

Incidentally, I heard these same sounds a few weeks after I bought it. After shipping it to be repaired, Compaq shipped it back with a note saying nothing was wrong. It’s out of warranty now. (In fairness, this is pre-HP, so maybe, possibly, they’re better now. Don’t buy from them unless you’re sure they are.)

So, as you can probably imagine, blogging is going to be light for a few weeks, but I have a question in the meantime: should I try to get this [notebook] computer repaired, or should I buy a new or semi-new one?

If I do the latter, it’s going to be a Mac. Yes, I’m a Switcher. When I got started on computers, PCs kicked Apple’s…well, let’s just say that Apple had a run for their money. However, times change, and stupid Microsoft tricks like product activation, trusted computing/Palladium, and the inability to fix problems because the Windows CD isn’t bundled have caused me to shy away from the platform. At the same time, not having to type a serial number, UNIX stability, and its superior multimedia software makes Macs very appealing. Oh, and of course, there’s Aqua.

So, while I (gulp) try to coax a few more backed up files out of my CD burner, what do you think: fix this or buy a Mac? Comments welcome, desired, and appreciated. See you in a ‘few.


I’ve taken a lot of precautions to keep my e-mail spam-free, including no e-mail addresses posted anywhere on this site and all contact from strangers having to start via a comment or from my feedback form. I thought that would be enough. I was wrong. :(

I got three spams saying I could be in a web directory in minutes, just by clicking a link. (The guilty party will not be named.) I seriously thought about doing the reporting thing, but since the ISP is located in India, and their site looks disreputable, I’m not going to bother.

Apparently, the spammer took my domain name (which could have been found in a variety of ways) and appended a common mailbox name to it. Grr.

My web hosting provider, Ventures Online, is really good to me. They made a quick change to my cPanel theme and I had SpamAssassin up and running…all in less than 20 minutes.

I’m really, really happy with the VO people. This isn’t the first thing they’ve done right in my book. If you’re looking for a web host, I highly recommend them.