I am very fortunate to have received my friend's updated blog post on my Blackberry this morning while in bed. As unhealthy as it seems, I woke up, reminded myself of who I really was and who I really am rather than a pre-teen with unusual magical powers trying to defeat a town of zombies (How? by Pretending to be one and following them to their group meetings, that's how!) I picked up my phone and read any emails that had come through in the night - one was a RSS feed update for the blog.
You can read the blog here: http://nickweekly.weebly.com/1/post/2011/02/technical-difficulties.html
Now, laptops. My poor laptop would have been very upset if I had read the post on it. So thank you to the Blackberry for taking that one. It wasn't a glowing reference to them, was it?
I must say, I love my dear friend from Nick Weekly, and I understand his troubles. Except you could compare his frustration with his laptop to my desktop at work. Sheer, hell.
I have to say, first up that I have not had any real dramas with our laptops. Currently, I think we have 8 or 9 sitting around the house, 2 of those are functioning as the 'lounge room' computers, with my desktop residing in my study. So we are running the three computers in our house. My desktop is custom built, but my two laptops are the dreaded Acer. One is about 6 years old. The other, only about 6 months old. And I would have to say I would recommend an Acer to anyone. Tough little things they are.
Well, in regards to us, anyway.
Now, the work computer. I shouldn't tell on it too much, because you see it's not the computer's fault. If the computer, for whatever reason is not working correctly, then it's a matter of fixing it or removing it. BUT. Throw this into the equation. An IT guy who only knows what I would call a standard amount of IT knowledge and a class A bullshit artist.
History does not fair well for the IT and Design department. Usually, they are in heated talks. Sometimes wars begin. Some people claim that they get on fine with theirs, or a friend of a friend does but these stories are only there to help us keep going during rough times. Ours has learnt that if he calls with the simple solution of 'restarting the computer' his world will end.
Logically, I think outside of work I could get on with the IT guy. They usually carry the same dry sense of humour, and I like to know about what they do. But inside of work - oh, my god. Frustrating.
I grew up with a bullshit artist. I can be one and I have many friends. Which means I can see it from a mile away. The people who say something without actually saying it? The people that seem to know so much about something (when really, they know fuck all)? The ones that leave you confused to why you agreed to something, but you're sure they gave you good reason. So when IT guy tries it on. No dice buddy. You've got no idea. That's what I'm hearing.
So my computer dies. It freezes. The lag stops me working several billion times a day. I save and I can't touch the computer without it crashing. But apparently I don't know what's good for me, best computer apparently. Wrong. My 2 year old at home works fucking brilliantly - with the same work mind you people - and not one of these problems. Explain that buddy.
Computers, can't live with them and you can't live without them. The laptop situation for my Nick Weekly? Keep them, then buy a new one. Computers don't last long today, especially high priced consumer shit. So 3 years? Done well love. I'll have a look around for you.
Find a friend, who likes to dabble in building them. Get them to fix the other two, then sell them.
I'm about to get off mine and have a shower. Lucky my Blackberry will be close by though.