Picked up my new laptop yesterday along with all the periphrials. I was too tired to put him together last night because you know, when you get new stuff you really just want to play around and get it all funked out the way you like it.
I also have this project due and i am I currently stealing time on Sparky’s machine with no access to the files, I need this machine.
So I got up at 5 am. Made my cup of joe and to celebrate, added my last packet of Swiss Miss sugar free hot chocolate. I made sure I was dressed, hair combed, yesterday’s make-up removed. I wanted to look good to introduce myself and Habib* to Speedy.
I had my list of software I needed to install to make him workable. I had all the drivers and discs prepared. I can’t wait to start using my Photoshop CS which I’ve been waiting to install on this new machine. And even though Microsoft is an evil empire, I was looking forward to my new 2007 Office suite.
I prepared my desk, including a thorough cleaning and dusting. I Endusted the whole place until the sweet smell of orange wafted through the room. Once everything was prepared, I pulled him out.
I read all the intiall instructions last night so I’d know how to properly turn him on, make recovery discs etc…
I pushed the “Power” button and waited. The first screen welcomed me and asked that I wait while it prepared the files as it was the first power-on. I live in Germany, I’ve learned how to wait.
And I waited, excited and delighted, anticipation gathering at all the stuff I could finally do again.
It blue screened.
I just turned it on. Nothing else. Hit power and waited.
At 9am, I headed back down to the adoption agency. They seemed to think it was a badly installed OS. Really? No shit, huh.
They’ll take a look, recover the bad OS and call me back. I’m not real familiar with recovering bad OSs, but perhaps that’s not the best idea. I want a whole new machine because contrary to my anthropomorphic tendencies, I don’t think I should adopt a computer that is fucked up from the initial power on. I’ve heard about the Ghost in the Machine and this ghost is blue and I want nothing to do with him. In this case, the nature will always undermine the nurture.
However, this is Germany. Once you take that puppy out of the store, they’re going to replace everything piecemeal until the whole thing is replaced and about 26 days are wasted.
Better life through technology, right?
*I’ll introduce Habib tomorrow. He has a story.