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Monday, Feb. 21, 2005
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This has been an eventful weekend... sort of. I've been computer-less all weekend, but hopefully will have the home monster working by tonight. I have now officially built a computer from salvaged bits and pieces, taking them from (I think) something on the order of five old machines from work.

My son seems to think that my personal computer didn't fry the processor, though at last word we still weren't positive about that. He thinks it could be the video card, something I hadn't considered. I think of video cards as workhorses that last indefinitely, when in reality they of course can fail just like any other part. And the fact that the BIOS posting appeared to be sporadic would support that. Normally if your processor is fried, it's dead. There's no hit-and-miss factor. Of course when it comes to computers the only rule is there ain't no rules, so I'm not holding my breath one way or another.

So far the rebuilt computer *seems* to be relatively functional. I had to tear it apart several times until I found parts that worked and got all of the connections oriented correctly. I think I was about one try short of giving up when I heard the lovely beep that told me the BIOS was finally posting after I switched from an AMD to a Pentium processor!

I've got to get back to work for the moment but I will be EXTREMELY glad to have a working computer at home again.

Incidentally I knew before I started that I was probably going to have to rebuild the backup computer. While it was virtually all new, I knew going way back that there was a problem with the processor. I tried installing Linux on it some time ago and kept getting seg faults - which is only one of about three possible problems, all of them very basic. It's a bad processor, hard drive, or power supply. And we'd already changed out the power supply and hard drive...

Time's up for this break, gotta hit the work stuff again. But I'm baaaaack! Now I've got half a week's worth of diaries to catch up on. I'm not ignoring anyone, just swamped!

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )