Relations between me and my computer have been decidedly peaceful since my last computer upgrade in August. I've been enjoying the worry-free part of having a powerful, efficient computer at home. However, the approach of the holidays brings a certain sense of unease.
My computer and I don't always get along over the holidays. Maybe it is the fact that I sometimes get new computer hardware that install while I am on vacation. Maybe it is because I finally have the time to putter around and look into some of the things about my computer that fall into the mildly annoying category during the rest of the year. I just seem to associate the holidays with computer problems.
My computer is adding to this sense of unease. I put a CD into my computer's CD-RW drive the other night and then clicked some button that caused Windows XP to stop recognizing the drive. When I tilted the computer on its side and opened it up to investigate this along with some whirring noises that one of the fans is likely making, the hard drive briefly stopped responding and started making a clicking noise that always makes me shudder. Putting the computer back into its normal, upright orientation restored the drive to regular operation and the CD-RW drive started responding again.
But how long will this last? Through the holidays, I hope.
on 2006-12-23 at 3:57 p.m.
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