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Dundee Stu

Frustrated SP

10 September 2004

I enjoyed another lazy, if somewhat frustrating, day today. I began the preliminary work for the forthcoming fortnight I will be spending in the Portuguese NATIONAL ARCHIVE and NATIONAL LIBRARY. I need to know what I am looking for before I begin looking, don't I? The frustration was caused by the non-appearance of the builders, and the continued absence of a fence separating my property from the developer's. I don't imagine that they will be there over the weekend, and they won't be able to erect the fence on Monday - the most I can expect is that they will have put the posts up before I go to Portugal. Another cause of frustration is this PC of mine. It is an old machine - I bought it in 1999 when I started the CPHRC. However, it has been substantially upgraded over the years - so much so that the only original thing is the processor case, 3.5" disk drive and the monitor. It has a new motherboard, processor, upgraded memory (to 1025Mb RAM), a new 80Gb hard-disk, new power unit and fan, firewire and USB2 ports and a 256Mb 3D graphics card. It has the engine of a Ferrari in the body of a RENAULT CLIO! However, as even Michael Shumacher will admit, Ferraris break down now and again. My problem is that the PC just keeps freezing - sometimes it will not even switch on, sometimes it works for 10 minutes and sometimes it will go for hours without stopping. Today I had to reboot 6 times while downloading photos from my camera. I traced the problem to my graphics card, which I have now removed. I will soldier on for a while using the motherboard's inbuilt 64 Mb graphics chip to see if the problem has been resolved, but it is looking promising. Computers, pah... it's only when it starts playing up that you realise just how much you have come to rely on it.

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Guest 13-Sep-2004 10:46
PCs are organizing's a world revolution !
Mine was freezing too often this week-end.
I had to kill it....well I mean shut it down !
Melanie11-Sep-2004 14:40
LMAO @ Zak!!!
Zak11-Sep-2004 10:50
The old pc just needs some Anti-Freeze poured into it ;-)
northstar3711-Sep-2004 09:27
Those piles of books are getting bigger...
jypsee11-Sep-2004 04:07
Bite the bullet..toss the old computer; it's reality that you'll be upgrading way more than you like...
Guest 11-Sep-2004 03:46
Nice lighting and atmosphere. I will that I was going to Portugal! Cheers...
Gayle P. Clement11-Sep-2004 02:20
Nice SP and nice glimpse into your work.
Guest 11-Sep-2004 00:39
Excellent moody black and white! NICE!
Karen Leaf11-Sep-2004 00:32
Your agony is well presented here. What would we do without them? What did we do without them?
Guest 11-Sep-2004 00:06
Love the contrast
Robin Reid11-Sep-2004 00:05
Sometimes "upgraded" computer never quite work as well as one hopes. Why not ditch and get a new one. After all, think of all the big bucks you will be making in Portugal! ;-)
I like your black and white treament.
Herb 10-Sep-2004 23:54
Your SP is great, your computer problems...ah well shit happens.
Dominic Kite10-Sep-2004 23:36
My living has nothing to do with computers, but I certainly help to keep the guys in IT in a job! And as for my PC, not so much a Renault Clio, as a penny farthing. Great silhouette Stewart!
jude10-Sep-2004 23:19
nicely silhouetted SP.. i like the use of the desk lamp for your lighting. Nicely done
Larry Ahern10-Sep-2004 23:13
I make my living from computers and I hate them:( Thank god for guitars:)
Guest 10-Sep-2004 23:13
Sorry about your computer drama, but I LOVE the light in this!!