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They say it goes in threes... [Jun. 29th, 2009|08:45 pm]
Douglas Spencer
First, the electronics goes wrong on my car. ("My car crashed" -- "Have you tried rebooting it?" -- "Yeah -- it works fine for about four minutes then it crashes again")

Then my cable TV and cable Internet -- two separate lines feeding two separate units from two allegedly independent feeds -- both go down simultaneously. And the call centre tell me that my STB and my CM both developed a fault, independently and simultaneously, and they each need a site visit from an engineer, both of which can be done simultaneously by the same bloke. He's booked for Thursday morning. 45 minutes later I get two simultaneous (yet independent) text messages telling me that the fault is regional, not local, and they're cancelling my bi-capable engineer. Meanwhile I'm posting by handset.

And now I discover that my DrUId has a failing hard disk. Not that I'll lose anything, since the disk is only used for cacheing, and not that I can use it when I'm offline, but anyway. Boo.

[User Picture]From: jon_a_five
2009-06-30 11:33 am (UTC)
Maybe you have new anti-machine superpower?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-07-01 12:42 pm (UTC)
New development late last night: My number-one laptop is misbehaving now -- around four minutes after you power it on, the screen goes blank. It doesn't matter whether you boot into Windows or Linux or hit F2 for CMOS settings, the symptom is the same.

The machine is still running -- I can connect to it via remote desktop, or configure an external monitor -- but the screen is blank until you reboot.

Perhaps I should work on a superhero name, and a superhero outfit?
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