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March 28th, 2010 (09:39 pm)
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There comes a time in a software geek's life, when he's elbow-deep in his computer, working on a hardware project which has gotten thermal grease on his hands and blood in the computer, when he starts thinking, "Maybe I could pay somebody else to do this.".

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Posted by: kahnegabs (kahnegabs)
Posted at: March 29th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)

LOL Yeah, I know what you mean.

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: March 29th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)

This point occurs more frequently after the assembled machine fails to work.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: March 29th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)

Oh, I'd already reached that point—or, at least, my first attempt failed to fix the problem.

The short story: my computer was giving some kind of alarm on boot, but booting anyway. Motherboard manual suggested it was a power problem. Bought a new power supply, no luck. Turned out the CPU fan wasn't spinning. Bought a new CPU fan, it worked.

The drama came in the details. Sample: it was a "universal" CPU fan that had to be assembled, with directions that did not disambiguate the affordances in the hardware. Millions of people grow up with Lego's brilliant pictorial directions. When they need to write assembly instructions themselves, they remember Lego, and think "I can do that!". But they are wrong.

Somewhere along the way, the computer and I technically became blood brothers.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: March 29th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)

Does this mean I'm technically married to your computer?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: March 29th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)

I hope not. The machine in question is barrayar; you might well be allergic to the native vegetation.

Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: March 29th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)

This is why I no longer assemble my own computers.

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