Coffee and the Computer that “Bit The Dust”…

This morning while sipping that cup of coffee. I was thinking about how life seems to imitate whether animate or inanimate. This thinking came from the last few days here in Russia…

Sveta and I just purchased a Asus Eee pc. It is a tiny little thing and we are going to use it on our travels. This was a decision that we made after several years of contemplating…

It came with Windows Starter (Which I just love!) and is a fast little computer. It actually is faster than our other two computers. But actually this post is not about the Asus Eee pc. The post is about how you can become attached to an inanimate object as almost a friend and buddy…

Many people get attached to certain items in their life. Some have a pair of shoes that they just can not get rid of. Some have a lucky T-shirt. It can be anything animate or inanimate…

Well I did not realize how important my desktop computer was to me, until it just died this weekend. I was working on the Asus and getting it set up to perform all the functions that we need it to be able to do. I got a blue screen of death on the big computer. The first time it happened I wrote it off as something that I was up to and it caused a conflict in the system. But after the 5 blue screen of death, I realized that something is amiss.   So I dropped everything I was doing and spent all day Saturday and part of Sunday morning getting all our data from the hard drives of our big computer. Believe you me, we have a lot of data and Sveta will accept no loss of any of it… 🙂

So once I was certain that all data was safe, I could then play around and see what is wrong. Well to make a long story less long. The big computer has a mother board going out. This caused issues with trying to recover all data. The drive controllers and built in video are shooting the craps…

It looks like the hard drive is OK but without the big computer we are blind without a way to access the data. Hence the need to transfer everything to our external drive…

So today I am sitting here working on the Big Dell laptop hooked to the big monitor and using the laptop as a desktop for now. It works great but it is not the same…

I realized as I am typing this article that I am sad that our friend the big computer bit the dust. It seems dumb that it would make me sad, but that is the way it is never less. It is like a friend just passed away and will not be back. I knew every square inch of the computer and even though I knew that she was old and we needed to upgrade beyond what she could handle. We had already maxed out the memory and installed other new parts to get her to limp along with the big boys. But we had reached a serious road of thoughts about whether we needed to get a new computer to keep up with our demands…

But Sveta and I are very much alike in this respect and if she still worked then “what the hey…”

So now the decision is whether we buy a new computer or do I tear the old one down and rebuild it with new mother board or not? I will have to check out the cost of parts in Russia because if the price is the same either way then it is decision time. Computers are dirt cheap here in Russia…

Strange how things work out. Now the big Dell laptop becomes the main computer and the new little Asus has a real use already in life. I just finished a few minutes ago getting the sp1 update installed in the Asus and it is ready to earn its keep around the the household. It reminds me of how our family had a thought associated with, that a new birth preceeded a death of the aged person. We got a new computer and the old one left…

But it is still sad that our old computer that we have typed thousands and thousands of articles on has decided to bite the dust. I guess she was tired…

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