July 18th, 2001

self portrait (escher)

lurching forward, into the tar pit

Just invented something incredibly cool. Sort of.

I can see the whole thing laid out in my head. I know how it will work, and I know that it will work. But I don't have the resources to build a prototype. And those people whose services I'd need to hire out to get one built are the same people who would profit most from this invention. So, I need a patent before I can go any further.

What this means, basically, is a long series of delays. Most of which are caused by money, but some are just part of the process taking a while.

I need a serious distraction now. Any suggestions?
  • Current Mood
    frustrated frustrated
self portrait (escher)

Can't say I like this.

My computer's been more or less stable for a few days now. And I got Photoshop running up to speed again, which made me very happy. Looks like the problems weren't related to each other after all, so addressing them one by one actually worked. Or so I thought.

Things were a little screwy last night. Windows were slow to pop up, software not terribly responsive. When it told me the system was out of memory, I figured I probably ought to reboot.

So, I hit the start button, clicked on "shut down," made sure "restart" was selected, and said okay. The system shut down and made no attempt to boot back up again. Looking at the time, I shrugged this off and went to bed.

Which brings us to this morning.

The first thing I noticed was that the computer's been moved. That's probably a coincidence, but a strange one nonetheless. This box is so heavy, I can try to move it and only succeed in swiveling my chair. Pretty sure there wasn't an earthquake, though. Maybe the dog thought I was storing food in there?

The second thing I noticed was that the computer no longer turns on automatically when power is applied to it. Hitting the power button or pressing space does the trick, but I never had to do that with this system before.

The third thing I noticed is that there's no video signal reaching either screen. The cards are still seated properly, and all cables are firmly attached. Don't know what to make of that.

Fourth and final, the computer isn't getting into Windows, with or without video. The fans turn on, the drives spin up, and after a minute or two, the computer powers down of it's own accord. Which means I won't be able to investigate from over the network, among other things.

I'm not sure what bothers me most out of all that, but I have a lot of work to do in a very short time, and I can't even get to the necessary files.

Perhaps I'll go back to sleep again.
  • Current Mood
    anxious anxious
self portrait (escher)

Closer to an answer

Sorry I haven't had much to say lately outside of my computer being broken - I'm somewhat pre-occupied with making it work again. Still have lots of stories on standby, though. Hang in there. I'll get to 'em eventually.

That being sad, this morning's disruption was either caused by my AGP video card going dead, or the AGP slot it rests in doing the same. When people go away for the evening (in about an hour), I'll borrow one of their video cards to determine whether I need a new one, or whether the whole board needs replacing.
  • Current Mood
    annoyed annoyed
self portrait (escher)

Wrong answer

Looks like my motherboard needs replacing.

Anyone know what kind of warranty ASUS offers? I can't seem to find that info anywhere on their site.
  • Current Mood
    cranky cranky