October 25, 2002 - Friday
Maybe itís the change in
humidity or the cooler mornings but when I got to work, my computer was
making noise. The power supply fan had taken on an annoying, un-ignorable
rattle. Technically itís not a big problem and Iíve changed power
supplies and fans many times on my computers at home. My problem here is
that it happened at work where simple repairs become more complicated.
Work Order Control, computer services and network technicians all want to
attend the dance. Well, they donít really want to attend but if you get
their attention, theyíll insist on being there.
It cost $10 but I bought and
installed the fan myself. Iím not complaining or
bragging. I got to fiddle around with the computer and spend an hour at
Comp USA. I do that anyway in my spare time for fun.
While I was at
the computer store I bought a switch that allows the use of one monitor on
two computers. Now when I want to see whatís going on with the computer
that runs my weather station, I click a switch and the monitor switches
automatically to that computer. I can use the same keyboard and mouse as
well. The gadget works well but I was amazed at the tactics the company
used to suck me in. $129 for the switch but they donít provide the wires
necessary to make it work. Those are $40 extra. No word at all about this
on the box and I had to make an extra trip to Comp USA for the wires. At
least they didnít insult me with one of those phantom
I raced in the Physical Plant Pinewood Derby. My car made a respectable
finish though I didnít win. If not for the injuries, everything would have
been perfect. Amazingly, there were two injuries that required police
reports and medical attention. For those who arenít familiar with the
race, the cars are whittled from blocks of wood and you attach wheels to
complete the vehicle. Itís an activity that is normally done by the Cub
Scouts as a way to teach creativity and competition skills. You couldnít
find a more benign activity and our only variation was that we had no
restrictions on car weight or means of propulsion. It doesnít take a great
leap to imagine what a bunch of trades people are going to attempt when
given a contest with such liberal rules. Anyway, the sulfur powered rocket
car lost control and sailed into the spectators where one person was cut
in the face and another received 2nd degree burns on the neck. No rockets
allowed next year.
No one is looking at the track where the cars are supposed to be.