Friday February 14, 2003
own a pickup truck, chances are you will eventually be drafted to help
friends move. Similarly, if you surf the net (and talk about it), the
computer novices around you will promote you to Internet guru status and ask
you to solve all their connection problems. For me, solving computer
problems has always been a hit or miss exercise. My secret to success is
stubbornness and the refusal to quit when all logical solutions are
exhausted. When working on a friends computer my biggest fear is that I will
screw things up and make matters worse. ďFirst thing, do no damage.Ē
years ago I decided to take my enthusiasm for computers to a higher level
and enrolled in a electronics, computer repair class. It was a useful
class and I learned a lot. One thing I learned was that I wasnít going to
quit my job and become a computer repair man. I wasn't that good and they
really donít get paid much. Another thing I learned is to be wary of the
guys who seem to have all the answers. Those are the guys who talk a
lot, get into your machine, erase all your important data then try to
blame it on you. The best technicians were the ones who admitted that
trial and error is a big part of the job even after getting the training.
They knew how to swap out parts without frying important components and they
did it without electrocuting themselves.
was lucky and got to be a computer hero. The selfish part of me
wanted to go straight home and take a nap but the vain side wanted to be a
hero and solve a problem no one else could unravel. It was a simple problem
along the lines of finding the computer unplugged but I'll still take all
the accolades I can get.
Today I was fooling around with one of those
digital web cams a lot of people use. Boy that novelty wears off fast. David
Letterman does a comedy routine about old guys who wear big glasses. Mine
are just as huge as
Larry King's and he makes the Letterman list every time.
We finally got some rain in Southern
California this week. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to get the streams
flowing so the drought is still on.