It was looking like start of a promising weekend, but then on Friday night, my computer shut itself down with a “fatal error” message. That meant that my +40G of music (now around 10,000 songs) was in limbo. I have a 100G external hard drive that I use as a backup, but when I got my computer up and running again and tried to update my backup with new music, my computer crashed again.
Then on Saturday morning, my landlord showed up early to install a new hot water heater. From the way he put it, it would only take a few hours and I would probably have to spend one day without hot water. I might not be much of a handy man, but I am smart enough to know my limits. Seventy-two hours later with gaping holes in my kitchen ceiling, I still don’t have hot water. At least, I got to share my weekend with my landlord.
What’s wrong with these handy man types? Are they simply cheap or just stupid? My kitchen looks like Bush’s war, and I have finally learned the pleasure of playing chicken with the cold water in my shower. I am sure that calling a real technician in wouldn’t have hurt anybody. Theoretically, tomorrow I will have hot water again.
When I came to work this morning, I went straight to see the techie geeks. It appears that not all is lost. Yes, I do have all of my music safely stored in an iPod in the worst case scenario, but it does appear that I will be able to restart and save my computer and files with the help of Ubuntu! I have taken my time in changing over to the open source operating system, but now I think I am ready to liberate myself completely of Microsoft.
It is interesting, though, to note how fragile we are with our dependence on technology. I have transferred hundreds of CDs to digital format and now mainly purchase music in digital format. Although this saves space (and also time), it is very easy to lose it all. At least if you keep backups then you are still more protected than with physical CDs. And I also realized how much I am a slave to hot water and to my privacy. I didn’t like having to choose btween cold water and cleanliness, and I really didn’t like having my landlord in my hair.