austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Chains that just won't set me free

They didn't call, but the web site status update said the iBook was ready. I called to confirm; they ... didn't answer, but I left voice mail with my service number and phone number. After I finished grading they hadn't called; I called them and they said it was ready.

They replaced the logic board, and also the LCD screen which their tests indicated showed colors incorrectly. I hadn't noticed. I did try booting it and found it ... got partly through the startup, then blanked out to the Darwin/BSD screen, which is where I came in Tuesday. The technician eventually found there was a problem with the hard drive; he doesn't know how it was missed, although the hard drive could be mounted by another machine.

He asked, ``You are aware that while we will try to preserve data, if the hard drive is bad there may be data lost?'' Yes, I'm aware of that. ``Do you have any critical data there?'' Does a computer ever not have data its owner considers critical? ``Is there anything particularly critical?'' Sure, my book; I'd also like my e-mail, and wrote out the directories they'd be found in. ``Because we will try to preserve any data.'' All right. ``So we should try to save the entire user directory.'' Ideally, yes, ``But we can't guarantee there won't be data loss if we have to replace the hard drive.''

I don't want to sound dense, but was he trying to ask a question?

So another night without the iBook, and another call tomorrow ...

Trivia: The Abwehr Enigma machines had the letters `QWERTZUIO' on the top row of keys; `ASDFGHJK' on the middle, and `PYXCVBNML' on bottom. Source: Hijacking Enigma, Christine Large.

Currently Reading: Skyscraper: The Search for an American Style, 1891-1941, Roger Shepherd.


  • I said what are these?

    Couple weeks ago Sparrow Hospital, one of the two big hospital chains squatting on Lansing, opened up appointments for people in my category, Class…

  • Doctor gave me these

    Happy news! I got my pfirst Pfizer shot today. Full story to follow. It was another week of building my humor blog around other people's…

  • And when they look you over

    bunny_hugger's parents wondered whether Pookie's whimpering and crying woke us up. Not me, no. I suspect Pookie covering my face…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.