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On Thursday last week, as I was out playing Bridge, my computer Fat Andy collapsed, and was unable to communicate with the monitor when I got home.

At first, a temporary disorder of the graphics card was suspected. Fat Andy was taken to the North-West Consumables Hospital for Sick Computers for tests. A major brain haemorrhage (central processor failure) was diagnosed, and in consultation with doctors it was decided to turn off life support systems, retrieve all essential organs that could be transplanted, and create a new life form. A mercy dash was made to Preston to pay in a cheque over the counter at a Co-op Bank to minimise clearance time (noting also that Preston city centre has a branch of Lush and a rather excellent old-fashioned pub called the Fox and Grapes)

Please welcome Val (short for Valhalla) to the world!
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My computer went belly-up two days as I was upgrading my operation system from SuSE 9.0 to SuSE 10.0.

9.0 was released by a friendly and helpful company in Germany which belived in the Open Source ethos. 10.0 was released by the Novell Corporation. Nuff said. 9.0 installs like a dream. 10.0 threw up all sorts of installation problems and managed to delete all my working files even though I requested an upgrade not a full installation. That wasn't the end of it. It still wouldn't complete the installation, not even a text-only version as suggested in various forums (the idea being to install the graphical stuff afterwards once the basic boot stuff and libraries were in place.) I've given up on it and ordered Mandriva Linux instead. Meanwhile I have to live with SuSE 9.0 minus two years worth of upgrades and enhancements. Fortunately my really important stuff - writing and photographs - were backed up but I have lost a big chunk of my music (I've been selling off CDs lately too) and one thing I no longer have is LogJam - so I have to update my LJ manually which is a bit of a bummer. Won't be for too long though, with a bit of luck.

To add insult to injury, my benefit payment didn't appear in my bank account this week. I spent most of this morning amongst the chavs in the Benefit Office. It seems that the Inland Revenue were notified of a recent change to my pension entitlement, and immediately a hold was placed on my benefits. Did anyboidy tell me about this? They did not. It's sorted now but it was a painful process. I did well to keep cool and I was complimented on maintaining my sense of humour throughout.

Sometime this afternoon I just burst into tears. Just like that. Half an hour of sobbing seems for have made me feel a bit better though.
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I have a healthy attitude to computers, I think. I know what I need to know and then a bit, and I appreciate it as a tool. But I don't get obsessed with itt.


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