Quick Status Update

Submitted by C B Wright on

Eviscerati.Org has been a lot more quiet for the last week or two than I'd intended. Short version: a few days before Christmas, my primary work computer, a beast of a laptop that I've used for about four years, died abruptly. Because that is my work computer (work including the things I do on this site, and also the things I do 40 hours a week that allows me to pay my bills) I needed to get a replacement, fast. So this Christmas I found myself with an additional expense--a new desktop computer.

Except that I didn't just go out and buy a desktop computer. I bought a barebones system and extra parts, because it was cheaper. Unfortunately, the last time actually built a desktop computer was six years ago, and a lot has happened in the last six years. So instead of focusing on the enjoyable and creative things in my life, I've been holding together this new computer with duct tape during work hours, then trying to get it to actually work in my off hours.

So basically that combined with holidays means I have no updates for... well... anything. And the Publishing Of Great Things probably won't resume until January 5, because I need another weekend to iron everything out.

(The long version of this story is a lot more amusing and involves a desktop computer power supply actually exploding. But that story is going to have to wait.)


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No problem with waiting until

No problem with waiting until you have time for us, Chris. But I do *hope* you will share that exploding power supply with us... :-)


Good ol' discreet component

Good ol' discreet component electronics stuff, cut my teeth on it. Nothing like the smell when they catch on fire, CRT at work did that, also had a broken water line and about a dozen towers sitting on the floor in 4" of water, even though they were connected to power strips, most of them were still running. Which made me wonder about power strips.

Have fun fixing things. The last time one of mine gave up the ghost, I have 7 of them so it seems to be a yearly event, I went out and got a preassembled one. Although I still have the AT-style case from my original PC's Limited 286, keyboard is the only thing left.

I'd be interested to know

I'd be interested to know what all parts you got.

Best of luck getting it all copacetic.

Re: power, remember, you can always string an extension cord out through the window into a different room or even floor.

A math joke: r = | |csc(θ)|+|sec(θ)| |-| |csc(θ)|-|sec(θ)| |

Best of luck getting

Best of luck getting everything together. This time next week I should be writing with a new laptop. I hope for updates especially with A Rake By Starlight if you have more of that!

Exploding power supply? Nice.

Exploding power supply? Nice. Worst I've ever done was get zapped by one, I've never seen one blow up.

In all seriousness, and as someone who built his last computer with a Core 2 Quad Q6600 and DDR2 about 5-6 years ago, where are you running into problems?

Uh-oh... Poor Mark. Hope

Uh-oh... Poor Mark. Hope someone's put the coffee maker somewhere safe!

(On a side note, I can't believe I've been reading this comic since at least 2001...)

And here I thought it was

And here I thought it was writer's block again. (I have no skill with hardware myself. When I have to replace a computer, I get a pre-made computer.)

I know. I'm one of those horrible people that uses a Nifty Doorways computer. But there is a reason for that. I could never make sense of the man pages for X11 and ncurses.

I don't know if you spotted

I don't know if you spotted this (it apparently happened a year or so ago), but John W. Thompson, the man who was head of IBM PSP during the final years of OS/2, is now Chairman of the Board of Microsoft. There's gratitude, and then there's GRATITUDE.

LOL! No I never noticed that.

LOL! No I never noticed that.

That's... yeah. Gratitude, indeed!

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