I once had a wise old friend who was a computer programmer, (from a time before the words computer and programmer existed in a dictionary,) who gave me one piece of sage advice I have tried to live by, and on the times I’ve failed have discovered it to be true.
“Never let a computer, or a printer, know that you are in a rush or you want to go home.”
Then today, a random link, from a random link, from a random link, found me discovering that there is actually a word for it…
The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects
Thank you Obsolete Word of the Day
You may find yourself forgetting to do something important, like sending off the warranty registration cards for your kitchen full of lovely brand new appliances.
Not such a big deal you think, until you realise you’ve forfeited your 2 year parts and labour guarantee, and then your washing machine goes on the fritz and all your user manual has to say about fixing the problem is
“Try turning it off and on again”
And thus, feeling like an extra in The IT Crowd, you do so and nothing changes.
Yes, this is the position I found myself in the other night when the dryer part of my washer/dryer wouldn’t work. Instead it chose to flash lights at me rapidly, like a naked old man who thinks that you enjoy nothing better than being repeatedly shown his shrivelled and aged ‘tackle’.
I dutifully switched it off and on again several times to no avail. Fortunately when I tried again at three in the morning it worked fine.
So fingers crossed it was just something simple like the fact the machine was too hot, and not a big fault I need to fix.
Meet today’s new ‘shiny tat’ to keep me smiley for all of, oh, about the next week I should imagine…
It’s a 10.1″ Lenovo Ideapad. Windows 7, Intel atom processor, 1gb of memory & a 250gb hard drive. It’s basically a netbook, but I’ve added Microsoft Office 2010 so I can use it for, ostensibly, writing, but well, we’ll see. I’ve really got to stop procrastinating first.