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Friday, August 15, 2003

Failure of the Day: Holy Crap, I'm an Imbecile

You would not believe the woes I had re-installing the software yesterday. Turns out the drive on my laptop is totally hosed and I couldn't format the partitions. I have no idea what that means, but apparently, it's really, really bad. So I had to do what my IT pal at work called a candy-ass workaround just to get Windows installed. I was told it would take a long time, but after 6 hours I grew concerned. After 8 hours I was despondent…without the laptop I am as good as unemployed and I cracked under the pressure.

I was a sobbing pile of girl on the floor of my room when Chris came in to calm me down. He looked over at the screen of the laptop and said, "Can you not move the cursor?" "No, I can move it" I said, "but it's been stuck on that screen for 8 hours! It can't even install Windows!" Chris walked over to the laptop, clicked the Next button on the screen, and Windows finished installing.

Holy shit. I was absolutely dumbstruck at how stupid I am. For some reason it hadn't occurred to me that the installation wizard had opened and I needed to work through it. I thought it was just a sample screen showing what the XP interface looked like. I'm a fucking moron.

That makes two days in a row that Chris has fixed all of my problems by merely walking into the room. Actually, that makes, 5 years, 2 months, and 22 days in a row.


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