I'm not really one to believe in Karma but there is definitely something going on between me and computers. Something prejudicial maybe. I honestly don't know anyone else who can kill a computer so quickly without trying.
We have only had this computer since August of last year. I swear that I do all the usual things, protecting its wiry little brains with malware, spyware, and virus protection, and run them as regularly as Saturday Morning Cartoons. I defrag, disk-cleanup and clear cookies with the best of them. I try to be a good computer owner, honest.
Sadly, I am afraid that if there were a protective service for computers, I'd be hauled in for negligence; at the very least, computer abuse. I have 3 or 4 computers dead in the closet that I'm waiting to find something to do with. I feel a bit like an electronics mobster, collecting the remains of my technological mishaps until I can arrange for proper repair or disposal. I'm hoping they can be revived, but I'm not so good with the voo-doo, and all attempts at ressurrection have failed as of yet.
My poor e-machine-the-third-in-'08 has just about called it quits and is on its last proverbial leg. I tried the restore disk, but fagettaboutit. I had to hire a professional this time - someone outside "the family" to really teach it a lesson.
I'm hoping to hold out sending it until I can have my new laptop in hand, but if it gets any worse, I'm going to have to send it in and do without for a while (which means no updates for a bit). We're going to try to hang on and see if it will work with me.
In the mean while, I have been looking to entertainment of the non-technological kind. I have been going a little book-crazy. I just finished Stray and Rogue, and am hoping to finish up Neverwhere tonight. I'm going to be starting on the House of Night series next. Have you been reading anything lately?