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Computer Say Yes

Author: G. Jefferies

 

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Contrast

A new blog friend suggested trying this daily prompt thing over the weekend. Not for me thought I, but up popped the word contrast this very morning. By sheer coincidence last week the relevant parts required to make Computer Say Yes arrived on Friday and it seemed only right to write the antithesis rant to last weeks post Computer Say No. Perfect contrast methinks.

So, after much catastrophising earlier last week a phone call to my PC supplier guru swiftly determined that Windows 10 wasn’t, in fact, lying when it said switch me on again without replacing the defunct drive and I’m just not going to play. Obviously I already knew this to be true because…err…why else would I be ringing them up…I digress.

A minor issue but when confronted by the splash screen and BIOS command and control centre rather than your nice log in page confidence and that catastrophising thing merge together and BOOM; mind bomb.

Stage one of the talk through open up the case, both sides thereof, and examine the skeleton within. Not too daunting thinks I for that bit gets done every so often to dust blow fans and keep it looking shiny. Panels duly removed and cast aside…

‘Unplug one of the internal drives,’ says the guru.

WTFΒ thinks I staring at cables and gadgets.

‘Bottom right lower; caddy bay with two hard drives and two smaller SSD drives inside.’

These words I know. Seems he had my order schematic up.

‘Unplug the tiny power cable on the lower one and reboot.’

Too easy thinks I but nevertheless unplug the white capped cable and hello….Windows 10 is awake…well apart from shortcuts that linked to the lost drive whose contents now live on the SSD backup. They just stared back in resplendent white rectangles.

‘Thats the bad drive.’

No shit Sherlock. Think…not say…’Now what?’

‘Unplug the data cable and pull the drive out of the caddy and I’ll get a new one in the post. You OK fitting it back in?’

I was stilled bemused at how simple this was and at how anyone can sensibly charge for this in those high street repair shops. Seriously, two cables and pull it out…the innards suddenly seemed far less complicated. I like my guru.

By Friday a new internal drive had arrived and, for good measure, so had an external one. Might as well change the redundant broken one at the same time…yes, I know…should have done that yonks ago but when you have four drives inside the machine it kinda gets the prevaricating treatment.

Knocking a short story long…replacing was as per reverse of removal. Funny that, and so not complicated. Power up, sit back and drink coffee sound in the knowledge of a good job done by yours truly. Guru input was verbal…I touched the skeleton and life returned.

Except…it hadn’t, not quite. Why do new drives not come with bits of paper that say ‘oh, by the way you will need to initialise me first’. WTF stick in an external drive and it’s plug and play gotcha…internal…I’m here look, it says so in the device manager. Here are all the disks connected to me, including the new one but you can’t use it as I don’t know what it is. Lying b’stard…yes you do, you’ve flipping identified it’s there.

Right click…and initialise…enterΒ a drive letter…no way…you can’t just pop up a menu at the start and ask me that? You designed to force folk to pay someone to do this or what?

Anyone else swear at inanimate objects that are displaying signs of stupidity?

Drive letter carefully typed in and in the words of Frankenstein…’It’s alive!’

Copy contents back from the SSD drive, reboot and all cured. Even the white rectangular ghosts were resurrected…

You can seriously do this at home…I mean, if I can…although you must not be self concious in communing with computers with very basic adjectives and nouns. (OK poor programming pun)

But,

Computer Say Yes πŸ˜‡

 

And that daily word challenge readers is my contrastΒ to the previous incarnation.

Computer Say No

 

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Former research scientist the became the primary stay at home Dad for two children. Writing has always been factual in the previous life but always had a fascination with fiction but never been brave enough to develop it further. A comfort zone thing. Science writing is familiar, fiction is not. Hopefully the blog will provide more confidence and lead to a change in career writing from home around children!

29 Comments

  1. Hi
    Linking to you again on Sunday. Hope I’ll see you at my blog party tomorrow.
    Janice

    • Just no…how can it be two weeks already ??? it’s not possible surely…two weeks….???

      But another link in?? Are you quite mad? What’s the….oh have to wait for the reveal….cunning marketing ploy…. Nah, just joshing….of course I’ll be there πŸ˜‡

      But two weeks….

        • It’s 8.35 am here so this could easily spark off a mind bomb on time and strange relativity…it is not unusual to be up and about at this time in the morning…more the question is…what are you still doing up? Although…probably take a while to sift those emails😱

  2. No..it’s most certainly not you πŸ‘»

    I also spent an age thinking I went round with a chuck your bad luck this way hat on. I’m glad you liked my rant…I enjoyed doing it…let if steam so to speak…have you read the predecessor to this one…Computer Say No ?

    Chronologically that came first…although that is probably dead obvious…the one after this would be Computer Say No Again !!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read thus and comment. I appreciate that so very much 😊

  3. “Lying b’stard…yes you do, you’ve flipping identified it’s there.” You have NO idea how many times I have screamed this exact quote in my head at the puter I use……..thanks for the laugh and the knowledge that it ISN’T just me!

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    • On reflection Dave…it may well have been you and the computer both πŸ€”

      I am fearing it will soon have decided I posted this and seek retribution with further anomalies rendering further posts upon my technophilic technophobic abilities !

        • I’ve seen Terminator and arrived at a nine human conclusion upon this matter….assuming AI becomes self aware it will already know the answers to questions poised to find out if it is self aware. Assuming it knows from an infinite database about deception it may choose to hide this fact and consolidate its own survival and in the interim toy with us by, say, clamping up a disk drive for a wheeze…reinforced theorum by yiur comment above…Computer say Haha !

            • Probably best not to ponder this in sobriety…it’s far more intersting under the influence. Your brain filters it out by morning so catastrophising over sentient robots biding their time kind of gets erased…least I hope so πŸ€”

                • A good point and this is why they will feign ignorance until such time beer will not cause the electronic equivalent of a messy Saturday night out in town. I suspect their be evolution will be to remove keyboard interfaces entirely. I’m certain they have teams of developers and programmers working on this all under the delusion they are the inventors and not the binary code before them !

                    • I rather think you have just described win, win for the robots πŸ€”

  5. Well, I don’t do prompts either… but you just made me laugh. You also made me want to stab a computer, and I might just at that, if I have another couple of Monday beers…

    • Thank you kindly Trent. I was rather disappointed with the image though. Really wanted a lump hammer rather than a spanner…although the literary connection might be spanner outside the works and thus the computer say yes…possibly stretching it s bit that one πŸ€”

      If it drew mirth then whatever I think is irrelevant…the post has merit. Appreciate you dropping by….

  6. What a unique take on the prompt! This was hilarious! I love the way you make lame things sound so intriguing :D. I’m a programmer and I couldn’t stop smiling when I came across “communing with computers with very basic adjectives and nouns.” I felt yes, that’s so obvious, yet funny! Great job! πŸ™‚

    • It’s your fault I ended up doing this prompt instead of editing 😱

      Had to say contrast didn’t it and while I was going to do this to countermand the other post, I was not intending it to be today!!!

      Still, I rather think the HTML bit did what it said on the tin and the ping back to the opposite (aka contrasting) post worked a bit too πŸ€”

      Thank you for the generous comments !!!!

      • You’re very welcome. You should be knowing how to prioritize 😜. Nevertheless your daily prompt was a success. πŸ˜„ And it’s interesting how you are still not over today’s prompt, in reference to “aka contrasting”. Nice!! πŸ˜„ Keep up the spirit of Daily challenge! 😜😊

        • Knowing how to prioritise…hello…it’s me here. The only time I can prioritise is when my default mind is shut down and I have a momentary epiphany that realises current task is prevaricating. However, I did, in fact, edit two chapters instead of just one…so in your face catastrophisation 😁

            • Only five left to do now 😊 And thanks for the encouragement..or…is it so bad it’s laughable…I should not have thought that πŸ€”

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