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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Frankenstein Dinosaur Computer

The hard drive on my laptop is making grinding noises. That's never a good sign. As soon as it started to malfunction I shut the computer down. The next time I fire it up I'll be hastily saving the most recent files that haven't been backed up yet. Hope I don't lose anything.

The laptop decided to die the same month we spent money to buy a car, along with the expense of registration and insurance. Good timing, but that's not much of a surprise. A new laptop purchase will have to wait.

In the mean time I dug around in my computer graveyard and decided to fire up an old tower that had been given to me years ago -when my son-in-law upgraded to something better. I hadn't used it in almost five years. It's so old it has both a 3.5 inch floppy drive and a Zip drive. The computer is running a very out of date version of Ubuntu.

I'm tempted to upgrade the operating system and see if I can limp along with this machine for a few weeks. If it runs too slow maybe I'll load one of the stripped down Linux systems. The trick is to not render the computer completely useless along the way.

After all, it did run good enough for me to write and post this blog.



  1. Timing can always be counted on to be the worst.

    1. My optimism keeps bumping into my realism.

    2. That's a very funny line Sixbears... your optimism bumping into realism... I'd like to use it sometime if I may...

    3. Feel free to. Glad you like it.

  2. Being a pack rat has bought you some time .

  3. What are you writing your blog on? Just curious.