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16 April 2004 @ 01:04 pm
It's that or an evil spirit possession...  
Last nights incident with the monitor once again proves Mary Ellen's first law of computer science:

If it doesn't work, and you don't know why, stop touching it for an hour or so and then try again. You and the computer both need the cooling off time, probably.

I'm so relieved it worked ^_^
Mood: relievedrelieved
Music: Modest Mouse - The Ocean Breathes Salty
p.m./a.e.xoexohexox on April 16th, 2004 11:27 am (UTC)
hey, what are we doing about the movie tonight? im not working so we dont have to go to stonington, we can go somewhere else if we want. i'm just languishing at home for the day, i couldnt get a hold of brandon
Mellenabsentmammoth on April 16th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
When can you EVER get a hold of Brandon? I had to not answer your call because I was with an irate customer at the time, but I'll get in touch with you in a bit to figure out what's going on.

Brandon's at my place all weekend, by the way, so don't bother trying him at home.
2πr: robots need love tootwopiearr on April 16th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
if turning it off for an hour fixed it, it may be a heat issue. check the vents to make sure they're not clogged.
Mellenabsentmammoth on April 16th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
The monitor can overheat?
2πrtwopiearr on April 16th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
yip. generating enough electrons for the monitor to do it's thing can create quite a bit of heat.

though this is far less an issue for LCDs monitors than the tube kind.
herding virtual hedgehogsnessur on April 16th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
this can sometimes be true, but it's like dealing with a hurt animal: sometimes you just have to hold it gently, show it some genuine concern and attention, and even commune with it energetically.

this is most effective with impudent children like Lexmark or HP printers. Every morning that Claudia had a paper due, I had to wake up and help her print things 'cause as soon as it would start to make a funny noise, she would swear at it, causing it to jam. Sometimes I had to actually hold the printer in my lap until it got going again. ;)
Mellenabsentmammoth on April 16th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, either way, frustration is the last thing you want in dealing with computers. Anger and aggression get you nowhere fast.