One Lost Week
So, where have I been for the last week or so? Well, the story goes back to a post from last week: One Dead Motherboard, and continues from there. As I said in that article, I had a replacement system on order, and hoped to be back by weekend. One lost week later, and I am just recovering and getting back into the swing of things.
How Many Ways…
How many ways can things go wrong? Well, let’s just say quite a few. First, the new system that I ordered on Tuesday evening didn’t arrive until Friday. Late Friday. Late enough that when I looked at it and realized I needed an adapter cable for the video card, the local store that I could go to was no longer open.
Saturday, after returning from the store, I found that I had a notice in my mailbox. I found a notice in my mail. I needed to be ready for a property inspection. Not in a week, but in 2.5 days. Guess what that meant? I spent the next 2.5 days preparing for an inspection. (And even that inspection didn’t go as planned…)
Oh, and if all of this wasn’t enough, I had some work things get in the way. (That is, since I had to maintain a work-readiness state 24hrs a day, I was restricted in some of the things that I could do.)
So, after completing the inspection on Tuesday, I finally got to sit down and work on putting my new system together. Oh yes, it wasn’t as simple as plugging the new machine in and turning it on. I had plans to re-use parts of the old machine that were okay in the new system. And that started a new problem: the new system didn’t have enough power connectors to allow connecting all the drives from the old machine.
To make what could be a potentially long, detailed and very geeky story a lot shorter, the end result is:
- The video isn’t configured the way I want it.
- I still don’t have a CD/DVD drive (because of the power issue).
- There are some things that aren’t configured the way I want them.
But, the good part is I have a working system. I haven’t lost anything from the death of my old system. This means that I can get back into a working state in the next few days.
So the way things stand right now, here’s what I am planning:
Finish The Configuration
I can’t get everything immediately, but at least I can clean up some things on the system, and have it in a working state. I’m still wrangling a few details, but I think I can finish them tonight.
The CerebralMix Shows
I did record the show last weekend, and I will record the show this weekend (in fact, because of some testing I did last week, I think I have stream-lined yet another part of this process).
Next week I will release both episodes. Probably on Tuesday and Thursday, unless something goes really wrong in the post-production process (which I don’t foresee since I’ve managed to streamline that portion pretty well).
I’ve been listening to a lot of new music over the last week. So, setting up a new review queue shouldn’t be an issue. Sorry if you’ve submitted stuff only to see no reviews coming out in the last week. I know I have at least five releases I’m ready to review, and there are at least three submissions I haven’t gotten to yet.
Getting back to eCigarette / Vaping and Bitcoin articles may take a bit longer. There was some big Vaping news the other day, and I want to take some time to research it. I might be writing up a couple of other things as stop-gap articles before that.
I don’t know what to write about Bitcoin / Cryptocurrencies. I was basically falling behind on the news there for a while, and this incident has only put me more behind on the current state of things. I’ll look around and see if I can find something interesting (from my perspective) to comment on.
So, what do I take away from this whole experience? Well, it’s kind of difficult to have a single take away… There wasn’t a whole lot I couldn’t do, even despite my losing a machine. It was more of a collision of circumstances that left me in a position where I couldn’t do as much as I wanted.
There are ways to deal with some of these issues. In fact, there is one that I have been working on for a few months that I think needs to get re-prioritized to happen more quickly. So, that’s kind of a hint to be on the look out for something to be changing on this side.
I think the one thing that I could take-away from this is the need to make my environment less system dependent. Having a machine failure shouldn’t have been a roadblock to working on at least some articles for the site. And, truthfully it really wasn’t, it was more the way circumstances piled up on each other (work, inspection, lost machine).
Basically, this wasn’t a situation I could have avoided. There are only so many things you can plan for, but there are a lot of things that you can’t plan for. If I’d had a house fire, I know I could recover. It might take a while, but I could do it. Same thing if I was injured, I could recover my work, but there would be a delay.
So, sometimes, you just have to make the best of the situation(s) life hands you.