Monday, December 29, 2014
Wow. Well, that was not
the day I was looking for. 'Twas a day of much blood, many terrors, and the loss of one beloved pseudo-family-member. And yet, in the end, the sun set on the day of terror, and we were left with what one might rightfully call a new beginning.
I wish I had the energy to tell the tale in the lavish and poetic manner in which it unquestionably deserves to be told. But, as the tale itself will reveal, I am left with very little energy in the wake of today's events, so excuse me if I don't make it all sound quite as exciting as it should.
Preface: so, remember yesterday? Well, it turns out your prayers actually didn't work
It was really a very average lunch, you know. A home-made chicken caesar salad, no frills. But what came after was by no means an average after-lunch. I returned to the cave, and immediately noticed something odd. The computer was off. Strange, especially considering this thing is typically always on (with a restart every now and then). A nasty feeling started to develop in my stomach. You know what I mean. That feeling that says "hey, FYI, your life's about to get harder!" And indeed, it did. The computer wouldn't start. Oh boy. If you remember the Infamous Diet Coke Incident
of a few months ago, you might be raising an accusatory brow at me right around now. But listen, I swear, there was no Diet Coke involved this time!! I didn't do it
30 minutes later, it was clear that this wasn't going to be resolved quickly like last time. I tried every possible configuration of RAM, including swapping them out with my other computer just to make sure they weren't both fried. No, that wasn't going to work this time. I read online, using my laptop, grasping for some help on what to do in this situation. Tried as much as I was able to, but couldn't ever get further than ~1 second of power before a hard-shutoff.
I panicked pretty hard for about 15 minutes, thinking about how tremendously difficult everything had become (and why had it become like that?), and that now my main rig was down and I'd have to make yet another long drive if I wanted to get to a decent computer shop to get a new one quickly (rather than waiting for a custom order). A sea of negativity and death and such. Wallowing in self-pity and wondering why life couldn't just rain down sunshine upon me like it used to
(Ok, you guys already know I have a bit of a flair for drama, but still, my computer dying has always been the scariest thing for me. Ever since I was a kid, nothing could throw a harder wrench in my stomach than my computer dying. After all, I do pretty much spend all day everyday on it
But then, something magical happened. I was visited by some spirit. I will call him, for lack of a better nickname, RoboJosh
. Somehow, in the midst of what felt like the worst thing that could possibly happen to me at the time (well, short of some kind of terrible physical injury), something in the brain just broke -- or connected? Some mass of neurons, some neurochemical, I don't know what it was. But amidst the flood of anxiety, one of the floodgates broke, and then there was only silence. This stoic spirit grabbed my toolkit and slammed it on the ground, then proceeded to methodically scavenge the corpse of my dead machine.
(Sidebar -- I know almost nothing about computer hardware. I'm 99.9% software. It's pretty shameful, I know. Shameful that I've never put a new GPU in, touched a SATA cable, plugged or unplugged anything coming out of the power supply, etc. All I've ever done is replace RAM, and for me, even that is a big ordeal
Lucky for me, all of this was about to change...
Anyway. This fellow, this RoboJosh, or whatever he was, decided he no longer cared about knowledge or lack of knowledge of computer hardware. After all, he knew how to screw, unscrew, plug, and unplug. The last thing I can remember is him ripping into the case. And then it all went black.
Many, many hours and one trip to Target later, here I am, once again back to my normal Josh self, and -- somewhat miraculously -- typing my devlog in my lovely little gvim, from my lovely little awesome WM ubuntu. And nothing was lost
I've no idea what that chap did, but it seems that he managed to gut the old machine and replace my new-ish AMD machine's innards with them. Turns out it's not an AMD machine anymore
Same old 16GB corsair, same old 560GTX, same old HD (with all data!!), and all the bells and whistles. As an added bonus, it's now housed in a case that's not falling apart, has much better airflow, and is, most importantly, not
at the end of its life!
And to put the icing on the cake, both the old and the new HD are now housed here, so I can boot into my old rig (ubuntu / win7) or newer one (ubuntu / win8) as I like. Very pleased with that.
(RoboJosh talk aside...) It was a day of many learning experiences. I'm happy to no longer be so afraid of hardware since, as it turns out, it's not as scary as I always imagined it to be -- just takes a bit of time and patience to learn. I've got a much better set of tools (literally, like screwdrivers and pliers and such) now for when this kind of thing (or other problems) arise (yes, that was the Target run
). Most importantly, my main development rig is no longer on the brink of death
Like I said, a new beginning.
You know, the way I see it, life is just preparing me for a new year with a lower difficulty level. It's getting all
of the remaining problems out of the way so that early 2015 can be the smoothest, most LT-development-conducive period of my entire life. Well, that's what I hope, at least
But seriously, think about it. In 2014 alone, I got a new A/C compressor unit capacitor, new motor for the indoor heating unit, new tires on the car, new connector hose for the toilet (which was what caused the 1st major water leak of the year), replacement tire for the new tire (for extra newness!), and now a new-ish development rig. That's a lot of newness. Clearly, this is all in preparation for an awesome 2015!!
Since I didn't get to work today, I'm planning to push through the night tonight so that I can have my meta-update out before the end of the year. Despite the tiring day, I'm feeling pretty motivated by the way it ended in success!
PS ~ Not sure why, but I seem to have picked up a solid 6 or 7 new FPSs in LT on this rig! Always happy to feel more smoothness
PPS ~ I didn't write the devlog until my problems were resolved, hence the absurd (and unfortunate) deficit. But no matter, we will take care of that shortly