Drive All Night: Further Tech Tales


RIP Dell Inspirion (December 2010 to September 2018)

My desktop PC died yesterday afternoon. I shall not mourn its passing.

This PC was always a bit noisy. When my wife used it she would whack on it to stop its internal whining, which actually seemed to help. A few weeks ago I noticed that it seemed to be even more cantankerous. Upon shutting down it would groan like an old man, which is never a good sign and multitasking would slow it to a ridiculous degree.

I am up to my neck with this long marketing project and can’t afford being out of the game for too long. So, through the company I am doing the research for, a new PC was ordered last week. It’s still just a Dell but the graphics, memory, processor, etc are practically gaming strength. There’s a 512 SSD and a 2tb hard drive, which is definitely an upgrade. The RAM is 16gb, which should handle any iterations of Windows 10 for the next four or five years. I’ll be fine.

Thursday night I got a Blue Screen of Death on the old PC. I managed to restart it and started transferring files to my laptop. On Friday it worked fine and I got a lot of work done on it. Oops. Friday night the Blue Screen of Death returned and it locked up good. I thought I copied the last spreadsheet I had worked on. Nope. Office decided that the Blue Screen of Death shutdown was so severe it shoved the last iteration of that spreadsheet into a recovery file. So the last copy I took of my work ignored everything I did for the last day and a half. That’s pretty tragic and I didn’t figure this out until I fired up the laptop Saturday afternoon.

I went into panic mode. I set up the old Dell downstairs, grabbed a thumb drive, and started it up. After a lot of grinding and whirring, Windows came up. I copied the last half dozen work files onto the thumb drive and just as the last file crossed the digital divide the screen went dark. We’re talking a matter of a split second. Damn, I dodged a bullet.

So now I sit on my laptop, awaiting the new machine. This laptop is six years old and has its own issues but it will survive until I can afford a new one. And it damn sure will survive until Wednesday when the new PC arrives and the Great Migration of Files begins. So my next post will likely be from the new machine. Whew!

Have a good weekend.

About jeroljohnson

I guess I'm the crying on the inside kind of clown
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