The things you own end up owning you?

August 25, 2005

I hate computers. I’ve been forced to learn things about them over the years out of necessity (I can now put one together, for instance), and I think that has caused me to hate them even more. I’m constantly using one for music, communication, or blowing shit up in video games, but I still can’t quite convince myself that they’re worth the time or effort. I think I’ll just run this one into the dirt before I think about shelling out the cash for another. Even then I might decide to just strip myself naked and run out into a forest somewhere to live off of rabbit meat. What a pain in the ass these things are.

Long story short, I had two hard drives in my PC die. I didn’t lose that much music or digital pictures because I back things up religiously, but good god, I don’t like dealing with this crap. I asked around and was told that it might be the drives overheating, so I got a program to look at my temperatures. What do you know, my hard drive is running at 66C or 150 FUCKING DEGREES (scientific measurement). The reason being that I have no extra fans in my computer. I was trying to get by like the cheap bastard I am, and I failed.

NewEgg.com sent the two huge fans I ordered pretty quickly, but to actually get them into my computer today I had to basically disassemble my entire case. Then I couldn’t get the screws in. Why should it take a motorized screwdriver and 25 pounds of pressure to screw a piece of metal into god damn plastic? How is that neccessary? It’s made in China, for crying out loud! I finally got them in there – one sucking in, the other pushing out. The result? The temp had gone down a whole 10 degrees – if that. Now I want to kill somebody. I think I’ll end up taking this drill to my head to give myself a proper lobotomy. Either that, or I’ll end up punching a bunch of holes into the side of this desk to get more air in there.

Should it be this complicated? No, but I don’t want all of my music to up and vanish one day because my pc is too hot, and that means I either have to deal with this shit or cram my room full of CDs. I’d have quite a few CDs to purchase if I abandonded my computer, which is why I’m so unwilling to do so. I wonder how many thousands of dollars that would run me, only for the man to turn around and make DVD-Audio widely available, forever nullifying my Compact Discs. This is why having an obsession, whether it be music or movies or anything else, is BAD.

I wish I could ween myself off of my love for these things and go live in a fucking Buddhist temple or something, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. After all, how lost would my reincarnated soul be without its mp3 player? Talk about limbo.

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2 Responses to “The things you own end up owning you?”

  1. Ted Says:

    56C is not horrible. It’s not good either, but it’s not horrible.

    What kind of case are you running? Some cases are built to be better than others – some run a lot cooler than others. If I were you, I’d get a fan specifically designed for your hard drive. They should be availible on Newegg. I think they just attach to the bottom of your drive.

    What kind of drives are you running? If they both failed at the same time, then I doubt it’s something as coincidental as heat.

  2. Matt Says:

    Sorry I wasn’t around to help you with your fan woes.

    But I know what you mean about technology and hating it. I feel the same way most of the time.


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