Yes, I’ve known that for some time (especially when compared to newer machines), but during the last week or so, it has become very readily apparent to me that this machine is indeed A Piece Of Crap[sup]TM[/sup].
It all started last Thursday when my mouse refused to move where I wanted it to, then quickly progressed to not moving at all. That was immensely frustrating to the max. I asked some friends’ advice on the matter and they decided that my mouse must have had accumulated gunk. That may have been, but I couldn’t see it. But I did make a stab at cleaning it out, just in case.
However, I did manage to do certain things by dint of using the right button on my mouse, and keyboard strokes. (that would have been about the time that I managed to post questions about how to navigate via the keyboard) It was very much a situation in which my patience was needed.
I was out all weekend, and when I returned on Sunday night, all seemed well. The cursor now moved more or less where I wanted it to, and I thought things were all right. However, I did notice that as the week went by, the mouse grew ever more jerky in my attempts to move the cursor on the screen.
Yesterday night, I decided to sever all ties with an ICQ online contact of mine. Today, when I got up, the computer was running sort of more slowly than it usually does. The mouse worked more or less as usual, until it suddenly decided to stop moving AT ALL.
I took a look at what my computer speed was actually at: imagine my surprise when the mhZ reading was at 40 instead of 66! (yes, I have a very slow computer anyways; please don’t hold that against me) That represented a 40% loss of running capacity, meaning I was running at 60% what I should be! :eek:
The first thing I thought of was that my erstwhile ICQ contact had somehow managed to control the operations of my computer remotely. (he’s a computer programmer and could probably do this stuff, for all I know) So is this even possible? I’ve heard of those things, and know they are possible. I can’t think of any other explanation that would clear his name, and frankly the timing seems a little too coincidental. I hope it isn’t due to this explanation of the facts, though… I’d hate it if it were true. (maybe virii, but are there any out there that would do this kind of thing to your computer? probably yes, unfortunately)
So what can I do? Getting a totally new system would be a good thing, as I can certainly use one. However, I have little money to spare for one right now. I’ve thought of asking friends for their old (but newer) computers, but that’s what I did when I moved in this apartment. Besides, I don’t think they’d be willing to pool a bunch of money together and get me a newer one, either. (that would be one of my wildest fantasies) My friends might be willing, but once my sibs hear of it (and they will), they will think I’m trying to take advantage of my/our friends!
Maybe I ought to start playing the lottery or something… robbery, prostitution, and things of that ilk are out of the question, thank you very much. Any other ideas on how to earn money? (currently, I’m out of work)
Sorry for the lame nature of this rant, as it won’t even rate on the blip-meter. I just needed to let off some steam here. Thanks. (never mind that I swore something fierce earlier today, and will probably continue to do so)
P.S. lel, I know you messaged me on AIM earlier today. I wasn’t ignoring you at all; I was just trying to figure out what the deuce was wrong with this computer of mine!