So I go wandering away from my computer a few minutes ago, leaving open a few spare programs. I come back, and my computer has completely restarted itself with no help from me, eating the last two hours’ work I’ve done on my thesis revision (sigh). This is the second time in two weeks that my computer has pulled this little prank. Aside from being an obvious lesson on the wisdom of saving your work often, what the heck is going on here?
It’s a brand-new Windows XP machine with a 1.3 gHz Celeron processor, 256 megs of RAM, and a 40 GB hard drive. Don’t know what other specs you more tech-savvy folks might need, but there’s the basics.