This is a little off the usual topic of Straight From Hel, but did you know computers scream when they die?
Mine did, at least.
One minute it was fine, then, while I was in the kitchen preparing dinner, I heard this high-pitched screeching. At first, I thought it was coming from across the street where workmen are putting in a pool and doing landscaping. But I followed the sound to my office, where my laptop displayed a blue screen that said it was doing a total dump of memory.
Aaak. (The second screech was mine.) It wouldn’t turn off, so I jerked out the battery.
After dinner, I put the battery back in and restarted. A poor, pathetic string of blinking blue lights appeared in the blackness of the screen. And nothing more.
I headed off to the Nerd Squad, or whatever they’re called. The diagnosis?
I’m screwed. Most likely the hard drive is corrupted and everything’s lost. Gone. Nothing. Nevermore.
4 days ago