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Monday: We discover a massive problem at work. Every single one of our company's tools in customer hands stopped working. Customers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for our software licenses. I worked a 19 hour day.

Tuesday: Arrive to work five hours later, on next to no sleep, to find out all the work I did on Monday wasn't necessary... and that I had to do the same amount of work again, just in a different way.

Wednesday/today: Woke up to find my (personal) computer didn't work. EEEEK! When I wiggled the mouse to wake it from sleep, it made the right sounds as if it were waking up, but the monitors didn't come on. I cut the power, after a moment turned it back on, and it booted for a second, then died. Then, on its own, booted for a second, died. Booted for a second, died. Over and over on its own. My hardware knowledge is very limited, but opened it up and saw nothing bad that I could tell. Tried a different outlet. It wasn't dusty, but blew it out anyway. No difference.

Took it to a repair place. They checked the power source and other hardware, said it had no issues. He reset the BIOS and reset something else (and did something with some battery... but it's not a laptop) and it booted up after that. At first I thought "YAY!" but everyone I describe the issue to thinks that likely wasn't really the issue, so now I'm still worried. (That's especially a pain since my tower is so massive. It's a custom gaming machine, and it's really hard for me to carry around, it's so heavy. If I dropped it...)

But the place fixed it, and it was only $150. I thought it would be more, so yay. Hopefully yay.

And then... bees. Yes bees. BEES. In my apartment. They came in through my fireplace. At first one, then three, then a hell of a lot more. I grabbed my cat and got out of my apartment. Unfortunately I was not at all dressed to go out in public. (Sweat pants and a sweater, both I used to wear when I was 170 pounds heavier, so my pants were basically falling off me and I was swimming in the top.) Went to the leasing office and they sent a man to deal with the bees. I suppose he killed them? I waited outside.

He said he closed the fireplace vent (WHY do apartments have fireplaces anyway? And why wasn't the vent closed already?). Then either another bee got in or it was one that escaped the killing spree. I ended up taking a black garbage bag and taping it over the fireplace. It's not like I was ever going to use it for a fire anyway, and I keep stuff in front of it so I can't hardly see the bag.

Ugh. What will tomorrow bring? A plague of frogs?

Date: 2017-03-30 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Oh crap, what a week. D: Did you piss off the universe recently or has it just been saving all those things up?

Hope you week improves!

Date: 2017-03-30 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A co-worker said to me "Well at least things can't get worse!" and I wanted to hit her. Haha, they can ALWAYS get worse!

It's only 8:45 AM, but so far today is going okay. Computer worked, and I got into no accidents on the way to the office. Fingers crossed!

Date: 2017-03-30 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Someone must have used the fireplace before you and left the vent open. Ugh. I have glass doors in front of mine that close. They have never been opened. Poor you and poor bees! I guess they were swarming into your apartment. Usually when they swarm you can call a beekeeper to come get them out of the bush or whatever they are in, but IN YOUR APARTMENT? No bueno, bees.

Apparently there is some kind of battery on the motherboard that can fritz out and cause problems, maybe he checked that one? I also have limited computer hardware knowledge.

Date: 2017-03-30 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Exactly. I know bees are in danger and we need to save all that we can, but coming into my apartment CROSSES A LINE. Sorry, bees, if the men killed you, so be it..

You're probably right about the vent having been left open. Ugh. Why have fireplaces in apartments! Really! There's enough risk in living in buildings with a bunch of other people without them LIGHTING FIRES ON PURPOSE.

Hopefully that's the issue as well. I'm really not sure how long I've had this computer, but he said after a couple years the WHATEVER battery needs to be replaced... even though that never happened to me before in the past.

Date: 2017-03-30 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry for the bees!

Date: 2017-03-30 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! And that gave me a laugh. That'd be a funny greeting card!

Date: 2017-03-31 03:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

I hope today is turning out to be better than the rest of the week!

Date: 2017-03-31 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I made it through yesterday with nothing bad, which was quite a relief! And today's going well so far, too. So woot!

Date: 2017-03-31 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Since everyone else responds about bees... He probably pulled your CMOS battery. So you know what BIOS is -- changed settings for the BIOS and some other stuff that is mutable has to be stored somewhere, and CMOS battery (just a small coin-cell battery) provides power to the dedicated memory so it doesn't get wiped out when the computer has no power. But sometimes that memory gets corrupted - cosmic rays, etc, basically entropy being a bitch.

Very easy to do, just unplug the computer, ground yourself, find the coin-cell battery on the motherboard and remove it, and wait a few minutes.

Based on the complaint I would've thought the issue is power supply, but yea corrupt BIOS settings can cause weird shit.

Date: 2017-03-31 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So far it's been working perfectly, so I think you (and the shop) are right about that.

I look forward to not watching and waiting, worried, as I wait for my computer to wake up. Hopefully in a few days my concern will fade.


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