Failure To Launch

I made it out of bed this morning (at about 80%) but other obstacles have presented themselves.

Upon reaching the office and opening my laptop so that I could backup the work I did yesterday the hard drive continually clicked and a flashing folder icon appeared on the screen. I was devastated because I thought that the drive had kicked the bucket. Fortunately I was able to perform some voodoo to get the laptop to reboot. I am in the process of making multiple backups in case the drive fails before I can buy a new one. Ironically, this morning I was contemplating wiping the hard drive and starting with a fresh install next week…

I am also trying to get the $1600 I “lent” the company last Friday in order to get a new iMac for an employee that started last Monday. Sometimes i feel as if i am working for a startup again, except this is a startup with billions in assets… Unfortunately for me the expense reimbursement system changed last year so I am now trying to figure out how I can access the system so that I can get reimbursed.

And now you know why the blog is both late and short this morning.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Failure To Launch

  1. Martha says:

    I like my job/company but I would be hard pressed to lay out $1600 of my own money to get a laptop for someone.

    I’m still fighting ‘something’, I don’t feel sick, just a sore throat and really, really tired…I slept in yesterday and took a two hour nap, not sure how I’ll get through today.

    I was able to practice a little vodoo on my garmin, it sort of works now…at least on my work laptop. I think Firefox is causing some of the problems on my home computer. I skipped my workout yesterday so I’m curious to see how it works tonight.

    Steve, how’s Satchmo doing today?

  2. bob says:

    Apparently our corporate cards are for travel expenses only. My manager one day had me go to Frys to pick up an external drive so I used the corporate card. I had to register myself as a vendor and request a check to be reimbursed personally then turn around and pay the corporate card bank. Very odd process.

    And you want to hear about hard drive failures? I am pushing hard drive encryption to 25,000 computers. Needless to say we have lost one or two 🙂

  3. Steve says:

    Hard Drive Encryption!! Ick. If it weren’t for that, my laptop would perform 100% better.

    My legs are still sore from last nights’ run. Boner and I began with the first half of Inman, then turned right onto the Beltline. So many folks out and about. I wasn’t sure it would ever be much more than an opportunity for crime, but I have to say I’m very pleased and can’t wait for more to be opened.

    Martha, Satch is doing much better. He greeted me at the door last night and seems almost back to normal. Thank you for asking- I’ll be sure and tell him his Aunt Martha was concerned.


  4. Martha says:

    I’m glad he’s feeling better, I’m dog sitting for my neighbor Andy (it is my fault he has the dog, he never forgets to remind me 🙂 ). Neither Andy nor Barney are what you might call active. But I’ve been taking Barney for walks everyday this week, we can now make it around the block without him dragging behind too much (Barney is about 10 and 100 pounds). I thought after the first time, he might never go out again (he was limping a bit)…I really do think he enjoys them. I hope I can convince his dad to keep it up.

    I can’t wait for more of the Beltline, especially closer to my house.

  5. Steve says:

    We are fortunate that we don’t have to walk the dogs- we just throw them out and they walk themselves. They rarely go off the reservation, except Izzie, who goes up to visit the neighbors fenced dogs.

  6. Jenka says:

    Martha, have you tried switching to Chrome? I prefer that, these days.

  7. Debbie says:

    I’ll second Jenka on Chrome. I switched a month or so ago and I’m having far fewer issues. Of course, I was using IE so there was lots of room for improvement.

    Satchmo is definitely 100% today, which unfortunately translates to being a pain in my ass. He loves to bark at the horses and race back and forth along the fence line. The mares ignore him, but Phinney has bought in and runs back and forth pinning his ears and striking out – of course it would be the horse I ride so can least tolerate an injury. Oy.

  8. Martha says:

    I can only imagine Nibbles’ reaction to a horse…she tried to jump out the car window the first time she saw cows.. To say she can be feisty is an understatement.

    I think, for my Garmin, I’m going to need to go back to IE.

  9. Make sure you update your Firefox, those folks have been updating like crazy.

    I’m in the process of trying to find a SSD for my MacBook. I think if I replace the HDD with a SSD it’ll feel as if I’ve purchased a brand new laptop (for about $200).

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