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A day in the life...

More than once I have thought that my life in IT bore some resemblance, at least metaphorically, to that of the English country veterinarian James Herriot from the All Creatures Great and Small books. I have made any number of late-night house calls for ailing PCs, printers that won't print, sick cows and the like.

Sometimes you come home from the surgery and find an unexpected patient waiting on your porch. What else is there to do but take them in and see what they're about?

The patient

...Thankfully my nephew's laptop -- which was described in the note as comatose and completely unresponsive (and refusing to give up a DVD) -- was just wedged good and tight. I pulled the battery, counted to ten, and stuffed it back in. It booted right up and promptly asked to be fed. You don't get the power brick until you give me that DVD. Season three of Sponge Bob Square Pants is now sitting safely in a jewel case on top of the laptop.

Oh, and the day at the surgery wasn't too bad, either, having spent the late morning and entire afternoon with IBM and Nortel working out the fine geeky bits of making this citizen WiFi network work. Behind every great wireless network, is an awful lot of wiring. :-)


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Aug. 8th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
I clearly remember the scene where he had to reach WAY up inside a cow having difficulty giving birth and almost had his arm squeezed off. Thankfully, the laptop was a better patient than that.
Aug. 9th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
I remember that episode!

...The ep. where he was rescuing hypernatremic hogs by force-feeding them water using a XXX-large Wellington boot with the toe cut off also stands out for me. "Now that's quick thinking!"
Aug. 9th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Sounds like dinner at my house.
Aug. 10th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
I got nothin'. I felt the urge to say something snappy, but nope. The image of a toddler with the toe of a Wellie stuck in his mouth has just stopped me cold. :-)
Aug. 10th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
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