Friday, September 14, 2007

Am I Too Blue? (Lucinda Williams)

Okay... well... I need all the healing energy the universe can send in my direction - long story short... my computer has bluescreened (flatlined?). Long story long... I got home from work yesterday, logged on and was given the message my virtual memory was low (no jokes, please) - I closed out of all programs, ran a Clean Sweep through Norton and set it to defragment the disc while I was at a meeting - when I got home, the defragmentation was complete and I decided to reboot, figuring that would help clear the system...

The computer tried to restart, but kept defaulting to the above-mentioned blue screen, with a big-*ss STOP and then a lengthy error message - I did attempt to F8 each time to get myself into safe mode... but it wouldn't let me. After three tries last night, I turned it off and went to bed, hoping all would be well in the morning - an 8:00 a.m. log-on had the same azure/cerulean/denim/indigo/midnight/navy/periwinkle/royal/sky results...

I called my tech guy, who is coming over first thing tomorrow - in the meantime, I'm holding the vision/thinking positive/invoking the law of attraction/sending skyward thoughts/burning all the purple candles I can muster that the situation is resolvable...

I'm also realistic enough to know "it is what it is" and am resigned to the fact I'll have to be okay with zero retrieval of data, despite the fact so much of my life (family/friends/concert series/folk club/festival/church/etc.) is documented and organized on my hard drive - just typing that threatens to turn my breathing to hyperventilation...

I did a bit of googling and came up with the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) - that doesn't sound good, does it? (rhetorical f*cking question)...

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
-- David Dixon

Everything is gone;
Your life's work has been destroyed.
Squeeze trigger (yes/no)?
-- David Carlson

I'm sorry, there's -- um --
insufficient -- what's-it-called?
The term eludes me ...
-- Owen Mathews

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
-- Peter Rothman

Seeing my great fault
Through darkening blue windows
I begin again
-- Chris Walsh

The code was willing,
It considered your request,
But the chips were weak.
-- Barry L. Brumitt

Printer not ready.
Could be a fatal error.
Have a pen handy?
-- Pat Davis

A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
-- David J. Liszewski

Errors have occurred.
We won't tell you where or why.
Lazy programmers.
-- Charlie Gibbs

Server's poor response
Not quick enough for browser.
Timed out, plum blossom.
-- Rik Jespersen

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
-- Suzie Wagner

Login incorrect.
Only perfect spellers may
enter this system.
-- Jason Axley

This site has been moved.
We'd tell you where, but then we'd
have to delete you.
-- Charles Matthews

wind catches lily
scatt'ring petals to the wind:
segmentation fault
-- Nick Sweeney

ABORTED effort:
Close all that you have.
You ask way too much.
-- Mike Hagler

First snow, then silence.
This thousand dollar screen dies
so beautifully.
-- Simon Firth

With searching comes loss
and the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.
-- Howard Korder

The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao, until
You bring fresh toner.
-- Bill Torcaso

The Web site you seek
cannot be located but
endless others exist
-- Joy Rothke

Stay the patient course
Of little worth is your ire
The network is down
-- David Ansel

A crash reduces
your expensive computer
to a simple stone.
-- James Lopez

There is a chasm
of carbon and silicon
the software can't bridge
-- Rahul Sonnad

Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows is like that
-- Margaret Segall

To have no errors
Would be life without meaning
No struggle, no joy
-- Brian M. Porter

You step in the stream,
but the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
-- Cass Whittington

No keyboard present
Hit F1 to continue
Zen engineering?
-- Jim Griffith

Hal, open the file
Hal, open the damn file, Hal
open the, please Hal
-- Jennifer Jo Lane

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
-- Francis Heaney

Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.
-- Judy Birmingham

The ten thousand things
How long do any persist?
Netscape, too, has gone.
-- Jason Willoughby

Rather than a beep
Or a rude error message,
These words: "File not found."
-- Len Dvorkin

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.
-- Ian Hughes

QUOTE: "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." ~ Robert Frost


  1. i bet you dont want to hit the blue all of death one more time...

  2. Hey, sharon -

    The BWOD, huh? - Richard Thompson knows of what he sings (and you've certainly had your own brush with the wall, with a thank-goodness happy ending... :-)

    My tech guy came today, tried to run a CheckDisk on the Ozfice computer and hit some problems halfway through - he took my tower with him and will attempt to retrieve the data and then transfer it to a new hard drive.

    I should have it back here, up and running (knock on wood), by Tuesday - in the meantime, I'm using the computer in the family room, which is slow as the proverbial molasses (but it works, so I shouldn't complain!).