My goal was to see how much time I waste in a typical month on
computer problems/maintenance. Prior to this experiment, I had a
vague notion that I was spending a fair amount of time on this kind
of stuff. This experiment has brought the actual amount of time into
Having done the experiment, it is amazing to me how many problems
a tiny home network can create. Over the course of one month, I
logged 21 different errors/problems/activities that wasted time.
Via The Gus,
Brain's Blog: Amazing Amount of Time Wasted Repairing Computers in
I've been using the same computer now for … um … six years or so and
I haven't had nearly the amount of problems that Marshall had in
one month. Then again, I'm running Linux (RedHat 5.2 in case you were wondering, and
probably weren't) and except for the times I masochistically torture myself, I haven't
had any problems with Linux (or Unix for that matter).
To be fair, I haven't had as many problems with Windows as Marshall, but
when I do, they tend to be rather spectacular and no amount of swearing,
blasphomy or sacraficing small furry animals will fix the problem (even
reinstalling Windows would fail—I don't mean fail to fix the problem, I
mean the installation itself would fail). That's why I pretty much
stick with what I have.
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