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USRERROR - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
A classy broad's life... with footnotes.
Voiceover, in a darkened room:

And here we have a special exhibit!

While not the largest example of Dorkus Stupidus known to man, the Ldy is a stunning example of the species.

Lights go up on Ldy, looking positively Neanderthal, pulling the tenth stay from beneath a nine-screw motherboard.

So, the IT guy at Paul's work offered to send a couple regular PCI video cards over to test if Paul could rescue my outgoing motherboard from the shipping department.

He did. And as I was ready to mount it*, I noticed an extra stay on the frame. A stay that would certainly be shorting out my system.

How did I miss that the first few times through? HOW?! More than one person mentioned it to me.

I carefully replaced everything... including my new video card... and lo and behold, IT POSTS.

I'm mucking with the BIOS now. And drinking champagne. And dancing.

I wrote the following to a friend earlier today:
It's the apparent "flaws" that make us interesting, that make us heroes. Better to be a beautiful, if bumbling, archetype of what it is to be human, than a zombie (like so many choose to be).

I AM that archetype, thank you very much. And I've never been so happy to be so stupid in my life.

The replacement board will go back Monday when it gets here.

I'm such a dork :D


* OUT of the gutter, please.

I'm feeling all kinds of: dorky dorky

10 tall tales or Tell me a story
happymrlocust From: happymrlocust Date: July 6th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Horrah for victory!
ldy From: ldy Date: July 6th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Yay! *dances!*
From: mouseferatu Date: July 6th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC) (permalink)
* OUT of the gutter, please.

Nope. I'm quite happy down here.
ldy From: ldy Date: July 6th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Mmkay. Now I'm mounting my HDD.

Huh huh huh
From: mouseferatu Date: July 6th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Better. ;-)
petermarcus From: petermarcus Date: July 7th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC) (permalink)
Wheeee! User errors are so much more fun once the solution is found. I've been there eleventy-hundred times or more.
teferi From: teferi Date: July 7th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC) (permalink)
I've made that exact mistake before. It's not one that you repeat, I promise :)
echo_off From: echo_off Date: July 7th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (permalink)
It probably reflects poorly on me, but when I saw "mount it", the first thing that came to mind was Dr. Evil saying "No, Mini-Me, don't hump the LASER!"
halborski From: halborski Date: July 7th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (permalink)
woohoo! Yay new computer dorkery!
curiouscat2 From: curiouscat2 Date: July 7th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC) (permalink)
10 tall tales or Tell me a story