The professor shouldn’t have…but I did

The professor’s computer is so slow that it is quite mind-boggling. I believe, in fact, that it would win a slow race—if such a thing exists. Surely, though, one should be invented just so I can have some pride in my machine.

Anyway…

I suppose I should buy a new one, but the thought of moving all the professorish files to a new computer is quite chilling.

So I put it off.

And eventually forget about the whole matter altogether.

Then, I become quite vexed by my slow computer again.

This weekend, dear PF, was the last straw. I powered down the machine, unplugged it, and tore off the side panel.

You see, the professor was intent on finding the problem. (There had to be a bug or something making the machine run so dadblame slow!)

After searching around for a bit, bits, and little bits, I found a horribly ugly contraption.

And that’s when I believed in computer-evolution. Up to this time, I didn’t. But this unsightly contraption must have developed over time. I’m almost sure that the developers and builders weren’t responsible for putting it in. Their good sense would have got the better of them.

They might have screamed had they seen it. The contraption is, I’m sure, an inspiration for nightmares.

So, I immediately ripped it out, confident—in the extreme—that I had found the bug and fixed the machine.

Here is the ugly contraption:

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Yes, that was the organism feeding off my computer, sucking the machine’s lifeblood away.

Of course, the professor felt somewhat proud.

But I should have powered up the machine before I began congratulating myself.

As soon as the beast came on, the professor was met with a ghastly surprise:

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It seems that the ugly contraption had so effected and humiliated the professor’s machine that it would never recuperate.

Now, I’m faced with a choice.

Put that horrid object back in and bear the slowness, or…

…bear this:

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The professor has made up his mind: I shall get a new machine.

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168 Responses to “The professor shouldn’t have…but I did”


  1. 1 Kate is September 28, 2013 at 04:58

    I tried not to laugh at your troubles, Professor. Really I did. Hows the new one?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke September 28, 2013 at 16:21

      But you did! Goodness. Well, I still haven’t got one yet. The beast is limping along. What should the professor do?

      • 3 Kate is September 28, 2013 at 23:20

        Bite the bullet, professor and get a new one.

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke September 30, 2013 at 17:31

        But I don’t want to! What about all the files I’ve got to move?

      • 5 Kate is October 1, 2013 at 10:08

        Suck it up Professor and move them files.

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke October 1, 2013 at 14:02

        The professor can’t. It would ruin his life…

  2. 7 Jennifer September 26, 2013 at 10:35

    I admit, I did have a bit of a chuckle at this. Dratted machines and their own ideas, your task manager certainly has one.
    Good luck with the new machine. Be nice to this one though. :-)

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:18

      Imagine you laughing at the professor’s troubles! ;)

      They certainly do, the dadblame things.

      I was nice, but if the new one starts malfunctioning, I’m sure I’ll rip something out.

  3. 9 Ray Elliott September 26, 2013 at 05:06

    Byte the bullet and go for that new machine.

    • 10 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:15

      Yes, that sounds like what the professor must do.

  4. 11 Angeline M September 26, 2013 at 02:29

    It was time! Good luck with the new install. This kind of thing scares the bajeebies out of me, but I am lucky enough to have a son in the internet tech field and he recently saved my Dell from a deadly virus.

    • 12 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:15

      Ah, bajeebies! Yes, I agree.

      Maybe it was a type of virus. Anyway, thank you!!!

  5. 13 Simply Skeptical September 25, 2013 at 22:36

    Professor you are quite entertaining. A real professor’s professor – if you know what I mean. :-) It’s no wonder that the PL family reflects the PL’s itself. What a place; what a people. What a privilege to have found that PL window. How cool is that? :-)

    • 14 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:11

      The professor is honored! Well, I am professorish… Chickit, very cool! The PLF is a special group of people. ;)

  6. 15 L. Marie September 25, 2013 at 19:37

    Sigh. I commiserate with you on computer issues. I’ve had my share of those recently. I could use a new one myself!

    • 16 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:52

      Horrid, isn’t it? Laptop or desktop?

  7. 17 Nancy Loderick September 25, 2013 at 19:02

    Hey Professor,

    You know these computers, supposedly inanimate objects, do have minds of their own, don’t you? They can tell when we’re frustrated.

    I can just imagine how your computer thinks of you now – lol. Best to get a new computer and start fresh.

    N

    • 18 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:51

      I believe so! It’s a filthy little beast.

      Oh no! You mean, it’s mad at the professor? Wowawee!

      Must get a new machine now.

  8. 19 sknicholls September 25, 2013 at 18:50

    Wow I bet that was a scary sight! Good luck with your new machine Professor. I have a new Dell and sometimes I think my old Gateway was faster. I am; however, very glad to have a husband who knows about such things. He’s a real rocket scientist at Lockheed Martin…now if he could just get my Dell to perform according to its reputation…I would have more faith in both.

    • 20 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:51

      It was!! Horrible dreadful! :lol: So, what about apple? The professor hears they’re faster than fast. (I do like Dell myself.)

      • 21 sknicholls September 25, 2013 at 21:09

        My husband doesn’t know Mac, but my daughter had a Mac notebook and she loved it. I don’t know Mac either, and I am not as flexible as I once was. I guess I could adapt, but it would be difficult without my husband’s support.

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:12

        Yeah, it would be tough to change.

  9. 23 krugthethinker September 25, 2013 at 17:58

    Oh my, that looks terrifying! I can relate to the terror of losing your computer to black screens of death and such. Best wishes for the new machine! I am so excited to be back and have a chance to catch up on PL in the next few days! :)

    • 24 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:50

      Hope you had an awesome trip! Can’t wait for some photos. (It was terrifyingly dreadful.) :)

  10. 25 Anja September 25, 2013 at 17:54

    You really did remove your card?? Wasn’t it your graphics card?? Oh professor what to do with you. It’s not hard to transfer over files. Lol. I have two laptops….I would have shared. Oh professor.

    • 26 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:49

      Yes, I did. Yes, it was. How did thy know? Well, what do I do now? With a graphics card ripped out…and the computer failing…

      • 27 Anja September 25, 2013 at 21:00

        I’m just all knowing like that (ummmm you tweeted it). Unless you have spare graphic cards lying around….go buy a laptop quickly. ;)

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:00

        But what if the laptop gets infected too? I’m a dadblame distrustful professor, you know.

      • 29 Anja September 25, 2013 at 21:02

        It can’t get infected unless you allow something in! Set up infestation stuffs. Either that or you will have no computer.

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:04

        That’s a good vexing point. Maybe I should put it back in. And then maybe it will work.

      • 31 Anja September 25, 2013 at 21:05

        Do you think you can install it properly? And why did you remove it?

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:11

        Sure! The professor ripped it out, should be easy to put back in. :) It was ugly.

      • 33 Anja September 25, 2013 at 21:13

        Ha just go get a new one before more damage is done!!!!!

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:15

        I thought I handled it very well.

      • 35 Anja September 25, 2013 at 21:16

        Are you sure? Doesn’t seem to be working out well :)

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:18

        Maybe and maybe not. I think you’re trying to catch the professor!

      • 37 Anja September 25, 2013 at 21:19

        Catch? Just asking basic questions to find the answer to your vexing issue. ;)

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:48

        Thank you! But I fear it’s past hope…

      • 39 Anja September 25, 2013 at 21:50

        New computer it is :) yay. That’s the fun part.

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:52

        Yes! Now to pick one out.

      • 41 Anja September 25, 2013 at 21:58

        Woohoo. Any ideas what you want?

      • 42 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:59

        Absolutely none. Any to offer?

      • 43 Anja September 25, 2013 at 22:02

        I have two beloved laptops. Used for two different things. My Mac I use for photography and art. My dell for writing. Depends on needs and budget. :)

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:09

        Yes. The professor’s always heard that Macs are great for music too. Well, now just to make a dadblame decision!

      • 45 Anja September 26, 2013 at 13:04

        Mhmmm macs are wonderful for many creative ventures. I would go for a Mac. :)

      • 46 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 13:05

        Thank you! (But I’m not sure the professor is creative.)

      • 47 Anja September 26, 2013 at 13:07

        Welcome and I think there are a lot of evidence that points to your creativity.

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 14:00

        I’m thrilled you think so, but I doubt it highly.

      • 49 Anja September 26, 2013 at 16:32

        Well good thing you have me to tell you differently. :)

      • 50 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 18:31

        Yes. You keep the professor’s unordered brain in order. Have I told you that?

      • 51 Anja September 26, 2013 at 19:08

        And I was hired to keep it organized.

      • 52 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 20:02

        You definitely were!

      • 53 Anja September 26, 2013 at 20:05

        Do I get paid?

      • 54 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 20:06

        Do you want paid?

      • 55 Anja September 26, 2013 at 20:07

        Maybe this is a negotiation we should have had before I was hired. Awkward

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 20:08

        Well, then, let’s forget about it!

      • 57 Anja September 26, 2013 at 20:09

        No. I will do it. I can tell you need assistance

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke September 27, 2013 at 00:56

        :lol: Is it that bad? But you’re right. And thank you!!!

      • 59 Anja September 27, 2013 at 00:57

        Not bad…of course I am right. You’re welcome…now I am impatiently waiting

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke September 27, 2013 at 01:10

        The professor is righter. And I’m coming!!!

      • 61 Anja September 27, 2013 at 01:14

        Righter….ha….no one is righter than I the rightest of all.

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke September 27, 2013 at 01:29

        :lol:

  11. 63 ladycheetah7 September 25, 2013 at 16:14

    So is this the Chernobyl of computers, eh? Dearest PVJ it is time for a laptop. Explore new horizons with Wi-Fi and these thiggamiggies called apps (previously known as icons). Boldly go where everbody has gone before: the computer store. I for one went to Walmart to get my laptop and have been as snug as a bug in the rug ever since.
    :-P

    • 64 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:49

      You think? The professor’s been thinking on it–long and hard. :lol: You went to WalMart?! Lady! You like it better than a desktop?

      • 65 ladycheetah7 September 25, 2013 at 23:00

        Much better and it has WiFi so I am not confined to only use it @ home. Thing is I have to figure out how to create my own vpn so I wont need to use lets say Starbucks and have no protection. I had a teeny weeny netbook no more thsn 13 in.and after that I upgraded to about 16-17in. Didnt want to lug a tv around. Now if you are name brand upper crust loyal I heard macs and Apple’s are good. I stuck with old faithful HP and got it on sale for under $300. Of course that was near school time when the kiddies were going back to school. Wi-Fi, apps and can watch movies too.
        :-P

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:13

        The professor really likes the idea of a small machine… And I hate making decisions! Let’s see. As long as the infection is gone, I’m really thinking on a laptop. Now…which type…that’s the decision.

      • 67 ladycheetah7 September 26, 2013 at 12:17

        But keep in mind the strain on the eyes. For the first year of my grad courses it was great but when I had to write 40-50 page papers and look at the screen for a long time (even though I printed them out) not so much. The second and third years I was so ready for a bigger screen.

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:21

        That’s true… I hate eye strain… 40-50 page paper? Goodness. What work! Anyway, I’ll definitely keep that in mind.

    • 69 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 21:05

      You are brave, ladycheetah. Walmart scares the bejeebers out of me.

      • 70 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:11

        Me too….

      • 71 ladycheetah7 September 25, 2013 at 22:03

        Ya know I go in suited up for battle…jk. The key is to go to the ones in the suburbs. Now if I can’t find what I want there then I make sure I know what I want for sure, run in and haul tail. :-P

      • 72 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:10

        :lol:

      • 73 Susan P September 26, 2013 at 12:12

        Lovely mental pictures on this one. :D

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:20

        I agree!

  12. 75 MissTiffany September 25, 2013 at 15:49

    Oh my goodness. Has Sector 7 contacted you about that Transformer living in our computer? It’s obviously a Decepticon. I think they should remove and replace your computer for sure.

    • 76 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:47

      :lol: Something went deadly wrong. Is this a conspiracy, then?

      • 77 MissTiffany September 26, 2013 at 13:10

        Conspiracy is such an ugly word. Sector 7 is just shielding the world from things they aren’t ready to know yet…

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 14:00

        :lol: But isn’t the professor ready to know everything?

      • 79 MissTiffany September 26, 2013 at 14:16

        I would think so. I can’t imagine why they would think to hide the truth from you – though perhaps they have been compromised by the Decepticons. Basically, I’m sure you can trust anyone.

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 18:29

        Not anyone! What about you???

  13. 81 weggieboy September 25, 2013 at 15:18

    Clearly, you failed to make the burnt sheep gut offering necessary to speed up your computer. Try that before trekking off to the computer wizard’s lair to acquire something newer. “Newer” just means more complex and scary. Really!

    • 82 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 15:54

      I’ll put this comment in a safe place for future reference. :D

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:47

        Too bad the professor didn’t know sooner.

      • 84 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 21:06

        Files are good unless they are corrupted.

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:11

        True. The professorish files are never corrupted, though.

      • 86 Susan P September 26, 2013 at 12:12

        Warped maybe, but not corrupted. ;)

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:19

        :lol: Maybe warped…just maybe! :lol:

      • 88 Susan P September 26, 2013 at 12:27

        You see, it takes one to know one.

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:31

        The question is: Did the PL change you into a Punchy person, or have you always been one? Personally, the professor thinks that most people are already Punchy.

      • 90 Susan P September 26, 2013 at 12:38

        Ahhhh-the eternal question: Which came first: The Punchy Land or The Punchy people?

        All Punchy Landers are equal, but some are more equal than others. :D

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:46

        Yes exactly! A vexing question too, you know…

        :lol: Of course that notion is rejected here. The professor isn’t Napoleon. :)

      • 92 Susan P September 26, 2013 at 12:48

        I am relieved to hear that. *giggle*

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:53

        The PF is a prized group of individuals… The professor, on the other hand…

      • 94 Susan P September 26, 2013 at 13:40

        Oh now you’re leaving me hanging. On the other hand WHAT?

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 14:04

        Well…the professor is…a dadblamery!

    • 96 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:45

      :lol: I think you’re right. :lol: The professor definitely doesn’t want complex or scary. I think I’m stuck in candle wax.

      • 97 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 21:08

        That would explain a lot, maburnit!

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:13

        Yes it would!

  14. 99 lifeconfusions September 25, 2013 at 15:10

    Mr.Professor this is so good, very humorous. Although i don’t understand much about inside of the computers.

    • 100 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:44

      :D Thanks! Me neither. It looks like a jungle inside a computer, doesn’t it?

      • 101 lifeconfusions September 25, 2013 at 20:46

        Yes it does but you were able to fix it up nevertheless.
        A genius maybe? :D

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:55

        Oh no. The professor is short on discriminating wit, you know. ;) I’m sure you could fix it up too. (I’m still having problems with it, though.)

      • 103 lifeconfusions September 25, 2013 at 20:56

        Oh C’mon, Don’t be too hard on yourself ! :)
        And you are gonna buy a new one soon, right ?

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:57

        Well…maybe…but the professor must be hard on hiself!

        Yes, I plan to. But I’m not sure what to get, really.

      • 105 lifeconfusions September 25, 2013 at 20:59

        Well every body needs to really. But not all the time :)
        Oh i wish i could help you with that but i can’t and you know why :|

      • 106 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:00

        True! :cool:

        Yes, well thank you anyway!!!

      • 107 lifeconfusions September 25, 2013 at 21:02

        Welcome anyway ! :)

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:03

        Many thanks!

  15. 109 The Dancing Rider September 25, 2013 at 13:32

    I must admit I laughed at the later photos. Having been sort of in a similar place at one time.

    New machines present their own set of problems … but speed will be a lot better!

    • 110 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 14:30

      Ah, yes, the speed! The professor needs speed, but what type of problems? :shock:

      • 111 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 21:09

        I’ve found that new machines will just keep on going on faster than one can keep up with them.

      • 112 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:13

        Yes. Which is very, very vexing.

      • 113 The Dancing Rider September 26, 2013 at 13:53

        Oh just sort of joking about the set up, etc. Really, a new machine will be such an improvement, you will love it. The speed is a HUGE factor! :)

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 14:05

        :lol: I know you’re absolutely right! And the professor needs the speed! (BTW, love the new gravatar.)

      • 115 The Dancing Rider September 26, 2013 at 23:18

        Awww, thank you. Old people can look nice, too! :)

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke September 27, 2013 at 01:08

        You have more grace than the professor! (You’re not old!!!)

      • 117 Susan P September 26, 2013 at 17:03

        The only potions I meddle with are the ones you can eat.

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 18:35

        I like that idea. Think I’ll adopt it.

  16. 119 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 13:03

    In any case, ’tis good that you have (hopefully) resolved the situation. I daresay that the Punchys had a paw in the situation.

    • 120 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 13:05

      Aha! I bet you’re right. But that means, if I get a new computer, they’ll infect that too, right?

      • 121 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 13:24

        Somewhere there should be some Punchy virus protection….

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 14:29

        I’d have to ask Mr. Magi about it…but I’m not sure one exists. Perhaps the professor should develop one?

      • 123 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 14:38

        Oooo…yes! Get out the test tubes and all the pretty potions and get busy, Professor.

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:43

        But the professor isn’t an inventor! (Maybe you’ll help? ;) )

  17. 125 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 13:02

    Dear Professor, is there no law against publicly posting such *shudder* horrors?

    • 126 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 13:05

      :lol: Not in the PL. Should there be? I just hope that beastly thing doesn’t spread anywhere. :lol:

      • 127 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 13:27

        Can you be certain it hasn’t already? Who knows? Ruber’s pond may be harboring the infection…

      • 128 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 14:30

        No, I can’t. The professor is nervous now! It would make sense that it came from the Cavootti (hope I spelled that right) pond, wouldn’t it?

      • 129 Susan P September 25, 2013 at 14:39

        :D

      • 130 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:43

        :cool:

  18. 131 daniellajoe September 25, 2013 at 13:01

    You made a wise decision :-)

    • 132 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 13:04

      Thank you. But what if the other computer is infected too?

      • 133 daniellajoe September 25, 2013 at 22:25

        Call the exterminator …

      • 134 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:10

        Yes, I think I have too…

      • 135 daniellajoe September 29, 2013 at 17:22

        Lol

      • 136 Professor VJ Duke September 30, 2013 at 17:32

        :D

  19. 137 Tutti September 25, 2013 at 12:51

    Ha Ha Ha You made me laughing! Also had lately a nice little problem with my computer, but with the new *crooked smile* Have also made a story about – Stress reduction ;-)

    • 138 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 13:03

      :D What type of problem? Did you get a new one?

      • 139 Tutti September 25, 2013 at 16:11

        Year! Got a new computer – Trojans inclusiv. See full mess here :

        http://tuttisworld.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/where-has-she-been-2/ :-)

      • 140 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:47

        Awesome!!!

  20. 141 FictionFan September 25, 2013 at 12:43

    :lol: But how are you going to get rid of the organism? You must stop it somehow, before it takes over the world…

    And what does it have to do with Bob’s tail??

    • 142 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 13:03

      Well, I thought it was safe, being plucked out and all. You think it’s still dangerous? Oh dear. It couldn’t take over anything else, could it?

      I was just thinking about things that the professor has destroyed…

      • 143 FictionFan September 25, 2013 at 13:45

        Oh, if it’s been infected with an alien intelligence (and I suspect it has) it could spread anywhere…your kettle might start freezing water instead of boiling it (useful for ice-lolly making, though)…your car might start only going in reverse…or it could infect Bob and turn him into Terminator…

        You’d be really sorry you’d destroyed his tail then… :shock:

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 14:32

        :lol: What about if it infects the professor? :double-shock:

        Ha! I think Bob’s already infected with something, the dadblame beast!

        (Do you make ice lollies?)

      • 145 FictionFan September 25, 2013 at 15:26

        That woud be :cool: ! I’d like to see Manly Man’s face when confronted with a cybernetic Professor!!!

        Maybe cats are evolving into a super-species that’s going to enslave the human race – with Bob and Tuppence as joint leaders…

        Haven’t for a long-time, but I used to…it takes real skill to pour that juice into those moulds, you know…

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:46

        :lol: It would be neat, but the professor would probably end up very wicked indeed. Me too! But I’d bet he’d kill me.

        The professor’s too powerful to let that happen. Cats are scared of electricity, you know…

        Really? :shock: What a surprise! You must make them again and send them to the professor.

      • 147 FictionFan September 25, 2013 at 23:30

        But if you ended up really wicked, you’d fit in so well with the PL-ers. (I bet he’d be so scared of you, he’d hve to hide behind Daddy Salami…)

        I’m kind of frightened that if Tuppence got electrocuted, she could end up as Frankenstein’s MonsterCat :eek:

        Hmm…not totally sure that would work out very well…

      • 148 Professor VJ Duke September 26, 2013 at 12:14

        And the Punchy Queen of Scotland…

        That is scary, but from the pics, she seems very nice to me.

        What negative ways you have!

  21. 149 Vassilis September 25, 2013 at 12:31

    Keep it for your old age, so your speeds would match each other! ;-)

    • 150 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 13:01

      :lol: But don’t you think it will even frustrate me in my old age? :lol:

  22. 151 Hazy September 25, 2013 at 12:28

    I had a problem with mine a few months ago. It crashed. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, could not put it together again. Good thing I was somewhat paranoid and managed to save some back up files before it was too late. *whew*

    Good luck, professor! I hope your important files are safe. Happy shopping! Go get an awesome new machine. ^_^

    • 152 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 13:01

      That’s horrible!!! It’s great that you backed it up. The professor can only imagine losing all that information! Ah!!!

      Thank you! I must admit, the professor needs to back everything up… And thank you. I’ll try, but the professorishness might make me fail at that!

      • 153 Hazy September 25, 2013 at 13:48

        You won’t! Just think professorish thoughts, keep it practical, and you’ll be fine. ;)

      • 154 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 14:32

        :lol: Yes! Professorish thoughts! I hope so. :)

  23. 155 Al September 25, 2013 at 12:26

    Uhhh …. that was the graphics card

    • 156 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 12:59

      You’re right! How did you know?

      • 157 Al September 25, 2013 at 13:24

        I have tinkered with the insides of computers before. I used to repair them. It may be an idea to purchase a cheap replacement off of eBay and see if that is the problem

      • 158 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 14:28

        Yes, maybe that has something to do with it. But the dadblame machine is so slow. It makes the professor want to take it out back and…

      • 159 Al September 25, 2013 at 14:54

        How old is the machine?

      • 160 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:44

        I’m not really sure. It’s a Pentium IV. Pretty old, huh?

      • 161 Al September 25, 2013 at 20:45

        Yikes. Yeah, I think there’s your reason for it being slow. It’s coughing and spluttering.

      • 162 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 20:54

        Yes, all kinds of horrible noises. What should the professor do?

      • 163 Al September 25, 2013 at 21:09

        My suggestion would be to throw it away and buy a new one.

        The P4 was last manufactured about 8 years ago. They are now on dual core and quad core processors. It’s amazing that it can even connect to the internet. If you are not using it for gaming, I would suggest a laptop. They are easy to lug around. Or, the desktop – a bit more expensive – but you have the option to upgrade.

        You could upgrade yours, but unfortunately, by the time you have paid out for it all, you would have been better off buying a new one. What country are you in?

      • 164 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 21:14

        The professor is in the US. I really like the idea of a laptop.

  24. 165 Jackie September 25, 2013 at 12:21

    A wise and prudent decision, Professor!

    • 166 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 12:59

      Thank you! But I should have made it sooner, I think. It’s embarrassing when I think about. :)

      • 167 Jackie September 25, 2013 at 13:05

        Oh well, lesson learned. Next time you need to make a decision like this you will have this incident to draw from and as a result you will make a better decision because of it. I mean it could go either way – next time you might show signs of having learned nothing. But I have faith in you Professor so I think that you will! :-D

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke September 25, 2013 at 13:07

        :lol: Thank you! The professor does wish that he had as much faith in himself as you do! But you’re right about the decision–that is, if professorishness doesn’t get in the way, dadblameit!


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