Thursday, November 17, 2005

Blog Roundup 11/17; Dell Rant; God Loves Me

I was intending on writing this last night, but I was completely bombed - and it's Dell's fault (partially). Yesterday, I had an auditing midterm and a 6-page literature paper due. Tuesday night, I borrowed a friend's auditing book at about midnight, and was doing other stuff [wink] on the computer until about 2:30 AM. At about 3, I started on the essay - I already had a previous essay I'd written which I could steal a couple pages' worth from, and I was editing and adding when my computer... crashed.

I called Dell. Over the next 4 hours, I would be disconnected six times; get into a 20-minute argument with a technician about what size hard drive I have; and hear a lot of people talking Indian in the background. "Mary" would not believe that I had an 80-GB hard drive in my laptop, because the records she could see showed 40-GB. After much arguing on this point, she had me read her the serial number. After doing so, I asked:
So is it 80-gig?

I'm sorry?

Is it 80-gig?


Thank you.
Finally, she agreed to send out a new hard drive - but refused to send a tech to fix my fan, saying I have to first put in the new hard drive. Meanwhile, I stuck in the original hard drive they gave me (the 40GB) before they sent me the 80GB one, and said I can test it with this one. After a couple minutes of discussion on this, we were disconnected. [I should note that I am always civil and polite on these calls. It's not like they're hanging up on me for ranting and raving.]

I called back, and spoke to another tech. "Annie" had me run numerous tests, and since these all take a while, she would ask to leave the phone for a while to: get coffee; take other calls; just to walk around; etc. Unfortunately, after a few minutes of hearing all the techs speaking Indian every time, the phone would just click off. She would call me back and apologize, and continue - but it was pretty annoying. After a couple hours, she said she would send a tech to fix my motherboard - in two days. She took down my info (which she already had on the screen), and it disconnected again. I figured she already had what she needed, and went to sleep at 7AM. She left a message saying they'd come in 2 days - fine.

I got up at about 10:00, and after a few attempts, managed to jury-rig my computer so it would read the hard drive. Currently it's resting on an external floppy drive so it's at about a 15-degree angle.
(When I'd tried this at night it didn't work. But God loves me - everything always manages to work out. My parents wisely named me Eliezer Chaim: Which means, translated very loosely, "God helps me live.")
I finished the essay between 11 and 12:15, and went to school. I returned my friend's book to him - of which I'd only read 15 pages - and tried to figure out how I was going to learn 5 chapters of auditing I'd never read without a book.

My friend did not need his book from 1:15 to 2:45 - so I used it from about 1:30 and gave it back to him. That got me through 2-1/2 chapters (skimming and speed-reading...). At about 3:30, he realized that the library might have old auditing books. They actually had an older (1996?) version of the book we're using - but the chapter I really wanted to read (5) was almost the same. I read most of 5, and wanted to take it with me. Of course, the librarian wouldn't give me the book for 15 minutes, and I only got the book at 4. I took it to Lit class, and read the rest of 5, and skimmed through parts of legal liability in 4.

Took the auditing test at 6 - thank God, it was not bad at all. There are only 3 of us in the class, and the other two thought it was more difficult than I did (they're smart guys) - but the answers I discussed with one he pretty much made similar mistakes. In a class of 3, things we all get wrong tend to be discounted somewhat. :) :::whew:::

Anyways! On to today's roundup:
Jameel lives through a firebomb attack.

LGF announces the opening of Open Source Media (OSM).

Fudge made me smile. Twice.

So did Ze'ev - though it's not really funny.

Batya has been posting Arlene Kushner's From Israel: column lately. And her latest post is a great one, and has a funny picture of Katzav with the Swiss guards of the Vatican.

SoccerDad rips the PA's responses to terror attacks.
Check it out!


  1. Haha. "Mary". Did you see that 60 Minutes last season on outsourcing and training the reps in India to take American sounding names?

  2. PT - typical, sadly.

    PT and CE - I liked the guy who said his name was "Christopher" the best. :)

    I actually don't have a TV. (waits for gasping to subside) I am completely reliant on the Internet for news, sports, and TV shows I download. Like Family Guy and 24. :)

  3. I got up at about 10:00, and after a few attempts, managed to jury-rig my computer....

    Wait-- don't you live in New York?

    Zemanim for New York, today
    Sôf Zeman Qerias Shema`:
    08:38 (Mogein Avrohom)
    09:14 (GR"O)
    Sôf Zeman Tefillo
    10:03 (GR"O)

  4. I wrote:


    Sorry, I meant "zemannim".