Friday, May 27, 2005

My Computer -> Right Click -> Properties

In search of posts was I (Yoda Style), and looked across the length and the breadth of my cabin to find something funny and crappy to write about. I just hoped that I had a mirror so that I could look into it and write zillions of lines of crap about my reflection (that’s me), but then you cant get everything that you want, you see. So I looked again in this spooky place and finally came across something that was right in front of me for the last week. My stand by computer (its not computer in stand by state). Let me right click on it and discuss its properties with you :)

It’s a PIII 550 Mhz machine with 256 MB RAM running Windows 98. the monitor looks pretty decent and stands 14” tall (finally someone who is shorter than me). The cabinet was supposed to be white but now its yellow (probably has jaundice).

Okay now comes the best part, this is the reason why Prince Of Wales Museum (in Mumbai, this is for people who never knew this place existed) is after me for the last week, asking me to sell my cabinet to them for a huge amount. It has got a 5 ¼ floppy drive with a manual lock. Reminds me of the old days when I used to play some stupid games at a neighbor’s place with a 5 ¼ floppy disk. Now this cabinet doesn’t have a CD Rom Drive, but I suspect that the 5 ¼ floppy drive must be a camouflaged CD Drive. My Job for the day is to find out if it actually is a CD Drive.

The functioning of the CPU is very very “transparent”. Its normal floppy slots and the cd drive slots are open and I can actually see it working (and hear it working too). Sometimes when I click at the wrong places where I am not supposed to (this has got nothing to do with clicking on porn sites), it makes a sound that reminds me of the “Jet Pack” sound in “Dangerous Dave” and I get nauseatic ( oh sorry nostalgic).

It also has super powers to understand what softwares have been loaded and what effect those softwares have on the devices. Ya it does that, the guy who put this comp up for me quotes “Since your machine has Norton Antivirus, the mouse drivers have to be re-installed every time the system boots”. Pretty logical huh! Norton Antivirus must have probably found a virus in the mouse driver (or probably found the plague virus in the mouse itself) and hence the mouse virus or whatever has to be quarantined and then re-installed again. (ralph: is this an example of augmented reality?)

Thanks to the wonderful invention of computers, I have mine right now. I will miss this lil beauty when I get a replacement. I will miss the “Jet Pack” and the "5 ¼ floppy drive" big time. Let god give me the strength so that I don’t break down when I have to part ways with this lil beauty :)

1 comment:

Ravi Nambiar said...

Please accept my condolences, as u will have to say bye bye to your Super Comp, i suggest you ask Ranga to keep it in a Godrej Ka Tijori- then You could boast of bt saying that it has the ultimate Fire Wall.