Well, I had my new PC for about 12 hours before it broke. Is this a record? Probably not, considering it has Vista on it, to be honest.
I got it home from the shop, unpacked it, plugged it in, connected my interweb connector box thingy and hoopla, it worked. I could see the bbc web page and everything.
So, last night I logged in to check my email (none, miserable billy no-mates that I am), play a few moves on my ongoing tragic Scrabble addiction, and see if I could get Photoshop loaded up. Aaah, all was going splendidly well.
But wait....what's this? I got a popup saying that there were some HP* uploads (downloads?) needed, and would I allow them to be done? Why of course. Anything for you, new PC. Suck those delicious healthy upgrades from the internet and grow up big and strong for me. Mmm-mm.
Halfway through the uploading process, my funky new monitor flickered, blinked a couple of times, went black, then came back with a completely crap display resolution. The upload had managed to wipe out the graphics card driver.
Much panicking later, I found the Restore facility in the "what to do when Vista breaks your new PC, be assured that it WILL" booklet. All is well. For now.
Other news: Successful trip to London yesterday. Meeting was useful, and I met Tall Richard for a cup of tea and a chat beforehand, which was very pleasant.
Also found a great birthday gift for Mr WithaY in the dive shop on the Embankment, which I walk past to get to the office.
Spotted this sign at Overton as the train sat at the station:
"Notice is hereby given that this footpath is not dedicated to the public."
I love that idea. I am going to start a campaign for more such signs:
"This stile is dedicated to Frank Sinatra."
"This footpath is dedicated to the people of Andorra."
"This railway platform is dedicated to the memory of King Charles the Bold."
It's a winner on so many levels.
*The computer manufacturer, not the brown sauce maker. I assume they are two different organisations, anyway.