Pessimistic Optimism

Life as I see it… sort of.

Technology, Can’t Live Without it, Can’t Shoot it

I’ve mentioned this before; I’m a technological neophyte.  Every time I try to do something by myself that involves electronics, I almost destroy the world, or at the least, my world.

Our wireless router went the way of the Dodo this week.  Its environment didn’t destroy it, as far as I know, but it did cease working.  My F.I.L. was the one that detected this after he witnessed me smacking the side of the laptop because it wouldn’t connect to the Internet. 

After he diagnosed the problem he broke the bad news to my wife and I gently, but it still hurt… especially in the wallet.  He was kind enough to advise me where to go and what to buy, which is the way I like it when I know nothing about something, because then I don’t have to over-think the matter.  I would make a good soldier, as long as I didn’t have to exert myself too much or get my hands dirty.

The little sponges that live under the same roof as my wife and I accompanied me to Office Max today to buy the new router because I couldn’t leave them home alone with the dog.  It’s not that he isn’t capable of watching them, but they tend to mimic his bad habits, like drinking out of the toilet bowl, licking himself and watching too much Lifetime.  Those chick flicks can really damage an impressionable child’s psyche.

When we got back, the kids wore themselves out in the yard enough that they both wanted to nap, which was the plan.  Being the go-getter that I am and the fact that I was the only adult home and the little ones were sleeping, I hooked the new one up by myself.

Most people probably feel a sense of accomplishment when they take on something that intimidates them, I just felt sick.  I assumed that I inadvertently ruined our laptop, desktop and/or new router even though every thing appeared to go smoothly. 

My olfactory receptor neurons were in overdrive as I typed this, because I feared that something would be burning soon and if I caught the odor of smoke quickly I could possibly limit the damage.

So far, so good.  Keep your fingers crossed. 

Does anyone want to buy a slightly used wireless router? 


May 2, 2007 - Posted by | electronics, Humor, life, Ranting, technology


  1. I once plugged the wrong power supply into a cable modem. You wouldn’t think a few volts would make that much difference, but that slight ozone smell is just enough to tell you that you’ve just given your modem a stroke.

    Comment by Diesel | May 2, 2007 | Reply

  2. Diesel,
    Was that a euphemism for something you did in college? I hope not because it sounds nasty.

    Comment by linusmann | May 3, 2007 | Reply

  3. Congrats. to you on getting it hooked up. If I were in that situation everything would have just sat on the computer desk until I could get some 8 year old kid over to show me how.
    You are my hero, if you can do things like this maybe I can at least
    Always enjoy your writings

    Comment by hudds53 | May 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. At least people don’t call you hurtful names like “Virus Fingers”!

    Comment by Zoning Out Again | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  5. Bill,
    Sometimes you got to take the electronic bull by the horns and just give it a try… and hope it doesn’t get loose in an electronic china shop, especially if no 8 year olds are around to help.

    Virus Fingers, huh! Would you like to fix my desktop computer, because my wife would like a new one?

    Comment by linusmann | May 9, 2007 | Reply

  6. Sure! That’s how I got my new one! Only I had to pay for it so it didn’t quite work out as I planned!

    Comment by Zoning Out Again | May 11, 2007 | Reply

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