Senin, 05 Maret 2012

Is it fixed yet?

As much as I’d like to be home making muffins, doing laundryand vacuuming everyday . . . for my regular day-to-day job I work as a systems/networkadministrator.   Basically, the same thing . . . you know getting stuff done and cleaning up people's messes except that I get to collect a paycheck

The other day I got a call from an end-user who said they weregetting warnings on their computer that there was an impending hard diskfailure, driver errors and all sort of imminent catastrophic hardware failures. 

Needless to say he was freaking out.

I went to check it out and without even touching thecomputer I could tell immediately it was a virus.  Further inspection verified my initialdiagnosis.  So, I set about removing,repairing and otherwise eradicating said virus.

As I’m working, said end user is hovering directly behind mewhile enjoying his breakfast . . . crunching and slurping obnoxiously in myear.

Clenching my teeth in an effort not to scream, I turn to himand say, “This is going to take a while . . . I’ll let you know when I’m done.”

Amazingly, he took the hint and went off to find somewhereelse to munch his cereal and drink his coffee.

I short time later I was just managing to gain some sort ofcontrol over the system when I hear, “How’s it goin’?”

I look up and said, “This is going to take a while . . . I’lllet you know when I’m done.  Oh, and bythe way, it’s not really the best idea to stick magnets to your computer.”  I swear to God the guy was using very powerfulmagnets to hold papers to the case of his PC. I strongly suspect that he was using his CD-ROM tray as a cup holder, aswell.  Anyway . . .

He replied,” Oh wow, really? I guess I should use tape then.”  I responded that that would probably be a better idea.

So he wandered off again but somehow managed to appearbefore me again within a half an hour. 

I was like, “Listen dude, you really did a good job trashingyour computer with whatever link you clicked on or whatever website you shouldn’thave been visiting and it’s going to take me a loooooooong time to fix this screwedup mess.  GO AWAY.”

I didn’t say exactlythat, but he got the idea. 

The point is . . . well, really I have no point.  Ventilation and decompression complete.  Thank you for listening.

Spaghetti Aglio,Olio, e Peperoncino

Spaghetti with oil, garlic and hot pepper.

8 Ounces ofSpaghetti
2 Large or 3Small Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 1/2 Teaspoons ofChili Pepper Flakes
1/4 To 1/3 Cup ofExtra-Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 Teaspoon ofSalt
1/2 Teaspoon ofFreshly Ground Black Pepper

Cook spaghettiaccording to the directions on the package, until it is al dente.

Strain spaghettiand place in a large serving dish.

Combine mincedgarlic, chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. 

Sprinkle overpasta and pour olive oil over top and mix will.

Serve warm or atroom temperature.  Top with parmesancheese, if desired.

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