I was always into computers as a kid, I don’t remember the exact year we got our first, but I remember it was big. To put it in the house the desk needed to have more depth than width, in order to fit the Cathode Ray Tube monitor, and the tower was as tall as the desk too. If you had the audacity to move the mouse, the cooling fans would kick in and you’d think you’d move next door to Heathrow Airport. Whatever the impracticalities were, it was an unblemished land of possibility.
My first real vivid memories are of Windows 97′, but I am fairly sure we had a computer or two before that. This was back before the internet, which makes a computer seem as useful as inventing a boat before water existed or Trump before ignorance existed. Existed it did though, and I pushed it to its full potential, mainly by selecting the ‘unravelled scroll’ ClipArt and then writing ‘Paul is da best 98” in 3D metallic writing with WordArt.
Inevitably I got bored and started deleting random things which I deemed unnecessary. The selection process was done at random from the list of programs running in the ‘Processes’ tab in the Task Manager. It was a great way to free up some very precious RAM
unnecessary for my ClipArt projects. This behaviour would inevitably deem the machine almost unusable, as I’d essentially deleted the majority of its core functions. I’d call my Dad over and assure him that I did nothing, that the new blue screen of death happened spontaneously with any input from me.
He would eventually have to boot up the machine in… (drum roll)… safe mode, exactly – clue was in the title really. This mode is able to run the system on its bare bones and start from scratch, so you are able to re-install windows from the CD-ROM.
Unsurprisingly*, I have been in safe mode today. It wasn’t through some kind of saboteur deleting my core functions, I just had a bit of a headache and then had the day to myself (entirely). So I didn’t speak, there was no need to be social or actively listen to anything or anyone. Even the pesky fellows in my brain had a little day off. Safe mode was all very, well, safe. No threats from outside or in, I was just running along the minimum power and functions required.
That was until my girlfriend returned home, along with her sister and soon followed by my girlfriend’s friend. Now this is not a problem – at all in fact. Except I’m stuck in safe mode over here and it takes 7 hours to re-install the Paul Green operating system from the CD-ROM, plus it was a bit scratched so it wouldn’t read it initially. Emergency action was required and I had to make do with the basic functions available. There was no ClipArt or 3D writing, I managed a few smiles and the odd remark but I suspect the installation will be complete just as everyone is leaving. At least I will be able to have a game of minesweeper before bed.
*Unsurprising, If you are a regular reader of the blog, and know the format of my posts.
P.S Thank you very much to Anabela V who bought me a coffee today – it was very kind and very much appreciated! If you’d also like to buy me brown liquid you can do it here.
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