out of commission

There’s nothing I don’t like more on my blog than posting notices that basically say, “I’m busy, and that’s why I haven’t done anything,” but I think this time probably deserves a chance, since I’m not sure when things are going to be back to normal.

I think I mentioned this in passing in other recent posts, but here’s the story.  About three weeks ago now, I woke up early one morning, went out to my living room and noticed my computer was turned off.  It seemed rather odd to me, considering I hardly ever turn it off, though sometimes I do and just forget.  I came back to it later, and realized that my power supply had died.  That in itself is really odd, since I paid a lot for one of those quiet ones, and I’d had it less than a year.

Anyway, instead of rushing out to replace or get it RMA’d, instead I decided to just live without a desktop for a while, and that’s what I’ve been doing.  Cutting myself off from that has been largely a positive experience.  I needed a break from working on Gentoo and computer projects, and it’s helped curb my idling quite a bit, and I’ve been getting a lot done in other areas of life.

As far as Gentoo goes, I don’t have access to anything right now since everything was on my desktop.  My SSH pubkey is on there, so I can’t work on any ebuilds.  I can check my email through webmail, but last time I looked I had over 2500 new messages, and it broke the webpage.  If you really need to contact me, I’m always on jabber during work hours (sdibb at jabber dot org).  I would point to my contact page, but I accidentally zapped that the other day while upgrading my blog.  Whoops.

In case you’re wondering, I am planning on “coming back” sometime, but for now I’m really enjoying the break.  I’m using my laptop at home to get online, but it has a bare minimum of my preferences setup, so I mostly just use it to check my gmail and that’s it.  As soon as I feel like I’m caught up with things again in life, I’ll get my computer fixed.  I’m going to try and take it easier this time though, as I have a tendency to take on too much and get burned out quickly.  I think maybe what I’ll do is instead of broadly approaching so many areas in the tree, I’ll focus on maintaining a few applications.  Who knows.  We’ll see.

In any event, have a great weekend.  I should be back online for good in another week or so.

2 thoughts on “out of commission

  1. Careful, you might get too comfortable with your laptop (i.e. move all your impotant preferences over) and never want to go back to that desk again. This can be less liberating than the desktop was in the first place, because you can use your laptop in more situations than you could your desktop. Pretty soon you’re bringing it to your friend’s wedding…

    Then there’s the ergonomics angle. Desktops can be more ergonomic than laptops, especially laptops on laps.

    But gee it’s really nice.

    laptop addict

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