The Joys of Technology

Friday, January 19th, 2007 @ 8:42am

I suppose one of Murphy’s laws could be, “The more you need a piece of technology, the more likely it is for it to break.” I have experienced that on this weekend. Not only with one items, but two as a matter of fact. First, my iPod is in for minor repairs which will take two weeks longer than a mistake on BestBuy’s part. Secondly, my laptop harddrive decided this weekend would be the perfect time to fail. Both of these items I really needed for my long trip this weekend, yet I’m having to cope without both. Oh well.

I do love tech support however, I tried to call Sony up since I wanted to replace my laptop harddrive ASAP, and needed to know if a new harddrive was compatable with an older standard on my laptop. A simple question with a simple “yes” or “no” answer… at least so I thought. My conversation with Sony went something like this:

Me: I need to replace my laptop harddrive. Are newer ATA-6 harddrives compatable with the ATA-5 standard on my laptop?

Sony: (Some mumbo jumbo about how they can’t provide support for new hardware, even though I only asked a simple question that could be solved with such a simple answer)

– Here I explained the problem I have, the steps I tooked to come to the solution that my harddrive no longer works.

Sony: You need to [some steps to reinstall Windows] and [some more steps].

Me: I can’t even follow those steps, because the bios doesn’t even recognize the harddrive.

Sony: Then you need a new drive.

Me: … (Internal Thoughts: Well d’oh. )

I decided at this point, I would be better off with my time spent on google, and sure enough I found the answer within 2 minutes. It frustrates me to no end that tech support can not answer such a simple question reguarding their product. Customer service should be just that, service, and should not feel like a diservice to the very customers you are supposed to be serving.

I have bought a new drive already. It is a good thing though, even though my old harddrive went bad. I’ll have a lot more space for doing things (2x the space infact) and might even try to install Linux. Who knows?


Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 @ 12:36am

It’s been a few days, so I felt like something should go here. It’ll probably be mostly random.

I don’t really have anything to ramble about, I suppose things have been going pretty well so far, although busy. Only one more week of school before finals… it’s so hard to believe. People keep asking me what I’m going to do when I graduate… and I don’t really know at this point. I mean, other than the obvious (get a job, get married, have a family, etc.), I don’t really know. A lot of things have yet to fall into place and I’m not at a point in time where I can make judgments on certain things. To think that the rest of my life depends on decisions I make in the next 6 months… it’s mind boggling and overwhelming. I try not to think about it too much.

Although, I feel like I have a lot of things to say but really don’t have anyone to say them to. There are things I’d like to ramble about at the very least, but don’t want to burden anyone with my troubles. It’s odd how I like to help other people as much as I can but I almost hardly allow anyone to help me. Is that really so wrong? Certainly it can’t be good to keep everything to yourself, but at the same time who would really want to listen?

This week, I’ve felt really old all of a sudden and I’m not exactly sure why. Sure, 22 isn’t really that old but it almost seems that way. Maybe it’s because it’s my last year of school. Maybe it’s because I thought life would be different at 22 (when I was younger). Maybe… who knows?

This next week should be even more hectic than the previous. I have at least 2 group type projects in the works for COSC along with a Japanese final coming up. Not to mention my other finals next week. Thank goodness for Christmas break.

I’ve been considering stopping the “journal” aspect of this site and just posting interesting links/videos I find on the internet. It seems pointless to post here if no one is reading, and if they’re really interested in what’s going on they can always ask me. I don’t know, I’m kind of indifferent about it, and I may not do it, but I’m considering it at the very least…

The End of an Era

Sunday, November 5th, 2006 @ 1:23am

Band Seniors

So my life in marching band is now over. In a way, I’m actually quite sad. Never again will I be able to play on the field again. Sure, things were tough sometimes and unloading and loading the truck was a pain. But I really enjoyed it. The picture you see above is all of the seniors for 2006. I may not know all of them quite as well as I might like, but there is some sort of bond between us, even with me only participating in band for the short time of two years. I will say this much, if I attend any Samford games next year, which I most likely will if I live in the area, it will be a very odd feeling. It won’t quite feel the same actually sitting in the stands watching as opposed to playing. I can’t quite fathom that feeling yet…

The infamous Donaldson project(s) still loom over my head. I really have been working hard on this project, but it’s honestly going nowhere. I have some sort of bug in my code that I can’t quite track down… and it’s driving me crazy! I’m sure it’s something small and stupid, but I can’t find it. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do if I can’t find/finish it by this next Tuesday. My only other hope is that no one else in the class has finished the project either and Donaldson will postpone the project again.

I also had a good talk with someone today. I honestly wish I could do more for people than just pray for them, but I honestly don’t know what I can do. I know God has given me a passion to help people, sometimes I just don’t know how. I know I need prayer myself, I am by no means a perfect person. But I pray that God will always provide to me a cheerful spirit that I can at least always be encouraging to others.

Ultimately, my goal is to strive to be like Him daily, and to grow closer in my relationship to Him. Sure, I have my own wants and needs in life, but it’s amazing how simple those seem when I really do focus on Him. It’s just disappointing that my human nature limits me sometimes to what kind of capacity God would provide if I truly had a heart for him 24/7. I know God will provide for me, I trust that He will provide for me. I truly and honestly believe that; I just need the patience to wait for His guidance.

Finding Direction

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 @ 9:29pm

I must admit, it’s been quite an interesting week… or weekend, or whatever. But I can only say so much. I really don’t know if that many people read this, other than a select few but I guess it’s here for those of you that are interested, or bored, or just don’t have anything better to do.

Here am I, a college senior contemplating life… imagine that? God has impacted me a lot this weekend in ways that I can’t even begin to imagine. Yet oddly enough, I am okay with it. I was reading through Philippians and happened upon this verse which just kind of struck me out like a lightning bolt out of the blue, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11) Do I still have questions? Yes. Will they ever be answered? I honestly can’t say. Yet even through all that, I can be content, because I know God will provide for me, even when I don’t deserve it. I was also read the following verse as well, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, see also Psalm 37:4) Now, I don’t think that if I put God first in everything He’ll just give me whatever I want… I certainly don’t expect that. But if I seek after God, my desires will become His desires, and that to me is just truely amazing. To be so closely in tune with God that His desires become yours. That is what I want to strive for, to seek God first in everything I do, then naturally everything else should fall into place. It’s just amazing what happens when you do give everything to God, all of a sudden you know everything is going to be okay, even when you still have doubts. It’s something I wish I could really put into words…

I’ve also come to realize what amazing people God has placed in my life. My friends are just amazing and are there for me when I’m down, and are there to pick me up no matter what condition I am in. I am really undeserving to have such friends that have to put up with me, because I know I’m not simple to deal with, but I’m thankful that they are willing to give up their time… for me. I pray that I will be available to do the same for them if they ever need it. I’ve also come to realize how amazing my Dad is. I mean, I like my Dad, and I always have. Even though we didn’t always get along he really has always been there for me, and always gives up time for me even with his busy work schedule. It just astounds me sometimes…

Anyway, sorry you had to read through all of that. I just wanted to jot some of my thoughts down so I could go back and look at them at a later date so I won’t forget anything. If you did read through all of that long post… yeah sorry about that. I know it’s not very entertaining but God’s doing something… I just don’t know what yet and it has me all excited. Anyway, on to other news…

My car got hit last week. But tomorrow, I might be finally putting it into a shop so I have to deal with that and get a rental car at the same time. It’s just been interesting to deal with insurance and all that, real excitement there. Also, we (Samford Band) get to go to Georgia Tech this weekend. I’m all excited about that, except that I have to drive the truck all the way over there so I’m going to have to drag someone along to keep me company. Any volunteers? Clint might show up as well, considering that Toccoa Falls is void of any entertainment apparently. So I’ll be glad to see him at the very least.

And if you did happen to read through all of the above, congratulations, and yet I apologize again for a third time. Just let me know what you think about all of that and if you have any suggestions (verses, opinions, ect.) or at least let me know that I’m just not talking to myself all of the time!