Your Computer Will Break

Computers are partially mechanical. They will break. Yes, that is correct, your computer will not live a forever harmonious life never having any trouble. Just like your car can get a flat tire at the least expected time, your computer can break at the least expected time. Most of the time it is just the wrong time. Actually, is there ever a right time?

What gets me is the uppityness that people display about a computer breaking. A lot of people go into some kind of mild rage. They do this despite a lot of them having been using computers since the abacus. I don’t get it. They don’t rage on their mechanic when their car needs to be fixed. Yet, the service desk person has to take it like a Warrior or Paladin in World of Warcraft that is soaking up all the damage so the group can defeat a dungeon boss. After a while, taking all those hits wears a person down. They bleed not blood, but sorrow, and lose their vigor.

I want to help, but I don’t want to deal with the blunt force trauma that comes with helping anymore. Computers have been around for a long time now. They are older than myself. Older than some makes of autos. Yet, many people still don’t get them. To them they are just the magical box that gets stuff done. As long as the magic box works, life is grand. As long as the magic box is fast, life is awesome.

The magic box is not magical. It’s partially mechanical. It will fail. It’s just a matter of time. I’ve had hard drives fail, cooling fans fail, motherboards fail, monitors fail, keyboards fail, mice fail, optical drives fail, video cards fail, and power supplies fail. It happens. It’s just a matter of when, and which component or components will fail.

For those of you that love to avoid updates. Think about it like this; avoiding an update is like not changing the oil in your car. How much longer do you think your car is going to last without ever getting an oil change? Not very long. Don’t update your computer like you should and the failures will come even sooner.

People think they have to be some guru level of expertise, or be able to be labeled a computer expert to care for their computers. You don’t have an ASE certification, yet you car for your car. Same thing with a computer. Most of the time you’re not the first person to have the problem that you are having. There is a website with information to assist you or even a YouTube video. I’m not saying be all cowboy, but at least be informed.

I’m sorry. I can’t always press a button to make it all better. The Staples’ Easy button really only works with password resets.