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service with a sneer

We picked up our work HPLC computer yesterday.  The guy had left in the loving care of the new coffee shop on the island, and we picked it up from them.  Those coffee shop guys have a whole different take on the whole "service with a smile" thing, and I think they won't last too long in business because of it.  But apparently my boss' salary is getting cut by 10% because of some kind of NIH funding decrease, so I guess we aren't going to be getting a new machine anytime soon.  Next week I'll have to bring the box to another computer place on the island and see what they can do for it.

I'm going to be teaching the next two swordfighting classes because the dude's going on a trip to China.  I'm glad to get a chance to study up close the padded sparring weapons that we're using, it'll help me modify the ones I'm trying to build.  I need to take a bunch of measurements of them and see what I can do.  Also it's nice to get to practice with them more than 10 minutes per week.

Family's coming in for the weekend.  I don't get monday off, but I do get tuesday off.  WTF is that?


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Jul. 1st, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
What's wrong with the box? Maybe I can help. And for fellow thralls of the gov, I only charge parts.
Jul. 1st, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
That would be a boon. IIRC the motherboard is shot. I was Frankensteining this thing six ways from sunday with other old boxes and I had it booting, and then it stopped, and I couldn't get it to POST, and the power supply tested out fine so I assume that it's either the mobo or possibly the chip. But it's an old unit that needs to run Win 98 or Win NT (I think) to be able to run our old HPLC software.
Jul. 2nd, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
call me at 2812220266 sometime and we'll arrange something. It'll need to wait a couple of weeks though. Is that okay?
Jul. 3rd, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
hmmmmm a couple of weeks, I will need to talk to the guy I work with to see if it's okay with him, because I know he's jumping to get it fixed and back ASAP. I definitely appreciate the offer, I hate to not be able to say yes on the spot.
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