An Odd Unexpected Pause

There’s no Thursday evening column. The laptop computer died late Wednesday night. After about five years the screen gave out – the last in a long series of problems. Images jumped around and flickered for a bit – and then it went black – for good and forever. But this is what happens with over five years of pipe smoke in the air. So the day was devoted to getting a new laptop – and loading it up and configuring it. Then there was recovering all my files from the external hard disc where I’d parked them, and then recovering all the bookmarks, and reinstalling this and that. Commentary will resume tomorrow – unless we finally have that giant earthquake out here, the one everyone says is coming.


About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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1 Response to An Odd Unexpected Pause

  1. Linda Stephenson says:

    RIP, laptop.
    I’ll look forward to tomorrow’s post.

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