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There seems to be a Gremlin in my computer today. If I leave it alone for a few minutes (which I think means if I don’t move the mouse within some fixed amount of time), the mouse locks up on me and I have to unplug it and plug it back in.


It’s happened from time to time before, but it’s worse today for some reason. I’m guessing some timed process is crashing the USB driver or it just gets tired of waiting in a loop for a mouse event. I don’t know.

Also, my home computer has recently taken to crashing when I sleep it. It just locks up, and I’m forced to reboot. Upon reboot, as likely as not it fails to detect the hard drive my system file lives on (or even the other hard drive for that matter). The first time I went so far as to remove the IDE cable and try to reseat it. Since then I’ve learned that simply turning it off and waiting a few minutes or turning it off, unplugging it and plugging it back in generally fixes it eventually. Sometimes I have to unplug my WiFi router too. I’m not sure if these bizarre dance steps are really doing anything or if it just needs to wait long enough for something to discharge or charge or …


If I was any kind of geek, I’d get in there and try to work out what’s going on. As it is, I just do the dance steps I’ve been taught, sacrifice my goats and cocks, and pray to the tech gods that they’ll continue to honor me with the bounty of their grace.


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