Flying PCs

This story has crossed all of the mainstream media wires:

A German man became so frustrated at his computer that he threw it out of his window, and the police reaction was essentially “we understand”?.

A classic comedic antic was brought to life when the 51-year-old man said he became “annoyed”? with his computer. He hurled it out his window in the middle of the night on Saturday, waking up his next door neighbors.

A spokesperson for the German police summed it up by saying, “Who hasn”™t felt like doing that?”?

The angered PC user did have to clean up about a half block”™s worth of shattered computer parts, but no police report was filed.

Perhaps what is so sad is that most folks can relate to this story. I had a similar reaction this morning as I spent 45 minutes watching my Windows box download “critical updates” and restart several times.

5 replies
  1. Rob Haskell
    Rob Haskell says:

    I haven’t heard of MAC’s getting thrown out of any windows recently. I have been experiencing Pro-Tools/Windows XP contention issues recently and just last night felt exactly the same way. If I had had a window in my basement it might have gone through. I had to re-install PT and peripheral drivers for no apparent reason…finally got everything back to where it was. Frustration? You bet! I am seriously contemplating moving to a MAC platform”¦.

  2. Serge
    Serge says:

    Interesting… Are you running Windows XP? I recently upgrade to Windows Vista (Home version). When I downloaded all the recent updates it only had to reboot once.

  3. Richard Cleaver
    Richard Cleaver says:

    Serge: I work on two Macs and two Wintel boxes. Both Wintel boxes run Vista Ultimate.

    Rob: Three years on a Pro Tools HD rig with a Mac. There is a little bit of tweaking that goes into a Pro Tools HD setup but I have never had a system crash. I have never had a session go down. The platform has been rock solid.

    Ross: I share your pain 😉

  4. Rob Haskell
    Rob Haskell says:

    I just found out last night that about 2 or 3 of my tunes are no longer playable. I do have backups, but every time I go to open these particular files, Pro Tools freezes and I cannot access these files at all. There is no doubt in my mind it was due to the contention and very strange Windows and PT error messages I was receiving. I had done no hardware or software changes, but had completed the Windows update process. I spent about 6 hours over 3 nights to recover my platform to it’s original state, yet I had done nothing to cause this issue in the first place. Uggh!


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