© 2002 Jamie Zawinski <email@example.com>
Some people have interpersonal drama issues. No matter what they do, or how much they try, they always seem to be involved in some kind of clusterfuck or another. You've known these people: everything they get near turns into a disaster, and no matter how nice they seem, they are best avoided.
Me? I have computer drama issues.
I have completely dysfunctional relationships with machines. The simplest thing, that normal people do every day, starts a big screaming fight. I only rarely find myself in situations where I'm genuinely angry at a person, and yet, computers leave me in a blind rage on a pretty regular basis. It's been worse in the last few weeks, but there have been a couple times in very recent memory where I had to make a conscious effort to close my eyes, breathe deeply and talk myself out of smashing things.
Today was the second time in two weeks that my firewall/gateway
machine at the club just lost
its mind, and stopped routing whole classes of packets. Like ssh and
This kind of shit happens to me all the time. All the time. It's
always like this. I don't even get problems that make sense. Am I
highly radioactive or something? Did I piss off a gypsy witch who put
And like all relationship-drama fuckups, I seem to be incapable of just walking away. I finally got it together to leave that cesspool we call the computer industry and what did I do? I filled my nightclub with computers, and with insufficient budget to make them be someone's problem other than mine.
I'll be standing over here in the column labeled "DON'T".
Speaking of which, the new motherboard and power supply I ordered as a result of last week's disaster arrived today, so that will be my project for the rest of the evening.
I think I'm going to get drunk before I begin, though. It can't possibly make things any worse.