My desktop PC failed on me this weekend, bad. I figured I could just do the work I was planning on my laptop but I quickly realized I need a desktop for certain tasks.
All computers are not created equally
The first thing my PC decided to do was explode the video card. Thankfully this is a cheap thing to fix but as I was debugging with a backup video card, it looks like some malware has gotten the best of my machine, unfortunately not always an easy fix. But the real problem is I wanted to do some web work this weekend and when I tried to do so on my laptop it just felt…weird. Maybe it’s because I’ve been programming and designing on desktop boxes all my life, it’s weird. I know a computer is a computer but even when my laptop is more or less docked with external keyboard and mouse I move as a snail’s pace.
Maybe it’s my internal nerd sense me not to overload my laptop with the same crap my desktop has. I look at my laptop as a “lite” desktop, it’s main purpose is to be a nice big internet machine that can play a few games. At one point I thought a laptop would let me do my development in places other than my home office but I can’t even do that. I can write blog posts all day on my couch and kitchen table, but when it comes to hunkering down and getting some programming done, that just doesn’t work.
I know this is all more or less mental but I’m just gonna go with it. A $30 video card and a re-install of Windows can solve all of my problems without having to put my brain through the anguish of change.