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These types of crashes usually end in you calling Tech Support which involves sitting on phone for 4 hours after which a underpaid, overworked tech support representative who recently got fired from his job in airport security, will tell you that your computer is out of warranty and therefore you are not eligible for tech support. Unless you want to pay a small fee, in which case you can then be transfered to Advanced Fee-based Tech Support, where after waiting for only 2 hours, exact same Tech Support Representative you talked to before will tell you that he is going to send you an email that will show you how to fix problem. You will hang up tired, but satisfied that you got results, until you realize that you can't get check your email because your computer has crashed.
The only course of action left to you now is dreaded trip to computer repair shop. A trip that has never in history of personal computers ended well. Oh, guys at computer repair shop may look knowledgable, and they probably are, they just aren't going to put knowledge to use on YOUR PC. Instead that knowledge is reserved for trying to find ways to conquer Evil Wizard Gorlazx in Second Fuedal Region of online computer game Baalor's Revenge. Your machine will only get attention after hours and hours of Baalor's when computer repair guy has about 0.567 functioning brain cells left. That is why your PC always is ready a week later that promised and is never really technically fixed. It's 'fixed' in that it actual boots up now, but when it comes to doing something far-fetched like actually running a program you can forget about it. But look at it on bright side, they probably will have installed a nice new Baalor's Revenge screensaver on your Pc, and so now you will at least have something nice to look at while you sit on phone with Tech Support again.
But I guess that's price we all pay for luxury of modern technology. If you think about it, a few wasted hours on phone and a few wasted weeks or months with no computer, are really small prices to pay for all advantages we get while our PCs are working. And if you don't know what kind of 'advantages' I'm talking about, come over one day when my girlfriend's not here, I've got a few downloaded pictures to show you...
Tim Ward, the self-proclaimed Online Jester,invites you to sign-up for his ezine, aptlytitled, The Online Jester's Ezine. It's a monthly ezine that features his humorous articles that 'poke fun at all things Internet, as well as anything else he can find to make the ezine seem longer. To learn more and sign-up visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/onlinejester And do it quickly, before your PC crashes.