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You might run on, for a long time

Wednesday I went out to Koumala and West Hill State Schools. Not much interesting there; except for when they asked me to show one of their Year 5 classes the insides of a computer.

My first response was "no way" but eventually they talked me into it. It wasn't too bad. I was going to tell them all about buses and lots of in-depth things like that, and as usual it went out the window. The kids just asked lots of questions. Questions like:

"Is it going to work when you put it back together?"

My response:
"Of course."

"What if it doesn't?"

"It will."

"But what if it doesn't?"

"I'm confident that it will."

"Okay, so it'll work, but what if it doesn't? What then? Will you run away?"

"I don't run from my responsibilities. I'll work on it until it works again."

Which seemed to shut the little smart-ass up.

Incidentally, I picked a computer that I had previously had a lot of troubles with to pull apart. It didn't work after I put it back together.


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May. 24th, 2001 05:43 pm (UTC)
::falls over laughing::

Did they give you double time and a half for that? ;)
May. 24th, 2001 07:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but what happens if it doesn't work? *ducks*
May. 24th, 2001 08:22 pm (UTC)
I start to throw things.

Actually I took the computer with me to work on in my spare time at Sarina Primary, and as it turns out I think either the AGP slot in it has died, or the video card is stuffed.

Which would explain a lot of things.

So, to cut it all short, the computer still doesn't work, and most likely won't until there's a new video card in it.


Another interesting bit:
Yesterday a teacher asked me to fix her printer.

"It keeps pulling the paper through wrong. I have to constantly make sure it feeds through ok."

She looked really peeved about it, but I said anyway,

"I really have no idea why it would be doing that, we don't have any spare printers, so ..."

"Its tough love?"


I told her I'd go and have a look anyway.

It took me about 5 minutes to figure out how this printer came apart, and in the end it turned out there was a bit of paper jammed in there, which was of course preventing the even feed of paper through it.

I broke one of the feed rollers in half. It still works without it. Besides, super-glue is a no-no in schools apparently.
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