Through the years I have always been thankful to not have addictive traits or personality. Sure, I can get focused on things sometimes, but nothing that even comes close to clinical OCD. That said, today I seemed to be flirting with it. A small technical issue with my computer has occupied my mind for hours and I just can't escape it. Thankfully, I actually noticed what was happening and was able to force myself to step away from it for a while. Even then, though, it drew me back in a few hours later.
Now, one of the best traits of an troubleshooter, regardless of what they are troubleshooting, the ability to be tenacious when faced with an issue. Over the years, I have face some very difficult issues, with only a few beating me. Unfortunately, there have also been times when I "went down the rabbit hole" on a problem and made myself rather miserable. It is always a danger when you are so focused on finding a solution and I have seen other with bigger issues than I when it comes to this.
I think this might be one of the many reasons I have stopped doing computer support. Over the last several years I have faced more and more problems that couldn't really be solved. The only expedient solution was to rebuild the machine entirely. For me, this really isn't a solution, more of just a "drop back and punt" method of getting the computer functional again. This started to disturb me more and more -- and left me feeling a bit of a failure. Of course, spending countless hours trying to locate an esoteric problem -- one that even stumps the manufacturer, is worthless to everyone involved. Unfortunately, it seems that computers and their software are now so complex that "drop back and punt" is the only true method to solve the problem. This goes against my own personal wishes and desire so much, that it is better I remove my self from these issues than try to deal with my own emotions about them.
It looks like, right now, I'll be having to "punt" my machine as soon as finish up a large project I just started. You don't want to change horses in mid-stream, as they say, and the problems I am experiencing now are pretty small. Once those videos are done, though, I will clone this drive to protect all the data that is there and then re-format, re-install, etc and start over with a fresh machine -- something I haven't done in quite some time. It will probably make things run better in the long run, but the time involved makes me whence to even think about it.
Now it's time for me to try and find something to distract myself before I waste any more time on this issue.
Previously on End of the Day:
- Finding your rhythm - End of the Day for June 18, 2014
- …and the day flies by in Flow - End of the Day for June 17, 2014
- A little but of this. A little bit of that. - End of the Day for June 16, 2014
- Don't ask questions you don't really want to know the answer to - End of the Day for June 15, 2014
- In vino veritas and in conversation, truth- End of the Day for June 14, 2014
- Habits are made to be broken - End of the Day for June 13, 2014
- A week of events -- End of the Day for June 11, 2014
- Sometimes I am such the "wife" in this relationship - End of the Day for June 10, 2014
- Tiring to be an adult sometimes - End of the Day for June 9, 2014
- Is it too late? - End of the Day for June 8, 2014
- When spouses travel it makes for a Sad Panda - End of the Day for June 7, 2014
- Noise and the absence of noise - End of the Day for June 6, 2014
- Sunsetting - End of the Day for June 5, 2014
- Summer is finally here! - End of the Day for June 4, 2014
- My Favorite Musicals - End of the Day for June 3, 2014
- Going without cable television -- if not cable Internet - End of the Day for June 2, 2014
- Is anyone out there listening? - End of the Day for June 1, 2014
- End of the Day for May 2014
- End of the Day for April 2014
- End of the Day for March 2014
- End of the Day for February 2014
- End of the Day for January 2014