Bevaaaaaaare the Curse!

I have my Java Programming lab at 10am on Thursday mornings. Rather than taking over the SHEEPDIP several times a week, SI Computing gives us laptop computers from the Locally Accessible Machine Base for Developing Information Professionals*.

Every week, I have a problem with the first laptop they give me. It has no battery life and I can't get it plugged in before it cuts out and has to reboot, or else it doesn't have the JBuilder software installed. Add to that the fact that my 9:00 class has recently been held in the boonies of the Institute for Social Research and I am always the last person who is set up and ready to get started on the lab.

This week, however was different. I was not the last person to get set up for the lab. Everyone got their laptops after I got there, we opened them up and turned them on.

Then my computer wouldn't connect to the network. Well, I needed network and Internet access in order to download the assignment and save my work, so that would not do. I talked to the SI Computing assistant and she brought me a different one.

I waited the million years for that one to boot up and go through the network prompts, only to find that it was also not connecting. Neither of them seemed to have the wireless network among their list of possible connections. Another SI Computing assistant came in and the two of them fiddled around with things, then gave up and brought me another.

This one did not work either. The fourth laptop wouldn't even boot up. Finally, they gave it one last try and brought in number five. We rejoiced as, at 11:05 in our one-hour lab, I signed in, connected to the network, and went to the website where I could download the files needed for the assignment. Then I went to start up JBuilder and...

JBuilder? Oh yes, this is the one laptop that I always get, the one that doesn't have JBuilder installed. Lovely. I gave up and went to lunch.

I was not the last person to get set up for lab this week... because I was never set up for lab!

* a cart full of laptop computers, known to some heathen unbelievers as the "Mobile DIAD"

srah - Sunday, 14 March 2004 - 11:10 AM

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Comments (5)

gravatar Mr. B--------- - March 14, 2004 - 12:39 PM -

And our teacher didn't show up until the last 15 minutes, either!

gravatar Jez - March 14, 2004 - 12:58 PM -

I'm going to buy a laptop soon. Can you let me know what make of laptop your university uses? SO I CAN AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!1

gravatar srah - March 14, 2004 - 1:08 PM -

Anyone know? I can't remember. I'm thinking they're Dells of some kind? I think the problem, though, is that for some reason, the network connection was not set up on any of these computers.

But then, SI Computing are not known for their competence.

gravatar Mr. B--------- - March 14, 2004 - 4:36 PM -

They're all Dell P3's which run bizarrely slow.

gravatar katie - March 15, 2004 - 8:27 AM -

My personal laptop is a wonderful Toshiba somethingorother. :)


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