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The day my scanner fried... :(

Posted 01-25-2007 at 08:59 AM by avallach

There are days, when you just wake up and you know something sad will happen. Today was one of those. First I overslept and have to run fast through fresh snow. Late winter in January is something really strange in Poland. Anyway as I arrived at school, I looked into library to check the new posts on LQ as ususal... But it was something bad in the air and when I came in on every computer (Win XP cranky machines), there was a yellow sign telling the LAN is dead. I looked at librarian, and she told me that workshop chef is gone today and I'm her and secretary only hope. They like using instant-messengers during their job strange huh ? :) Anyway, I've checked first switch, which looked quite well, despite the awful smell... I found another one in the office in the basement, and the power supply adaptor was dead. I told her that there was nothing I could do. But one hour later, she told me that she phoned to the workshop chef and I could steal some ac/dc adaptor from other switch. Checking next two switches gave null results, because they had wrong output voltage 24 V not 15 V.
A bit frustrated I returned home and wanted to scan the test results from my electronics lab to send it to rest of my group. As usually I put my notes on the glass plate of the scanner. And then it happened. Xsane started properly, easily recognized my machine, but it didn't start the preview. There were some problems with the usb port, so I changed it.. After accidently touch my hand felt an electric shock, and computer restarted. Now the system still recognizes the scanner properly, but it is not working... Well another work in checking it.
I thought that this day will be good to force my friend to use Jabber, but now I'm not sure ?
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