atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3003: One too many telemarketing calls

I took a trip out to CompUSA at the worst time of day to do it: after 4 PM. There are commuters of all stripes including people returning from the city and getting off the train, and while all that's going on--particularly after about 5:30--you get the shit-for-brains 20-somethings all heading out to the bars.

So the roads are full of morons FUCKING RETARDS. By the time I got home I was fuming mad at everything and not safe for fabrics; I hit the can and fed the cats, and as I was trying to remember where I set my bottle of diet Pepsi the fucking phone rang.

It was the telemarketing department of some shithead company that has been spamming my number lately (all that comes up is "Circulation Dev" and they never leave a message) so I grabbed the phone, hit "talk", and screamed into the handset


and hung up.

It would be very nice if that kept them from ever calling me again; but I bet it won't.

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Anyway, I got out of CompUSA for under $40, which is nothing short of a miracle. I saw a nice 17" flatscreen monitor for $90, but where would I put it? Besides, the plan I came up with for switching the 22" between analog and digital inputs seems to work so far.

I mulled hard drives. They have drives in OEM packaging for not a lot of money; I could have bought a 500 GB drive for about $50. But then I realized I can probably do about as well at and--if I'm careful--pay neither tax nor shipping.

I looked at video cards, but none of the ones that were in my price range were PCI; they were all PCIe, which the torrent box can't use.

They were, of course, out of the DVD drive I'd gone there to buy. They did have another model for $1 more which is a complete equivalent; it might even be the same drive only in retail packaging. I don't care. It's what I needed.

Then I looked over their mice and keyboards. I bought a cheapo optical mouse for $5--the spare mice I have are all mechanical and I'm coming to dislike them--and then saw this neat compact keyboard for $12, so I grabbed that too. I could have gone even smaller: they had a really small keyboard with integrated touchpad for $40, but it was wireless. If it hadn't been, I might have gotten that.

So the next item on the agenda is to install the DVD-ROM drive and get Vista installeratin'...once it's safe for me to handle tools again.

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"Consistent with precedent." Obama isn't just Jimmy Carter 2.0; he's Richard Nixon 2.0. Amazing that he could manage to combine the worst Presidents of the last 50 years in one administration.

And people say that Ombaba's not a uniter?

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Cops planting drugs on citizens to make arrest quotas. So cops are framing people because they have to make X many drug busts per month? Do I understand this?

Jesus Christ this shit is getting out of hand!

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Faugh. This is dicks. I'm going to go do something else.

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