Small Victories

Today’s post is in celebration of small victories. This one can either be considered a victory over technology or a victory over poor workmanship. I am not sure, but feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

Until today, my computer CD drive has been….let’s call it stubborn. It did not like to open when I pushed on the little button that is supposed to open it. Yes, this is a first world problem. In fact, it has been referred to as a last century problem, as most people I know don’t even have a CD drive on their computers. I guess I am old school.

To combat this problem, I turned to the internet and found out that there is a manual release catch on the CD drive that can easily be accessed using a pin or unbent paperclip. I considered this a great hack and wish I knew more of these. So, since that day, that is what I have been using. It isn’t great, but it is too late to take the computer back to the manufacturer.

Today, however, after using my magical key to see if I could install some old software that I like (and have already paid for–because who wants a subscription to things I have already paid for? Who Microsoft, who? I shouldn’t rant, but honestly, this subscription thing is getting out of hand.) my CD drive started working on its own. Wow! I can actually use the button and the CD tray slides out. Amazing.

Now all I have to do is contact the company that made one of my favourite games and get the access code they used to print on the outside of the little paper CD sleeve, which I have lost somewhere. I might have to do this more than once.

Do you have a favourite piece of software that you wish you had on your current device? I can think of a bunch of games that I really enjoyed that I can no longer play on this “updated” machine.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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3 Responses to Small Victories

  1. Pingback: today’s perfect moment | the idle cyclist

  2. Margie Swain says:

    Movie Maker. It is a great slide show program.

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