Computers byte

Today I asked Dr. Leake (my mentor here) to give me a run through on some critical astronomy concepts. I mainly asked her about orbits and how to interpret where something is in the sky and how something may move across it. The idea of right ascention (RA) and declination (Dec) is pretty easy to grasp but when it comes down to comparing that to the sideral time I get a bit lost. I still have some things to learn. I'm not doing too badly considering this is my first time learning the stuff.

In the middle of my lesson, we took note of the weather outside and how, with a thunder storm rolling in, there were construction workers atop a tall building and a crane swing too and fro on the site. Dark clouds tumbled in different directions at once and lightning and thunder danced ever closer to us. Some impressive arcs of electricity crashed down from above and obviously prompted the workers to yeild. No rain accompanied the imposing weather system but was nevertheless very impressive.

Without anything to do this evening I decided to spend time futzing around on my computer and the internet all night. I started up a program that allows me to watch cable on my system when it froze up. I restarted the machine and got an error message right away that said, "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER." Well, one thing led to another and I ended up borrowing two 1.2-gig hard drives from a guy in my hall. His kindness was a great help to me in diagnosing what the problem with the drive was. Although it's still not working properly yet. Hopefully I can get everything going soon. One thing's for sure, sometimes computers byte.

posted Jun 10, 1999 under  


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