So, my computer is back up again, thanks to Brian and his Win2k diskettes. I swear, I’m going to copy them as soon as I can. I need to keep a set. I experimented with my new tablet this evening. It installed like a dream, and the pressure sensitivities work the way they should. I installed Photoshop 7, and the brushes work exactly the way they should, thick and thin when I push down and pick up. It’s not quite the same as a pencil and paper, because the resistance isn’t there. The plastic is slick. But it did set itself up to be the size of my screen, corner to corner. I can trace anything I draw.. wheee…

Today at work was so embarrassing. A customer came in with a ZIP disk to copy, and the computer crashed. It didn’t recognize the drive on bootup, so I had to physically take apart the computer and the drive to get the disk back. All was going well until Megan points out that I have neglected to put back in the springs that pop the disks out. These tend to be impotent, so I take it apart a bit more to put the springs back in. My fingers slip, and the small orange plastic ribbon cable goes *snap* in my hands. Augh.. ::sigh:: I had to buy Steve a new ZIP drive. I walked in to the local computer parts store (the owners love me) and ask him what he going price on an internal 100mb ZIP is. He says “$40”, then says “But we’ve got some used ones in the back.” He brings two out, sets one on the table in front of me and says “Twenty five.” I’m like.. “Deal.” He says “Or we could go 2 for $40.” I say “Well, I don’t need both. :)” but Meggie says “Well, you could put one in your box at home.” So I look again at the two ZIP drives and say “I’ll take that!”. I put one in the computer at work, and I have one here. I don’t have cables yet, but I left my card at the store, so I have to go back anyway. Don’t expect too much out of the tablet yet, but I’m working on it.
Edit, 3 hours later: Okay, so the same guy comes in with the same ZIP disk and it gets stuck, again. I try unsuccessfully to eject it using the eject command in Windows, but it tells me to fuck off. I turn off the computer, prepared to take the damn thing apart again, but decide to do a bit more research on it to see if there’s a trick to get it out. I browse the Internet and find a bunch of documents that say “There’s a little hole on the front or back of the drive, push a paperclip into it and the disk will eject.”.. but there’s no hole in front. I don’t want to pull the drive out of there again.. Another document tells me “Push the little flashing light at the front of the drive.” I think to myself “Huh? (I’ve never owned a zip drive) That’s just a light. Lights don’t eject disks.” So I boot up the computer, lean down, and push the little green flashing light… The disk just pops right on out. Augh! My only consolation is that since the drive wasn’t recognized on bootup yesterday, this wouldn’t have worked for it. ::sigh:: I feel like a real ass.