#ThursThreads Week 382 : I Block Out The Screams

It was another day at work, just like the thousands that had preceded it, and most likely the thousands that would follow. I looked at the wall of computers, mostly laptops, but some desktops and all-in-ones.

Computer 7 on the bench had the usual data backup, and repair, paperwork. “Copy the data on the computer to an external hard disk, and then fix the computer.” I’d lost count years ago of how many times I’d had to do that. Plug in the repair system flash drive, boot the computer to it, and not to Windows (or what was left of Windows), and use the repair environment to copy the data.

I wasn’t surprised at all when I brought up the data copying program, and it told me there was nothing on the hard disk. I sighed, and automatically closed the copying program and started the Seagate Data Recovery program, to see if it could find any deleted data on the computer.

After three minutes of trying, the Seagate program popped up it’s message, “Drive to damaged. Can’t recover.”

I told the other repair technician, “They ran the computer until it stopped.”


“And they never backed up anything.”


“They just lost all the pictures of their grand-babies.”


“They’ll scream. And cry. And get all emotional, won’t they.”


“I block out the screams, you know.”

“So do I. Now. Call them with the good news.”

I grimaced, and picked up the phone.

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It’s Week 382 of #ThursThreads, hosted by Siobhan Muir. Since the prompt reminded me of work, I wrote a story about work. Please go read all the entries in this week’s #ThursThreads. They are always fun to read. And there are some great writers who show up weekly.

#ThursThreads Week 353 : What The Heck Does That Even Mean?

I wasn’t supposed to laugh, but I couldn’t help it. “You know what’s wrong with it, right?”

He looked at me, then looked at the laptop computer, then looked at me again. “The wrong kind of RAM is in it.”

There I was, laughing again, “Nope. Nope. Nope.” I grabbed my toolkit, and proceeded to pull the bottom case off, so we could get to the motherboard, and the RAM. “I’ll have to show you, ‘cause it doesn’t make sense any other way.”

I opened the case, and pulled both sticks of memory out. “See? 2 sticks. It doesn’t work. Right?”


I put one stick in, and powered it up. It ran without problems. “That’s good.” Then, I swapped the sticks. It ran fine again. Then, I tried each stick in the second slot. It ran fine. “Tell me what’s wrong?”

He scratched his chin, “I don’t get it. It should work. Both sticks work. Boths slots work.”

“But not at the same time. Right?” I kept waiting for an answer.

All he said was “What the heck does that even mean?”

“It means the machine needs a BIOS update. That will fix it.” I ran the computer with one stick of memory, downloaded, and installed the BIOS update for the computer. Then, I shut it down, put both memory sticks in, and powered it up. It ran normally. No problems.

And the new guy looked at me and repeated himself, “What the heck does that even mean?”

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Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s Week 353 of #ThursThreads, hosted by Siobhan Muir. Please go read all the entries in this week’s #ThursThreads. They are always fun to read. And there are some great writers who show up weekly.