I have had an interesting couple of weeks...
I traveled to Germany early last week for a business trip. Checked into the hotel, pulled out my laptop to get to email and stuff and...dead.
It wouldn't even boot up to the BIOS. I tried reseating the one memory card I could easily reach, but nothing. The screen would light up, in an uneven white haze, but that was it. So, no computer. For the entire trip.
I could get to one of my work email accounts through my smartphone, plus surf the web, but I couldn't access my PassWordSafe (it's on an IronKey USB stick, and I had nothing to plug it into), so I could't log into any web sites, including Woot. Glad they had placed me on the unlimited foreign data plan.
Then, on my way back I was trapped in Frankurt for 24 hours I hadn't planned on. We had boarded the airplane, which was due to take off at 2, but there was a problem with the APU, and they finally gave up and told us to come back next morning and they'd try to take off at 10. They, however, did put us up in a hotel for the night and fed us dinner and breakfast (it was a mechanical issue, which means they owe us. The last time that happened to me (same flight, but ~3 years ago), it was a weather related delay, and we were on our own). They basically escorted the lot of us through the airport, looking for a immigration booth that was open, and on to the bus that took us to the hotel. While waiting for the buss to pick us up, I got a text message from united that they would be taking of at 2:40, not 10:00. Oh, and no checked luggage was given back to us, so I ended up having to rinse my one shirt out in the bathroom sink with no stopper. And, remember, no computer, either.
So, I get home, and start to set up my replacement work computer, along with a personal notebook I just hadn't got around to setting up. Turns out the password on the replacement work computer had expired, so I had to give it to the IT department to reset.
Got it reset, and was setting it up. See, I was having to catch up on the work from the previous week I hadn't gotten to, setting up the replacement computer, transferring files (the hard disk from the old computer was working), doing the stuff for this week that I needed to do, get ready for my next trip next week, and basically not getting much sleep.
Yesterday, they cancelled my trip next week (to Korea), and decided I needed to go to San Diego instead. So, on top of all that, I needed to get my Travel Authorization filled out, submitted, and approved, and get my tickets booked. And, Monday is a holiday and I fly out Tuesday. Plus, it's a different kind of prep, so all my previous prep for next week was down the drain.
And, to top it off, the replacement computer was acting really funny (hanging during windows updates, etc.) so they just took it away from me today and are reinstalling the OS and software; it should be ready early Tuesday before I fly. And of course, I will not have time to recopy my files back on to it.
So, I just now have time to go through the two week backlog here on wine.woot. Fortunately, my personal netbook isn't acting funny (other than a "this copy of Windows is not Genuine" scare I got a few hours ago; fortunately I found a tip on the web that made that go away legitimately). I'll probably be commenting on stuff that's that old, but hey, better late then never. I think.