I marvel sometimes at how little I know. I should be comfortable that I’ve so comfortably surpassed mount stupid, but it’s not a terribly comforting feeling is it, the altogether realization of one’s utter worthlessness, absence of personal infrastructure? This just happened to me yesterday, but for the rest of you it will have been some different yesterday, because god knows when this will ever see the light of day.
I was staring into the shells of my septfurcated pillbox one evening asking myself, “What day is it–or rather what day was it, for the hour had already passed midnight,” running my eyes across whatever traces remained of the abridged characters that indicated the dosage for the day, when I began thinking about the labors of several hours before. You see, I am not a wealthy man. That’s a strange thing to say at this juncture, isn’t it? Anyways, I’m not a wealthy man, and as such I’m not willing to spend a good deal of a new laptop. That’s another strange thing to say, it seems. You see, laptops are constantly breaking, and investing many hundreds or even several thousands of dollars into a laptop is like throwing that money away, for repairs of this nature are never easy, as they generally require the dismantling and horrific reassembling of the entire chassis. It’s for this reason that most of my work is completed through a tower desktop, for which maintenance is of the highest ease. Anyways, this cheap laptop I possess came equipped not only with Windows 10 but also a solid state hard disk that had approximately thirty gigabytes of space on the drive. On the one hand, there’s not a lot of moving parts in solid state, meaning they’re a good deal more durable than the traditional; on the other hand, they’re also very expensive. So I had a tiny one, tiny in terms of space not actual physical volume. Problem is when you install Windows 10 on a less than mediocre system like this is that it eats almost all the hard disk space and consumes almost all the random access memory while running, meaning you can’t actually do anything with the computer.
So, I got a Linux build, put it on a flash drive, reformated the drive and installed a new operating system. Saved me a load of hard disk space whilst simultaneously freeing up massive amounts of memory.
But the problem is that I did a load of programming in grade school, high school, and university before I washed out of Physics because I hadn’t yet developed my drinking problem.
Seems like I forgot all of it. Shell commands were to me a mystery. Good lord I do not know why Linux adamantly refuses to implement executable installers.
So anyways, I was trying to install the drivers for this wireless adapter. The one I’d been using was sort of bulky, and I was constantly (and accidentally) slapping my hands against it. As such, I spent some money to acquire a very tiny alternative, too minute to likely bang my simian mitts against
But now the problem was that the Linux build didn’t have any standard drivers that would run the new adapter. On the bright side, the machine came with a disk that actually contained drivers for Linux operating systems. Problem was that this laptop didn’t have an optical drive and I didn’t have an exterior drive that could be plugged into USB. Managed to download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
I was hopeless at trying to compile and bash and chop or whatever the damn files. Probably did more damage than anything else.
This led me to a flurry of backing up any files that might possibly not have been backed up yet, on several different platforms.
Anyways, I was musing that I could read Greek and Latin with great proficiency, had a masterful knowledge of composition, knowledge of comparative mythology, American common law, could perform triple integrals and occasionally even impress my parents.
And yet I can’t install a set of drivers intended for use by little babies.
Then I remembered it was Wednesday. Rather, it had been Wednesday about an hour and a half before.
As I hit the bed and attempted to claw in a few more pages of Paradise Lost before my soul sunk once again into Erebus, I marveled that it required people who were very intelligent to create this sort of software, software used predominantly by people who don’t even understand it in theory. And then I mused that those that made it, most of all, were more tolerant of difficulty in their pedagogy of programming, and so they achieved higher knowledge by their hard work and diligence, which might as well be a primary compartment of intelligence. In some time, there may be no-one left alive who understands the work necessary to keep this civilization afloat.
And then I thought that the ancient Roman villa had a slave chosen specifically to guard the door. That was his only job. And he usually had a dog, which frankly did most of his job for him.