CES and Murphy's Law
I'm a mere three days wait before traveling to CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas with contributing editor David Ramsey... and in preparration for the event I've been prepping a netbook I purchased about nine months ago for the show.
While I'm to blame for waiting until the week of the event to prepare, Murphy's Law takes credit for everything else that's happened. First, I took the netbook off of the shelf to load updated software onto it. This is when I discovered that it refused to consistently turn-on, and eventually quit trying completely. Ultimately a bad mainboard would force this little device to the sidelines. Not a big deal I thought, since I have a 15.4" notebook that's been solid for three years now. So I thought...
I use my Dell Inspiron 6400 nearly every day (it still has Windows XP), but I rarely have a reason to connect a USB flash drive. After much of the day wasted on trying to recover my dead netbook, I spent the remainder on troubleshooting the USB ports on my notebook.
After installing Windows 7 onto a different drive to confirm that it was a hardware issue, it appears that all four USB ports have decided to quit their jobs. Power is still transferred, and the flash drives that I've tested light-up as active, but Windows fails to detect them.
Horray for system failures at a critical time. This just makes me hate CES that much more.
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