February 18th, 2018

Dead duck

This morning I got my Pixelbook from the living room and took it into bed with me to internet before it was pool time. Before I left, I plugged it back in to its regular spot in the living room. When I got home it was dead. And would not charge. Door nail dead. I tried all of the troubleshooting tips and then called Google. Who, after having me retry all the troubleshooting tips, said they'd be in touch in 24-48 hours. Not impressed.

Then I posted about the problem on the Google forums and pretty soon "Jim" suggested that I try using a charger from some other USB C device. I had tried my phone's charger with no luck. But, I also have a Pixel C tablet and I tried it. BINGO!! Charging now. Whew.

And I'll bet once it gets charged, it will happily charge again with its own charger. But if not, warranty.

That little adventure took a disconcerting chunk out of my morning.

Twitter just told me that there was hail falling in Capital Hill - a neighborhood about 3 miles from here. Here we have bright sunshine and barely any clouds. Seattle has such weird weather sometimes.

This old chromebook is really a dog. I got it years ago for less than $150. I got it because T-Mobile had this deal where you could get 500MB of free data a month on LTE devices for life. It was/is a sweet deal to have around for emergencies. I use it on one of my old monitors in the living room and keep a screensaver of revolving photos on it. Works great for both of those purposes, just not for real working use.

I have nothing big planned for today. Actually, nothing small either. I did a load of laundry earlier which needs folded and put away. I have breakfast dishes that need to be washed. And really that's about it for the plans.


Today turned out to be a computer day... After PixelBook deal was solved, then I investigated the problem. Turned out it was the easiest of all to solve. It wasn't the chromebook. It wasn't the charger. It was the silly USB C cable that connects the two.

Meanwhile on the way to finding a potential fix, I discovered that my Windows laptop was maxing out storage. I rarely use the Windows laptop. I've always had it for when I absolutely, positively had to have Windows. Otherwise, it petty much served as a monitor for web cam streaming and artwork.

And for a year or two, it's just been building temp files. No clue why. But the drive was clogged with them. So many that deleting them was fairly tricky. Also since I had no idea why they were there (in such massive numbers) I wasn't sure what, if anything, I was breaking. Usually deleting temp files has zero penalty but I'd never seen so many.

They are all gone now and the drive which had 10% free space this morning, now has 60% and so far nothing appears broken. I also remembered to back up my email and my Live Journal. I need to spend some time figuring out how to automate those.

But, all done for today. Yeah! Maybe a little Victoria tonight?