Just my luck. Get my wrists back into shape for some doc hacking, and my desktop goes on the fritz. Last week it started randomly rebooting. Arg. Trouble-shooted it to death (with my limited troubleshooting skill set) and found a bad stick of ram. Still had problems, so I bought good heat sink and fan; the Volcano 6. Nice fan, with a big honkin' heat sink. Still had reboots though. I found that the die on my CPU is "chiped", and flaking too.
Finally took it in to the good folks at the Clone Society. They found the other stick of ram and the mobo to be bad. Both got replaced and I have my computer back. But now it has only slight yet annoying errors. I thought I'd test my ram and ran this test: memtest. I kept seeing errors were the letter "u" was replaced by a "w", such as "number -> nwmber". I have _no_ idea why this is happening. I'm also finding that compiling glib gives the same problem. At some point "number" is used in a header file, and the compiler complains about "nwmber" not being defined. Maybe all this is due to the chip in the die.
The rest of my time has been spent working at a warehouse, fighting a cold that seems to have hit everyone in the city, and spending time with family as this weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada.