Saturday, December 18, 2010

Freaky Friday

It was friday night. After finishing some chores I was tired and I fell asleep while watching ''everybody loves raymond''.

Sometime in the middle of the night, I woke up with a start when I heard a loud noise which after a while, I realised was some movie song but nothing was making any sense because it sounded cacophonous. I dragged myself out of bed and reached the laptop with my heart still pounding. A quick look at the time said it was 3am. I was groping around for the volume controls as one part of my brain that was waking up said my neighbours would call the cops if I didn't do something about it.

The volume buttons didn't seem to be responding...then my eyes, which were until then seeing only red and green spots, finally focussed on a youtube screen and I noticed I had 2 tabs open each with a different song and for some reason they were automatically playing !! The google chrome browser didn't respond to any of my attempts to shut it up and by then I was getting ready to throw my laptop out the window; the blaring noise was driving me out of my mind!

I used to love the fact that my laptop had 4 USB ports and I always used them to the fullest - hard drives, laptop speakers, card readers etc. It was the first time I was cursing this feature because I couldn't figure out to which USB port the speakers were connected. Losing all patience, I pulled out every one of them (yeah its blasphemy, sorry all computer/laptop/hardware enthusiasts) until finally I ''heard'' the sweet sound of silence.

Windows vista causes problems with 90% of the applications and Google chrome with the rest of them. Together the combination was probably an explicit Murphy's law invitation. I don't know if it was some weird windows vista update (engineers who built the OS should be ashamed of themselves, seriously!) that caused the system to restart and restored the google chrome tabs but I learnt never to go bed without closing all youtube windows even if my laptop is set to go to stand-by on being idle for a while!

I silently thanked my good health that prevented me from having a heart attack and prayed that no one else in the building had one ! I don't want to get sued for this but if I did then I am taking Microsoft and Google with me !

PS: For those who noticed that 3am after going to bed on a friday night actually means saturday - good job, but I am not changing the title !


  1. Restarting and restoring google chrome on its own! weird!
    Even if it reboots on its own I have not heard google chrome window opening automatically!

  2. @Priya
    It probably wasn't a reboot, it was probably simply an automatic restore ! no idea what happened. All I know was that the laptop was in stand-by when I fell asleep.

  3. //
    laptop was in stand-by when I fell asleep

    ...all the more weird.

    you wanted to throw windows out of the window!!!!

  4. As a comp science engineer and a good friend of computers, I second your opinion that such misfires are serious, but then this seems to signify too much of a testing that must have gone in here.. in IT shop floors a lot of things happen :) They would have tested it to work from where you left off based on any prolem that might happen in between.. and forgotten the stand by parameter :) Paavam Google Pozhachu pogattum.. Onna case le izuthaa, then vidadhe... I am with you :) as your lawyer.

  5. @Dewdrop
    oru vaati cooker vedicha, next time use panrache bayangara carefula iruppom, thats how I am now using youtube and my laptop. I shut it down before I go to bed and no more listening to songs while I fall asleep atleast for the next few weeks !

  6. he he :) listening to songs while u sleep .. priceless..

    i used to do it all the time in my UG..

    This incident reminded me one similar that happened sometime ago..

    I used to listen to songs while sleeping all the time and one friday(what a coincidence) , i had woken up late and had to rush out to class.. so pressed the shut down button (in windows xp, i had to confirm that option 1 more time) before confirming that i rushed out.. then went home (saturday,sunday holiday) and monday, i got such a warm reception from my floor mates :P.. 2 days of continuous exposure to bombay movie songs :P.. i have made sure they never forget this album in their lifetime..
    Needless to say, i never played that movie songs ever again :) and everytime i hear those songs now, a small smile visits me :)

    I am sure you will be laughing out after a week and forgive Google and MS :)


  7. @Anand
    I am sure your friends must have been glad it was ARR's songs and not some uttalakadi that case I doubt if you would have lived to tell the story :D !

  8. lol @ uttalakadi music

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