This is the second part of my review of Santa Fe PC shop the first article can be found here.
June 27th Monday 1:45pm 2011
The vibe of this place is starting to play with my mind. I have a hard time motivating myself to even show up to this dreary place. I smoked on the ride to class taking long hits off my hand rolled cigar stuffed with the finest weed this city has to offer. Strong and potent stuff halfway through it I was already beginning to feel rather baked and had that all too familiar feeling running up my spine and into the front of my brain. As I turn into the parking lot I flick my roach at a nearby Mexican who is cutting the grass he didn’t even look up as it hit the back of his head. I manage to park and stumble my way to class the door only gives me minimal trouble before I realized the door was locked. I knock and Bill answers with his usual demeanor, “What the hell do you want? We don’t open till 1!” I just nod at him as he opens the door too stoned to speak so I shuffle my way to the punch in clock then sit down and begin the boring repetitive task assigned to me for the day. I hate churning out these surplus Pc’s which is one of the top sellers here at the shop. What they are is out dated P4’s and core duo’s packaged with Windows XP and avast free they are the bread and butter here. For 100 dollars for the core duo and 50 dollars for the P4’s people can’t resist them something draws them to cheap computers it compels them to buy this abomination that was out dated back in 2005, but still they flock in everyday demanding more and more of them. Most the people buying them know no better just trying to keep up with these new fangled computers as they say. The day passes slowly without incident by 3 o clock the weed was wearing off and the horrifying realties of this place are starting to come back so I decide to split early and find a bar where I can get a cheap beer and process this strange assignment.
June 29th Wednesday 2:00pm 2011
Why, are we even here I ponder to myself as I sit in this classroom I can’t seem to grasp what they are trying to teach us or make us understand. All we do is the same process over and over the steps never change we just continue churning out surplus machines, and working on the same customer computers again and again. The worst offender of this repeated hell is Ms. Smith who in the course of this internship has had her computer in the shop no less than four times all of which focus around the same problems that we seemed to resolve last time. She has yet to grasp the message we keep trying to drill into her old thick skull that you shouldn’t be visiting redtube or porntube using a computer with IE6, but so far she comes back every time as mad as she was before livid that we seemingly have failed to fix her computer. Today they chose me to work on this bloody contraption I begin the process of scanning it using the custom all in one tool the guys in the shop have crafted a rather ingenious script it runs several anti-virus, spyware, and malware scans all at once from the command line. The moment I start the scans the first twenty-five items on the list have to do with black guys and the animals they love an odd choice I thought for a woman of forty-seven, but who am I to judge if she gets off to such depraved shit that’s her business I just wish I didn’t have to watch it as the scan continues to spit off more and more sick search results including black gay Obama which seems like unlikely combination. Yet, here it is listing virus after virus all having to do with porn, so I continue the scans after they are finished I decide to do some looking around and find even more disturbing material in a folder simply titled, “naughty” If I was the type to work or cooperate with the dirty slimy excuses for cops this town has I would have called them right away at the horrors I had uncovered, but I am not one to deal with the pigs by any means even If I need help I would rather be robbed blind and stabbed rather than deal with them in any capacity. I complete the work on the machine, and then demonstrate the finished product to her. Verifying that everything is operational and satisfactory then send her out with the computer knowing all to well that I’ll be seeing her again soon and more of the depravity she so enjoys I believe the thought of seeing the sickness that these people bring in day in and day out is why I still continue this rotten assignment.
July 6th Wednesday 3:30pm 2011
Thank God for Independence Day keeping me out of that dismal lab for one extra day. I needed that extra day to recoup from the events of July 4th as with most Americans I become extremely patriotic during this time of year getting back to my ancestral roots and celebrating everything this country has to offer by blowing stuff up, drinking, and smoking the day away, but isn’t that what the United States was founded on the need and want to be able to walk out into your backyard without fear of persecution or arrest and blow up anything and everything that moves with high-powered explosives bought from stands on the road side? That however is a story and a thought for another day I find myself getting off topic here so let’s get back to the work at hand. As I spend more time here I have begun seeing this place differently than when I started it is still a sick hive of scum and ignorance, yet it seems to have its own place in this school the people who come here know nothing else and the people unfortunate enough to work there know that it’s not a permanent gig, and that soon they will be free to leave and never return as the end draws closer you can see the joy returning to some of the faces in here that have been nothing, but sad haggard shells of their former selves. It has been quite an experience here being forced to learn the boring repetitive procedures that they claim are required to fix most PCs. Learning that if a problem is out of reach or one that confuses too many people to be bothered with that nuking the god damn thing from space is the only option that these people know they aren’t teaching us how to problem solve or how to deal with advanced problems they are just teaching that should anything stand in our way just blow it up and will start from scratch. This shouldn’t be how those who we are going to trust in this digital age with our computers our lives as more and more becomes integrated we don’t want those who are in control of all of our essential information to have nuke happy trigger fingers we want them to think to solve the problems at hand not just blow them up like so many cheap fireworks on the 4th of July.