This morning we have had a complete electrical power drop in Mommenheim, the little town close to Mainz, Germany, where I live. My new computer with Windows Vista installed was on standby ( I guess that’s “standby” when the power light is blinking and I just have to hit the keyboard to bring it up again quickly; I am still a little confused by the many ways I can “turn off” my Vista computer ).
Later on in the morning when electricity was back I turned it on and gazed at a black screen with just three words on it: “Missing operating system”.
Good grief ! My first reaction was to try out what everyone does when you have no real clue: turn it off and turn it on again.
OK, I saw a Windows screen telling me Windows is resuming. Good. The screen turned black again. Not good. The power light was blinking. Good, that thing is in standby again. I hit the keyboard and it came back to life. Good.
But not funny. I am not sure whom to blame for this bad joke: Fujitsu/Siemens for their microcode or Microsoft for their Windows. At least it survived the power drop. Finally: good !