Well, he finally did it.
Echidna boy broke one of our rules for his continued use of the computer. Fortunately, not the one involving the FBI.
He downloaded Blender, an open source 3D graphics software package. He was teaching himself 3D graphic design. All well and good.
He did a few small pictures. We should have known something was going on because he started to complain that the machine was getting slow.
He then decided to do a larger — screen-saver sized — picture. And ended up overwriting the entire hard drive, including the operating system. He may also have overheated the CPU, we don’t know yet. And he cannot find the proper OS X release to reboot the system. Apparently, a trip to the Apple Store is in order.
I am terribly conflicted. On the one hand, he fried the computer. This a serious inconvenience. (Not for me, I write on my laptop anyway, but for his brothers.)
On the other hand … he was trying something new, and creative. He was showing initiative. He was being curious. All of these are things I am extremely proud of him for. (I’ve actually told him this.)
On the first hand, he still trashed the computer. We have a large, sleek paperweight on our counter. This is a very bad thing. (I have also told him this, and that he’d better not do it again.)
So, as I said… conflicted. When people said parenting teenagers was hard, I never expected this.