Title text: And she put sweet nothings in all my .conf files. It'll take me forever to get X working again.
The boot sector of a hard drive is where the information for operating systems is stored. It tells the computer to load a program; in most cases this is an operating system. If this sector is overwritten (say, by a love letter from an angry girlfriend), an operating system stored on the drive can't be booted into.
The .conf files of Linux- and Unix-based systems are text based files where all the settings for various applications are stored. Since all the configurations were replaced with "sweet nothings" - whispered lovers' talk, or literal nothings (blank space or meaningless jumbles of characters) - none of the programs work as they should. X is the X Window System, the most common windowing system used on modern Linux and Unix systems. It's notoriously hard to configure correctly, even when starting from a known good configuration, let alone a destroyed one.
- We had a fight last night.
- [Cueball is sitting in a sofa, head in both hands, feeling upset.]
- I guess she's still mad.
- [Megan is standing with arms crossed in front of her chest, with the same mood.]
- I woke up to find she'd written a sappy love note
- [Cueball is standing in front of a computer, with a cup in his hand.]
- to my boot sector.
- [The cup now lies on the floor, Cueball is looking at the computer with disbelief.]
- Computer: Operating system not found