Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Yay! It Works. - Wait, No, It Doesn't.

When my computer crashed and I endured more than a week without it, I noticed how much time I spend doing stupid things on the Internet. I realize I'm not the first person to discover this. I also found out that computers have capacitors that become incapacitated. I'm told it's a common problem, but that made me angry. Capacitors have been around for a long time so why can't someone design one that is more durable? I suspect the answer is - we need to sell more computers, more often. Why should I be thankful that my computer innards managed to survive to the ripe old age of six years (likely equal to 110 human years)? See "we need to sell more computers ...".

In any event, the tech guys at Kober, a reputable local firm, were able to install my old hard drive, documents intact, into a new system that uses Windows 7. Update - But, I can't change or move any of my old documents. Waah!. So, I have three drives now. My sexy new black box boots up faster than my coffee maker can prepare my first cup. That's wonderful. However, my new technology isn't compatible with my old laser printer - that's not so wonderful. And, Outlook Express is no longer available so all my old emails have gone to .... somewhere.... email Shangrilah perhaps. A Bell tech in Mumbai told me they "might" be able to recover them but they would need permission from a supervisor. I will ask them again when I'm in the right frame of mind to let them take over my computer. I hate to relinquish control.

Maybe I should be glad for any forward movement at all, because it seems the dog days of summer have been with us since mid-June and the heat shows no sign of letting go. It has provided me with many excuses though. It was and is too hot to take out the windows and clean them, too hot to get the ladder out and clean the venetian blinds, and too hot to crawl around on the floor and spot clean the carpet. Yes, I have air conditioning, but hydro costs just went up 15% and I'm conserving energy, mainly my energy, because I haven't had much to spare. And furthermore, I've decided that major cleaning might as well wait until autumn now. There will be a lot of construction taking place in the neighbourhood, so as long as I can see out the windows, there's no rush and I'll try to take my mother's advice. The dust will be there after you're gone so - don't fuss.

Don't fuss is a good motto, I think. Maybe I can live up to it, someday. In the meantime, the shiny black box has to go back to the guys who installed the new drive and the new operating system, so they can to fix it and with luck, I can access my old documents. I do have hard copies of my stories and my novel drafts, so if all else fails, I can re-enter them. I sure hope that won't be necessary. Someone could compile a whole volume of short stories based on computers gone wild.

Do you have a computer horror story?


Angela Addams said...

Wow, I'm tired just thinking about all of your house cleaning chores. I'm not the greatest of house cleaners so I let a lot slide...until company comes over and then I explode!

Horrible computer problem...heck yeah! I had my brand new laptop crash simply because I'd left it on standby for too long! I almost lost my ms that I'd been working on 60K in and was in a complete panic on the phone with the computer geeks. Luckily, because I back everything up on a memory stick, I was good but still...we rely on technology so much...I mean..I couldn't even answer a simple question about a date yesterday until I'd confirmed it on my iPhone!

Seleste said...


I don't have any awful computer stories, but I've heard way too many.

That reminds me, I need to email my manuscripts to myself. Just in case.

Pat Hollett said...

I enjoyed your blog today. It was really down to earth, everyday stuff that we all encounter.
Computer problems-not many. Usually I'm the geek that my family phones to help them figure out how to do everything. It's painstaking and time consuming. "No, I didn't have anything to do. Don't worry, I'll help you." But, still thinking, damn, I'm going to get nothing done today because of helping my mom or sister or friend.
But, that's life.
The only problem I ever had was a defective external hard drive that lost all the information I had backed up on it. But, I had saved all my pictures on it and lost them. That was pretty devastating.
Hope you recover your emails, and don't worry, I'm sure things will get better now that you've got it up and running again.
Great blog Diane!

Danielle La Paglia said...

I'm so sorry, Diane! I have been blessed by the compuret gods and haven't had any major melt-downs, but I'm scared to death it could happen to me. I e-mail myself everything I work on and save drafts in Google.docs. I also have photos saved online with Kodak because a friend of mine lost the first two months worth of photos of their new baby last year. It was heart-breaking.

Jessica Peter said...

Aw... I hope you're running well again soon!

My computer horror story has more to do with hardware than innards.

On the day I was moving into my new apartment in third year university, I put a book on the shelf above my desk. The shelf fell off, right onto my laptop. I had a big black spiderweb there all year, that grew bigger month by month, until I finally had it in my budget to get a new computer (um.. next year). Ugh. Awful.

Jan Markley said...

Computers are great until they don't work. My modem died this week, but it was an easy fix. Who know what the future holds ...