Sunday, May 5, 2013

Back Up and Running

It goes without saying that a computer is important to a writer. Gone are the days of banging on the keys of a typewriter. Everything is done with technology today from drafts to revisions to submissions to promotion to sales.

So when my computer died last week, it wasn't good. I knew this day was coming. My computer is old. It's been in and out of The Geek Squad (LOVE those guys!) at Best Buy on a regular basis for some time. Last summer when I brought it in, the initial diagnosis was the mother board was gone. As it turned out, it was just the power supply, but the guy warned me that my computer would not be long for this world.

Even so, we trudged on with it. Around Christmas the CD/DVD drive broke. We managed without it, but it was quite inconvenient. In the ensuing months, endless windows would pop up. (You know, the ones that never close and keep multiplying until you force the computer to shut down?) And let me tell you that molasses in January are faster than the time it took our poor old computer to do tasks.

Finally, one day last week when I shut down the computer to get rid of those annoying multiplying never turned on again. The time had come to lay it to rest.

We ordered a new one immediately and it was delivered last Wednesday. In the meantime, I did what I could to keep current with e-mail and blogs at school, and I finished my first round of edits for This Feels Like Home on my laptop. Luckily I was working off of a flash drive. So we got by. But when you're used to 24/7 access to a computer and you don't have's definitely a disruption to routine. Just little things like, "Oh, I'll check that on line..." Ooops, never mind, can't do that. It was definitely a game-changer.

On Wednesday then, I was going to reinstall my anti-virus and realized my new computer has Windows 8 (Which I'm still getting familiar with. The first night I couldn't figure out how to turn the thing off.) and my software was compatible with 7 and Vista. So I headed over to The Geek Squad and the very nice boy not only installed the new version, but made sure all of the proper updates were up and running too. Of course I spent two hours there, but it saved me a lot of swearing and wanted to throw things.

Now it's all about making new lists of favorites, reloading software, and transferring documents and pictures from my external hard drive. (Now that was a smart investment!) Let's just say it's a work in progress and will get there eventually. It's a good time to weed out all of those old documents that I'll never need to look at again. I also need to figure out how to adjust my time zone. I seem to be on Pacific Time. And the hubby is looking forward to smashing the old hard drive with a sledge hammer.

So at least for the next ten minutes, before it changes and something new and faster and better is invented, my technology is all up to date and running!

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



Morgan Mandel said...

I remember you decided not to put Internet on your laptop computer, so that was not an option!

My laptop computer is wanting to crash, but so far hanging in there. Although it pretends on all the tests that it's okay, it has a habit of freezing at odd times, if I don't keep typing away on it.

I still have some pictures to transfer, so I hope it holds out. Maybe it feels neglected since I don't use it as much anymore.

Morgan Mandel

Debra St. John said...

Good luck with that laptop. I hope you get the pictures transferred before it goes to the great beyond!

Deb Larson said...

I'm still trying to catch up from my computer being fried in a storm 5 years ago. I still have 2 manuscripts that need re-typing because we thought they were in the backup - but only the desktop icon transfered. Talk about frustrating. I'm so glad I have a hard copy of them.
Hard lesson to learn - good luck with your new and shiny computer!

Margot Justes said...

Happy to hear you're up and running. Thank oyu for the post, I will now go and back-up all my stuff. I tend to forget to do that.

Ruby said...

“...molasses in January are faster than the time it took our poor old computer to do tasks.” - It's never a good news when this happens to one's computer. But learning how you managed to save your files made you lucky still. And owning a faster computer with a reliable backup should be the answer to your computer needs.

#Ruby @