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Old 02-14-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Thanks! That will be next Monday when they do my right eye. I am having a heck of a time with only one lens in my glasses. Very weird! I can still see better with the right one than the left.
I remember having to do that. It was pretty weird. Hang in there, AZDBrat. It will be over soon, you will mend, and it will be OK.

 
Old 02-15-2018, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Going to look at a place on some land in the country at 8,000 feet elevation I can actually afford. Not in the small mountain town where I want to live but in my second choice and away from here. Wish me luck!
 
Old 02-15-2018, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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So far it's been a stressful week for me. Monday started off with my computer beeping at me instead of booting. I couldn't even get the DVD drive to open so that I could try to boot from the Windows disk. Since it was only 5 am, I left it for two hours and tried again. This time, it booted.

I'd done a lot of work revising my novel and hadn't stored my work online since the first. I made two copies and quickly got these files online before I called the computer repair shop. Since my computer had been acting slow, I figured it needed a once-over.

Repairman said they would have time to look at my computer later in the day, so I unplugged everything and got ready to take it there. I had taken the side cover off so I could look inside but I couldn't get HP's weird cover to latch back on the computer. Since the computer was large and awkward to carry, I decided to strap it to my cart. I secured it with a bungee cord from the top to the bottom of the cart - I should have also secured it from side to side!

I managed to get the cart down 4 steps before the computer slid off sideways then slid down the flight of stairs. I'm sure meo heard the grating noise as it reached the bottom! Of course it was the open side of the case that slid. One of my hard drives was outside the case and the fan was disconnected. I managed to get the dang thing inside my passenger seat and to the repair shop. Repairman said they would run diagnostics and get back to me within 24 to 48 hours.

When I spoke with the repairman on Tuesday, he said both of my hard drives were fine and the diagnostics showed no problems. At almost 6 pm, I picked up my computer, paid the $49 diagnostic fee, brought it home, strapped it to the cart both side-to-side and top-to-bottom, and very very slowly and carefully got it upstairs to my apartment. Once the computer was reconnected to my monitor, keyboard, and mouse, I turned it on. Well it didn't beep at me -- it just hung there doing nothing. No windows appeared. Tried booting from my Windows disk and nothing worked!

Annoyed, disgusted, upset - I headed to Wal-mart and bought the cheapest HP. When I set it up, I found I needed a different cord for my monitor, so I hurried to Staples and purchased a monitor cord.

It was almost 9 pm by the time I had the new computer set up and working. I stayed up later than normal letting it get its updates (or so I thought!).

About 6 weeks ago, I thought I had backed up some images and research files to an external hard drive because of the computer slowing down though all my check-up programs (antivirus, memory, malware, etc.) showed nothing wrong. Yesterday I got this drive out and these important files weren't on this disk! I know that I backed them up to the external drive!

Thinking the new computer had gotten all of its updates on Tuesday night, yesterday I tried to download replacement programs. At times the download progress was fast, at other times it crawled and stopped entirely. I spent most of yesterday trying to get one program download, finally giving up on it.

I now hate Windows 10. Even looking at TaskManager does not show you that Windows is doing an update! Everything I was used to easily finding is now hidden, and there are so many unwanted Windows applications that are unwanted and difficult to remove!

Though I lost my timeline spreadsheet (why oh why didn't I back that up too?), I did have the foresight to list my sources inside the novel. It will take time, but I should be able to find the majority of my reference files!

A friend suggested that I could probably get those files from my old computer - but at this point, I've spent more money that I can really afford so I don't want to shell out any more money.

Hope everyone else is having a better week!
 
Old 02-15-2018, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Good luck, jim!
 
Old 02-15-2018, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Oh no, Dee, you are having a VERY BAD week. After writing a novel, I would be guarding the thing with everything I had available. I, too, get very frustrated with this technology/computer stuff. I certainly hope you have not lost any of your valuable resources, and can recover whatever is missing.

Have you submitted the book to anyone yet? Not familiar with the process, but do you need an agent? How does it work?

Valentine's Day was awful in many ways.
 
Old 02-15-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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Going to look at a place on some land in the country at 8,000 feet elevation I can actually afford. Not in the small mountain town where I want to live but in my second choice and away from here. Wish me luck!

I wish you the very best of luck. Good to hear you are doing something to get out of that miserable place you have been stuck in.

Please let us know how it goes! I'm so excited for you.
 
Old 02-15-2018, 12:27 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Oh no, Deelighted! Technology is great until it doesn’t work. I have melted down on occasions from sheer frustration with computers, devices, internet and WiFi. It sound like you are past the worst of it.
 
Old 02-15-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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@Barb: No I haven't submitted it to anyone yet (except one friend). Finally decided it will be a trilogy. Came across a new fact that caused a major revision for the second one. Worked on revising that part, but it's a massive revision so set it aside cause I'm not really sure how I want to rewrite that portion.

Found a local writer's group and will be going to a "meet and greet" session with them later this afternoon. A few are already published so I'm sure they'll have lots of advice on publishing and agents. I decided to work on revising the first portion before I submit it for the group's review

@jean: Yes technology can be so frustrating when it doesn't work as it should. Still can't believe those folders weren't put on the external drive. I know that I did copy those files! Too bad I didn't double check when I did it! Thanks jean, yes I think the worst is past
 
Old 02-15-2018, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Dee, didn't realize you were having so many computer problems. I did hear a thunk & figured it was the neighbor across the hall from you because you never make that kind of noise.

Wish I'd been a better neighbor!

Good luck on your revision. Hope the writers group turned out well.
 
Old 02-15-2018, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Going to look at a place on some land in the country at 8,000 feet elevation I can actually afford. Not in the small mountain town where I want to live but in my second choice and away from here. Wish me luck!

Hope this works out for you.
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