Off the grid

My computer died last week.  It’s my own fault; I left it out where Thumper could reach it and he finally succumbed to temptation and decided that Mommy’s computer needed playing with.  When Daddy busted him, he dropped it and broke the charger cord.  But since my husband is the handy sort, he patched it up with some electrical tape and it was good as new.

For a while.

Last week, my computer decided it no longer wanted to recognize my adapter and instructed me to use the correct adapter for my computer because, until I did as it suggested, my computer was no longer going to charge.  I scrambled to get some things printed for our taxes and get my photos backed up to my external hard drive, but my last-second backup failed as my computer finally lost power. *sigh*

So now I’m in the market for either a new power cord or a new computer.  The new cord is clearly the cheaper of the two options, but my computer really needs replacing.  It’s five years old and showing its age, but I’m not holding my breath on getting a new one any time in the near future.  At any rate, my posts may be a bit sporadic until I get one or the other (new cord or new computer).  While WordPress has some fantastic mobile apps, I much prefer an actual computer to mobile posting.  It’s just easier, at least at the moment.  Maybe one day I’ll be so used to mobile computing that it won’t be an issue, but for the time being, I’ll stick to mobile posting as a last resort.

And who knows?  Maybe I’ll actually get some writing done! 😀

How do you handle techno-glitches?

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16 thoughts on “Off the grid

    • Kay Kauffman says:

      Thanks, Emily! It’s funny how attached I’ve gotten to it without realizing it. I keep thinking, “Oh, I can do this and this and this,” and then I remember that no, no I can’t. *sigh* Such a pain.

      Maybe we’ll get a nice tax refund? 😀

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  1. M T McGuire says:

    You have my sympathy. I now have drop box so all my stuff backs up automatically on line. That’s very handy when I have to keep buying new computers. The problem with a £300 lap top is that you tend to end up having to buy another one within a couple of years. Drop box is the way to go. That’s how my book survived a computer failure and a hard drive crash.

    Cheers

    MTM

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I have a good portion of my documents backed up on Drop Box. I’d use it for my pictures, too, but I have so many (and such crappy internet service) that it would probably take a month to upload them all. And one of my space upgrades just expired, so I have a lot less room now than I used to have. I don’t want to pay a monthly fee for it, so I’m limited in what I can save there. But it is pretty fantastic – I’ll agree with that.

      The problem with a £300 lap top is that you tend to end up having to buy another one within a couple of years.
      I’m kind of leery of buying a cheap laptop for exactly that reason. I don’t like having to switch computers, period, never mind once every two or three years. And if I can get a new cord, it’ll keep me limping along till I can afford to replace my computer with a decent one. Guess I just have to wait and see (and hope for a nice tax refund). 😀

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      • M T McGuire says:

        I hear you. Good luck with it, whatever happens. BTW I think there are several other Drop Box type things so if you have several you can upgrade some manually. I was in the same boat but McOther bought me an iPad for Christmas and that has 5gb of icloud storage, too. (great for photos).

        Cheers

        MTM

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          Thanks! Perhaps if I had my stuff better organized, the ~54 GB of storage I have at Drop Box would be enough. And you’re right about alternatives – I’ve seen stuff at box.net, and then of course, there’s Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. Lots of options.

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  2. Roger says:

    My deepest sympathies. My old machine, prehistoric in today’s times is almost five years old and was the absolute biz when I built it. Now it moans, grumbled and whines almost as much as my family. It wouldn’t be so bad but MS in all its wisdom (a plague on their houses) stops support for XP in about three weeks, so I’ll have to get used to Windows 8 when I build another.
    Why not build your own. It’s a piece of cake and if I can do it then anyone can. It’s also about two thirds cheaper that way and you can have exactly what you want instead of putting up with a machine not built for you.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I’ve got Vista on mine, but my old laptop (which is twelve years old) had XP. We have Windows 7 at work and I’ve finally gotten used to it, but I’m not eager to try Windows 8.

      I think you must know more about computers than I do if you can build them. I wouldn’t know what goes where or how to program it to run.

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      • Roger says:

        Well don’t be insulted but have a look at “Building your own computer for Dummies.”
        It’s really good and I learnt a lot from it.
        Or if you have an old machine or can buy one at a yard sale. Just take it apart and you’ll see that it’s quite simple. We just took them apart a few times and reassembled them, being careful not to be electrocuted. It’s a piece of cake.

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