February 25, 2006 at 6:51 AMComputers are wonderful when they work. Having a computer that functions poorly or having no computer at all is terrible. I felt bad for Sydney when she had no Internet access, but I had no computer at all for a few days. Everything had gone wrong. My computer would freeze, dump, or crash several times a day. It sometimes wouldn’t open or save documents. It was infected with lots of adware and spyware. It ran v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. One night it took me a couple of hours to transfer some photos from my camera to my computer, and that was it. I backed up most of my data on CD. The next morning I called a computer repair shop I had used before.
I finally did what several people on v.com and other techie friends had suggested. I had the repairman copy everything from my computer to another hard disc. This meant taking my computer to the repair shop. Ow!! Then the repairman reformatted and reinstalled Windows, reinstalled my software from CDs, and transferred my data and program files back to my computer. He rebuilt the computer. When I got my computer back, I went to Internet Explorer just long enough to download Firefox, which I now use instead of IE.
Life was hard for a few days without my computer. I use my computer for everything. My phone numbers, email, lots of sheet music, and notes on all kinds of things were on my computer. I had copied them to CD, but I couldn’t read them. I was so happy when I got my computer back. Now I’m redownloading and installing software, resetting my displays the way I like them, reading lots of old emails, debugging a few things, and reading and writing on v.com. I’m so glad to be reconnected. Thanks to all the v.commies who gave me good advice.
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