Adios, dear Dell desktop computer. Okay, first and foremost, this is not a complaint. It really and truly isn't. I'd had my Dell desktop for several years (seven or eight, I really can't remember), and it was a replacement for an older Dell desktop. They both served me well, and my losses when they croaked are nobody's fault but my own.
you ask? Being spoiled by years of faithful service, I got lazy about
backing up my stuff. Photos, videos, correspondence. All gone. Not
once, mind you, but TWICE. Dumb. Just plain dumb.
how the latest loss came about. Last Friday terrible storms rocked my
little corner of the world. The storms were not as severe as those of
April 2011, but there was a confirmed F1 tornado in nearby Lee County
last Friday. As a precaution, I had turned off my Dell desktop. Keep
in mind that this computer was rarely turned off. It ran happily at a
desk in the corner of my bedroom, only occasionally being rebooted due
to the eccentricities of Microsoft Vista.
following the passing of the storms I realized I needed to turn the
computer on to pay some bills and e-file my taxes. I pushed the power
button. Nothing happened.
A brief wave of nausea ran
over me. Oh, man, how long has it been since I saved my photos? How
many episodes of Knitting Daily and movies from Turner Classic Movies
had I not yet burned to DVD?
I fiddled a bit with the
computer, doing the few techie tricks I know, to no avail. So now, the
computer sits temporarily beside my bed, unplugged and mourned.
still had my little Acer netbook, so I wasn't completely out of touch
with my online world, but I knew that was a temporary solution at best.
I shopped online for a replacement for my beloved Dell and had settled
on a Dell laptop that happened to be on sale. I didn't order it right
away, though, because I had to be out of town for a training session for
a few days.
On the first day out of town, my coworkers
and I dropped in at Staples to look around. (We don't have a Staples
nearby, so we wanted to see if we found any bargains.) There I found a
heckuva deal in a Toshiba laptop.
So here I sit,
tapping away at a new personal computer. Now all I have to do is try to
remember all the useful stuff I had bookmarked on my Dell. I'll hang
onto the Dell, of course, and try later to get it up and running long
enough to rescue all the items I hadn't backed up, but there's no huge
rush on that. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy this new toy.
I am a happy woman. :-)