Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Of Laptops, Phones, and Cameras



So, I’ve had a fun two weeks. I was just writing up a post for The Magic Meal Fairy, my sister site for food and cooking, and so glad to be able to do so.

You see, I’ve had a teensy bit of trouble lately….the techno-gods have been looking down on me unfavorably and working overtime in my life. 

It all started on a Tuesday morning when I woke up, fired up my laptop, and discovered that I couldn’t get internet. All day I explored what could be the problem, trying everything in my nonexistent geek arsenal to fix this. 

Since it happened after a Windows “critical update,” I did a system restore to before that point. No luck. 

To make a long story short, I did so many system restores and then undo’s that I’m not sure they all evened out (the undo’s to the restores). I restarted my computer countless times. I was pretty sure all I needed was a Wi-fi adapter, but no one else was sure, so we kept up with trying things for over a week, to no avail.

So, while going without internet, which meant I couldn’t put up any blog posts because my photos and docs are on my laptop…Phil’s cell phone broke. Or died. Or….I have no idea, it was working one day and not working the next. 

I got on the horn and called the company to deal with it, and after going through several things, the woman with the heavy foreign accent said she’d send out a new SID card for it. It would take 7 to 10 days. Oy. 

And then, after the new SID card came for the phone, and before my laptop was fixed for internet, it happened….

My camera, my measly little Canon Powershot that I’ve had for 5 years and has served me well and that I rely on so much for my blogs, slid off the bedside table and right into a cup of grape drink. <sigh>

Months and months ago, while driving somewhere, my phone dove off the seat and took a swim in a cup of grape drink. It was in a bed of rice for months and never recovered. 

I’m thinking the moral of this story is don’t buy grape drink ever again. At least that’s what I wish I could do to keep these things from happening. ;) 

So anyhoo, I took out the battery and memory card from my camera and laid them all to rest in a coffin of rice. I said some prayers over it and laid a rose on top, then changed out of my mourning clothes. 

Three days later I tried out the camera, but alas, it’s still not working. Hoping, praying the memory card was okay because it had new photos I hadn’t yet loaded onto my laptop, I took it and inserted it into that skinny little opening I didn’t even know I had on my laptop, and it worked. 

It loaded the 7 new photos onto my laptop. Along with 1,806 old ones that were still on the card from the past three years. I wish I were kidding, but I'm not. There is now a folder with 1,813 photos in it for the date of 8/1/2015. 

I guess we’ll see what happens with the camera; it might be that I have to get a new one somehow. 

But on the bright side, after almost 2 weeks of  trying to fix my laptop’s internet problems, including spending a day plugged into a cable for internet so I could do a live chat with someone from Asus, it was finally determined that my internal network driver was *not* even the problem; the Wi-fi card was dead, and all I had to do was get a new card or a wireless network adapter thingy. 

Which I did, and I plugged it into one of the USB ports and voilá! I was online again! 

And here I am again, so thankful to have the cell phone working again and be able to get online. I’m not sure what will become of my poor camera, if it will recover from its grape drink overdose or not.

In the meantime, I may go ask a priest to toss some holy water my way. But with my luck, it'll probably bounce off and my car will break down or something. ;) 




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