Oh my goodness – this last week has been riddled by computer problems for me. Maybe it was because I did a hard stop on my machine for the FB party. Or maybe it was because Windows 10 has a dark shadow. Or maybe I’m getting a chunk of bad karma back. Who knows. But I feel like I’m jumping an endless set of hurdles with no finish line in sight.
It started last Tuesday when my trusty, four-year old, Toshiba laptop running Windows ten started acting weird. I couldn’t add attachments to my Yahoo email. I switched to my gmail account and within minutes I had the same problem. So I embedded information in the emails. Problem solved. I thought.
Then word started crawling. Then it stopped. WTF! I stomped my feet and started hyperventilating. “Nooooooo!”
Calm down, I told myself. Just calm down. I went to settings and tried to pull up Panda, which is my on-line tech support. You guessed it. It wasn’t there. When did it disappear?
I searched and searched and was able to find traces of it, but nothing I could access. Then I dug up a phone number from an ancient, email conversation with them and called it. Phew. Problem solved. Hah!
Long story short: Five hours and two nice, Jamaican techies and three pots of coffee later, I got the, “start the machine and try it,” message.
It lasted ten minutes. Technician #2 took it over again. My hands were sweating, my gut ached and my pulse went off the charts. My to-do list played an endless jig in my head.
They phoned me and directed me back to the machine where they showed me a temperature gage. “See, the machine is overheating… buy some compressed air…if that doesn’t work have a technician clean your fans, but that will more expensive…”
Eeeeeks! Of course my dh is no in town.
Compressed air? What am I supposed to do with a can of air? I’ll probably put it in the wrong hole and deep-fry a memory chip or something. Sheesh. I price out a can of air and decide to wait till morning.
At eight the next day I took the machine into Staples. A very nice technician takes it off my hands for thirty dollars and assures me that everything will be all right.
But since I had to wait for it, my mind got a wandering. It was fifteenth in line for his attention, I decided to buy a computer. An Apple computer. Something I have wanted for years and resisted buying. No I haven’t budgeted for it, but the price was good and he said I’d learn to use it within a day.
End of story? No.
I go home and wait for his phone call. I want to hear that my Toshiba is fixed and my Apple is ready (whatever that means. I didn’t have a clue at this point).
Long story short. This is now the following Monday, six days later. The Toshiba is working pretty well, except I have Cortana in the corner asking me if I want anything and I find that annoying. But my Apple is not “ready.” The Staples store is having Internet access problems with Shaw and can’t download the necessary whatevers. Uuuuuuuurgh.
I am happy that I have one computer working, but the process has been really hard and I am unbelievably irritable.
Is this what I get for, as one friend put it, “…going to the dark side?” Is there such a thing as a bad Apple? Will I learn what I need to know in one day? Will the universe start playing nice? Who knows.
The point of my rant is to say, that I can’t believe how upsetting it is to have computer problems.
I have done a lot of deep breathing, eaten sushi with dear friends and drank wine. I will get through this. And no, I don’t expect your tears or kind words. I know it happens to all of us.
I just needed to rant. And btw, I now know where to stick the air.
And that, my friends, is my Monday post.