Having become increasingly frustrated with my computer, I finally gave in and called a technician. He made a house call yesterday. I stayed out of his way while he did magic things to my nemesis.
Actually, it wasn’t all that mysterious. He cleaned out a lot of programs and files that had “piggy-backed” into my hard drive along with files I had downloaded. Sort of like bills you don’t want piggybacking on Senate or House bills you do want. These programs were humming along silently in the background, slowing down my computer and otherwise causing mischief, like not letting me shut down.
It was worth the check I wrote him, along with my heartfelt thanks. And, I learned a lesson: Thou shalt not try to do to many tasks at one time or the computer will sulk and refuse to do any of them.
I think we should give our computers a checkup once in awhile, just as we haul ourselves to the doctor for an annual physical. Luckily, my computer didn’t have a virus, but it did have some minor problems that left unattended might have blown up to major ones if I’d ignored them.
The strange thing is, the one problem that finally made me call for help was not with computer. After all his work, I still couldn’t download the backup program I wanted. After several tries, I gave up and went to a different one. It loaded like a charm.
Still worth calling him, though. I knew about the problem I had, I just didn’t know about all the others. I was worrying about a cricket that eventually would find its way back outside, while blissfully ignorant of the termites in the woodwork.