Technology and me

Writers need tools, even if they are a wax tablet and stylus. Paper was a great invention and so was the printing press.

Then came the typewriter and now we have the word processor. Which needs a computer.

Wherein lies my tale.

I knew I needed a new computer.  I had some problems a few months ago and my son “fixed” them, but warned me the hard drive was going and I’d soon need to get a new one. When the same problems started up again, I did what he said.

The trouble is, all the new computers have Windows 8. I tried it when it first came out and told Windows I wanted my money back. This time I had no choice, so I learned to navigate all the pretty pictures. I had backed up all my files and programs, so all last week I carefully moved them from the old computer to the new one. It was time-consuming and sometimes frustrating, but I finally had everything where it needed to be.

I thought.

Suddenly alarms and whistles went off and I learned  I had — oh, no! — a virus. Or a Trojan. Or just a nasty little sneak that rode in and made my life miserable by slowing everything down to a crawl. My son (another son, they are all computer literate) advised me after we had tried several virus-removal programs, to take everything off again and re-set the computer.

I almost cried, but it was the only answer. So I did,and now I have to reload all the umpteen programs and files I had done last week.

So this is why  I have gotten nothing done on my novel, noting done toward the contest I had planned to enter, and nothing done on anything I was supposed to be doing.

But I will survive. And it’s still a heck of a lot faster than a wax tablet and stylus.

 

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Pollard
    Sep 14, 2014 @ 09:48:20

    I had almost the same problems, Sandra, with a little laptop I finally treated myself to this summer. For weeks, it’s been the bane of my life, and we finally had to pay someone to come and sort it out because the store were less than interested – So frustrating – I’d bought it so I could do more writing, not less!

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  2. Sandy Bruney
    Sep 16, 2014 @ 15:13:33

    My husband said I may have to call someone — sigh.

    Reply

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