Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Behold, the phoenix rises!

I kept putting off the laptop rebuild. It’s a big hassle, you know? Saving off the data, getting all the software installation materials together, doing without the laptop for three days

But finally I had no choice. After years of mistreatment, the old Dell just wasn’t what she used to be. Bogged down with unnecessary software, loaded with remnants of long-ago uninstalled programs, starting up with eleventy-twelve applications trying to put something into the virtual memory.

Then Friday, it wouldn’t let me have two applications open at once. “YOUR SYSTEM IS LOW ON VIRTUAL MEMORY!” it screamed. “GAH! I CAN’T DEAL WITH ALL THIS!”

Oh, meh.

So. In case you’re wondering where I am or where I’ve been…I’ve been tenderly nursing my laptop through a phoenix-like rebirth. In a fiery blaze of glory, we wiped everything clean. What was old is made new again, what was wrinkled and hobbled is fresh and crisp, what was slow is fast, what was crippled is again moving freely…

And now, I have a fresh-faced youthful laptop, a newborn infant machine.

…with absolutely no idea what it is supposed to be doing here, in this world.

…sigh…

Right! OK! Back to reloading software…because nothing says “fun use of my time” like sitting around waiting for the status bar to fill so I can click ‘next’...

…see y’all in a couple days…hopefully…if I haven’t been buried beneath a mountain of CD keys and activation alerts…

5 comments:

Yarnhog said...

Oh, bleah. Been there, done that, didn't learn my lesson, been there, done that...

Good luck with the resurrection.

PipneyJane said...

What Yarnhog said. I spent the best part of Monday evening defragging the hard drive, much to my husband's puzzled "why?". (Because it'll save space and speed up file opening times, was my response.)

- Pam

Steph B said...

Ugh. And also, ugh. Hope you have some fun knitting to fill the waiting time.

Amy Lane said...

Prime knitting time right there... knit until 'next'!

Threeundertwo said...

Been there, reloaded that. I agree with steph - good time to get some knitting in.