I picked up a nasty malware virus. I’m not sure where, but you know, it’s after the software expired on the ole computer…murphy’s law is somewhere in that formula. Maybe the software company actually sends something like that out so that you never go without their software? I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but the timing was suspicious.
Anyway, I tried, unsuccessfully to fix it myself…repeatedly. Whatever it was, it was smart, it was ‘watching,’ and it was ‘learning.’ I first noticed it wouldn’t let me on Internet Explorer. Then it started reading my programming, this I could see by the black rectangle box that would appear occasionally on my screen, showing me the language underneath Windows and my other screens. As someone who studied to be a programmer (30 years ago, don’t get excited, it’s all obsolete), I know what this looks like. The malware was slowly shutting down my access to things, trying to get passwords, and isolating me. When I realized it and tried to eradicate it, it wouldn’t let me access those programs, smart bugger. It wouldn’t let me hook up my external drive, and I’d last backed up EVERYTHING two days prior, so I used a thumb drive, that filled up. I was panicking. Then, I started using another thumb drive I own, thank you Lexar! It took everything I sent it and backed it up, but it all took time. I was up until like 4am, just backing stuff up, a little at a time as it was so slow…and, I think the malware was trying to keep me from doing exactly what I was doing.
So, I took it to the computer shop in town. They said they had one slot open that day and I got it! Hurray, I thought, I have so much work to do!…um, nooo. They couldn’t get to it that day, had no one on the weekend to work with it, and said they’d finish it on Monday…I’d have it Monday night. Um, nooo…again and again they let me down. Now, I’m not the most patient person but if you can’t tell me honestly, explain it to me logically, I’m gonna get pissed off, and did. There was absolutely nothing I could do. And, not having my computer, I couldn’t go on line, do any work, or even entertain myself with movies, Facebook, or a host of other things I do. Then, my girlfriend reminded me I still had my old, broken, laptop.
Now, don’t judge it too harshly, that thing lasted five years under my hard work. It took forever to fire the sucker up though, talk about slower than molasses. And for some reason, the N key wouldn’t work. As you can see, I tried to fix said N key and made it worse. Then I got the wonderful idea to wipe the computer to factory resetting’s. I kept getting these delightful messages all weekend long as I attempted to use it, it would automatically shut down, and I tried to keep my temper.
To say I was limping along was modest. The fan on the old laptop didn’t work, I kept my cooling pan on and under the old thing…and it’s called a cooling pad for a reason. I had to keep a blanket on my lap it was so efficient. The keyboard didn’t work well, so I hooked up an ergonomic keyboard I own that I am totally unfamiliar with. That definitely has a learning curve.
As you can see by the keys on my old laptop, I type, hard, and you can even see my nail prints imbedded in the keys. Although, I have to admit, it wasn’t as hard as my desktop that I had in my warehouse when I first started writing. Keep in mind, I was a screen printer, it was in a warehouse, and despite washing my hands all the time, paint, soy, and a host of other things got on the keys. The reason the middles are completely gone out of some of this keyboard, is that the soy and the oils on my fingers ate them (no, this is not like my dog ate my homework, I swear).
So, I was left this weekend with my jury rigged (I used to think it was Jerry-rigged, and who the heck is Jerry?). This is stretched out, on my lap, and that damn mouse pad far away.I did manage to get the office program working, when it wasn’t shutting down for some imaginary update. I only got about twenty pages written, and I know it should have been forty…sigh. Oh well, I’ll make up for it eventually. The hardest part really was reaching for my ergonomic mouse. I used one in the warehouse because of all the artwork that a printer makes, uses, and plays with. Then, when I got my first laptop, I got a wireless one. That is the one you saw above, but the mouse, that was the first thing that died when I fired up that old laptop. Using the one on the actual laptops I genuinely hate! Ah, thank you logitech for my beautiful, and comforting, and heavily relied on mouse.
I have to admit, I can go a day or so without a computer no problem. But, that being said, I was kind of frantic knowing I didn’t have a computer to go and do the work that was piling up. Thank goodness I kept the old one, even if it didn’t work well, it worked. I got some things accomplished and could let others know why I was behind. I even got my Facebook fix in now and then, as you can see, I even played a word game.
It was pointed out to me, I might want to consider shopping for a new computer every two years instead of every five…sigh.
Happy computing folks! Watch for my new release in a few weeks! They even managed, despite a nuclear holocaust, to keep their computer going…wait to read how!