Computers can be so much fun

Yes, computers can be fun. They also have become important tools to get work done. Heck, people have their entire lives stored on their computers.

So, what happens when they fail?

I have one main computer, a desktop computer which I did all my “work” work on. It started messing up in late April, to the point where I was unable to use it anymore. Fortunately, I had backup plans, and was able to continue to get my daily work done on-time.

That computer went to my computer repair guy a couple of weeks ago. After he ran all his tests, he determined that the hard drive was failing (which is better than if the hard drive HAD failed!). Obviously, a replacement was needed, and he ordered the correct one.

A word about my computer guy. He is a one-man store. He does some great work, but he can’t stock every single piece of computer gizmo part. Including every variation of 2-Terabyte hard drives.

When the hard drive arrived, he noticed that the box it was in was all banged up. He has been a part of this rodeo before, so he tested the hard drive right away. Which takes a while when you are testing 2-Terabytes of hard drive space.

The test confirmed his fears. The hard drive had way too many bad sectors on it. As he tells me, with that many errors, it would be almost better to leave the old hard drive in my computer.


So, we wait for a replacement hard drive to arrive. It might come in today (or it might not), but either way, it will be sometime next week before my main desktop computer is back.

I also have two laptops. One of them is my primary laptop, which I use daily for just about everything, including email. Email is my main contact with lots of folks.

So, imagine what would happen if that laptop goes down. Unfortunately, I don’t have to imagine it. Yesterday, after I just simply ignored a couple of weeks of my laptop just really acting a bit weird, it went full-tilt crazy. Basically, it wouldn’t turn on, then when I finally did get it running, I couldn’t go back to a previous restore point (note: I had installed a new program on Monday, and backtracking is the first thing you do to see if that new program is the problem). But when that took a long time, and then failed, I knew I was in over my head.

So now, my computer repair guy has two of my computers. Initial testing showed that it was possible that I was losing my second hard drive this month. The complete test is occurring as I type this and should be finished late this afternoon. It is only a 1-Terabyte hard drive, after all. My computer guy has already asked me if I want to upgrade to a 2-Terabyte drive.

Fortunately, I have a second laptop, which works just fine, except that the battery is very weak, which is understandable since this laptop is over five years old. But before I replace the battery, I will need to pony up for one or two hard drives first.

Oh, and for the record, this laptop has a 500-Gigabyte hard drive.

I’m crossing my fingers.

Mother’s Day 2017

Happy Mother’s Day, 2017!

I truly hope you get to celebrate Mom, whether it is by visiting yours, or with family coming over to visit with you.

Around my world, Mother’s Day is very different this year.  Our eldest daughter is celebrating her first Mother’s Day this year.  Her daughter is just an absolute joy to be around, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a overly biased Grandpa.  Last month, she had her first big adventure, flying down to Florida to visit with her Daddy’s extended family.  Reports are that she charmed everyone on the flights.

We don’t get to see her as much as we would like, but we do see her quite a bit, and we truly cherish those times.  She is 8 and a half months old now, and already we wonder where the time has gone.

The walls and distance are too great to be able to see our other daughter and granddaughter.  Life will do that sometimes.  They say that Love Can Build a Bridge, and we hope that someday that bridge can be built, but until then we can only wait.  All I can do is continue to send my love to her and her daughter (and her father), and hope that they all know how much we love and miss them.

Then, we have a 9 year old running around our house.  As she navigates all the drama of Third Grade, as well as life in general, I truly wish I could fix it all.  But instead, all I can do is be her “Grampy” when she needs it most.

As for our Mom’s, my wife’s Mom passed away last month.  She had been in pain for a long time, but now her pain is gone and she is at peace.  While the family still mourns, we also continue to celebrate a life well lived.

My Mom got the news yesterday that her older brother had passed away that morning.  She had flown down to Texas last month to spend a week with him and his family, as cancer wreaked havoc on his body.  While his pain is now gone, the family is in mourning and adjusting.  Fortunately for my Mom, two of my siblings live next door to her, so she has that immediate support.  I am making plans to see her soon.

A lot has happened over the past year.  Much has changed in the Circle of Life, and that is as it should be.

I send out a huge “Thank You” to all Mom’s everywhere.  You are all loved.