Well I am trying to make do with my new desk top and the more I try the more I realize that whatever happened has wiped out every last link and setting previously on my computer. When I get to the software I use to write my web pages, I find that I must reestablish FTP settings between my computer and the servers that house my web work. I am looking at least two—maybe three hours work.
Then I think: System Restore. I thought System Restore last night, but once many moons ago I used System Restore and it didn’t restore a damn thing. But I am on the verge of despair and so decide to cast my fate to the wind and take desperate measures. I find System Restore under hard drive Maintenance. Set it to the day before my accident; and click “System Restore.”
While I am waiting for SYSTEM RESTORE to do its business, I am like multi-tasking and phone the people who made the external hard drive that busted a couple of days back. I am on hold but surprisingly quickly I get a tech person. They are located in upstate New York and he says it’s just freezing outside.
I turn on the bad drive and hold my cell up to it and the guy says, it’s not the drive. It’s the fan. They were doing their best to make a quiet drive and the over did it with the fan; with the result that parts start rubbing. So I can send it to him and he will fix it and send it back or he can send me a new fan and I can install it—I opt for the second option.
And as I hang up—or whatever the hell you do with a cell—since nobody really hangs up anymore—I looked around and WHAM-BAM I see my old desk top—not the whole thing; but the picture I have of the barren moon. I have a barren moon picture as my desk top and then all the icons start appearing and then I check it out and every damn link and setting is there and working.
SYSTEM RESTORED! It’s the single best moment I have had in two days—though I should not have had to go through any of this techno-nonsense in the first place. But I am so tied into my techno-stuff especially web and word processing (and now also music) that having one of them broken is like losing a hand or something.