Wishing I Was a Geek
Computers are wonderful things, really they are, but at times, boy oh boy, I just want to . . . well, you know . . . self-control is needed. This morning was one of those times. Got up, trudged downstairs, turned computer on, just like I’ve been doing every morning for the past five years (almost every morning). While the computer boots up I take the dog out, feed her, then check email, etc. Only this morning when I went to check email I found a blue screen that said “Registry File Failure” then some computer gobblety-gook then “It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.”
Didn’t sound good. Words like “failure,” “corrupt,” and “absent” don’t go well with a computer.
Now, I’m not computer savvy at all. I know how to turn it on and navigate myself around the programs I’m familiar with but when it comes to troubleshooting and repairing damaged software my knowledge base goes about as far as turning the thing off then back on again. When this failed I tried it again two or three more times. I’m having trouble remembering the details because at this point I was teetering on the edge of panic. Man, I wish I was a computer geek.
Every time I tried to restart it that same confounded blue screen popped up with that word . . . “failure.” Failure. Kinda harsh, dont you think? Like the computer is laughing at me, hollering, “Failure!”
Luckily, I have some friends at church who are computer savvy and know a little more than turning it off and on. One guy said it sounded “not good” and suggested I find a computer repair man to see if he can salvage the data on the hard drive. So I talked to another friend who is a computer repair man. He said it sounded like he could retrieve the data but I’d need a new hard drive.
Repair man? New hard drive? I was seeing $$$. This is sounding too much like when my car goes to the shop. (My friend the repair man assured me it wouldn’t cost too much.)
I always thought these crashing hard drives happened to that other guy, you know, the guy who doesn’t know diddly about computers . . . oh, wait, that’s me. Bummer.
Anyway, I wrote this post on my work IBM ThinkPad. I may be out of commission for a little while and definately won’t be updating my Facebook or Twitter because the network this laptop runs on for work blocks social networking sites.
Hey, you know what? I might just enjoy the vacation from being “connected.”