Typhoid Virus on the C Drive

I’ve been having some troubles with my computer.  Not sure what’s going on, exactly, but I think it’s starting the wind-down before death.  I just know that it will stutter and sputter along until finally the screen will blink to black one final time.  Not sure when that will happen, but I’ve had this computer for over 3 years already, so I guess it’s the natural course.  I think I can make it limp through another 6 months.  Yesterday, for the first time ever, I got the scary blue screen that said that something terrible had happened.  I rebooted and everything has been fine since.  Not sure what that was about, but my heart did skip a few beats, I’m not going to lie. 

I did a photo shoot for a our doctor’s family.  Since I sporadically pay him with apple pies (actually PIE.  I have only ever given him one), I figured that I could also pay it forward (or backward, whatever) in a way that is meaningful for the family.  It was while I was editing the photo card (with his wife beside me!) that I got the blue screen of fatalness.  She was scared that I had lost everything.  But, I’m s-m-r-t!  I save all my pictures and work-in-progress on an external hard drive.  For exactly situations like this. 

Oh!  I also sprained my ankle.  I was sitting.  And then it sprained.  Not sure how that worked out; I stood up and there was pain and now my ankle is swollen.  Charlie likes to laugh at me hobbling around.  He’s so encouraging.  I count myself talented for managing to sprain my ankle while immobile.   

I also found out from our doctor’s wife (as she was sitting beside me) that there is an outbreak of typhoid in our city.  Great!  Voice shaky, I asked her what the symptoms are for typhoid and she said, “Umm.. fever….  fever…. fever.”  Ok, got it.  If I want to laugh and have fun, talk to the wife.  If I want a list of accurate symptoms, talk to the doctor. 

Maybe my computer has typhoid.  That would explain it.

4 thoughts on “Typhoid Virus on the C Drive

  1. Sonya says:

    Sorry to hear about your computer…and your ankle. Hope they’re both back to normal soon!

  2. H says:

    I get the blue-screen about once or twice a day. It’s inconvenient, but not worth the $$ required to replace a “working” laptop with a new one.

    The “trick” is to have very current backups, so when the inevitable happens (“Do you hear that sound? That’s the sound of …”) at most you’ll lose a few minutes of data.

    1. Have a constant backup that runs automatically to an external drive. There is software that can manage this. Everything in your computer is backed up the moment it is changed. So essentially, the external drive is kind of like a duplicate drive, in real-time.

    2. Have another external drive just for daily backups. Don’t keep it connected to the computer. Every night, plug it in and do a full drive backup. Then unplug it. If the real-time backup doesn’t work for some reason, you can fall back to this one and you’ve only lost < 24 hours.

    3. Use an online (to remote server) backup system like mozy or carbonite. The connection is encrypted, so you don't have to worry even if the VPN isn't working. Set it to do hourly backups of just your critical data so you can use the FREE version. Here's a link: http://bit.ly/dkLudP

    Cheers!

  3. whitegirl says:

    I knew I was going to hear from you, H, about the computer stuff. I can always rely on you. 🙂

  4. H says:

    Predictable I am. Resist urge to write I cannot. Help morons in need I do.

    *grin*

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