Tuesday, January 15, 2008

why hast thou forsaken me

Back from a long break, I have several observations to make, but mostly am ruminating about unknown reasons for my second computer crash in a year (more about this later). My biggest news here is simply that, having lost every single exercise I've made in fourteen years, I am literally starting over, and that is in itself interesting.

First- when the computer crashed the first time (about this time 2007) the hard drive of the old computer hadn't been cleared out yet, so I was basically given back most of my 14-year heritage, minus a month or two of e-mails and exercises. This time (mid-December), the same thing happened: for whatever reason, the computer wouldn't start up. But this time, I hadn't learned my lesson (hadn't backed anything up), and, didn't have that heritage anymore. It's gone. Why? Here are some competing theories:

1. Virus. Even today, I opened what I thought was a greeting card (wouldn't someone send me one of those) and it was a virus. Why would someone want to crash me? More likely they wanted to use my computer for their own purposes, and it filled the thing up (not that I haven't contributed to that process). For example, they often send spam from my computer- I know that because I receive messages from people I never heard of, in Europe or somewhere, saying they aren't in (why do I care?)...We have anti-virus programs; maybe I don't update enough.

2. You don't turn it off at night. This is what the computer person here said. I listen to her carefully. However, I don't quite buy this one.

3. MP3 file in the e-mail. When I had my own banjo song on cd, I sent it to myself. Crashed both the mail program and the Safari. It's one hot song, I can tell you. It was still in the mail, in December, when it crashed again. But it couldn't have accounted for the January 2007 crash.

4. Too much junk on the desktop. Is it possible that if the desktop itself is too full, the computer can't move? If so, this could be it. I'm guilty. I can't throw it away. I can't remember why I wanted to save it. I can't file it as I'm not sure where to put it. It stays, especially if it's a picture. I've got to do something about this.

5. The new MACS are just like the PC's. This is true- because they use the same intel chip (?) or some such thing, they are more susceptible to virus. This is basically #1, except that in this version, I blame Microsoft. It's always easier to blame Microsoft.

Don't know the answer, there may be more possiblilities. But here are some New Year's resolutions:

Things will come back, better than ever.
I will get CESL Todays online, though it may take a while.
I will clean my desktop. Less is more.
I may stop responding to greeting cards.
I will turn the computer off once in a while.
I will put e-mail addresses and useful information in easy-to-find places.
I will go to the dentist regularly.


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