Monday, September 5, 2011

brain transplant

It's a scary thing when the BSOD (blue screen of death) shows up on your computer monitor.

We kept the home computer (also known as the Mother Ship) limping along, hoping that the blue would turn back to black and we would be able to laugh at our fears. No such luck. After a couple of v.e.r.y. frustrating days, we finally took our tower to the computer hospital. Initially, the diagnosis was hopeful, but after further surgery, the old hard drive was sent off to the morgue and the Mother Ship got a brain transplant (something I've often thought would be helpful for my own body).

New hard drive in place, Larry got to work putting all the pieces back together. It took a while, but eventually we found most everything again, although the font was the size of a pin head. Further adjustments brought it up to my preferred 12pts and I hope it stays that way.

But the bad news is that my Outlook Express seems to have been emptied out completely. That means that 5 years worth of saved emails AND addresses are gone, gone, gone....despite Carbonite. We'll have to make a few phone calls tomorrow to the computer hospital and to the Carbonite cloud, to see if there is any hope of retrieving them. If not, please be patient with my questions about "conversations" we may have had in the past. I may end up needing that brain transplant after all.