Got the news when I came home tonight. My dearly beloved Desktop P.C., known to me as Jackass, Jack for short, is officially dead.
(Please note, Mr. G-Man, this is why hope was absent from Friday 55 today.)
And it wasn't just "regular" dead. Oh no. First the hard disk crashed....which is an awful sound in itself. It was a 2002 after all and I worked it to death, evidently. Yes, I know Thom. You're in shock. A 2002. Hadn't even used half the disk space. Breathe slowly. Somewhere along the way there had evidently been a weird power surge, despite the surge protector strip. We did have a horrible storm the other night which made the alarm fry itself but this actually happened PRE-storm. The computer was off by the time the lightning started.
No my old friend also had, and I quote,"Well, some of the parts in your motherboard are um...bulging. Sign of a massive overload somewhere along the way. That's not good. And um....I wouldn't plug it in again if I were you."
No problem. It's all his. They recycle...and I won't have to come pick it up.
Nice computer guy, came highly recommended. He was honest...odd, to hear that in today's world, huh? He told me what could be fixed and that it might last 2 weeks or two years...but he still wouldn't plug it in as if didn't seem safe. Told me I could get a refurbished tower for the same thing he'd have charged me to fix things...had they been fixable. He actually sounded sad when he advised there was absolutely nothing he could save when it came to my data.
Oh well, I've always backed up the important stuff. Last week I just had a feeling...and printed out screen shots of my passwords.
Then with a laugh Computer Guy added,"Usually, when we recycle, we reclaim the data for you, then destroy the original. Seems the computer has already done that for us." I laughed, saying I trusted him but it was somewhat comforting to know that the information for my husband's business wouldn't be floating around. Then I asked for the bill. What did I owe him for his trouble?
The answer? $0. Nothing. Nada.
I insisted. He reminded me that his ad stated, "Free consultation" and he was a man of his word.
Man, when word gets around about this guy, he'll have all the business he can stand. And I plan to get out the word.
Now, anyone want to suggest a good computer before I go out tomorrow and try to find a "new friend"? Why... to keep hubby in business of course. Has nothing to do with blogging...or you my favorite friends.