When I tried to rowse my sleeping computer this morning, it didn't want to wake up and it was making this very odd noise. "Brrrrrreeeeee. Burrrrreeee." I was busy getting ready for an appointment and wanted to look up the address again, so I cocked my head around to take a look at the screen and it was black with this ominous message: Cannot locate hard disk 0...
Oh no, my dear laptop, you must be mistaken. I know you have a hard drive in you. You used it just last night, remember? Now, where did you misplace it?
Turn off. Turn on. Still can't find your hard drive?
Now I'm starting to get a wee bit upset because do you know how much of my stuff is on your hard drive? You better find it! I'm going to be late for my appointment and when I get back I'm bringing a NEW notebook computer with me, so you better find that hard drive you lost!
So I did just that. I went and bought me a brand new shiny Toshiba with a bigger hard drive, faster processor and lots of bells and whistles. So there. And when I pushed the power button the old girl laughed and pulled the hard drive out from behind her back and started up fine. Um. Ok fine, but now I don't trust you. So I am taking full advantage of your cooperation at this moment to move all my stuff, or as much as it as possible, to the new model. Anyway, you're still making those funny noises.
Anyway, that picture up there is the tired old Dell Inspiron 1150 which will be fixed with a new hard drive and given to the kids to use. This is my spanky new Toshiba Satellite A105 blah blah blah, fancy schmancy new web cruiser. It even has fingerprint ID scanning! No passwords needed, just rub the laptop like a genie in a bottle. I spent the entire day transferring, downloading, installing, backing up, etc. How utterly dependent so many of us have become on these machines.
Anyway, the short of it is, I am back in business. And the kids are gonna be thrilled...until they start fighting over it. You know it's gonna happen.