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Beware Gremlins

northie

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My kettle died the other day, just as I was desperate for that morning hot drink. Irritating, but easily solved by buying another one. When my laptop died yesterday evening, that was something else again. Even my not very technical brain could understand something serious had happened from the error messages that appeared on the screen. 

 

Fortunately it's still under warranty, just. A phone call to the seller's helpline confirmed my suspicion that the hard drive was fried. Great ... It is repairable under warranty but doing anything about retrieving the data would cost me. At this point, I breathed a sigh of relief. Although a lot of my data and photos are synched through my Google account, up 'til a couple of months ago, this didn't apply to my writing. That had to rely on me manually uploading my stories to Drive. Did I do it regularly? No - about every 3 months or so, if I remembered. 

 

By some coincidence, a previous scare happened at about the same time Google was sending reminders about its new way of synching photos from a pc or laptop. Turns out, this works just as well on designated documents or folders. Phew ... So everything's safely backed up - it's more a question of what happens now.

 

My laptop will be away for anything up to a month (I hope it's sooner). I do have a older standby; I've spent a lot time in the 24 hours getting it upto date. It is hardly a great replacement, having a useless battery, but more importantly a very poorly lit screen. Better than nothing ... The effect on my current stories have been noted in their respective story topics. I'm taking the opportunity to spend more time writing my antho story.

 

Hopefully, normally service will be resumed soon.

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We'll wait patiently. And you might get some reading done, if you have a tablet to access GA.

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1 hour ago, Timothy M. said:

We'll wait patiently. And you might get some reading done, if you have a tablet to access GA.

Thanks, Tim. I might indeed get some reading done, but I am behind with my writing projects so there'll still be scribbling.

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Marty

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First the kettle. Then the laptop. Let's just hope that the old adage "Trouble always comes in threes" doesn't hold true in your case, northie... :hug:

 

Glad to hear you had your important stuff already backed up, anyway. :) 

 

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45 minutes ago, Marty said:

Let's just hope that the old adage "Trouble always comes in threes" doesn't hold true in your case

You and me both ... :huh:  Thanks, Marty.  :) 

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Gremlin Bell

 

Find your local motorcycle delearship or supply shop and ask for a gremlin bell. My husband’s Harley and the “miracle” pickup, as in it’s a miracle it keeps passing inspection, both have a bell. I carry mine on my keychain. I rode a Japanese bike, the only gremlins I needed to ward off had 2 legs and didn’t look for bikes.

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33 minutes ago, DynoReads said:

and ask for a gremlin bell.

Thanks for this. Interesting idea ... :)

 

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56 minutes ago, DynoReads said:

Gremlin Bell

 

Find your local motorcycle delearship or supply shop and ask for a gremlin bell. My husband’s Harley and the “miracle” pickup, as in it’s a miracle it keeps passing inspection, both have a bell. I carry mine on my keychain. I rode a Japanese bike, the only gremlins I needed to ward off had 2 legs and didn’t look for bikes.

 

I love the idea of a Gremlin Bell. But @northie, I’m so sorry for the series of unhappy breakdowns you’ve had to face. 

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16 minutes ago, Parker Owens said:

I’m so sorry for the series of unhappy breakdowns you’ve had to face.

Thank you, dear friend. It's exasperating, but hardly the end of the world.

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There are utilities that will automatically back up your hard drive to another hard drive for you. All drives will eventually fail, even the electronic ones (SSD or flash drives). I remember one job where we had to back up our sales on a tape drive every night – the tapes would fail occasionally.
;–)
 

You can tell I once worked in a computer store, right? So far I suggested an external monitor, a bluetooth keyboard, and now a back up utility! And I’m not even getting any commission on selling you anything…
;–)

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