The Blue Screen of Death

18 Apr

On Monday, I went into my office; took my laptop out of its carrier; turned it on; and saw a big blue screen. I poked and prodded the machine until I realized that it was not going to do anything else. That is when I called my nephew, who we all go to in our time of technological need and asked him what was up.

He said that I had come upon the Blue Screen of Death. That was fantastic news. I called my wife, and she suggested a computer guy who could take a look at it. I called him, and we had a clandestine meeting on the side of the road. With our vehicles parked close, I slipped the package to him.

He had it for a few days before coming up with a diagnosis. The computer was filled with viruses. He could clean it up but saw no reason for that. My laptop is obsolete. Cleaning it of the bugs would cost more than it is worth. It kind of reminds me of those death committees that people think the government is going to crank up. No longer a productive citizen? You do not need that hip replacement.

With that in mind, I went laptop shopping with my nephew. We went to the Apple store and got one of those newfangled Macs. This post is my first foray into this thing. There are some differences, but I think I will get the hang of it. I would include a cool picture, but I am not sure where it would go if I saved it.

Speaking of pictures. My old laptop is filled with pictures, documents and assorted materials. Hopefully, the computer guy can get that stuff moved over here.

For the past week, I have been without a laptop and have been amazed at how lost I have been without one. Now, I am almost complete.

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12 Responses to “The Blue Screen of Death”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong April 18, 2014 at 21:42 #

    I lived in dread of having a computer die on me. It’s happened before. I have external hard drive backups … but when the computer dies, for some reason the backups never work. Good luck! Hope you can retrieve you files!!

    • Rick April 18, 2014 at 23:04 #

      Thanks. Backing up is like going in reverse. Doesn’t work for me.

  2. shutterbugshea April 18, 2014 at 23:19 #

    You will be friends with the new computer soon!
    But, it still feels kinda like you lost a friend…bye ol’ laptop!

    • Rick April 19, 2014 at 00:12 #

      It leaves a void for a while.

  3. El Guapo April 19, 2014 at 00:08 #

    A fate that awaits us all.
    Love getting new hardware, hate when the old dies unexpectedly.
    Good luck with the Mac. Traitor. šŸ˜‰

    • Rick April 19, 2014 at 00:13 #

      Thanks. I’ve gone over to the dark side. I blame my nephew. The force is strong in that one.

  4. Andrew Petcher April 19, 2014 at 04:25 #

    I am naturally pessimistic about computer technology so back up my files several times. I hope you get yours back.

    • Rick April 19, 2014 at 13:00 #

      Hopefully, they will be back. I’m not very diligent when it comes to that.

  5. paintlater April 20, 2014 at 12:28 #

    Once you get a Mac you’ll never look back.

    • Rick April 20, 2014 at 21:02 #

      That’s what I’m figuring out.

  6. DyingNote April 23, 2014 at 11:05 #

    Been using a Mac (or two) for over 6 years now. Although on rare occasion a spinning ball makes an appearance if an app acts up, I’ve never had the machine hang up on me. Good luck with the new computer. You might just want to listen to “Welcome To The Machine” if the dark mood seizes you šŸ˜‰

    • Rick April 23, 2014 at 14:12 #

      So far, I like the Mac. “Welcome to the Machine” is an awesome suggestion.

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