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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dead Laptops

It has been difficult to keep up with the online activities. Last Friday, the kids' laptop that I was using just suddenly froze and would not reboot. Since mine had done something similar about a month prior, I figured it was time to get them checked by a professional.

I got the report yesterday. It turns out they were both stricken by a virus and would not boot up. It will cost me $230 ($115 each) to wipe out the hard drives and reload. Fortunately, when mine went down, I was able to get on under "Safe" mode and get all of my data including pictures, articles, and spreadsheets. I will also be getting 3 years of virus protection for $105 for both computers as well. A bummer for sure but at least cheaper than replacement.

I hope to be able to pick them up tomorrow. That will certainly allow me to start getting more work done. It is difficult to write and blog when you only have limited access to a computer. I ended up with a lot of down time. Once I get my computer back, I will post my first quarter earnings for 2010.

In the meantime, I will simply get done what I can when I wake up early before going to work. I don't think I will be getting up early tomorrow, however. I can feel that it is starting to take its toll this week. I can't wait to get my computer back. It is amazing how that device has become such an integral part of life. As always, thanks for reading.


  1. Ouch, two laptops down in such a short period of time. I remember when my laptop died and I had to horn in on my kids. It wasn’t fun.

    Years ago when asked the question, if your house was burning and you had to grab one thing from the house to take with you (your family and pets were already outside and safe), what would it be? My answer used to be the family photos. Now, if asked the question, it’s a no brainer…I’ll grab the laptop.

    It’s amazing how technology has become so important in our lives.

  2. Yikes! I feel for you. I have had a couple of my computers die on me - on average I find they last about 3/4 years - but then I think that is just through overuse rather than viruses. Guess it this proves anything it is the importance of having anti-virus software!

    Look forward to your quarterly update - I am sure it will make impressive reading!

  3. Felicia,
    Anymore grabbing the laptop will also get you the family photos.

    I think anti-virus software is important. I have had good luck until now. I think the problem is that I allowed others to use my laptop on a limited basis. I will try to get to the update this weekend.


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