My computer is critically ill, currently lying in pieces on my office floor. I’m struggling to write this post on a borrowed laptop using Windows 7 instead of Vista. I have no word processor, no WordWeb to check my spelling–not even a mouse to direct my clicking. My Favorites, My Photos, My Contacts, My Writing, and all my business files are on that sick little computer and I may never see them again.
My son thinks he’s figured out what’s wrong, but he had to go back several “restore” points to get anything to show up other than purple stripes, so some of my stuff is probably gone forever. Something was “corrupted” and even though that seems to be fixed, the video card couldn’t handle the stress and now refuses to communicate with the monitor. The nearest computer store is 45 miles away, so I have to wait until he can get the new part and install it. If that works I’ll be back on line in a day or two. If it doesn’t, we’ll have to take it to a repair shop.
Though I’ve had my computer a couple of years, and it periodically gives me a popup window saying I should back up my stuff–I never did. I’ve never learned how to burn cds, or do those other techie things most people seem to know how to do. I occasionally tell myself I should learn how, but kept putting it off. Now I’m sorry.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to back up your important files and pictures. If you don’t know how, get someone else to do it for you before you end up like me. 😦