After many moons of waiting (almost 10 months), I’ll hopefully be getting a new laptop tomorrow. I’ll be able to trade in my three older laptops and perhaps get a bit of the price knocked down, but even if the older systems aren’t worth anything, they won’t be junking up my house anymore, and someone else may be able to get a refurbished system for cheaper. And, if all else fails, the metals used in the computers can be recycled :/
I’m looking forward to being able to have my own system again–I’ve been using the family laptop, which does the job, but I don’t feel right saving my own files on the family hard drive. Can’t wait to have my own hard drive again instead of running my life off three flash drives! That’s the only reason y’all haven’t seen version 13 yet–I’ve been trying to minimize the saving and rewriting I’ve been doing, and anybody who’s done web design knows how much saving and editing you end up doing while designing. LOL
We’re looking at buying the Asus G75, which currently has a LOT of good reviews across the board. It only came out last month, so perhaps all my waiting has paid off. Wish me luck tomorrow–hopefully they’ll have it in stock and I can bring my new laptop baby home!
(By the way, this one’s name will be “Jo,” after the character in Little Women; “Meg” was my long-suffering college laptop, which still works, while “Amy” was my spoiled little grad school laptop, whose motherboard got burned out by an overworked graphics card. And “Beth” was my most recent, ill-fated gaming laptop which soldiered on bravely after being gravely wounded. It seemed fitting. :/ )
Though not much has changed on the ol’ domain, I swear I’m here. Real life and illness have been keeping me from working, as well as the lack of my own computer yet. :/ (I guess I’ll be going to get a new computer soonish, if only to have an internal hard drive of my own again.) Did I mention I’ve about had it with these headaches that feel like the side of my head’s been set on fire? They need to go AWAY.
…Annnnnnnnnnd I realllllly hate dialup. *shakes fist at corporations that won’t get off their butts to install fast access out here*
I’ve been keeping Crooked Glasses updated weekly, but that’s been the limit of what I could do most recently. My novel is being worked on, very very slowly (hard to write when I can’t think clearly), and the layouts for WMW.org are coming along well also (amid a couple of rethinking sessions and setbacks). I’ve actually got a very new style on the way–I think it’ll work better for how the domain’s been growing and changing–WMW isn’t such an infant anymore, and appears to have grown out of its baby clothes. 😛
Please continue to watch this space, as I battle the Headache Monster, the Real-Life Monster, and the Technology Monster. ^_^;
They did their best, but it was not to be. At least a year and a half of poetry, personal fiction, intensive databases hundreds of entries long, photos, and web design work gone. I am physically feeling ill over this–have had a headache and nausea ever since I got the news this morning.
I do have an older hard drive from June 2010 to hopefully pull data off of, so maybe I can rebuild using that. But I did a lot of work in the latter half of 2010 and through 2011. I don’t know if I’ll even remember how to create some of it again. I need a brick wall to bash my head against repeatedly–this is just another thing on top of all the other crap that has happened. Medical bills, plumbing repairs, more medical bills, other computer repair bills, and now this.
And I’m likely going to have to get another computer–mainly because we don’t need to throw any more money down the drain on a computer that might not last much longer anyway. Again, need brick wall.
I haz a giant sad, only mitigated by the fact that my novel is safe. Feels like suspiciously small comfort in the midst of all this.
After months of shuffling my feet and going back and forth about it, WMW.org is finally on Twitter, as–you guessed it–@wmworg . 😀
Also, this post is a way of testing whether WP and the WordSocial plugin play nicely together. This way, I can post to this little blog and Twitter will automatically update…I hope. *crosses fingers* Well, we shall see!
So, the pre-payment for the data recovery job is in place. Now, the real waiting begins, to see whether the poor damaged hard drive can give up its secrets before it truly becomes scrap metal and plastic.
Also, I’ll be making a few edits to the site here and there today and tomorrow as I can. I received a complaint from a visitor that they couldn’t find my fanlisting link or my network link, so I need to make those more visible, I guess. And I still need to edit the College Knowledge content. LOL, been saying that for a month or more, but sickness and RL stuff always manages to stick its butt into my business.
I’m referring to my webdesigning bug in the title of this post. I’m wondering if my design bug comes with a higher gear, because it’s currently sitting in PARK. What is wrong with me? LOL!
Just can’t seem to be bothered enough to edit some of the pages I know need editing. Maybe it’s the dialup speed; maybe it’s because I still don’t know anything about my poor hard drive. Maybe it’s because I hate trying to edit web pages on a computer that’s not mine. :/ Grr. I want to work, but something is stopping me.
Bleh. My webdesigning transmission better not be on the fritz–Lord knows how expensive that would be to fix. LOL
But I promise, as soon as anything gets fixed around this ole place, this journal will proclaim it to the farthest reaches of the Internet…’cause I’ll be very pressed to prove that I’m not good-for-nuthin’ after all. 😛
Got some kinda-good-kinda-bad news about my hard drive today. Good news: they have not exhausted all options for recovering the data. Bad news: the options left are tres expensive. :/
It’s going to be about 740 bucks, all told, to even try to get back any of my data. BUT, if this works, I may get EVERYTHING back, or at least most of it…or part of it.
That’s the risky part. We don’t know how much can be saved, whether the disk will be further damaged by the retrieval attempts, or anything.
But if we don’t try, we definitely won’t get ANYTHING back, and I’ll have to start possibly from an old hard drive (from June 2010). And if that old hard drive doesn’t work anymore, I might have to start ALL over, losing 8 years of creative work. :O Yikes.
For me, there is no real choice here–we have to at least try, and I’m willing to pay the money (even though it hurts my poor poor pocketbook) to get back all that priceless work. So I’m going to let the data recovery company do all they can do, and pray for a good outcome. They know what they’re doing–I have to trust that God is guiding their hands. After all, this whole situation is in His hands anyway. 🙂
Wishing all my visitors a safe and happy new year–have fun but don’t get too wild, lol. 🙂
Also, check out the new blog posts at Crooked Glasses–I just completed my Christmas Glassics week, recapping all the posts I’ve made since July 2011. Great way to ring in 2012! ^_^
Since I was very busy celebrating Christmas yesterday, I will take today, the typical “ho-hum-back-to-normal-life” day, to wish you all a very merry After-Christmas.
I have been spending today recovering from the craziness of the holidays–I’ve felt like I’ve been a week behind on everything, shopping, wrapping, cleaning, cooking, the whole lot. This time next week, I should be ready for Christmas. LOL But I still had a fantastic Christmas even without everything wrapped just so or primped just so. It was full of family and friends of all sorts.
Hope you all are doing well and recovering from your own holiday celebrations 😉 May we all keep thinking of each other as “people we want to make happy” rather than “people who need to get out of our way”.
With the bulk of my files far away and possibly unrecoverable, I can’t do much on my site, but there isn’t much TO do. But never fear! I’m keeping up with as much as I can, and I plan to keep adding things as necessary.
One of the projects I’ll be working on in the background is reformatting the College Knowledge section of my main site–the text, I have realized, looks a bit imposing on the screen, so I want to break it up a little more to make it look more readable and interesting.
Meanwhile, my daughter sites don’t need a whole lot of updating at the moment–at least, to my eye. Check out my other sites and see if you’d like anything else to be added!