Bad News and Good News

new computerThe bad news is I’ve been limping along using this lame computer for a long time now as it’s old and not working well. The good news is I have brand new replacement computer. 

The changeover between the two plus the uploading of data from a third computer into the new one will begin this afternoon.

I have 3 backups of everything. Given my past experiences with changeovers, I have hired a techie to do the work and take credit for the successful transition I do expect, or to take the blame for the failure I don’t expect.

Hopefully, all will go well and I’ll be back online blogging by tomorrow evening.  Please cross your fingers for me as the last time was not a smooth transition … well, let’s not go there.  Let’s think positively, okay?

68 thoughts on “Bad News and Good News

  1. Quick Update
    The second computer is done – hooray!
    The third one should be done by this evening.

    l do have a keyboard story to relate but we have company for the weekend.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

  2. So…what happened in the end? Did everything work out and did you manage to master the keyboard? I know what you mean about manuals, and even when one is provided it is written as though you already know what they are talking about.

  3. Progress Report
    1 computer changed over.
    No data lost.
    But the email contacts from 2010 – 2013 are on walk-about so I’m gathering those now.
    The RSS synch also failed. An issue I’ll deal with later.

    2nd computer programming replaced, running updates now and getting ready for data transfer.

    Major issue – strange keyboard behavior. When caps lock is used on some keys it seems to be speaking French and I’m typing in English. Too bad I sent the old one to the recycle depot yesterday. Why isn’t it mandatory to have a complete manual for hardware in every box?

  4. HELP!

    Who is using the Microsoft keyboard for Windows 7

    I clicked something to do with accents or caps lock and now have accent marks instead of normal English — ready to SCREAM as I have tried everything

    1. I have no question mark
    Clicking the caps lock and the question mark presents this É

    2. I have no forward slashes
    Clicking the lower case (no caps lock) and forward slashes presents this éé

    DANG IT! This is NOT fun. :(

  5. Dear Readers,
    The changeover from one old computer to the new one is done. All new stuff I don’t really know how to use yet. There are 2 more computers to changeover but so far so good. I’m about to dash off to another appointment.

  6. Three backups?? Who, you worried??

    The sad part is, I can always identify with pessimism and paranoia… : (

    Good luck with everything, I’m breathing a small prayer into the ether… : )

    • Hi Mark,
      One corrupt backup file taught me a tough lesson that I never want to re-learn. The whole process went well three times over and I’m happily recovering from it with friends this weekend. May your long weekend be a good one too.

  7. Good luck TT. I just got a new laptop. Got everything transferred and quit my old friend in one afternoon. Been quite the transition but I survived to tell the tale. Looking forward to your return.

  8. I know you are technically gifted, but when I bought my new laptop last January, the change to Windows 8 was painful to me, and without any real benefits to the end user it seemed to me. Then they announced ‘Windows 8.1 with lots of Blurb, but noted that the ‘Start’ button would reappear on the task menu. “Must be worth it” I thought. No it wasn’t. I often believe, most of these updates are for the benefit of the manufacturer, and for marketing purposes rather than to aid any functionality: Am I being too cynical?

    • Hi Peter,
      I am not technologically gifted. I just have a strong determination not to let technology baffle me. It’s only a machine after all and assaulting a keyboard that speaks French when don’t makes no sense but if worse comes to worse … it might work.

      You are more brave than I am. I rejected learning how to use Windows 8. I hated the fact there was no start menu when I tried it out prior to 8.1. I’m not particularly tablet orientated and it would take me time to adapt. I have paid work to do and cannot risk any downtime so I went with Windows 7.

      re: “Am I too cynical?” Heck no, you nailed it!

  9. I’m sure it will all go smoothly! After all, you learned from the first experience. Your data is triple protected, so it should be no problem transferring those files. Likely you’ll have to update programs (I’m sure your OS will be considerably different), and no doubt you’ll need to adjust some settings, but the tech can handle that stuff easily. So I look forward to you being back online soon!

    • Hi Kerwyn,
      I have had more than one computer changeover catastrophe in the past. That’s why I hired a techie to do the first one this time. The OS updating on 2 is happening as I type this. Though I am online now I won’t be for long as I’m taking the weekend off. Thanks for your well wishes.

    • Hi phoxis,
      I’m so glad you said that because it took me 11 months to set up and use the computer my husband bought me last year. I had a techie do the data transfer on that one and did the rest myself. After I retire I intend to make learning to use Apple products my project. Right now I have lots of work to do and can’t devote any time to a learning curve and possible down time.

      • For me the data part is relatively easy, I have got data partitions isolated from the application. The difficult part is configuration, application installation. I work and study computer science, and have a lot of stuffs set-up many specific things configured. Keeping those as is in the new installation is pain, believe me. Last time I upgraded, I actually automated a part of the transfer of the set-ups and configurations and applications writing programs, rest was manual. Takes a lot of time.

        Yes, we should get into this upgradation art, to get the latest features as well as get more secure systems.

    • Hey there,
      It went well. No catastrophes – only minor glitches. I knew you would be sending me good thoughts but do be sure to draw 12 to 18 breaths per minute, okay? ;)

    • Hi Peter,
      Canadian wines like the Mission Hill Family Estate wines are excellent and I don’t drink imports frequently. I buy local. In October their Pinot Noir won an enormous distinction at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, England Note In 1994 Mission Hill Family Estate put the Okanagan Valley on the map by winning the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for ‘Best Chardonnay in the World’.

      Maybe the wine brought me good fortune or maybe not. :)

  10. I’m curious as to what computer you got. Presumably it would be good for at least blogging in which at least two windows could be comfortably be open side-by side. I wouldn’t think much horsepower would be required — I have done articles on my iPad although that isn’t ideal. Any input as to the decision process or actual machine(s)?

    • Hi Jim,
      I already had a new Windows 7 computer on hand that I had not set up. I could have upgraded it to Windows 8 but I rejected that idea. I went with Windows 7 as I didn’t want the challenge of learning a new OS at this time. After I retire I will go for an Apple laptop, probably a MacBook Pro with Retina display or whats’ on offer at that time but at this stage I’m too busy to take on any learning curves.

    • Hi there,
      Details, details, details …eh. I explored all the possibilities and rather than going for the Apple iPad route my hubby took I stayed with Windows. I could have gone with Windows 8 but I don’t think I’m a tablet person so I went with Windows 7. I think I’ll be happy to continue working on an OS I understand how to use rather than learning how to use a new one.

  11. A new computer scares the h*** out of me. Hate that day. I too hire someone. Once I hired the wrong person and the whole thing blew up. The rest went fine.

    My fingers are crossed for you.

    • Hi Jacqui,
      I can relate to that but my news is good news. I have a small amount of data transferring to do on Monday morning. By Monday afternoon I’ll be back to my completing my work, which at this stage is looking very good. Have a happy thanksgiving weekend.

    • Hi there,
      Celebrate is what I did on Thursday night prematurely, and then again last night when it was finally done. I had a glass of wine at dinner and raised a toast to technology on both nights.

    • Hi there,
      You can let those fingers and toes go now. It all went very well and it’s over, except for some final data transfers I have to do which can wait until Monday. Happy weekend.

  12. This most certainly is one cool site! As one who is still blogging in my home community as a public service after 1 1/2 years, I’m just now getting serious about my craft and learning to be far more blog savvy. I’ve read a few pieces here before and am most glad to have finally started following. Learning slowly, yet brash enough to have just started a 2nd blog. Finding taking time to read fellow wordpress bloggers material, even if one at a time between hack writing pieces, is really helping, and I can definitely relate to this post, after having one hard drive fry on me and still using a cheap computer waiting to get the computer I really want. Thank you most sincerely for helping me learn. It’s a real pleasure!

    • Greetings and welcome to my blog.

      I always reply to comments I approve and I do apologize for the belated reply. I’ve been offline and online sporadically as I’ve just done 3 computer changeover with almost all data intact and only a few glitches. I too have had a fried hard drive in the past but this time was nothing like that time.

      I’m happy to know what you read led you to subscribe and wish you well with your blogs. I do hope you find my blog content ti be useful. There are Basic Blogging and Popular Post Index pages to help you locate relevant posts as well as a Categories widget in the sidebar. The All Posts page has links to the 931 published posts in this blog as well and I use information post titles so browsing will be fruitful.

      Today I’m looking forward to continuing my weekend visit with friends. I hope you have a fine weekend too.

  13. TT, I’m shocked, :) No really; I am. :) Being the super tekkie you are it comes as a surprise that you held on to that old computer as long as you did. Am crossing my fingers and toes the changeover goes smoothly. :)

    • I tend to be thrifty and even frugal and that was in play. However, when it comes to computer conversion it’s fear that holds me back as I’ve experienced miserable failures in the past. lol :D

    • Hi Annie,
      Thanks. I lost so much data last time that I have to remind myself that one failure doesn’t always lead to others. This time I have 3 and not just 1 backups. Last time the 1 backup file I had was corrupt.

    • Hi Cynthia,
      It’s so great to hear from you. I’ve been wondering how you are doing. I’ve been helping a friend whose new to blogging set up accounts and learning. She has gone through Blogger, and Tumblr and settled on Medium for some essays. When the computer changeover is done we will be setting up on shutterchance.

      Thanks for your positive thoughts. I have scheduled medical and laboratory appointments for this afternoon and tomorrow morning and afternoon so my offline time will be productive time. I’m equipped with my knitting and my little moleskin mandala doodling notebooks and colored pens live in my handbag. With any luck the ferries will sail on time, the taxis will be there to meet me when I arrive and the doctors will be running on time – HA!

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