By Barbara Faloner Newhall
I went away for the weekend, and when I showed up in my writing room on Monday morning my laptop had crashed.
“It’s not your fault,” the omputer repair guy reassured me. “Computers are machines. Machines break.”
“But I’ve had this one only three years,” I said.
“It doesn’t matter. A omputer can crash after a couple of years — or even weeks.”
“Can you fix it?”
“an you save my data?”
“Probably. But it’ll take two or three days.”
Two or three days? What was I going to do with myself for three omputerless days?
“You should have an extra computer,” the repair guy said. “That way you don’t have to do without.”
Good idea. That’s what I’ll do with myself for the next few days — buy a new computer. Lukily I’m married to a guy who loves a omputer problem. If something goes wrong with my laptop or
one of my browsers, I have to be areful when and how I mention it to Jon. I know that once he sits down to fix my laptop, I won’t be able to get at it and get any work done till he’s finished fixing and tweaking — hours later.
Jon’s love for cyber problem solving is exceeded only by his love for buying and installing a brand new mahine.
So he was happy to drive down to our nearest big box store with me. We settled on a new, late model version of my crashed laptop. Back home, Jon downloaded software and got things running. Six or seven hours later I logged onto my blog — and here I am, getting ready to post only one day late — on a Friday instead of the usual Thursday.
Meanwhile, the omputer repair guy phoned a few minutes ago to say that my old Toshiba was fixed and my data and programs were reovered.
That’s good news. But now I kind of like the new Toshiba I’m working on right now. It’s got Windows 8.1 and a olorful, splashy display.
And a letter C that works only some of the time.
My new laptop is only a day old and it’s broken already! This isn’t a job for Jon or the computer repair guy. It’s a job for the sales clerk who limbed the ladder at Best Buy. I’m taking this puppy back to the store.
As the omputer repair guy said, a computer an rash at any time — inluding the day after after you buy it.
Happy ending: Best Buy exchanged the laptop for another just like it, I was in and out of the store in 30 minutes, and Jon gets to spend another afternoon setting up a . . . computer.