I failed to follow my own advice

I am down to one computer today. Time to do something drastic. Evidently, my non-stop editing and keyboarding has cought up with my aging machines.

I have known about these problems, but I let them ride in the hopes that I could get the book finished before having to install new systems and reinstall all of my software. Wrong!

The laptop now has a runaway cursor. If you have ever had this, it is particularly annoying.  The cursor drifts away from where you left it and the rate of drift incereases as time goes on.

The desktop system runs fine, but it spontaneously reboots every half hour or so, making it useless for any important work.

It’s time to take credit card in hand and visit Staples or Office Depot. I need working systems to finish editing the book and to complete a final cover design.

Snow is falling. Big soggy flakes that stick to everything they hit. I have to drive 20 miles through this goop to get some oral surgery done in Charlottesville. I will let Gretchen drive on the return trip. Fortunately, we have the Subaru which has all-wheel-drive.

I have a few hours in which to contemplate alternative solutions. I had better come up with something fast. We will be up to 1500 downloads soon for Danger Quicksand and I have not selected a printer yet.

But, there is a bright spot in all of this. I have many file folders full of quotes and piles of sample books so I can spend time later today getting it all together. From the samples I have seen, I have every chance of getting exactly what I want at the right price.

The snow is getting deeper. We had better be on our way.

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0 Responses to I failed to follow my own advice

  1. Thanks for publishing Danger: Quicksand. I am halfway through. Great insight. The “spontaneously reboots” may be cause by a virus. If you are on a PC, do you have the latest Microsoft Windows updates? Regards.
    –Richard

  2. JD says:

    Thanks for QuickSand e-book. It’s insightful! 🙂

    Btw, if you are not in extreme hurry, may I suggest you to buy Dell instead of some system from Staples or Office Depot. The systems are quite expensive. Dell has recently put up another deal on their laptops, may be you would like it. Link: http://slickdeals.net/#p5786

    JD

  3. fletch says:

    I believe the spontaneous reboot is a virus that made the rounds last Summer. I’ve forgotten the name of it now, but it was one of those that made the headlines.
    The exact same symptoms occurred on my workplace PC, which was running anti-virus software. I’ll see if I can find the name.

  4. Carrie says:

    Definitely, if it’s not too late, buy a Dell. Mine is just over a year old and its’ fabulous! I’ve never regretted it.

    That rebooting thing is a virus, too.

  5. Pierre says:

    The runaway cursor is a typical problem of my company’s Dell laptops. After a certain time using the laptops (around 1.5 years) of continuous stand-alone (aka not though a docking station) laptop usage, it “seems” the plastic cover kind of “collaps” onto the pad and creates runaway cursor situations.

    I found that using an external mouse and keyboard works best as a mitigation strategy. the only way we found to recover from the issue was to replace the whole laptop plastic top.

  6. @fletch
    You’re probably thinking of ‘blaster’ also had several other names like welchia… Could be that or one of many other things including spyware, failing hardware…

    If you want to enjoy your computer (I have seen many jaded IT pros fall in love with the new Macs) check out the Apple iBooks and Powerbooks. They are not just productive, they are fun and you will have very little trouble from viruses, spyware and all the other stuff that plagues the majority of us.

    Just thinking you should follow your own advice…

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