For weeks Chris has been telling me that my laptop was about to bite the dust. It had been making funny noises and emanating enough heat to keep a small room warm. It's about 4 years old and I'll admit that I haven't taken the *best* care of it.
He begged and pleaded with me to move my files to the server for safe keeping. He didn't trust my laptop to keep a single bookmark in Firefox much less the thousands of photos I've been storing on it.
Last week I moved every single file to the server. THANK GOD FOR CHRIS AND HIS FORESIGHT.
On Wednesday the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) graced my laptop no fewer than 5 times. The damn thing wouldn't do anything except freak out and freeze.
I put this sticky note on it and handed it to Chris for an evaluation.
Diagnosis: Hard drive is shot; all data unrecoverable.
Time of death: 10:34 PM.
There were no tears though - everything is backed up! All of my precious photos and excel charts are safely stored on our server where they are happy, complete and accessible.
Of course, there is the problem of "How does A'Dell use the internet at home now?" For the past few days I have been sharing time with the husband on his computer. It's become painfully clear that we are a household that requires a 1:1 ratio of working computers with internet access to people in the house.
I was online for about 20 minutes last night and it was not nearly enough to do all of my nightly internet chores such as reading blogs, catching up on celebrity gossip, shopping for things I maybe don't need, email, misc baby research and trolling for the delights of the internet that you only find when aimlessly surfing.
There's so much delicious internet out there, 20 minutes a night is just not enough. NOT AT ALL.
All of you one computer households? I don't know how you do it.
In the interim I'm using the husband's laptop (which I've promised to use with the utmost care and consideration - no eating popsicles while surfing or anything like I used to do) until we figure out whether I'm getting a brand spanking NEW laptop (sounds exciting!) or if we'll just replace the hard drive on the old one (boring - but cheap).
Let this be a lesson to all of you though: Back up your files! Tonight! You never know when the BSoD will get you - nobody is immune.
PS - Jake is getting better and we're not going back to the vet for a nose biopsy. It looks like it WAS a bite of some sort. Thanks to everyone for your phone calls, comments and emails.