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Rough Few Days Computerwise

August 16th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I managed to trip and spill a full glass of water on my laptop earlier in the week. I have been in the process of drying it out with a fan while searching for my service contract which I finally did find today. Meanwhile I raided the laptop fund and bought an inexpensive laptop (will replace another one eventually, anyway).

So Windows 8 bites. It really, really bites. I hate it. I loathe it. I cannot even describe the depths of my annoyance with this super user unfriendly system. And I got to know it pretty well, because about the fifth thing I did on it after installing antivirus software and antimalware software and ad block software and Office was contract a virus.

It should not take an act of congress to figure out how to reboot a system in safe mode. It should not be difficult to find the control panel. It should not be hard to get a text list of programs to easily search through for the suspected virus. All these things can be done in Windows 8, but it takes a ton of effort and a lot of internet searching to figure out how. What was Microsoft thinking?

Whoever designed this so-called upgrade should not be allowed to have children. Their DNA should be removed from the human gene pool. Okay, maybe I am overreacting a smidgeon, but it took me two days to get rid of the bloody thing and that only happened because I did a system recovery. Thank goodness I hadn't put much on it yet.

The stupid virus was Quick Share and datasrvrs and made pop up windows that talked. Ugh. Nasty, nasty piece of work.

Then Swagbucks pulled a stupid, but they fixed it for me. Awesome customer service, but then it had better be. I was ready to quit altogether if they didn't.

I also had a meat rabbit die on Sunday, which I don't think I mentioned, so that just set my mood for the week, between weepy and angry and slightly off-kilter. It was 13 weeks old when it died. If we'd have had the time we would have harvested at 12 weeks, but things got in the way, so we are waiting until DH gets back from Alaska. It was just over 6 pounds so it was at least 3.5 pounds of meat we lost. At least it didn't appear to have suffered.

On the bright side I have done really well at cooking meals this week. We had gotten pretty bad about eating out again so I've tried hard to get back on track again this week. One of my favorite things to make is fried potatoes, but I hate peeling them raw. I also hate that it takes quite a while to cook them from raw. So I baked them in the microwave first, which makes them very easy to peel and does not require any attention on my part. Then I cut them up and fried them and it only took ten minutes. A great short-cut and I can always bake them earlier in the day if I know I will be short for time later.

Also on the bright side, all of Piper's kits have their eyes open and have ventured out of the nesting box. And all of Phoebe's kits are turning into fat little butterballs. They are having so much fun playing in the grass and going through their tunnels or jumping over them or playing king of the mountain with them. Watching them makes it hard to keep a bad mood, but then I'd come back inside and growl at my computer again.

Well, venting helped. Thanks for listening.

8 Responses to “Rough Few Days Computerwise”

  1. Wino Says:

    We have one machine at work that has Windows 8. Nothing works with it. We can't use any of the scanners, and only one of the printers. None, and I mean absolutely NONE of the work programs work on it. What good is a business computer that pretty much only plays videos, does email, and... well, I think that's all it does? It's a TV with a key board. I'm with you on Win8. I have an old machine that needs replacing, and I refuse to buy anything windows. I may end up with a Mac, but my huge software library is worth at least $6K still (with about a $20K investment). I'd hate to have to replace that, especially since a few of the licenses won't allow a Mac upgrade purchase from a Win license.

  2. nhgirl1970 Says:

    I can empathize Windows 8 pain. I had to pick up a cheap laptop for my new office. It is soooooooooo user unfriendly. I absolutely refuse to buy another laptop if my one at home finally goes until a new operating system comes out.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks for the heads up on Windows 8...we aren't ready to replace our laptops yet, but it sounds like I want to avoid that operating system.

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Is it time for Linux? I'm experimenting with Linux Mint (on a USB stick) and reading up on Raspberry Pi: one of the cheapest computers...

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    Wow! Win8 sounds terrible.. Thanks for the heads up.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I hear you on Win8. I tried to help our PK director with her new computer which had Win 8 on it. Horrible. Headache inducing.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Paulette, I have been thinking about Linux lately.

  8. IndianGal Says:

    Ouch! Take care of yourself. It's awful when things pile up like that.

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