even though i have a mac, and it has… ‘time machine’… i did not bring the dedicated external HD which i use for doing that.
so, you know what i’m going to say, don’t you?
yes, along with all the other bugs, the laptop got hooked on something internal, and would not restart.
well, there you go – i hardly ever restart or shut down the thing. it’s always just asleep wherever i go, so i can open it up and presto we’re moving.
but, just after my report of the strange ‘issue’ with the blog here, i noted that the laptop was feeling a bit slow and cludgey to operate. so i thought, hm, time to restart.
well, we got to the pretty pink screen, but then the little coloured wheel kept going round and round and never stopping for ages.
bugger this, i thought.
so i pulled the plug, a tried and tested mac repair method. but then, i am probably living in the past that way. oh, and of course, ‘pull the plug’ is a metaphor based on other modes of retaining power to devices – i actually turned it upside down a checked for a lever of some sort. there it was, click! up came the panel and out i pulled the battery, then replaced it.
bong! said the puter when i pushed the on/off button. so i went off to make a cup of coffee while it did it thing, but when i turned to the screen, it had not got past the blue one, and it was giving the grey circle for a few seconds and then jumping to blank, and then back again.
software hangup on start-up pooh.
after a chat with the national apple line, i got an ‘appointment’ at the local mac shop at the ‘genius bar’ (these things are all new to me), so we hopped down to the local mall where saturday crowds milled and thronged. especially thickly in the mac shop, my goodness, it was like the easter show.
anyway, the young man tried his best. using the shop external HD, restarted and scanned the hard drive for problems, but it looked fine, so did a verify, all looked OK, but she still wouldn’t start on her own, and showed white and blue stripes instead.
have you backed up your data, he asked.
i waved my hand dismissively. for me, this means, to some degree, but not completely. i said: sortov.
so he says he will re-instal the OS.
ahh, but i was not aware that he was going to do a complete clean re-instal, and so when i returned 10mins later to retrieve the device, nothing was left on it. as if a new computer. not a log-in, not a software, not a firefox, not a copy of MSword with its attendant powerpoint thingamejig, all my filed fotos, adobe acrobat… many many things. gone.
of course, i can still go on.
i have the back-up files, yes.
but i came away without my CDs. in fact this may be the first time i have done that. so, now i have no image browser for example, or other little do-dads i was used to using.
i did download a free 30-day trial of MSword 2011 for mac, and it looks very zoovey. but i’m not sure i can afford the upgrade… however, i do need it to happily continue unabated…
yeasss, one of my students sent me a file made with open office, and while i could indeed open it, i could not write on it or add anything at all. read-write permissions granted notwithstanding.
and for now, we won’t go back into the horrid details of my talk in sweden. creating ppts on a mac and then playing them on windows has resulted in some quirks in the past, so i went and opened the file from the flash drive, on my colleague’s computer first. i then adjusted one or two slides. saved the file, and happily went off to the talk.
ahhh, but then the file would not open. and, i’d saved the new version by overwriting the old on the laptop too. tskie tskie.
so, while many brave and clever people tried to get my ppt to open in the background, providing a sort of dynamic tableau for my stand-up routine, i had to extemporise for 20 minutes. which at least i did OK at.
not to worry, i’d kept an older copy on the XHD, so we could still have it… but it appears that the swedish OS did naughty things to the file and corrupted it.
who knows these days, with computers.
anyway, we are still book-oriented… bought piles of them at the pragmatics conference… and now will need to send them back to oz in boxes. sigh. i was moderate, but him indoors was not. hence we have had to hire a car to get from here (london) to birmingham before heading off to lisbon. but we really will need to send them back before we leave for lisbon.