I had the beginnings of a lovely posting set to go out on Monday 2 January, 2012. But……….
New Years Eve day I was quietly sitting watching a British BBC production (White’s) on my laptop. I was juggling my breakfast, a large cup of tea, and keeping an eye on Orion eating his breakfast.
At this point I don’t remember if it was the phone chiming in with a text message, or Orion asking a question, or a timer going off in the kitchen. It could have been any or none of those things. It could have been the cat jumping up or a cramp in my leg. Whatever it was, I moved.
And the entire world shifted.
The end result was that pretty much the entire cup of tea ended up poured over the laptop keyboard. Crash!
So you are getting a post with no pictures, no editing and very little prep. because I no longer have a functional computer.
The nice people at the Apple store started quoting me prices on water damage repair that started at $750 with no guarantee of success. Since I don’t have anything backed up externally (I know and I’m crying) any repair could require dumping all the data unless I paid additionally to back it up before they sent it in to the shop. Given what the tech had already seen I needed a new board, a new box and if there was anything else the repair shop would probably deem the computer a total loss.
Theoretically they could do the data transfer on site before they sent the computer into the shop. In order for that to happen I would need to purchase a remote hard-drive. Additionally I would pay the data transfer fee, cover the costs of anything extraordinary needed to transfer the data, and of course the inevitable sales taxes. I quickly began to see the costs of repair as nearly equivalent to starting over with a brand new machine (with a brand new warranty.)
Sadly, I did not receive $1500 in holiday loot. (Didn’t expect to. I thought $50 was nice.) So I am starting the New Year with an unanticipated debt and hopefully a new computer with all of my old data. There is still no guarantee that the data will transfer uncorrupted as the old machine is severely corroded internally.
I am asking for prayers and good wishes that by the end of the week I might be up and running again. I have photos and files on that old machine that I would really, really hate to lose.
May Hermes, God of Communication (and in this era electronic data), look kindly upon all of us in 2012.