Monday, August 2, 2010

Good News / Bad News

The worst news first: my computer is dead. I'm writing this post on my DH's (very slow) laptop. One week ago, I found my computer with the dreaded "blue screen of death" but I was able to resuscitate it. The same happened a couple more times in the last week but then suddenly nothing, it wouldn't boot at all, I could only see the "No signal" message on my screen. My computer was rather new, fast and reliable, that's the reason why I didn't make any backup yet. Everything is on it: personal documents, family pictures from the last decade, tons of things I love...how can one be so stupid? There is a saying in French: "Il ne faut pas mettre tous les œufs dans le même panier." I think it's the same in English: "Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket". Well, I did. Luckily, I had purchased an additional two year warranty  for peanuts (my son would call me stupid if he new, he worked in this business). I’m not a big believer in buying extended warranties, so I usually pass whenever I’m asked, but boy was I happy I didn't this time!
I already knew how much I depend on my computer to do everything, but I didn't know I would panic this much just thinking I could loose it! It's ridiculous, I was feeling as if I was missing an arm... I'm telling you, go ahead, help yourself and take my washer and dryer, my dishwasher, my vacuum cleaner - I'll do anything by hand - but, please, please, pretty please: leave my computer and my Internet alone! And I wasn't even born in the new tech generation...
Anyway, I brought my computer yesterday to the repair service. The young man there must have thought I was crazy but he was very patient with me. And here is the good news about the bad news: as he finally checked the hard drive, he found that all the data are there and can be saved! The problem is apparently with the hardware. Just to be sure, I took the option to transfer my data on the external hard drive before repairing anything. Phew!
I'll have my data probably tomorrow but the repair of my computer could take up to two weeks. I'm patient.
And I saved the best for last: I finally got a job I wanted! Phew - again! I started last week, I'll tell you more about it soon.

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6 comments:

Zhu said...

I'm glad you didn't lose your data because that would have been bad bad bad. After a couple of dead laptops (looks like I'm a laptop killer), I invested in a new computer (my previous ones were second-hand) and an external hard-drive for backups, especially pics.

I know the feeling of "losing" your computer... I know it...

Yasmine said...

@Zhu: picturing you as "laptop killer", hilarious!!! And never again without backup!

Princess and the Pea said...

Hi! I've just found you via Sherri's blog... I was intrigued by your "movie English"! Well, your English seems fine to me! I just read in your last post that you moved from Germany to Canada - my husband and I are thinking of moving to Canada (from UK) and I wondered how you found it moving such a long way away - I'm really scared and not sure if I have it in me! It would be great to hear from someone who has done the same!

Nice to "meet" you!

Kat x

Yasmine said...

Hi Kat, thank you for visiting my blog! I moved to Canada with my family in a very special and difficult circumstances but it would be certainly very different for you and your husband. You should get all the information possible about the city/province in Canada you would like to live in. Go visit expat forums, you can learn a ton from people (from UK too) who already did it. You should be very open minded and ready to experience new things. Don't expect to find the same life here, the challenge is to build a new, exciting one. Usually there are many services in every city offered to new immigrants, you can get help on every step of the way. Canadians are extremely kind but can be distant too. Winters can be very harsh but incredibly beautiful at the same time. And you can decide to live here for two years or forever. And, believe me, you have it in you, you just don't know it yet! Don't hesitate to ask me any question, Kat...

Mama's Girl said...

Hey you didnt tell me the computer died! Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! :S

Princess and the Pea said...

Thanks Yasmine, great advice. We're thinking about moving to Vancouver or somewhere around there. My husband went about ten years ago with his friends and he's always said he'd like to live there so he's taking me next year to check it out and see f I'd like it too. I can't wait. If I love it, I'm sure I'll come back with more questions for you!

Thanks again,

Kat x

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