a November 16th, 2008

  1. Fatal — It Can’t Be Fatal!

    November 16, 2008 by MyEye

    Last night after the basketball game (the Lady Lobos won 94 to 38 — ouch!), I checked all my favorite blogs and my email, looked at my calendar by remoting into my office desktop from home.  No fires to put out . . . so we all crawled into bed.

    This morning, I had some coffee, gave the dogs their chicken wings (mmm – crunch, crunch, crunch), and turned on the notebook that I use at home.  The Toshiba symbol came up and then the Windows symbol floated across the screen.  Suddenly I was looking at a black screen with blue writing.  It read “Fatal system error, system is shut down”, then lots of numbers.  Oh, no — you cannot do this to me!

    For the past ten or fifteen years, I have used the same computer technicians.  They’re like family.  I’d call my kids on Sunday morning, right?  So, I waited until 8:00 and called Ralph.  “I didn’t wake you up did I?”  Sleepy voice said, “no, of course not.  What’s up? ”  I explained what the notebook was doing (or not doing).  Ralph lives near me and has all the computer diagnostic equipment at his house.  I said, “I know it’s Sunday, but I was on my way to track the dogs, and I go up Eubank.  Perhaps I could drop off the notebook and the power cord?  Maybe you could hook it up to your diagnostics equipment?  I’d be so grateful.”  Barefooted, bleary-eyed Ralph answered his door, and I left the Toshiba.  I had just renewed my internet security program, so I told him that.

    If it’s fixable, he’ll fix it because he is a whiz.  Of course, I am thinking the worst — buy a new laptop right before Christmas — shoot . . . how many dog shows worth is that?

    Kip and Chase tracked well this morning though, and I’ll get a lot of chores done at the house with no computer to play on.  (However, to accomplish anything I must leave the office and go home.)  The Lady Lobos play again tonight — it’s a round robin tournament.  Last night was Alcorn State.  Tonight’s opponent is Idaho State, and tomorrow night is DePaul.  GO LOBOS!!!  . . .

    and go Ralph!