[UPDATE 10:45AM: OH. MY. GOD. Sometimes the world, the gods, Gaia or whomever smiles upon us.
To my utter horror, after tearing the house apart (which will take a couple of days now to restore to a livable condition, I couldn't find my original Windows discs to re-install.
I'm good about not panicking in such situations, but I was dejected at what I would need to go through (beg and grovel?) to get new discs and how long it might take.
I called Lenovo (got through with no wait time on hold) and the customer service guy acted like this happens every day. Hit this key, click that, click that, and then click that, etc. etc. and the machine will be restored to its factory condition when I first received it.
WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW!!!!
I still need to offload everything I want to keep and that's a major undertaking considering how much is on the machine and that might take more than just today. But even the snow doesn't feel so daunting now.
What a great early Christmas present. I'm in a much better mood (she said, grinning).]
Yes, this greeting is a bit early, but get used to it - it may be all you see here at TGB for the next few days.
My laptop has gone all wonky - a virus run amok and some registry errors that together undoubtedly mean I'll need to reinstall Windows. Most of the time the machine won't boot at all, but I can occasionally get in long enough to retrieve some information I need before the machine goes nuts again.
Meanwhile, I’m using an antique computer in the guest room that is on its last legs; the monitor appears to be ready to die any minute, the noises emanating from inside machine are mildly alarming and it's so slow, it feels like a typewriter. At least I got email set up now so I can send and receive, but if you sent me anything in the past couple of days for which you're expecting an answer, it's hit or miss whether I can do that on the laptop so I'm not making any promises.
One other thing, Typepad has instituted tighter controls on their comment spam filter which means some of your comments don't get published. They are not lost, but I am not notified and must check the Typepad spam folder every hour or so to see if any of you have been labeled spam. I'm keeping up with it as best I can and your comments will be published as soon as I discover them.
There is a story at The Elder Storytelling Place today. The Perfect Christmas Tree from Sharon Lippincott. But unless I can tolerate this ancient computer (it’s got better internet access than a 9600 baud modem, but not by much), that blog will fall silent for awhile too.
Meanwhile, I need to work on moving snow and my car around outside. Yesterday we had a third major dumping in eight days here in Portland, Maine, with more, "they" say, on the weekend and I’m tellin’ ya - I’m not nearly as enamored of snow here as I was in New York City now that I must dig out the car every couple of days and move it here and there to accommodate the city’s snow removal trucks.
All that aside, have a Merry Christmas everyone and if you have any tips on reinstalling Windows with the least amount of pain, do send them along...