Tuesday, 13 September 2011


My computer died last week.  Admittedly it was over five years old and I had been intending to replace it with a Mac, but even so - it is surprising how disturbing it is to find yourself refused entry to your own computer.  Most things were backed up, but not everything, inevitably.

I do have the use of a laptop, but that laptop has been the source of irritation ever since I bought it.  It has never worked properly and has had just about every component replaced.  It does work well enough to get by on until I figure out which Mac is right for me, but I had never bothered to try and connect it to my printer or scanner.

Actually, that's not true - I did try to connect it to my scanner when I went to help sort out my father's house after he died.  I thought it would be nice to scan in some old family photos.  But though the drivers appeared to install OK, the laptop doggedly refused to 'see' the scanner.

I get disproportionately frustrated by things like this and then pathetically triumphant when - as I did the other day - I finally get the thing to work.  This is what computers have driven us to: we are actually grateful to them for doing the job they are designed to do.

Anyway, after downloading drivers from Epson, I did eventually get my scanner to hook up to my laptop and the printer connected without any problems.  Until I go on a spending spree at the Apple Store, this will have to do.  And Kevin, my IT guy, did at least manage to get the data from the hard drive before gave my old PC the last rites.  I know it was only a boring PC, but I wrote all my recent books on it.  I won't miss it exactly, but it was a faithful old workhorse.  RIP.

All this was made even more difficult by a continuing problem with my internet connection.  Again - I can remember when I did not have the internet and still managed to eat and breath, but now it seems that I cannot function as a human being unless I have a broadband connection.

Hopefully this goes some way to explaining the scarcity of blog entries of late and I shall be doing a bit of back-filling as I complete various half-finished entries from the last month or so.

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