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Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 10:18 PM

Do you remember the blog I wrote in early February about all the problems I was having with computers, printers and such? Well, another computer has bit the dust, so to speak. (I certainly hope dust wasn't the culprit.)

My sister and her husband were visiting. She had been on the computer on a Thursday afternoon. I started to log on that night but noticed she still had facebook and her email open. I just used my iPhone instead.

The following morning the computer wouldn't come on for me. It would sometimes give me a message that there was no boot disk. OK. Someone checked it out for me and said the hard drive was dead. This is a computer I bought Nov. 11, 2011. You can understand my frustration.

It has now gone back to the HP hospital or wherever sick computers go. It will probably come back as it was when new, but with whatever I put on it missing. Hopefully the little external hard drive will have something on it.

I have a stack of lined pads and some ballpoint pens. It's just hard to get those handwritten messages to go through the Charter cable.

As you can see, I do have access to a computer. It's a laptop I've had about 5 years. I really prefer a pc. This thing doesn't work on my desk. Makes me raise my arms too high. Guess there's a reason they call it a laptop. The spell check on it doesn't even recognize the word iPhone. It wanted me to just use phone.


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I had a problem like that with a Gateway desktop computer that I bought several years ago when they were on sale at Wal-Mart. Within the first week of opening it and starting to use it, it crashed. I contacted Wal-Mart and was told to contact Gateway. They sent me an box with a new tower and had me send back the broken one. A few months go by, and the same thing happened again. We took it to Best Buy and was told that the mother board was bad. Sent it back to Gateway. Got another one. Third times the charm. The third one we got worked for almost a year. When it crashed, we went out and bought a brand new HP and haven't had a problem with it *knock on wood*.

It's going on just about 4 years now. The only work that it's had is the drive tray had to be replaced after one of my kids broke it. But, we got it fixed here in town and got it back the same day with no problem since.

What I did learn after working at a PC warehouse is that most of the "dirt-cheap" desktops and printers that are on sale, are refurbished PCs.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Sun, Jun 24, 2012, at 11:27 PM

Betty, your hard drive may be dead but that does not mean your information is gone. Could be a matter of how much is it worth to recover?

It all depends on what has occurred.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 7:33 AM

if you paid for the computer with a Credit card it may be under warranty with the cc company. you have not had that computer long. Good luck.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 9:28 AM

Get an external hard drive to back up everything. They are so simple to use an save you a ton of grief. Back up often, because you can be sure your computer will crash when you least expect.

-- Posted by Cal t on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 11:38 AM

An external Hard drive is the way to go. I bought a 500 Gigabyte external Hard Drive on sale for $50. That will hold everything on my computer and then some.

I also got a 1TB External Hard Drive for my birthday from my son-in-law. That's 1024 Gigabytes. They sell for around $99.00 but well worth the cost.

My problem is my computer is updating every other day or so. When I turn it on, it goes very slow. I try to reboot it, but get a message not to shut off my computer because it is updating files.

I just don't understand how a computer can get out dated everyday so bad it needs to be updated every other day.

With all those updates, it still doesn't do anything it hasn't been doing all along.

However, when it comes to my browser, it needs updating also according to my computer. Only thing is it expects me to update the browser. When I look at what it needs I have a choice of a zillion downloads. If my computer is so smart and it upgrades every day or every other day, why can't it update my browser? I'm not a computer. How do I know which file it needs.

But here is the main thing:

I just came back from Murfreesboro and the best that I could see... they have removed all the cameras from the intersections that I went thru or they have hidden them.

Hopefully Shelbyville has taken theirs down. I will have to look when I go to town later on today.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 2:30 PM

You should store everything in "the cloud". There are lots of options and some are free for a limited amount of data.

-- Posted by justwanaknow on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 9:33 PM

I'm not sure, but I dont think that cameras were ever installed at most intersection within Shelbyville. You may be thinking of the light sensors.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 5:23 AM

Looked like camera at the first red light coming into Shebyville to me. Don't know about all the other red lights.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 1:38 PM

Betty,

What it probab;y meant was the "boot sector" went bad (a virus can do that, too), but the data is still there; I had it happen to my laptop a couple of weeks ago. A computer guy can take the disk, put in another as a secondary, off-load all the files that you want. I have a tower PC that is a bit slow, CPU-wise, but runs like a champ; I built it more than 10 years ago.

U-L,

If it is getting updated every day, it is, more than likely, your anti-virus. What browser are you using? IE hasn't had many updates laterly. You can set flags that will allow updating automatically.

-- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Jun 27, 2012, at 10:33 AM

I use FireFox because I really don't like all the security limitations on the IE explores browser.

It looks a lot like IE but works better for me. I use Javascript and popups with my computing. I love it when I can click on my pages and have popup windows sized to fit data whenever I need the infor.

I put everything on offline web pages so I can access my data on anything instantly with a click.

I was told by my reliable computer repair man to allow updates, but sometimes it is overdone.

I did a check on this latest virus and checked out green, but it said that doesn't mean you don't have a virus, so I can only wait until Monday to see if I can't get online.

I have one website I have been working on lately but when I tried to upload some files with my Ipswitch WS-FTP it wouldn't let me in. It worked for my other websites, just not the one I really wanted it to.

I had to go to the website and upload like 100 files one at a time from the site.

That almost looks like the FTP can't go there but it goes to other sites fine.

Monday will tell the Tale!

Hey! That would make a lot of people happy if I couldn't get online.

That happened the last time my computer crashed. I couldn't go to T-G for some reason. I thought I was banned from T-G. I paid over $100 to have it fixed just to get it back with no Firefox but a messed up computer.

My son-in-law came down and fixed it in 30 minutes for nothing.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 4:01 PM

memyselfi,

I know the cameras aren't installed at all the lights but they are on every (red light) intersection on Main street from the Square to the last red light north leaving Shelbyville.

I made it a point to look and they are still there.

They are mounted on the corner Poles or on a Pole back from the red light so it can photo the License plates.

The cameras at the North end of town are mounted on the same horizon rail as the lights are. They can only show the traffic coming and going but not anyone running a red light. The cameras would have to have a very wide lens to read the tags in the other lanes. Those camera can't show the lights being red as it videos cars coming up to the light and past the light. They don't capture the lights at all. Hard to convict someone of running a red light when it doesn't show the light at all.

They may be good cameras for seeing who is coming into and leaving Shelbyville with seat belts on or off and drinking while driving.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 4:13 PM


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