I own an HP Pavilion Touchscreen, with an AMD Athlon™ II X2 235e Processor 2.70 GHz 400 GB of RAM (3.75 GB usable) 64 bit operating system, x-64 based processor. She has a 20″ flat, touch screen, with a cordless keyboard and mouse.
I purchased her on-line, refurbished (2011?) And she has served me very well.
Last week, I received a message one of the software protection programs I purchased after-the-fact was in need of annual renewal.
And, frankly, with all that’s going on here (roomie surgery, less income, etc.), I don’t have the funds. (This is NOT a bleg.)
The next day my computer gave me an error message: HARD DRIVE FAILURE IMMINENT! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR FILES (yadda, yadda, yadda). I went back to using the computer, as I do not regularly back it up, and have no discs with which to back it up, anyway.
Besides, what if it was just some malware file from the software company, or elsewhere?
The computer has continued to function, as usual.
Yesterday, there was a blip in my Wi-Fi service (Cox, who knew?). I reset the router (which is inconveniently downstairs). Upon my return, there was the same message I had received a week ago.
I again accessed my computer, and downloaded a free hard drive analysis program.
The program confirmed my hard drive’s demise was imminent indeed!
I have no funds or credit, so buying a new (or well-used) computer is out of the question. Of course, getting it repaired also falls under these criteria.
I CAN check my email and blog from my smartphone or my cheap, Chinese tablet, with some difficulty.
Obviously, not my first choices.
What to do, what to do?
I will continue to blog, daily, changing the quote, cartoon, beauty and YouTube posting as I can. Who knows – maybe she won’t fail until I somehow find a way to get another PC? 🙂
(I know, I’m an optimist!)
(FTC – HP, Athlon, and Cox have given me nothing, save years of good service (Cox, less so.). I paid for the computer, and pay for Wi-Fi.)
(my Dad’s general exclamation when an opinion – usually unsolicited or wanted – made itself known)
I’m participating in my usual morning routine. Shower, dress, readings, meditation, email, blog etc. When I see a notification on my cellular telephone that there was an attempt to log into my Facebook account. Last night, about 0030. From Mainland China!
I was long asleep at the time, and no where near the PRC. Apparently, they used Windows XP, Internet Explorer 9, and something resembling my FB password!
WHAT! Everyone knows I haven’t used XP in years, and loathe IE!
It IS a little disconcerting they could approximate my password, though. AND, would even care about accessing MY FB account. After all, I’m not a registered Democrat! 🙂
SO, per FB instructions, I changed my password to something completely different.
It IS good to know someone on the other side of the World thinks I’m important enough to hack, though…
(I am on FB, but under my real name. Perhaps I need to change that?)
…or at least from friends and family! 🙂
Whenever I get a windfall, I usually spend it on bills. Or necessities. Groceries. Or one of those things, and perhaps a meal out.
This year, I did get a gift card or two, and some actual cash. Not a lot, but more than I had previously(!) I am blessed.
Instead of buying my annual collection of diabetic socks, or having a new edition of ‘Ed Sullivan’ (the really big shoe) built up, I opted for something a bit more frivolous.
Some time back, my roommate J gave me her old computer tablet. It worked for about four months, when the on-off switch went South. A common occurrence in this model, I’m told. Also $200 to repair! For a now three-year-old tablet.
For Christmas I bought myself an inexpensive, more up-to-date 9″ computer tablet! With Android KitKat 4.4!
It doesn’t have very good cameras (I have a cell for that!), and it’s not bluetooth compatible, but it’s MINE! Much lighter weight than the hand-me-down, fast, and with a quad processor.
Sadly, it’s of PRC manufacture.
But, with my gifts, I only had to pay the $7.98 for one day Amazon shipping! I figure, if it breaks in a week, I’ve had a new tablet for eight bucks!
Of course, as with buying a new gun, there are always tertiary accessories needed. A screen protector and protective case! (ordered this afternoon)!
I’ve been having ‘problems’ for some time now with regard to the posting of commentary on others blogs and some folks seeing MY little blog and commenting, as well.
Seems WordPress has had some issues. I left Blogger a couple years ago, as THEY had some issues!
More than 100,000 WordPress websites have been infected with malware after attackers exploited a vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin called RevSlider. The attack turns the infected WordPress sites into unwilling distributors of yet more malware, this time aimed at visitors to the sites.
The malware campaign has been dubbed SoakSoak because it causes some infected websites to redirect visitors to a malicious website at soaksoak.ru. In an attempt to curb the infections, Google has blacklisted over 11,000 affected WordPress domains, according to Menifee, California-based security company Sucuri.
We get what we pay for!
I can’t afford to pay for a blogging platform – I certainly hope those are running without issue(?)
h/t Rev. Paul
I sometimes get frustrated with the ‘stuff of life’. I’m disabled, on a small disability income, my 15-year old Oldsmobile is more or less parked for lack of funds for needed repairs, and with my disabilities regarding walking, standing or even sitting it is sometimes difficult or painful. And a little less than two years ago I lost my home of 18 years.
Yes, sometimes I whine about other stuff, too.
BUT, I try to keep a stiff upper lip. And keep chipping away at those things that I can do something about.
My stand-alone desktop computer has been waylayed for a little over a month. For most folks having their home computer not functioning correctly is an annoyance, but in the grand scheme of things it’s not that big a deal.
BUT, not being very ambulatory, and now even less mobile, it became readily apparent my computer is a window to the outside world. My email, and 3-year-old blog being it’s primary functions. I can talk back to the TV, but it rarely responds.
FORTUNATELY, my roommate J loaned me an old laptop she wasn’t using for me to keep up with the day’s events and continue to publish my blog (such as it is) daily, as I’ve done since March 6, 2011.
For this I am forever grateful.
Being less-than-competent with regard to computer/Internet stuff, I’ve not been able to diagnose the problem with my computer, determine if it was even repairable, or what the cost might be.
J left town to visit her daughter and become a tourist for the holiday weekend, and I’m left as the dog wrangler again. This is okay, because I love the dogs (and the cat – more or less) and it gives me more time to try to move files to the laptop and play at fixing my old computer.
I DID IT!
Somehow, something inadvertently changed a couple of settings (not me!) – I changed them back (with about 100 missteps in the interim) and now the computer connects to the Internet, again!!
I’m using my original machine to write this!
This may not be watching a rose bloom, or being in love, or a new car, but DAMN I’m pleased!
I’m a reluctant Windows guy. Could never afford the Apple. Over the past couple of years, I’ve used IE 9, 10, 11, Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers. And seem to keep picking up ‘bugs’ on each browser. Such that spending 20 minutes setting up my daily blog post (with a today’s quote, funny, beauty and You Tube clip) has almost doubled to 40 minutes because of software ‘issues’. I keep having to switch in mid-publish because a window locks up, or won’t open, or won’t allow copy/paste of instructions…yatta, yatta, yatta. PITA!
YES, I’ve cleaned up my registry, removed malware. Regularly. I run Kasparsky. I even uninstalled FF and Chrome as they seemed to be the most buggy. I recently installed Mozilla WaterFox, because it purportedly works better with 64 bit machines. But some of the same buggery happened. (Pun intended).
Then, I installed Comodo IceDragon. Also from Mozilla, but tweaked differently.
Thus far, no apparent bugs. (Knock-on-wood)
And here’s my question(s) – am I doing anything wrong? Should I look to an entirely different browser, or blogging software? I’ve been much happier with WordPress (over Blogger) two of the past (almost) three years!
REMEMBER, when you answer – I an NOT a geek, I only pretend to be one on the blogosphere.
PS – IceDragon seems to be working well (after two days of blogging and browsing)! Who knew?
1. Russia has a bunch of excellent computer scientists, and Yandex seems to have picked up a bunch of them. The Russians always excelled at algorithms (I’d go so far as to say that their mathematics training beats ours handily), and search is a game of algorithms. I’m told that the Russian language is more difficult for computers to deal with than English (it is an inflected language, unlike ours), and so the Yandex algorithms originally developed for Russian really shine when aimed at English sites.
2. It gives me very good results – for most things I’ve been looking for, better than Google. Google’s blogsearch has become a joke, which is perhaps a testament to Google’s internal lack of focus. I find that bloggy related searches are much more productive on Yandex.~
~And now we come to what brought me to Yandex in the first place: Google is evil. We all know it. Furthermore, Google seems to be playing footsie with the US Government Intelligence Agencies:
One privacy advantage Yandex has which Google never will: Yandex does not do business with American intelligence agencies. I do not like the fact that Google has become an arm of US intelligence agencies. It is to their credit that Google discloses their relationship with the US government (most of Silicon Valley is in bed with the spooks, but they don’t talk about it). It is the surveillance state that I abhor. Yandex may very well be doing the same thing with the Russian government, but the FSB is a much smaller threat to American civil rights than our own spooks. While I see no imminent dangers from the all-seeing eye, and I am far from paranoid, the US is going through a weird time right now, and history is a dark and bloody subject. Do I really want the future government to know what websearches I was doing in 2010? No, thanks, tovarich.
Paranoia? I don’t think so. And, just for S & Gs, I ran Guffaw in AZ on Yandex.
20 returns on the first page – only one in Russian. Only one about guffawing, and not the blog. Seems focused, as Borepatch intones.
I’m thinking of using this occasionally (instead of BING), just to annoy the three-letter folks in bed with Google. Otherwise, what good is a “uncensored” Internet?
Hell, I’m already on ‘the list.’
I’ve been on the Internet since 1993. Bulletin boards and such. IRC. I used dial-up. Then computer memory became too complex and massive to handle a straight analog telephone connection.
So I got broadband. Expensive broadband. And it served me well, when I could afford it.
Then, my roommate gave me her Wi-Fi hotspot. Much like broadband, a little less expensive, but a little spotty with coverage and speed.
NOW, she decided to get a cable modem and router…
Remarkable! I connect faster, more quality, security and speed!. And it’s only showing 4 of 5 bars at peak periods! (I’m upstairs from the router.) No buffering on video! For the first time in Guffaw’s PC History!
Live and learn.PS – I no longer have the Timex Sinclair. I’ve moved past 16K…
reading passing-over, yet again, another warning on the Internet regarding keyboards. It seems, more than public bathrooms, computer keyboards are THE source of e-coli bacteria for most folks. E-coli is one of those nasty things we sometimes access through uncooked food and can cause serious illness and even death.
Yeah yeah, sure sure…yawn
I’m a bit of a germaphobe. Being slightly OCD and having been ill many times in my life, this is not surprising. A while back I was reading how the so-called 5-second rule is more realistically a 5-minute rule. (dropping food on to a generally-clean-appearing floor does not automatically mean it’s instantly acquired enough strange bacteria to be a health hazard if eaten! As if I’d do something like that! :-P) Currently living in a house with three dogs and a cat usually means mishandled food doesn’t even make it to the floor. If it does, it means they’re kenneled, sleeping or seriously full.
So, back to the keyboard. Specifically MY cordless computer keyboard. Usually observed in low-light conditions, no issues are observed. Wait-a-minute…what’s THAT on the keyboard, that red stuff (OH, it’s probably wearing paint…) WAIT! The keyboard has black with white lettering, no color! Uh-oh…
Yep. A couple months back, just after my move, I developed a habit of eating at my computer, over my keyboard in some cases. Usually…aw geez! That’s it! Jack-In-The-Box Tacos!
Apply Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to the affected area, twice! And to all the electronic gadget remotes living in my room, just in case. Because one never knows.
I feel better now, and a little hungry. What sounds good? mmmmm-tacos!Attention FTC, neither Jack-In-The-Box nor The Clorox Company have given me anything save delicious, cheap, greasy food and cleanliness. In that order. Go clean your own keyboards!
This may be old hat (tin foil) to the real geeks out there, but Judy just alerted me to a computer virus potential which doesn’t look good, set to run in July.
The FBI Anti-Virus website is free, and walks one through detection, destruction and immunization. Of course, my tin-foil-hatted wookie brain half-joked that this was just some way for the Feds to get us to voluntarily download software.
That’s what I get for watching Person-of-Interest before sleep.