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25 January 2018 @ 10:32 am
Well, the desktop hard drive finally cratered altogether.

And I really hate this laptop.

But never fear, I backed up all the writing when it got noisy, and . . . failed to backup the cover art.

But . . . I did backup _everything_ a couple of months ago, so I just need to rebuild the _Nowhere Man_ cover and I'll be up to speed.

As soon as I get a new desk top.

Because this laptop is so bloody irritating!
ekuah on January 25th, 2018 05:15 pm (UTC)
Well, sorry that I suggest it...
... but how about asking someone here when you have computer trouble.

My guess is, that more than a few of us here are well familiar with computers (even professionally).
And some of them (me included) would be happy to help you when you have IT issues.
Just as a small token of our esteem for the great stories you provide.

A friend of mine (a graphic artist) had a similar problem. He was complaining about hard disk noises, and sudden waiting phases when he tried to save stuff. (That turned on all the warning light in my head.)
I recommended him a free software to check the drive health.
The result was, that he had a zombie drive.
It was dead but it hadn't realized it yet.
Basically it was still running but there was a high possibility that it wouldn't spin up again after some shutdowns.
He was lucky and could backup all his data.
(Took him two days, because the drive was in a bad shape.)
Another week later and the drive ultimately kicked the bucket.
matapampamuphoff on January 25th, 2018 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Well, sorry that I suggest it...
Yeah, I started backing up regularly a few months ago, and I also have cloud backup--but just of Documents, as my picture files are enormous.

Heh, digging around for various things, I found the sales slip for the recently deceased--2010. I guess seven and a half years is not just a pretty good run, but also three generations away from cutting edge--or more.
Zan Lynxzlynx on January 25th, 2018 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Well, sorry that I suggest it...
The older stuff is still good though. I've got a "guest PC" at home that used to be my main computer. It still has a motherboard from 2009. The CPU, RAM, hard drives and video card have all been upgraded, but the CPU is still from that first Intel i7 generation.

It is still a perfectly good machine. Computers just don't age at the same speed they did in the early 2000's.
Zan Lynxzlynx on January 25th, 2018 05:49 pm (UTC)
Have you considered something like an Intel NUC (careful of the really cheap ones online, they are probably kits you have to add RAM and SSD yourself)? Other manufacturers like HP and Lenovo make them too. Little computers like the Mac Mini. They're built inside like laptops so they are small and low power. Most of them use an SSD instead of a hard drive. That and the low power mean they're entirely silent.

In my opinion these things are great if you aren't into high powered applications like gaming, video processing or HDR RAW photography.

They'll still manage to process videos. They're just slow.

I would avoid the ones with an Intel Atom chip though. That's just too slow.
matapampamuphoff on January 25th, 2018 09:07 pm (UTC)
My main issue is a mix of my eyesight and my desk set up. With the separate monitor, I can put it at the back of the desk, at my natural focal distance, pull out the keyboard shelf and type away happily.

Both of my laptops, I get to choose between screen too close, keyboard too far and too flat.

Bitch, bitch, bitch. Just wait till I have a new one to break in . . .

Edited at 2018-01-25 09:07 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2018 04:35 pm (UTC)
If you have a USB keyboard, you can probably plug it into the laptop and use that keyboard instead of the laptop keyboard until you get a new machine. Make it a bit easier in the interim.
muirecan: Withersmuirecan on January 25th, 2018 05:52 pm (UTC)
I’m so sorry to hear that your drive died.

(Anonymous) on January 25th, 2018 06:45 pm (UTC)
Can you just download the cover from the blog? The resolution would probably not be good enough for a print run, but I suspect that it would work for Kindle.
(Anonymous) on January 25th, 2018 11:11 pm (UTC)
Big Ass Monitor
If you spend a lot of time staring at the screen get yourself the biggest nicest monitor you can afford! So worth it. Especially as I, like you .... don't have the eyes of my youth!
Zan Lynxzlynx on January 26th, 2018 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: Big Ass Monitor
Like one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Acer-ET430K-LED-LCD-Monitor/dp/B072BL5QK4

It's a 4K, 43" desktop monitor. It is amazing.
matapampamuphoff on January 26th, 2018 02:57 am (UTC)
Re: Big Ass Monitor
:) I think I'll stick with my 20"