Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some People Break Computers...

... and I'm one of them. It's true. I have broken every computer I've owned, and I don't know how or why. I am very careful. I turn my computer off at night. I have different passwords for every site. I back up regularly. Still, they break one after another. Last year Roger put a Solid State hard drive in my old MacBook Pro. It worked great for about six months and then it started to do some wacky things. Instead of "going to sleep" it would go into a coma every time. I had to restart every few minutes. It was getting completely unusable. So, we decided to just buy me a new computer. That was in June. It was a nice new MacBook Pro, much lighter than my old one, and quite speedy. I liked it very much. When we were on the central coast last weekend, I was showing my twin brother and sister-in-law some photos on the computer. I looked away for one second and then looked back. Suddenly, there was a vertical pink line straight down the center of the screen. It was weird. So, I restarted the computer, thinking it was a temporary glitch. Nope. It came right back and stayed. Sometimes the line was a light green. Still, it was always there, strangely distracting. So, when we got back home, we brought the computer to the local Mac repair shop. I handed the computer to the guy behind the counter and he turned it on. He said, "Uh-oh." I said, "Uh-oh." He said that looks like a manufacturer problem. "You'll have to leave that with us for a few days to see what we can do." So I did.

All of the photos from the trip are on that computer sitting on a shelf at the repair shop. Yes, I have a backup, but my old Mac, which I'm using now (Roger put in the old hard-drive, and it's behaving for now) won't let me grab photos off of it. I wanted to post some of the beautiful cloud formations we saw over Monterey Bay. Luckily, I did post a photo on Facebook which I'll post here. It's one of my favorite moments of the trip. Anti-crepuscular rays, earth's shadow, and the Belt of Venus all in one shot. And, interestingly I didn't even notice that's what I was photographing that evening at sunset looking east. I had gone out just to photograph the very cool clouds.

Well, if things work out, I'll be able to share more of what we saw, but for now, it's just this photo on my very old computer. So, do you break computers or know someone who does? I'd love to hear about it.

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  1. I seem to be having a little bad luck with Hard drives, I dropped on a while ago with all my photos on and it cost a lot to get them recovered, then the new H?D stopped working and I've sent that off to get the photos recovered. When that comes back I'll put them all on a couple of drives. Had my laptop for 4 years and need to update though I doubt it will be a macbook as they are way overpriced here, I'll get another widows based one. Mind you I like how my photos go from the iPhone to the cloud and appear on my laptop when I go to look at them.

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    1. Bill-- Ah, you make me wish I used the cloud. I don't. I like how you describe the ease of it, and right now at this moment, I sure would like to see my photos. MacBooks are pretty expensive, but I've been using Apple products all of my computing years. Hard to make a change.

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  2. I'm almost afraid to leave a comment here lest I catch whatever afflicts your computers. I don't seem to break them, at least not at Olympic levels as you do.

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    1. paullamb-- I actually googled around to read about other people who break computers with alarming regularity. I think you're safe, but don't let me play on your computer!

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  3. Sorry to read this, Robin. It's a real nuisance!

    I remember when we got our first computer in the late 1980s and since then, and again only last night, I have listened to R's sighing and cursing FOR HOURS/THE ENTIRE NIGHT when something just will not work.

    They sit there on our desks and in our hands (smartphone) like unruly kids plotting on how to make life miserable. There is no escape.

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    1. Sabine-- You made me laugh, imagining R cursing for hours/the entire night abut his computer. I so commiserate with him. We are addicted to these crazy devices.

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  4. Do you or your loved one break computers? Is it affecting your sleep? If so, you might be suffering from MACATTACK! You need WINDOWS! You won't need a Mac anymore, but you /will/ decide that a Mac with a pink line through the middle is preferable to Outlook and recent versions of Word.

    Seriously, my Macs have been workhorses. I had the hard drive replaced on one before it failed (I could tell failure was imminent). That said, I'm worried about my current computer. I may have jinxed myself by typing this.
    How did you try to transfer the photos from one computer to the other? That part of your post gave me pause (along with the amazing photo). Did you use a jump drive? Or is your new one really new, as in, no USB port (a-holes! Apple really sucks in some significant ways)?

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    1. CCorax-- We have an old PC that we use for some of Roger's computing stuff (programs that don't run on Macs). I use that sometimes when my computer breaks, but they are just so different it's crazy. I love my MACs, all of them. I don't like the direction that computers are headed for (without USB ports-- like the one I just bought). I tried to get my photos off of the external drive we use for backups. I backed up the computer before we brought it to the repair shop. My old computer won't let me get into the backup to retrieve the images. So, I'll wait for the new computer to be fixed and returned to me.

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    2. WHAT? No USB ports??? That would kill me for sure. xoxo

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  5. Yikes! You definitely do seem to have had an unusually bad run of computer performance! That may not be your fault, though -- machines do break, sometimes quite independent of their users. Hopefully that line on the screen won't be TOO big a deal, but from the guy's comment...well, who knows.

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    1. Steve-- Yikes indeed! I think it's my aura (LOL!). Seriously though, I really do break 'em as fast as I get 'em. I think they'll have to do some hard work to fix this. I have a feeling I'll be returning the computer to the shop a few more times until they just give me a new one. So it begins...

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  6. I've been using Macs for 20 years, and have had pretty good luck. The keyboard on the very first one I got was defective; Apple replaced it within a day. I had a Powerbook that I was using when my mother was in the hospital, and someone apparently stepped on it. It broke the screen. I still use it with an external monitor (Thank goodness! I have some work-related programs that I need that computer for.) The replacement, a MacBook Air, had a problem a couple of years ago. It was out of warranty by about a year, but Apple repaired it free of charge. The repair, by the way, was a new logic board. In other words, I essentially got a new computer. I'll be using Macs until I don't use computers at all.

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    1. Mark-- I've been using Macs for almost all of my computing life, and at least for the past 20 years or more. I just seem to break them with alarming regularity. I don't think I've had one live to a ripe old age without giving me grief at least once a year. Still, I'm not sure I could use anything but a Mac.

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  7. I don't have a mac, so may not be helpful but my HP laptops (midline) last a long time even though I travel with them when required. Right now the oldest laptop has a noisy fan, which we will replace soon; otherwise it's great, but I do save everything to jump drives as I go. I hardly ever turn off my computer. I just put it on hibernate and offline at night. Maybe frequent turnoffs are an issue? I don't know as I am very untechie. i use them but never understand them.

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    1. Rain-- I'm pretty sure all computers have their issues (PCs and Macs). My brothers and sister all use PCs and have them fail on them regularly. I think it's the way of these machines. I back up often and always hope for the best.

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  8. Goodness and here I thought Macs were immune. You definitely have the unmagic touch. I have been lucky with mine and have only gotten a new one when XP became obsolete. I say new--I am still nursing Windows 7.

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    1. Patti-- You made us laugh out loud! Thank you for that. Yes, I do have that unmagic touch. Hah! We are surprised that you are still using Windows 7. That's REALLY an old OS. I think we liked Windows 8 best. But for my daily computer activity it's Mac all the way. Even if I break them with alarming regularity.

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  10. Interesting. I don't think I've ever heard of someone breaking their computers in quite these ways on a regular basis. Perhaps it IS your aura. :)

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    1. Colette-- It is definitely something in my very being that wrecks these computers so often. I wish I could use my powers to take down a certain narcissistic robot in Washington!

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  11. You definitely do seem to have had an unusually bad run of computer performance!

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    1. phann son (Cathy)-- I'm just so highly magnetic! LOL! Why does your link go to a page that I can't read?

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  12. I can't say that I've had a lot of computers break, but a few months ago, my trusty iMac of many years finally bit the dust. I know it may sound a bit dramatic, but it kind of made me feel like a lost an old friend.

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    1. Sharon-- I understand that sentiment. Our computers spend a lot of time with us.

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  13. I decline to go mac, for the same reason you decline to go PC -- I like what I know. And also, there are programs I use that don't run on mac. Sorry for the run of bad luck! xoxo

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    1. kathy-- I wish I could get used to a PC. I may give it a try the next time my computer breaks. The newer models may be lighter and friendlier than the old PC we have now. And, I forgot (yikes!) my new Mac does have a USB port. I chose it because of that, even though it was not the latest Macbook pro model. The computing world is leaving me in the dust.

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  14. My husband is an expert at destroying computers. But that's because he refuses to take the precautions you take. He once called me to come look and when I went into his study, he was on the phone with someone who had a foreign accent. MY HUSBAND HAD CALLED THE NUMBER IN THE POP-UP THAT SAYS YOU HAVE AN INFECTED COMPUTER!!! I noticed the person had taken control of his computer. So I told the person to back out this instant and that I was taking a screen shot and reporting this to the police. He pulled out immediately and we had our computer guru run a program to make certain he had not gotten any information. I subsequently deleted my husband's email account and told him if he wants to order anything to let me know and I'll order it for him. Surprisingly enough, he was relieved.

    He has gone through four laptops in three years. Otherwise he is a brilliant man, but something happens to his common sense when he boots up.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Thank you so much for sharing this story of your husband's computer dramas. Four computers in three years definitely beats my record! I did get my computer back yesterday. They actually replaced the screen. We'll see how long this lasts!

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  15. Im not commentating about computer but i need to say that i adore that photo!
    I love BIG SKIES!

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    1. John-- I'm a BIG SKIES fan as well. I'm always running outside to take a look up. Have you ever visited The Cloud Appreciation Society website? It's grand.
      https://cloudappreciationsociety.org/

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  16. The same has happened to me. HP has had to replace 5 laptops for me in the last 10 years. That can't be cheap for them. Maybe the issue is quality control. Where are these things made?

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    1. Pat-- That is so interesting. You're the first person to comment who has had similar experiences. My computer required a new screen. I've never had that happen before.

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