Lock-down Diaries #8 1/4.

OK, I know it sohuld be 9 1/4 a la Harry  Potter and sometime soon there will be a Diary #9 and so almost was a few days ago but technology, the absolute bane of my life, decided to take a hand as it so often does.

Talk about adding insult to (painful and still potentially dangerous)  injuries (in the plural), my trusty old laptop which has been a veritable lifeline during the recent crises both personal and global, finally decided to give up the ghost.  Not just a little glitch but complete death, something to do with Hard Drive #1 going to meet it’s maker (probably Bill Gates or someone like that) and I was utterly incommunicado on the verge of publishing #9.  It would have made this so much cooler,  8 1/4 doesn’t really quite cut the mustard, does it?

Anyway, this is just to (hopefully) let my trusty little band of followers know that I am still around, still breathing and still utterly baffled by thechnology!  I was in urgent need of something and so bought myself a little 14″ laptop thingy which seems light and will be good for travelling.  The next trick is to learn how to use it.  I am not joking.

There won’t be any images with this, it is literally just a telegram (anyone remember those) to state that “rumours of my death have been exaggerated” to quote from the very witty Mark Twain.  I am in the midst of trying to download dinobytes (I just made that up, it is a unit of computer memory as used by old dinosaurs like me and means lots and lots) which I think I managed to save to a big, bulky external drive thingy before the last laptop croaked.   Getting it all back seems a lot more difficult!

I would be remiss if I did not thank those of my readers / friends who have enquired after my health.  Special thanks to Elizabetha, my pretty little ballerina, for her very concerned e-mail which was much appreciated.

I am now going to try to publish this and if that actually works I shall head out and look for a large fogbank somewhere to try and shovel, followed perhaps by a short spell of plaiting sawdust!  I really am not hopeful but who knows?

If this does work and if I can actually recover the lengthy Diary entry I was in the process of preparing, it will be with all you lovely people in the next 24 hours.  No promises.

If you want to see if I can master new technology  to the extent of reviving my blog, then stay tuned and spread the word.

Author: Fergy.

Hello there. I am a child of the 50's, now retired and had been enjoying travelling pre-virus. Now I am effectively under house arrest. Apart from travelling, I love playing music (guitar, vocals and a bit of percussion) as the profile pic suggests and watching sport, my playing days are long over. I read voraciously, both fiction and nonfiction I'll read just about anything although I do have a particular interest in military history of all periods. I live alone in fairly central London where I have been for over 30 years since leaving Northern Ireland which was the place of my birth. I adore cooking and I can and do read recipe books and watch food programmes on TV / online all day given half a chance.

7 thoughts on “Lock-down Diaries #8 1/4.”

  1. Good luck with the new laptop! I just got a new one too and even though I’m used to swapping over quite regularly it’s still a pain and things you thought you’d saved seem somehow to disappear 😦

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    1. Tell me about that. I only got this one as a stopgap with the intention of using it for travel use and getting my old one sorted for home use. Sadly, my old one is an HP and they do not give out parts to third parties so I shall have to get in touch with them if I want the hard drive recovered.

      This little one is fine for travelling but is very limited in memory and I have resized all my images and now I am going to have to go through every file manually and delete the old SAM, IMG or whatever files to free up a bit of space. I currently have less than 10gb. available.

      It is a pain but I’ll get it done.

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  2. OK RIP the old laptop, maybe it was time for it, glad you got a new laptop and that you have started writing even bits by bits, hope to read the longer versions soon, have fun with the new technology, Treshi – Sri Lanka

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    1. Hi Treshi,

      now that I am communicado (is that the correct opposite of incommunicado or did I just make that up?) I’ll send you an e-mail today.

      Speak soon,

      Fergy.

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  3. Hi Fergy, like you I remain alive though was missing in inaction for a time. Will write more soon .. just finishimg a coffee after a nice morning walk now and need to head on now.

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