Keys pounded. Invaded by dust. Crumbs. and....
and, I don't even have a name...
Whoa, Nellie - what's up here? First my dogs blog, then my cats comment - and now my computer complains???
Nellie? Is that my name?
What do you do when technology takes a vacation?
I had a hard drive crash and I know of several people who sell online who have had a variety of computer problems from aggravating to total melt down. What do you do when that sinking feeling of not being able to cruise the internet hits you?
- Well, first - don't panic. Reboot. Lots of things are solved by that! And even if that doesn't solve the problem, it will give you a little while to regain your calm.
- Check all your cords. You just never know - something 'might' be unplugged! We can hope.
- Run any diagnostic programs that you can to see if you can find the problem. My problem is obvious because Nellie's little memory guage is on 'E' for empty.
- Call in the troops! If you can't find the answer, call someone to help you. Computer support, the neighbor, the dog - the neighbor's dog - someone! If nothing else, you will have company in your misery.
- Do what you can, not what you can't. If you have done everything you can do and it hasn't worked, then take a break. Enjoy the fresh air, take a walk, have a cup of cocoa, call a friend - walk away and really take a break. You might be surprised by how refreshed and ready to tackle the little tangle of wires you will be when you return.
- If your computer is "Dead, Jim" (calling all Star Trek fans!), then explore your options. Can you borrow a computer? Use one at the library? Pester a neighbor? Swipe the kid's laptop?
- Decide what you really NEED to do online and what you just want to do online. Make a list because, when you run next door to borrow the neighbor's computer, you will not remember everything you NEED to do. Prioritize the list you made from THE most important thing that needs to be done, to the thing that you probably wouldn't do even if the computer worked. Ummm.... (shhhhh!) and don't forget to take your passwords and login information with you!
- Relax and realize that stuff happens. Remember ~ Do what you can, not what you can't.
- Run regular scans that will detect all of the malicious pook that floats around out there in cyberland.
- Oh, and back up your files... frequently! Sometimes we back up our files, but we don't do it very often. You can loose lots of information if you have months inbetween your 'random' computer back up times.