Yes, as in a Big Mac attack. That’s sort of how I would sum up today. Oh Steve Jobs, I loved you and your products, and I know asking more than ten years of service out of a piece of technology is pushing the limits. But to have to start over?
This is the first brush-stroke on my pristine new machine. I managed to break it out of the box and have it up and usable, not to mention it found all my passwords and stuff somewhere in this home network. So it only made sense to take this perfect, blank tablet/sheet of paper/canvas and anoint it with my thoughts.
The good news was the Apple store refunded the $99 they had charged to move all my data from the resting-in-peace elderly MacBook Pro. The bad news is they were unable to retrieve any of the data from said machine. No photos, no documents and more distressing, no Quicken 2007 with my financial life history. So be it. Time for a new system and I can piece together what has gone missing or recreate/rebuild what I need. Let’s face it. Most of my life is available through a simple google search. The other day Korey did a search for photos using the store name and every photo I have ever posted on a blog popped up along with others with no connection which gave me the horrifying thought, “I have no idea of how they got there?”
I’ve no idea how many computers I have owned in the past twenty-five years. I say 25 because that seems to be roughly when the first one came into my life as a regular force of nature. Jeff and I used to haul a Compaq “portable” case to the cottage on weekends. One end of the monster opened and revealed the keyboard. No mouse. The inner part that was now exposed was the screen, smaller than this new laptop and consisted of simply a black background with green letters when you typed. We played an arcane game that required you to visualize a scene and move around it finding clues and weapons. I think it was called Zork.
Sitting here this evening, after a day of defeat in my techno-environment, I don’t feel too bad about starting over. Maybe I will keep this machine clean and organized. It has a wonderful feature for linking all common themed files together. The sales rep showed me but of course, I have no recollection of how to do it. But yes, perhaps, for once I will start with a clean slate and keep it tidy and uncluttered.
One can dream…