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Thursday, September 04, 2008


Have not blogged recently (although I have accessed many of yours).
Reason? My PC crashed catastrophically and since I was on Windows 2000 and the PC was as old as that I decided the time was ripe to get a new one.
So arrived home with a large box and multi-layer packing, from which I delved the new, matt black PC - there is no joy in any of this - it is just as much a tool to me as a bicycle pump.
So I now have the joy(?) of Vista (am I a masochist?). My scanner would not work on it, HP did not have a new driver and more or less told me to get a new scanner (or get stuffed) - so I did, but you bet it was not a Hewlitt Packard. My Canon printer worked with a readily available new driver, so it was a Canon scanner I bought.
Most of my programs seemed to load OK - I have even managed to get Office 97 Professional to work in Vista (which the PC shop said was impossible and "could they sell me the latest Office Suite".)
So.......having been staring, with frustration at a screen and frantic (and expensive) telephone calls to help lines , I have been heartily sick of PCs and the internet.
I did ask myself if I could manage without a PC, but decided not (although I managed to get through life for the previous 50 or so years without).
So..........that is the reason for absence - my sense of humour is gradually returning.


Kay said...

Glad to have you back. You're not that old British guy on our tv every so often advertising for Telecom are you? (Just kidding!!!)

valonia said...

HURRAH! You're back!


Ah, sorry, I'm I making a fool of myself?

Good to see you Gandalf.

x V

Lucy said...

Welcome back!

When our PC dies we're going over to a Mac rather than risk Vista.

herhimnbryn said...

What you really need is a tame computor geek in your household;)

Isabelle said...

Ah, sympathy. My computer is a bit ill (it won't save things... although sometimes it will...) but I think I'll just put up with it.

Welcome back.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Glad to see you've returned from Frustration Land!

Our best for a Happy Weekend!

Avus said...

Thanks all for your welcome - it's rather like battling through a wet and windy night, then entering a warm and cheery room to be greeted by old friends.

Maureen and Eric said...

Glad to have you back! We had similar problems with Vista last summer when our laptop collapsed!

Robyn said...

*takes Valonias hands and does the dance of joy*
Glad you are back in Bloggieland!

Vita said...

We lost photoshop when we put the new system into the semi-new-but-already-outdated computer. There wasn't much choice, because the tax program wouldn't work on the system running in the snbao computer. I laughed at the mention of the tame computer geek.

windblownbutterfly said...

Avus, I have not been around as much as I would like either. (obviously, since I am just now reading your post from back in September!) Glad to "see" you are still around though.

I just recently bought a new laptop and am also "enjoying" Vista. No problems for me so far...but then again, I haven't attempted to hook up my scanner/printer yet either. Now I'm scared to. :-(

windblownbutterfly said...

Oops, after reading what Vita said, maybe it is Vista's fault that I haven't been able to load my Photoshop on this thing... :-(

Avus said...

Nice to hear from you again. I do hope you have managed to link up the laptop without too many traumas!