I took my laptop into be fixed the other day. NOT the new tiny one, but the gift I'd been given by a very kind and generous fellow blogger. (I'm not going to link him now, I need to ask permission.)
The bad news is that the virus I got on the dang thing is keeping it from booting up, and none of the anti-virus programs seemed to be able to get around it. I have some pictures on that machine I need, I want and I wanna get at.
The young man who was looking at the poor machine said that the only thing left to do was to see if I could get a external hard drive case, and pull the hard drive out of the laptop and see if it could be downloaded and cleared of virus in an isolated system. Then, if I wanted to buy another, new hard drive for the laptop, I'd have a functioning machine again.
I'd like to do that. We have a nephew and a neighbor who are both facing tours of duty, possibly in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the neighbor needs a laptop. It's West Jr... if you've been following my blog for long, you'll know that they are the very good and decent neighbors we have been blessed with since just before Rita hit Texas. The first thing we learned of them at that time came through an open window, as they held a service of praise and thanks that Sunday.
So, now it's up to me to take the machine into Fry's and see if I can find someone who KNOWS what he/she is doing and can match my laptop's old drive to an appropriate case, then buy a new hard drive and reformat the machine. (Luckily, we have driver software that will do just fine.)
Somehow, I'm going to find the time. Business has picked up at the learning center and that's good for me getting more hours on my paycheck. It's bad for me as in time for blogging, gardening or just hanging out in the back yard. (OH>> my pond is full of tiny tadpoles.. and I saw one of the parents in the water. I fished him(?) out and she(?) hopped slowly away.....looking a bit worn out. Judging from the numbers of tadpoles, I'd say he(?) might have been looking for the toady version of a post-coital cigarette. More power to ye, Toadie!
More news from the garden later, y'all try to stay cool and happy.