Terrified tanka… or how upsetting the PC is bad for the waistline

When the terminal

Seems to be too aptly named

The writer cowers.

Pleas for instant salvation

Whimper across the ether…


It has been going on for ages. The PC in fact, has never been quite right and I have got used to saving ridiculously often to try and circumvent the loss of work when the thing crashes… which it does with a persistence I can only admire. I wouldn’t mind, but it is an all singing, all dancing, fast machine at heart. It just appears to have a twisted sense of humour.

And now it is playing up again. The browsers don’t want to know, in spite of being deleted and reinstalled; the flash player ditto… except I’ve reinstalled that several times. I’ve checked just about everything, deleted and reinstated permissions, turned off anything that can be dispensed with… can I work with images or video? No.

And what am I working with at present? Yes, of course… I would be, wouldn’t I?

I do have a beautiful, shiny laptop as backup thank the gods, but it doesn’t have the files I need… lots of them that will take hours to transfer… or the programmes, and the wifi is temperamental here*. Nor can I sit at a laptop all day in the way I can sit at a keyboard. Possibly something to do with the ergonomics of being a hobbit, but I can’t get a comfortable working position. I have to swing my legs on a dining chair…

And don’t think a cushion will do it… I already have to sit on one of those. This is the woman who had to have a false floor put in the Mini so she could reach the pedals, remember?

Oh, you didn’t know that? Well yes, I have small feet… and I am that short vertically challenged.

The silliest thing is, of course, that it has done exactly this before. I spent weeks fiddling around with it, trying everything, trawling through support forums and the like. In the end it was a simple fix… something utterly straightforward.

I even bookmarked the bit of helpful information that would allow me to sort it out next time it happened. How’s that for organisation? I was quite proud of myself!

Of course, the bookmarks went with the last copy of the browser… and the synch facility that is supposed to preserve such things has also decided to go on strike….

Can I remember what it was?

That’s about as likely as a grizzly bear having wings.

Did I remember to make a note somewhere else?

I might have done… but I’ll be damned if I can find it…

This morning I determined to get the thing sorted.

Multiple cups of coffee and a whole packet of ginger biscuits later I am no closer to finding any solution that doesn’t involve sledgehammers.

Or tearing my hair out.

Perhaps I need chocolate…

*AND it is Windows 8…’nuff said.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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26 Responses to Terrified tanka… or how upsetting the PC is bad for the waistline

  1. …chocolate… yes, chocolate… that’ll do it…:)


  2. alienorajt says:

    Oh, how horribly frustrating for you, Sue – so sorry to hear. If I were nearer, I’d nip in with large baskets of Lindt chocolate and (im)moral support!

    I suspect there is a gremlin in the whole bloody system this week. Today, my laptop is being overtaken by sloths on the speed front – dead sloths at that! – and Son-and-Heir’s machine went spectacularly tits-up on Monday.

    Fingers (and other bits!) crossed for you.



    • Sue Vincent says:

      You would be most welcome… with or without the Lindt ( but bring the sledgehammer)…

      It may just be festive overload on the system, but it really is bloody frustrating. xxx


  3. Alas, but you should (no kidding) back up all your data on an external drive and reload the whole damned thing. I know, I know, that’s a last, desperate measure … but sometimes, you gotta do it. I shudder thinking of it. Which is why I have everything backed up on not one, but THREE external hard drives!!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I keep backing things up, but keep adding more. I think there is a basic harware problem underlying the crashes, but the software problem seems ony to apply online and I’m stumped with that.


  4. socialbridge says:

    Oh Sue, know the feelings all too well. Attachment has many different meanings!


  5. Chocolate…yes.. is most definitely needed in these situations.


  6. noelleg44 says:

    Sue, I would head for the chocolate right off the bat. Then buy yourself a small external hard drive – you can save to that and then disconnect and reattach to the laptop. The hard drives aren’t real expensive.


  7. Chocolate sounds like the perfect solution 🙂
    How very frustrating….it always happens at the wrong time!


  8. Ah yes… Windows 8…hmm!! I have a little 11.6 inch one with a little 1GB processor. It’s cool and very pretty and with nothing stored on it just as fast as the Windows 7 one. I use it as a training ground for W8. The last 17mb update it required, very small one too, it decided it required the whole night to install, update and restart my little laptop. I sat up waiting till 2am to establish this detail and tentatively went to bed hoping it wouldn’t blow up overnight! By morning it had finished but signing in caused it to kick off again and inform me I was viewing a temporary version of my account and it would be deleted when I logged back in. Very strange viewing it was! Nothing like my normal homescreen! It appeared to be ok after logging back in but I’m not looking forward to further update requirements! But good to know I’m not alone with odd problems! Yours however sounds to be in very dodgy condition and in need of intensive care!! 🙂


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Dodgy indeed… I don’t mind nursing it through a few problems, though. It’s a good machine on the whole and a darned sight faster than anything else I’ve ever had.
      Now if the internet would catch up with it, we might get somewhere 🙂


      • The internet’s no problem at all so long as I don’t try using the desktop version and stick to the app! The desktop version on Chrome and IE crash and stop responding every 5 mins or load so slowly it’s a waste of time. Which version do you use?
        Do you use MS office on yours? I have the student and office version installed and I wondered if you’d noticed any difference when typing in Word? The text seems to dance and fly across the screen with the 2013 version…wondered if that was typical or unique to my laptop brand!


        • Sue Vincent says:

          I stick with Firefox these days, the only thing that seems stable… but as the net itself keeps crashing and the connection is so slow it doesn’t help much. I do use MS Office, but Word seems fine as a rule.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Forget the chocolate, grab the wine!


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