Posts tagged ‘computers’

07/23/2008

My Dead Computer is Alive!

by James Jett

My dead computer came back to life three weeks ago, no, I don’t know why or how all I know is every so often I would take it out off the case and push the button, and when I was sure it was still dead or asleep I would put it back and get back to the tasks at hand. No one had attempted to repair it, the only work done on it to limit the damage, was taken the day I spilled the tea into the back and side of the bottom part of the computer, so I drained the water out and put it over the air vent to dry. Each time I tried to boot it, Nothing would occur, no light, no sound, nothing at all!

So about three weeks ago my Grandchildren parents went South to a wedding and I stayed here to get the downed tree of the yard and get rid of some of the weeds. The day before they left my daughter asked me if the stores carried a cord to run the computer from the car’s cigarette lighter, and I said yes and she went out to go get the cord, I remembered she did not ask about the price so I decided to call a store and ask the price because she would call me and ask if the price on the box was a good price for the cord and I would ask the repair department to guess-to-mate the price to repair my tea-drowned computer, took it out of the case put it on the table hooked it up pressed the button and it booted looked for the world like a brand-new computer. My job now, I thought, is to test it and determine if it will require major repair work before I can press it back into service. Here are the only problems I have discovered by running it 24/7 for the last three weeks. When I use the keyboard, I get these errors when I press these keys. I am leaving the errors so you can see them. Th6is is wh6at h6appen wh6en you type on my computer th6at stop working after I spilled tea into th6e back left corners. Wh6en I press th6e w key (Find and Replace) dialog box pop up, press th6e f key and th6e (Insert Image Clipart) pops up, and I cannot make a dash6. As you can see wh6en, I press h, I get h6, for it to make since I took th6e six out with6 th6e backspaces, wh6ich6 will work sometime. Th6e good news is? Wh6en I test th6e computer each6 day. I cannot find problems any wh6ere else, just. Th6e keyboards will h6ave to be replaced.By the way, no word presser will correct the spelling, not Microsoft Work, or word, WordPerfect will not correct the spelling. The program that will correct all the errors is a program I use to compile information and have it all in one place and that program is EverNote.
This enables me to use the computer because it is three times faster than the other desktop and Notebook computer I am using as a substitute most of the time.
Here is what the smart people are saying: the keys in question can be reprogrammed to do what they are suppose to do, that is, make the letter it is designed to make. Another line of thinking is getting the recovery disk from the manufactory ($14.00) and I can run it and not have to reinstall all my software! And, of course, I can format the hard drive, reinstall all my software and it should be like new again. For some reason it seems to work better each passing day, for instance, the backspace will not remove the number 6 from the letter h unless I press it for a long time, but if I press it to long it deletes the entire word. Me, I am just happy to have it back in service and not showing any signs that it will malfunction some day. While typing this post on the other notebook, I am loading twenty CDs of various types of music onto my Notebook, all the stuff I like to hear and listen to as I work, because my CD player in the radio stops halfway through the CD for some unknown reason, so this will be my backup CD Player and TV daily.

02/14/2008

Family Business:Not Baby Sitting!

by James Jett

It seems like everything that can go wrong did go wrong so far into this business trip. The hardest to manager are three Grandchildren less than eight years old and a missing baby sitter. Nine days before Christmas the person providing child care left to go back to visit her family in Europe. I guess she was stopped on returning and had not enrolled in school. All I know is, I came with the understanding that all I would have to do is work on the business, help get the house ready for the holidays and prune the plants in the yard. My other assignment, because the two older ask me to take them to Sunday School each Sunday. Baby sitting was never discussed and surely not planned.
Yet I considered the circumstances their parents are in since both work, the mother, take the train from Princeton Junction, NJ to New York and the father can go to his office when he has a meeting or work at home. Both had heavy schedules at that time and needed someone to pitch in and help with the children. One in school full time, one for a half day and the three-year-old is home all day! Since I had been here for three months, I had a good feel for the training I would have to provide for them so I would have time to do my work, well the training is completed and my times at the tasks-at-hand are increasing daily. I am using this computer because the tea turned over and some got into my personal Notebook computer: this happen when I was trying to “pair” the Bluetooth ear peace with my cell phone and make sure it would work. When reaching for the phone, the phone bumped the cup spilling the tea and cooking the computer. We drained the water out and let the computer dry before storing it in the case until we can open it and commence the repairing process. The good news — we can repair it, and had planed to upgrade the memory and the hard drive next month anyway.
The last three days I have been home with two or three sick kids, all been to the doctor once, this is something I knew would happen, because it happen every time I come into this area. During the last ten years I bet I have talked with twenty difference doctors, at three hospitals for children, and that includes CHOP or Children Hospital of Philadelphia, about the infections in this area and all tell me it’s because so many people living here go back to the middle and far east or is visited by people from those countries bring the germs and infections that they are immune to while they make the natives miss school or work. After visiting the doctor for the second time, the sickness seem to last for three days they are back playing and in school. Now you know why I keep the value of a grandparent so high and demand total respect from both child and parent. Because for these Grandchildren we have answered the call and go the bus, train or plane to insure their care while the parent got an education or earned money to live in some of the best neighborhoods in this country. After providing all the love, care and concern, I end up poor and penniless! That is if you take away my personal positions (rings, watches, cloths and car) the house is gone, in a generation-skipping trust, that mean all my grandchildren own it now, by-passing the parents. Now I am discussing changes with the parent to determine if another layer is necessary because an adult child we know sued the surviving parent for a larger share of the estate! Something we all should be concerned about, and take some action to put a will and trust in place to protect the values we work so hard to acquire and maintain.