It's been a while since I last wrote. I am still working on my goals so that has been taking some of my time. Also, my computer crashed. The teacher I work with suggested her computer guy to help. He told me it would be $20. just to look at my computer. So I said ok. That night he called and said that he was running a test and it was coming out good. He called again and left a message that the test showed some bad sectors....and he needed my authority to run further tests. When I called back he said it would cost me an additional $30....so I thought it would be only $50...much cheaper than buying another computer, right?
Well, late that night he called again and told me that my hard drive was completely gone....a new hard drive would be about $100, to install a new operating system $80....so I quickly calculated it would be $230..so far....and not worth it since I had already checked prices for a new laptop at $350. I told him to just return my laptop.
The next day he dropped it off and insisted I pay him the $50. I kind of felt cheated...being that he didn't fix my computer but I didn't want to fight so I paid. (After all, how do I even know if he did anything?)
My friend, Bonnie, recommended another computer guy that had done work for her in the past. She was telling him how I am on limited income and work in the school as a foster grandma....he said, "Wait a minute, are we talking about Grandma Ruth at M_____ School?" Bonnie said yes....and he said, "tell her to let me have the computer and I will fix it for free! My daughter loves Grandma Ruth!" When Bonnie told me this it brought tears to my eyes. I didn't thing anyone even noticed me at school.
So he had it for a couple of days and called and told me that he was going to reformat the hard drive. He did and I have the computer back. It is working ok. I lost all my data and it seems maybe a little slower but it is still working. I gave him $20....even though he didn't ask for anything. He told me he didn't know how much longer it would last...so I know I should start saving up....and storing my data on a flash drive!
So in deciding to start watching for a new computer....do you have a desktop or a laptop? Which one do you like better? What operating system are you using? If you have Windows 8...is it hard to use? Do you like it?
Ok, that's it for today....tonight is my aquacise at the YMCA.....I was able to get a reduced membership for $13. a month.....so I am started with the water exercise and when I strengthen my legs then I will try the treadmill or exercise bike.
Have a happy day!