What’s Up

Or more accurately, what’s not up.

He's In MY FridgeMy laptop is misbehaving.  It won’t boot.  Luckily we’ve been able to remove the hard drive and successfully do a full backup of all my current files (including the CheapEats Ottawa database -phew!) However, the bl***ping thing still won’t successfully complete the boot process. 

In response to my question of “what to do”, my friend Keith has suggested:

Think of something fun and irresponsible to do, since you just got a get-out-of-appointments free card for about two days. After which, drill a hole in your old hard disk, and then go buy that MacBook Pro you’ve been lusting after.

So, if you don’t hear for me for the next couple of days you can assume I’m doing something “fun and irresponsible”. 

Got any suggestions?

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

7 thoughts on “What’s Up

  • August 21, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Big comeekgeek/nerd herd down at the Convention centre this weekend! Woot!

  • August 21, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Try using spinrite on the disk. (www.spinrite.org)
    Download it on another machine and create a bootable disk.
    Run it in level 2 (may have to leave it overnight).
    I’ll bet it’ll catch (and fix) the problem.

  • August 21, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    Fun and irresponsible? Maybe start by putting the “ee”‘s back in “bl**ping”, you goody-two shoes!!
    Sorry about your machine. Hope it rights itself or that you punish it by buying a better one. You already have the hot laptop bag all ready to go!

  • August 21, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    der anty leX, mak mummy krazy BYE playyin wit labtob, den loook kute. fuN nd irrespensibel!!! lub rere

  • August 21, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    oh, go be “naughty” while your computer is down.

  • August 22, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for the ideas guys.
    Dead Robot – you know I’ll be checking that out!
    Marc – you rock! I’m checking spinrite out now.
    roro – yes, yes, I’m a g**dy-two-shoes. Isn’t that why you love me? Well, that and my hot new laptop bag.
    rere – get off your mother’s computer young man. She has a consulting business to start and you should be learning to do filing before playing on the computer.
    sandy – you all think I should be naughtier? That’s not what the man on the street said last month. I’m getting a complex here…

  • August 26, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    A Little Brain Surgery

    A good part of last week was spent attempting to fix my laptop. Much thanks to Marc and Paul who both offered direction and advice. Carefulanalysis built to detailed diagnosis. Detailed diagnosis to iterativeinvestigation.Iterative investigation lead t…


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