One of those weekends. Just one of those weekends which are irritating and time consuming and very expensive. I have a Dell Inspiron laptop - it is pretty large, 17 inch screen but as it stays indoors that is fine. Over the last few weeks it has been getting slower and slower so thought I would file off all my photos, videos etc which seemed to have quadruple copies all over my system, heaven knows why. So sorted them out, an exercise which took hours, I then plugged in the external hard drive I had purchased and filed them off. I then deleted everything and they all went to the recycle bin. When I then went to empty this bin I discovered there were over 4,000 items in there - nearly had a fit. Off they went.
I was hoping that this would make a difference to the speed of the computer but no nothing. So I thought I would give it a defrag (always feel that sounds vaguely obscene) and it duly defragged for hours. Nothing. Computer slowed down even more and when it took me fifteen minutes to log on the other morning, I decided that perhaps it was time to get a new one. Went to PC World and spoke to a couple of salesmen there who told me that owning a five year old computer was quite unusual, five is the equivalent of 90 in human years considering their attitude and their merry laughter when I thought it should last a little longer.
To add insult to injury my Samsung notebook which went with me to Australia had jammed, the keyboard would not function and impossible to get logged onto anything as an endless array of 'm' filled each and every box and the entire thing was locked. So it would appear that I needed two computers and thankful was I that I had my holiday fund transferred ready for my Australian trip so that the money was available, just less to spend that is all.
I am now the owner of a new HP laptop, smaller this time as really the Dell was a bit of a monster, lighter too, and at the moment it is being set up and data transferred over to the new model, anti virus added etc. This costs of course but I am a great believer in not attempting to do things yourself that others can do better and I knew my nerves and temper would be frayed by it all. I have, however, set up this new little laptop which I am using now and the keyboard is so tiny I keep making dreadful typos. Much easier nowadays with a new computer, it more or less does it for you but even so you have to reload your bookmarks, your favoured browser etc and it was all a bit boring.
As is this post, I am sure but thought I had better drop by and explain my absence on Random. It has been an annoying faffing around couple of days and, though computers are wonderful things, when they have to be replaced the entire process is just so tedious.
Thought I would cheer myself up by watching the new BBC series of Blandings, adapted from the PG Wodehouse novels, which had me crying with laughter when I read them. Sadly, his peerless prose does not translate well to the screen, and though it was mildly amusing I don't think they have a hit on their hands. Then just to really make me feel jolly I watched Ripper Street - Matthew MacFadyan is in this and I love him, he has the most wonderful speaking voice, and though I think it is good it is hardly enjoyable. Set in the east End of London just around the time of Jack the Ripper, everything is crowded, dirty, filthy, shrouded in smoke and fog and boy, does it teem - it teems with people, it teems with carriages, it teems with dirty urching boys running around bare foot. In short, it teems. A tad wearing after a while.
And so is using this tiny keyboard, I keep hitting CAPS LOCK and most of this post looks as if I am shouting at you. It is also incredibly sensitive and I just have to breath over the wrong letter and up pops another programme. All most disconcerting.
Will collect my new laptop in a day or two when all is done and then I have some games on their which need to be uploaded from my old one and that involves transferring the licence etc and oh blimey it is All Too Much to Bear.
I am going to bed.