PC Meltdown Holds Up Be My List Building Buddy Launch

  • Sumo

Oh, boy, don’t you love it when your damn hardware packs up just as you’re getting ready to launch a product.

A few months ago my daughter came into the kitchen waving her arms about and mangaed to knock a bottle of wine across the table in the direction of my 17 inch laptop. I sat there, watching in horror as a good bottle of Pinot emptied itself all over the keyword, glug glug glug.

“You twat!”

Of course it was my fault, she said, for leaving the bottle on the table.

Don’t you love women. Even at age 11 they learn to blame the stupid male. She had a point, but still, ‘Sorry’ might have been nice.

Still cursing like a trooper, I up-ended the laptop and dabbed furiously with sheet after sheet of Kitchen Towel. To my amazement, the laptop worked when I next switched it on… for all of 10 minutes. Whereupon it died. Of alcoholic poisoning.

The repair shop quoted me for the cost of replacing a new keyboard. I sighed a sigh of relief – could have been worse. 6 months later the laptop died on me again. Diagnosis: keyboard needed replacing and previous ‘spillage’ had ‘corroded part of the motherboard’. You never want to hear the word ‘motherboard’ uttered when you’re asking about a repair job on your pc. It’s the equivalent of ‘acute myocardial infaraction’ in computer speak.

Turns out that bottle of Pinot was easily the most¬†expensive I’ve not entirely consumed – around ¬£300.

So anyway, I get the pc home only to have it die on me yet again within 48 hours. I make a trip back to the repair shop where they tell me the new hard drive has failed. Probably because it came from a dodgy factory used by Samsung when their main factory in Thailand was hit by the floods. So now global warming comes into the equation. Luckily the repair people hadn’t discarded discs holding my saved data and could replace the HD and load back the data – so I’m spared further ruin for the time being.

Although I have external hard drives and the use of my kids’ pcs, which contain a lot of duplicate content from my main pc, these computer issues have seriously messed with my schedule. The worst has been the never-ending task of digging out product keys, etc. and reinstalling software. It’s made me realise how attached you can become to your number one computer, its unique interface, the feel of the keyboard – and how uncomfortable you feel setting about major tasks, such as a WSO launch, working on a less familiar machine, cluttered with kids homework, games and strange images from Alien movies.

I go back to the Samsung repair shop on Monday, hopefully for the last time for a good while.

Then its back to the pre-launch of Be My List Building Buddy – an in-depth look at strategies and tactics for building a list.

I will be cloning myself some time later in the week. If I have time.

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