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Updating Round and Round and Round...

You know that old saying "I don't know whether to shit or go blind"?

That's been my mantra for the last couple of weeks here. You know about the old laptop problems I've had and how I solved that problem (sort of). So I got my new laptop, now lovingly known as "Esme," and was cruising along with her just fine, until yesterday!

Or rather, until a few days ago.

It's all about the updates. The updates will be the death of me, I fear. Not eating a cinnamon bun for breakfast, or eating the occasional bacon in my BLT, and not even having a pizza for supper every 3 or 4 weeks.. but these infernal Windows Updates will do me in - I am convinced of this.

So as succinctly as I can manage the story, this is what happened. I can't remember which day this was, but the other day I had turned my Esme OFF and when I did that, it started to upload the updates. The screen said that I was not to turn off the power or unplug the machine as it was "updating." It also said it was already up to "38 of 106" updates.. and the little circle thing showing it was doing this was spinning away.

OK. I sat there and waited. Well, I did other things, but time marched by, and more time marched by, and I'd come back and it was still sitting there, spinning, and saying "38 of 106" updates... no movement at all.

Hours went by... no movement.

I got very nervous. It was all happening all over again! I could not do anything with Esme (this was all before she had her new name, BTW...). So there I was again, stuck without the use of my computer.

Being an independent one who does not like to follow the crowd (or rules sometimes), I waited until it drove me to distraction and I finally pressed the on/off button and turned it off.

Bad decision.

It all went haywire. Very similar to what happened to my old (now defunct) laptop, but not quite as bad. I'd get a black screen with options... etc. I fiddled all around and finally clicked on "Safe Mode" (I was somewhat familiar with that from a long time ago), and in there I found that I could revert back to a previous date on the computer, and it gave me about 5 or 6 choices of dates, so I chose the day before... the least number of days ago... to go back to.

Finally, after about an hour of that, my Esme was working again. I cheered. I breathed a big sigh of relief. She wasn't broken.

I spent the next couple of days sailing along, until yesterday when I thought I'd shut her down to kind of reset everything.

Bad decision. Well, it wasn't really... but it led to what happened next...

It said it would be update and that I should not turn off the power or shut it off because it was UPDATING! It was on 70 of 106 updates...

Oh no!

I sat and watched that for a while... I freaked out a lot. I lost all hope of a good outcome. That "70" then miraculously turned to "71" and I said "OK, Esme... that's all I needed - to know you are moving along..."

But that was all she moved... that was around 1 p.m. yesterday. I watched that screen stay right there for all afternoon and finally after 4:00 or so, I got Bob over here (my new computer guru) and asked him if this were "normal."

He said yes, but I needed to know more specifics.

It turns out (and you all may know this already, I am just not too swift on these computer details), that since my new laptop is a Windows 7 model, it has been in existence since probably 2010 or 2011, just sitting somewhere waiting to be adopted by me. So for 4 or 5 years, Windows has been issuing Updates left, right, and center and none of those updates have ever been put into Esme... until yesterday.

Bob said it would take a long time for all the updates, one file at a time, to be completely uploaded (or downloaded - whatever!) so I should just let it do its job. Leave it alone.

That is what I did. By the time we went up to bed at around 9:30, the screen said it was up to 91 of 106 updates... all that time to go 20 more upticks.

This morning I came down and Esme was "off" (just as Bob said it should be), and I turned her on and she hummed back to life properly.


I guess now when there are updates, they shouldn't take so long loading in... now that all the 4-5 years of original ones have been added.

So I learned a big lesson in all of this. When your computer screen says to NOT do something... DON'T do it! Follow directions!

That's all I've got for now. This may have been the most boring entry I've ever done. But it's my journal and I wanted to memorialize these events here for myself.

Oh, and by the way, Nora... if your internet was "down," how were you able to put the comment into my previous entry? And yes, when your internet goes down, you are most definitely allowed to curse! Heaven knows I do it all the time here myself!

I also would like to send a big THANK YOU out to Bob K., my neighbor across the street, for coming over when I've needed help and for giving me his sage advice.




I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals...
They are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied... not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from "Leaves of Grass, No. 32"] ~


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