My old, trusty computer finally died. Well, sort of, I guess. It might as well be dead. I lost power the other day (thank goodness just briefly) during the much-talked about Polar Vortex and my computer would not reboot no matter how much I coaxed it.
I can't complain. It was old and well used. And I had even got a good deal on another computer very similar to it a few years ago (gosh, has it really been that long?) and had it packed away. I thought then the end was near for my last computer and was waiting for it to croak. It held on much longer than I expected.
So, when my computer finally quit, I thought it would be no big deal to get the other one going.
Well, first, bear in mind that I'm no tech whiz. Second, when I did get my "new" computer out of its box and hooked everything up, I first had to install AOL so I could get online. Yeah, I'm one of the three percent (or whatever it is) who still has old-fashioned dial-up internet. I plan on changing that when I go to a laptop or tablet next. Someday. Maybe.
Anyway, I got my AOL installed and then found, to my dismay, that the browser was old and outdated and wouldn't display much of the internet I use. In fact, I couldn't even get into my blog. Okay, I thought, I would just update my browser. But I found through repeated attempts and failures that the old browser wouldn't support the downloading of an update. There's probably more to it than that, but the help program for that browser was no longer available to assist me. It ceased support a couple of years ago. (I guess buying a computer and keeping it "on hand" isn't such a good idea.)
Now, while I was doing all that in trying to get back online and back to my blog, I was also having to work around the hardships the Polar Vortex presented me and my loved ones. So I could only work in spurts.
Finally, today I installed Google Chrome (after several false starts) and was able to make it back to my blog. Obviously. Here I am!
So Doug's Dribblings is now resurrected in a "new" old computer that is - like with most of my stuff - years behind the times. (I just hate doing away with things that still has "wear" left in them.)
Ah, the weather has finally broke and my part of the sunny south has finally made it above freezing after a couple of days below, and one day down to nearly zero. My pipes made it through, my old truck didn't let me down (you can't beat those old Chevys!), my loved ones had some close calls but are fine now. And I'm back to blogging. Life is good again.
And I bet you guys thought I was going to discuss post-mortem survival or near-death experiences, didn't you?