Disaster struck! Tragedy followed!

A couple of weeks back, not watching what I was doing, I sent a glass of iced tea flying. Since mislaying a stomach a while ago, I’ve developed a taste/need for iced tea; and it’s whats kept me hydrated since the mishap.

I find water very difficult to drink, I don’t know why, and don’t particularly care, but to get back to knocking the tea flying. 😦

One guess as to where it went!Β 

For the past 5-10 years I’ve preferred, and used a laptop, and I found the ASUS more than suited me. For reasons unknown, the Apple computers have never appealed to me. I don’t particularly like Microsoft either, but that has nothing to do with what I’m rambling on about.

My lovely ASUS was open, and copped the full flood, perhaps 200 ml give or take a ml or two.

All hands to the pumps, as I set to soaking/mopping up the fluid. It had seeped under the ‘keyboard/pad’, which I removed quickly, and mopped up every drop that I could find, and dried everything that I could get to.

I replaced the keyboard/pad, turned back on, booted up, and all seemed well; and went well, until last Friday morning. It conked! πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯

There was nothing I could do to resuscitate it. I tried everything available, but to no avail;Β  c’Γ©tait mort πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯

Through carelessness/stupidity/impatience, I had crashed my computer on a few occasions, and always been able to rescue and/or resuscitate it; but this time all was lost. Nothing could be done, all was lost, literally!Β 

Saturday morning, the War Office asked me what I was going to do, telling me that I could not live without a computer and telling me that I’d better go buy me a new one! After sitting looking at my dead ASUS laptop, and endeavouring to breath a spark of life into it, I knew it was time to bid it goodbye.

After weighing up the pros and cons, I thought it might be wise if, instead of another ASUS laptop, (I’ve had 3 I think) I’d be better off getting an all-in-one, so that if I knocked anything else containing fluid,Β  flying, then there’d be a good chance that I be safe; if you see what I mean. Only need to replace a keyboard.

Naturally the War Office came with me, obviously to keep a tight rein on me; she wasn’t very happy with me; and intended to curb my excesses, when it came to spending money on a new computer.

I finally settled on the one thatΒ sheΒ liked; the salesman, a good bloke, bought stuff from him before, and he’s a full bottler, when it comes to computers, without peer. Well in my experience. Anyway, he said that the one the wife liked would do everything I wanted, without any trouble, so I bought it.

A Hewlett Packard, I swore I’d never buy one, but the War Office liked it, it looks very nice, which was the most important thing; and it will probably see me out.

Now I’m stuck with Windows 10,Β  😦 Going to take some getting used to.Β 

Through my own stupidity, I’ve lost quite a lot, with the demise of my ASUS. After getting this machine up and running, I went to load my Microsoft Office, I have the original pack/box/case thing it came in, with the code, opened it up to take the disk out. No disk!!! How can a disk disappear from it’s case?

It’s gone! I can’t find it. Suppose I’ll finish up buying another, or just use the ‘Open Office’; which for some reason I always seem to load onto my computers, kind of back-up system. I like the MS it has a nicer set-up and I find it easy to use.

One more thing before I close this miserable post off.

When setting the thing up I was asked to give the machine a name. So I did.






Coco had his operation last Monday, and all went well, and he was discharged on the Tuesday afternoon.Β 

His recovery is going along very well, if somewhat slow, it will take some four weeks, before he is anywhere back to normal. He is spending a lot of time sleeping.Β WP_20150507_003 Β I know that he is not feeling to well, his interest in food is not so great. I’m sure that is a passing phase, and he’ll soon be back, wanting everything I’m eating, and then some. πŸ™‚

I’ll keep you posted on his progress




37 thoughts on “Disaster struck! Tragedy followed!

  1. Well, I guess I should have copyrighted the name as it seems anyone can steal it all willy-nilly-like and not have to pay me a dime!

    As for you losing the laptop, sorry to hear. All in ones are nice, but obviously not as portable. For the record, I hardly ever use a laptop. Full-blown machine is my preference (like anyone cares).

    As for Office, unless you are doing serious editing work or have customers or work-related requirements, the MS suite is overkill. Here are some alternatives:

    Not that you might care about my opinion, but the online Google office is convenient and sufficient for most people.

    As for losing what you had . . . hmm . . . unless the hard disk failed (it might have), you should be able to pull the disk from the old laptop, hook it up, and get the data from it. There are cheap USB cases you can buy to house hard drives that will/should let you connect it to your new computer.

    I suggest to people to always back up stuff . . . perhaps you missed all of my frequent admonitions. Heck, you can now buy thumb drives (USB) upwards of 64GB. More than enough for most people. For about $90 (US) you can buy a portable 2TB drive.

    Anyway, glad you’re all set up again and I wish Coco a speedy recovery.

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    1. For all your bluster and hard nosed tuff guy stance you really are a nice sort of bloke.; which I can say in all honesty I am not!
      I have got a back up portable drive with most stuff on; all I need do is find it hook it up and see if I can get the stuff off of it!
      Hadn’t heard of tech radar I’ll check it out. Open Office is actually okay but very bland and uninteresting to work with,
      I had thought of getting the hard disk whipped out of the laptop and seeing if anything could be salvaged, Might give it some more thought before I bury the ASUS for good.
      I thought it was phil the philosophical mouse or does it even matter came up with the ElBoB or perhaps PiedType, thought something like that would have been quite beyond you. Still I can see you like and approve it πŸ˜€


    2. Well, you’re right, of course. I’m too dim a bulb to do something that clever with a name. I thought maybe β€” if no one was paying much attention β€” I might take some glory for myself (such as it is) what with my life being so bland and all. Oh well . . . nothing ventured and even less gained.

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      1. Okay stop carrying on IT WAS YOU. EVEN PIEDTPYE HAS SAID SO
        So stop carrying on, I was just pushing your button

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    3. Ive downloaded that program thanks ej, seems to be okay, it’s a cross between Office and Open Office


      1. Don’t know which one you picked, but whichever it is, don’t blame me if it explodes.

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        1. The Libre Office 5.4. seems okay so far will probably do all I want and need.


  2. Brian,
    I hope “Coco” makes a full recovery.
    Remember my Asus died and the chap from Geeks2U came, removed the battery, plugged it into the power, turned it on and it worked like a charm. I had bought a new computer in the meantime, but the old Asus is still working, sans battery.
    I have some disks in the bottom draw and I think they are from the time you set my Asus up. Perhaps the disk you are looking for is amongst those. If you are over this way, call in and have a look through them.
    When are we going to the “Old Vic” for our Christmas drink. If we don’t do it soon, it will be New Year. I hope 2018 is a better year than 2017 Trump, Turnbull, terror, terror, Turnbull, Trump, it’s like a video loop.

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    1. I’ll pop over Wednesday I’ll give you a call Tuesday work out a time Kerry has to go out so I’ll have to work around her; might be the disk Im missing.
      My ASUS is stuffed 😦


  3. You could probably hear my groan when I read about your computer disaster. Wouldn’t wish that on anyone. And I refuse to say how important my computer is to me … except that I’d be lost without it.

    Poor Coco. I can’t stand to see a pet unhappy or uncomfortable in any way. But I’m glad his surgery went well. Give him some lovin’ for me.

    “ElBob” wasn’t my idea. Wish I could claim it because it’s quite clever. But as I recall, it’s disperser’s creation.

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    1. It was dispersers creation I’m just getting him wound up, of course he’s taken the bait, and now sulking like the spoilt child that he is.
      Coco looks very miserable, he can’t run around chasing the little lizards, but he’s doing fine thanks PT

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  4. Wonderfully brave Coco – get well soon.

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    1. He looks so mournful with those big brown eyes looking up at me almost asking me what Ive done to him


  5. Oh, thank you so much, My LordBofB 🐻 , for the update on Coco! I’ve been thinking about him and wishing him well! Please give Coco some gentle pats and rubs from me and my pooch Cooper! πŸ™‚

    UGH on the computer calamity! 😦
    YAY for the new computer! πŸ™‚

    I’m so glad The War Office keeps you on your toes! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

    If my pea-brain figured out Windows 10, you will do fine!

    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…I love iced tea!!! πŸ™‚ And I have an ASUS computer! πŸ™‚

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    1. An even newer update, I took Coco to the vets on Sunday as I was very worried, 😦 he looked so forlorn but the vet was very happy, and said that he is recovering better than expected. πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚
      Today he’s been very sprite, and had a run in the garden after his little lizards and having a lot of fun πŸ˜€ 🐻 πŸ˜€
      I miss my ASUS, this HP thing can’t hold a candle to the ASUS, πŸ˜₯ My wife’s suggested that I throw the ASUS out, but I can’t, even though it’s given up it’s still such a beautiful looking machine I can’t part with it, so I’ll probably throw the wife out instead πŸ‘Ώ 😈 πŸ™„ O_o o_O
      The Windows 10 is an abomination πŸ‘Ώ 🐻
      Had enough Iced tea for one day over a litre, time for a bourbon πŸ™‚

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      1. It’s a machine . . . it has no use for candles. Windows 10 is customizable. Look around the Internet at ways you can turn off stuff and turn on other stuff.

        This article has a lot of them BUT I WOULD NOT DOWNLOAD the suggested CLASSICSHELL.


        I don’t like adding programs on top of the operating system, plus, some places might include adware with the program or load other stuff. From what I read, it’s probably safe, but my recommendation is “don’t.”

        The rest of the suggested stuff is all stuff that is native to Windows 10 and that basically removes all the stuff Microsoft would like for you to have on but that you don’t need.

        There are other articles that talk about turning off privacy-invading settings. I would list them here but you should probably do your own search. Look for articles “reclaiming your privacy” in Windows 10. Also, I don’t like the idea of touch screens, so I turn off all that functionality (I like my screen clean and free of smudges).

        HOWEVER if you can’t be bothered with all this, find someone there who knows a bit about computers and tell them what you want.

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      2. Thank you for the update on Coco!

        Ha! Do not throw the wife out! πŸ˜€ Just drink more bourbon! Ha! Just teasing you! πŸ˜€

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        1. I don’t have time to throw her out; 😦 I’m too busy trying to do every task that that blasted wolfman keeps sending me πŸ˜₯ in amongst his lectures, and pontificating,
          Is it any wonder that I have grey hair:?: πŸ™„ O_o o_O 🐻 😈 He loves smileys 😈

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        2. Grey hair is distinguished looking! Tis all good! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ 🐻 :mrgreen: 😈 πŸ˜›

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  6. Bad luck. I lost a keyboard that way once, red wine I think, but never the full show! I need to replace my PC but it irks me that on new computers I have to pay an annual licence fee for MS Office! Wouldn’t be without it though I have to say!


    1. Mr Gate’s needs the money so don’t be such a skinflint. There’s no way will I pay for it, Just hope I can find my original disk, hoping my chum Neill has it, I did load it onto his computer when I set it up a few years back so I might be lucky.
      Spilling tea on a computer is bad enough but red wine, is sacrilege.
      I think 😈

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  7. Well done you for making a quick decision. I really need to update my laptop but can’t begin to think what I want, so won’t even go shopping. Poor Coco, hope he is soon bouncy.


    1. No point stuffing around Gwen the computer was cactus, and I can’t live without one. 😦

      My Coco showing some of his old self, out chasing lizards today, he’s still having trouble but the vets really pleased with his progress

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  8. Bits of it I don’t like at all, but at least you are up and running again!

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    1. Up but at my age running is out of the question πŸ‘Ώ

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  9. I hate having to learn a new computer system. It seems by my age, they should have a system that doesn’t change from one year to the next so I can feel stupid again!
    Glad Coco’s operation went well, keep us posted!


    1. You’re not alone there GP, and this time it’s worse, this windows 10 is an abomination, if I ever run into Mr Gates I shall tell him, none to politely, where he can shove it! πŸ˜€

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      1. That’s why I’m nursing this one!! I’ve heard horror tales about Windows 10 (at least from people our age).


        1. I’m gradually removing all the garbage that they have on 10; but it will never be as easy as my old Windows 7. When I come across something I don’t like I go on Google and I can usually find someone who knows how to get rid of it

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  10. Bummer about your laptop! Though I see you have tons of expert advice in the comments above.

    Thanks for the update on Coco. Does he know how famous he is? πŸ™‚

    I’ve missed visiting, and was relieved you hadn’t posted a dozen times in the last two weeks! Just getting over a nasty head cold. Yuck.

    Cheers! πŸ™‚


    1. Yes Elouise, I was heartbroken, I loved my ASUS, I’ve had 3 ASUS laptops and this one was the very best. Even lovely to look at, and now the War Office tells me that I can throw it out………………….
      I’m seeing a divorce lawyer on the morrow!

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    2. Coco is improving daily much to my delight, he is getting quite famous but he doesn’t care so long as he can con me for treats is all he cares about

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  11. Happy to see the update on Coco. Sad pups make me sad too.

    Afraid I can’t identify with the Windows problems. I’ve been on a Mac for a number of years now (wasn’t my choice at the time, but who could refuse a top-of-the-line hand-me-down computer from a son who is a developer and programmer par excellence?)

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    1. Unfortunately for me, everyone of my children is a complete deadhead when it comes to computers; come to think of it they are………
      Back in the late 1970’s I went to night school to learn what I could about computers, we were on early Apples and the teacher/s had less idea then I had when it came to these new things.
      How they got a job teaching was/is beyond me.
      It kind of put me off Apple. My thinking was if these are the types that are teaching the product, I’ll go somewhere else.
      So I did. I went home and started teaching myself. And been doing that ever since.

      Coco is getting bold, and is trying to jump up onto my bed. I’ll be glad when I get the okay to take him to the park, I know he misses it; as do I. But it’s too soon to let him off the leash or even to take him fora medium to short walk. Hard for him to just rest, he’s a very active dog, even though he’s 10 yo. Thinks he’s still a puppy

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  12. Ah, hoping Coco has continued to improve.
    I’ve always longingly looked at Asus computers in the stores. On my second Apple now – used PC/Microsoft machines for years at the offices/web content building, but finally wanted something at home that I could use when brain dead after work….Apple fits that – easy tool. (Schools were given classrooms full of Apples here – simple machines that didn’t intimidate teachers.
    Most of what I learned from computers early was from a bunch of “bad kid juvenile delinquents” (who were really just really bored by dull teachers…) The school shivered when I reserved the computer labs and took them in there – what fun we had! (even the ones who spoke little English would come alive. Schools are so on the wrong track..which is why I escaped…)


  13. I’m sorry I did not get another ASUS, I always said that they are the Rolls Royce of computers; this damned HP thing enough said.
    My poor Coco is back in hospital and I might be lucky to have him home on Boxing Day.I’m a very worried doggy daddy 😦


    1. Sorry to hear about Coco. Hoping for a good outcome.

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