Tuesday, August 12, 2008

computer crisis

I had my "new" computer (new to me--a parent got a bunch donated to our school that were used in the White House...George Bush touched my keyboard!) :) on the coffee table, and Caleb picked it up and dropped it on the floor. What I first noticed was that the wireless card was broken. That was frustrating enough, considering that the new computer is much faster and has a lot more memory than this one. What I didn't realize (until I went to plug it in later) was that the charger is also broken! Right where the charger plugs into the computer completely broke off and is nowhere to be found. Chances are, Caleb probably ate it. I guess I'll find it tomorrow... :)

I promptly tried to save as much as I could as quickly as I could onto my flash drive, then turned off the computer as not to waste the battery. Then I got on our old computer to find a replacement part at www.dell.com. Thankfully, my wonderful computer specialist dad counseled me to paste the Dell model number into www.google.com to try to find it cheaper. Thanks to my dad, I found it for less than 1/2 the price!!

I will have to get another internet card, but this time I am getting an internal card so that this won't happen again! I'm not sure why I didn't do that in the first place...and since the new laptop only has one USB port, it will be a lot easier to not have to unplug the internet card when I need to load pictures/print something/save a file to my flash drive.

Before all of this happened, I was able to print some more scrapbook pages. I have been working on a black-and-white book where I framed each picture and added a gray background. Every page has a quote that relates somehow to the picture. It is turning out really nice...nice enough that a few people just might have a very similar Christmas present! :) I'm still learning how to print them on my computer so that the border is the same all the way around. Every time I think I have it right, something goes off-center again and I get a funky border. I don't care about it for my scrapbooks, but I want to get it right for any gifts I make.

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