Thanks to all the readers asking about my whereabouts these last few days. I can blame Google's Blogger platform only for yesterday. The rest of the time results from technical difficulties at the home front. Like its owner, my 'highly experienced' laptop began to exhibit symptoms of aging: languor, contrariness and occasional paralysis.
As with most intermittent difficulties in electronics, troubleshooting was bothersome, perhaps not worth pursuing. Eventually, my tolerance was exhausted and repair became the priority. However, a dirty little secret of electronics is that service is mostly guesswork. Technicians replace parts until the acute problems go away. Sometimes, curing one fault merely discloses that others exist.
The consensus of self-identified experts was that I needed a new hard drive. Replacing a machine's main disk is itself simple but dealing with hundreds of gigabytes of data in tens of thousands of distinct files is anything but easy. Many home computer owners have backup strategies in mind but seldom are these put to the test until we are forced to rely upon them. A newly installed disk may be ready to work but until it is loaded with necessary software and data files, it is useless.
I readied my tools to complete the repair. Those included the new hard drive, original system disks and backups archived in various forms. Relying upon promises of the marketing people, I expected to merely install the new drive, transfer the archived system image onto it from an external storage device and proceed with no further difficulties. Let us merely say that the plan did not unfold as expected.
A new strategy was needed. During adjournment, the senior housekeeper decided all elements of the unfinished repair should be stored away, out of sight. Soon, I was ready to complete the job so I petitioned the related occupant to return all goods to the repair table. Unfortunately, in our home's supply management chain, retrieval is much less efficient than storage. The computer's original system disks could not be found. More delay resulted.
Eventually, the disappeared items were recovered from a place where they could not not possibly be. The new round of study and strategic planning allowed the laptop repair to be completed successfully. Sadly, fate has a way of snatching away triumph merely by substituting a new problem for the one you manage to resolve. While I relished my successful disk repair, the laptop's screen hinge broke on the right side, then the left side.
Of course, availability of a new larger disk drive called for an improved file and backup system to ensure at least the hope that future recoveries would proceed without difficulties. On top of that, the family car suffered its unexpected demise, shortly after a four-figure repair bill.
So, my spare time recently was dedicated to examining car options and reorganizing vast quantities of data files. I have been collecting audio information from around the world for years and now have a vast library of material that ranges from serious subjects like ancient history and particle physics to inane British comedy from the days of Kenneth Horne and Tony Hancock to today's youthful favourites such as David Mitchell and Matt Lucas.
To be honest, I've enjoyed a rest from daily examinations of political hypocrisy demonstrated by leaders of this nation and province. Nevertheless, I've also been reading and watching and itching to add to the commentary. Happily, the BC blog world has grown to be a real legitimate place for the exchange of ideas.
I read about it first at Laila Yuile's site but Ian Reid republished a picture that, in one shot, demonstrates the mainstream media's sickness. Here is the Premier of British Columbia wilfully disregarding the Election Act - during a by-election in which the result was uncertain - and the media paparazzi enjoy the photo opportunity without once mentioning that her presence offended the law. That was left to the unpaid citizen journalists to explain.