In case anyone has wondered where I have been here on blogger... I hate to say it... but... my computer died.... :( yes it did...
It kept freezing up and the only way to unfreeze it was to force a shut down. After a few weeks of this happening, I opened a word document for class and it froze... I got upset. Forced a shut down. Flipped it over. Pulled out the battery. Unplugged it from the wall. then I took a breath...... Plugged it back in. Put the battery back in. Turned it back on.... "Your hard disk does not exist"..... Me: whhhhaaaaattt!?!?!?! It was just there!!!
So... I took it to Best Buy to see if there was anything to be done. They let me know that if it was still under warranty, they would be able to send it in to HP and either my deffective motherboard or my defective hard drive would be replaced for free. Or both if both were the problem. Phew! My warranty runs out at the end of December!! Great, so how much would it cost to extract my data? I have so much that I don't want to risk losing if they replace something. "$220" O.O Are you kidding me??? I asked him, "why does it cost so much?" His reply: "People love their data. It's important to people." I laughed (at) him and said, "woooww... that's really wrong...." :) So basically, greed is evident even in a squad of geeks. Taking advantage of people who have things they care about - just because it's important to them. Woooowwww.... Welp. Needless to say I said thanks and but didn't need their help. I even told him with a sarcastic smile that I would go find somebody else who know how to take all of it off. And I walked away.
In the hunt for someone who actually knew about computers, I got a lot of very generous offers to help fix it or to help extract data (which is all I need) - all of which I have extremely appreciated, truly. However, one that I figure I could trust over all of those who have asked - not because of relations, but because of skill - my compter and its data is in the hands of the son of one of my professors. His son is currently working in computer engineering and can "work magic if you put anything with a motherboard in front of him" according to one recommending source. So hopefully he will be able to at least get my data off and possibly even find out what's wrong with it so that I can send it in to HP and have them cover whatever is wrong with my warranty. My computer is less than a year old, and I'm really upset with what happened to it :( I still trust HP, because every company has falty computers - yes, even Apple. I am looking completely forward to getting my computer back!!!! And actually use it again!!!!
Until then, though, I will have limited access to computers and the internet and I will be spending most of my time studying for exams or spending time with friends and family. There have been really great bonuses to not having a computer - I have been missing out on a lot of life staying stuck behind my laptop screen, and now that it's not there, peace, God, friends, fiance, and family are so present in my life - moreso than before. It's been hard, but it has been peaceful not having the buzz of what I should do on my computer next on my mind. So until next time!