When Technology Freezes – Could I Be the Cause?

I have decided – a little late I admit – but better late than never right? – to take some time throughout January and document my daily experiences and thoughts.  A bit like a diary, or a journal, but public.

I’m doing it because of the thought I caught running through my head on the morning of January 1st which I wrote about here.  I was a little appalled at how easily and quickly I had forgotten to respect and enjoy the blessings of my life and was falling into ‘Not enough’ and ‘Not fair!’ mode.  Negative thoughts are the root of all evil in my opinion and I have spent the last twenty years learning how to recognise, change and adapt my life style to overcome this tendency in myself.

I am also starting a daily art project, a word a day to document my journey through 2014.  Inspired entirely by following a link my blogging pal AJ put up on her blog yesterday.  It will be a challenge for sanguine artist-me to stick to something like this, so I am not aiming high – just one word a day, playing with colour, shape and pattern.

I’m stating it in my blog so that you will keep me to it – I hope – that’s what friends are for, right?  Well, even if you don’t, it’s out there and, being of the Virgo persuasion, I shall feel the need to keep my word to myself and do my best to achieve my goal.

Here is the first installment of my January journal – it covers events that began  prior to Christmas up to yesterday.

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Just before Christmas my fridge, barely four years old, decided it no longer wanted to just be a cooler and overnight became a grown-up freezer.  Being a gal with more dash than cash, and more than a dash of Scarlett O’Hara in me, I thought ‘I’ll think about this tomorrow’ and, being a gal with a positive set of mind  I  also hoped it might get tired of maintaining such a cold life style and would soon revert back to its original and proper state of being.

Alack! I was mistook!

Frost Free Fridge Freezer

I tossed out two containers containing three trays of freshly grown alfalfa sprouts – frozen and limp – the vegetable drawer full of frozen lettuce, tomatoes, capsicums, carrots and other life affirming fresh foodstuffs – all hard as rocks and speckled with enchanting ice crystals.

Tray after tray of previously good edibles froze solid overnight and became sludgy waste as they unfroze on the counter-top.

I have enjoyed frozen yoghurt on my breakfast cereal as a summer delight accompanied by frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries.  I find if I wait long enough – about an hour – between the making of breakfast and the eating of it, there will be some softening of said ice crystals and the meal becomes somewhat more palatable…..  It makes for a lovely, slow start to the day.

This morning, as I chipped off some frozen milk to add to my first coffee of the day, I realised the freezing rate is increasing rather than abating – a bit like the weather in Canada as I understand it from Linne and Boomdee’s blogs.

Of course here in the Summery Southern Hemisphere, this is exactly the time of year when the entire country closes down for Christmas, followed by New Year, followed by Summer Holidays  There will be nary a tradesman around who will not charge double rates and take six weeks to get back to you.

Beach Santa

I curse my naive belief that technology has an inbuilt ability to nurse itself back to health.

But then the unthinkable happens – the freezing, it appears, is contagious!  Esmeralda decides to join in and freezes too.  She doesn’t drip ice everywhere, just plays possum, refuses to move and refuses to shut down so I can restart her.

I do all the things we have all so painstakingly learned to do with our PC’s over the last decade.  I hit ‘control-alt-delete’ once, twice, three times.  Nothing.  I push the power button – nothing.  I turn her over to extract the battery, it’s a non-extractable battery!  I pull out the power cord and wait for the battery to go flat.  She sits and looks at me with her pretty blue desktop screen and refuses to budge.

Half an hour later she turns herself off, then on again.  I open the desktop with a sigh of relief.  She freezes.

For three days, my shiny new laptop froze three times in succession every morning and every  three hours thereafter, refusing to move until I unplugged her and waited for the battery to go a little flat when she would turn herself on and pretend to be good for a bit.

The fridge is a freezer, the laptop freezes what’s going on?

I said to YD “Is it me?”

YD looked at me  thoughtfully and slowly nodded her head.

Sometimes you just get someplace odd in your soul life and affect the running of things that normally just run properly and do what they are supposed to do.  Its a sign….. I’m freezing everything!  It’s always the mother’s fault!

“Ahhh, crap!”  I said ………..I don’t know what to do about that at the moment .

So yesterday morning Esmeralda found herself stuffed into a nicely padded and very comfortable computer bag with all her cords and bits and was briskly marched back to the shop.  Where not one, but two Geeks – or Nerds – I’m never sure which is which – set about trying to see what the issue was.

Ignoring my offer of cords and bits she was set up on the desk, turned on and ran splendidly.  I talked them through the things I would be doing when she froze and the Head Geek pushed the right buttons, opening and closing programmes, zipping through the internet and Esmeralda sparkled along happily with them.

Just as the two bemused geeks were trying to find a polite way of telling me there appeared to be nothing wrong with my bright and shiny and ever so clever new laptop, YD wandered up.

“Why don’t you try it with the cord plugged in, that seems to be the issue to me”  The Geeks, or Nerds, looked at her with their mouths open and glazed eyes.  “You said,”  she said to me “that when you unplug it, it starts working again – therefore, surely the cord has something to do with it.”

I nodded, bemused.

The geeks, also looking bemused, but ever so polite, agreed that was worth a shot.

Out came the cords and Esmeralda was plugged in, turned back on – and froze!

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Need (Photo credit: Daniel Conway)

I jumped up and down and clapped my hands.  I patted Esmeralda fondly “Good girl!” I said.  The Geeks smiled painfully at me.

‘How did you know?” they clamoured to YD – I could see she had just been elevated from eye candy to extremely smart Geek/Nerd Heroine status and at any minute they were going to do the “I’m not worthy” bow to her and possibly hoist her on their shoulders and parade around Harvey Normans proclaiming her Geeky Goddess Incredibleness.

YD made a hasty escape back into the furniture department where she had found a wonderful lamp and an amazing chair neither of which she needs, has room for or can afford…. but which sure were pretty!

I stuck it out with the Geeks and Esmeralda, who was now plugged in and extraordinarily helpful.  She froze at the slightest command.  The Geeks ended up scratching their heads and pulling faces at each other and saying things like “Did you twiddle the whatsit and the wheresit?”  “I checked the farflung and the diddly and they seem good”  “Try turning off the heresit or even maybe the doanythingbit and see what happens”  “Perhaps the fezidge isn’t connecting the bletherybit with the togmeister……..”

They both suddenly turned and looked at me and said in unison “It ‘s a restore I’m afraid.”

I surprised them by being prepared for such an eventuality.  Will over at Technoblog had already prepared me for just this moment.  I’d done the backup of all the files on my trusty USB and they were free to do whatever they needed to do.

I could see that momentarily I too had been elevated from ‘Horrendously Non-Geek’ to ‘Almost There’.  I felt quite proud – thanks Will!

The restore took much longer than expected and Esmeralda is still in the hospital while I write this post on my newly respected aged laptop who is behaving rather nicely as if to say ‘See, you shouldn’t have been so quick to write me off – I may be slow to start up and I may be hopeless at the spin games but I get there in the end!’

‘Like you’ve never frozen!’ I say in a stern voice and Flat and Shiny becomes quiet.  Oh, yes we remember those days – she didn’t just freeze, she crashed and took everything down with her….

I’m looking forward to Esmeralda’s return.  I’m hoping her issues with her cord have been resolved and that the damage is not long lasting…… I am hoping we can find an amicable way for them to co-exist together that will not involve freezing, crashing, slowing or any of the other ills PC’s are vulnerable to.

Next I’m going to see if there is a cure for my wayward fridge – YD is convinced it’s  ‘just a sensor’ whatever that means……….. but she is to be listened to in these technology issues apparently.

And I’m certainly going into therapy immediately to attend to my issues around coldness!

What an interesting year it is already!  And I haven’t even begun my year long art project or my daily yoga practise yet….. Must start, must start, must start!

Yoga 23

Have you entered the Give-Away yet?  Three days to go!

Thanks for dropping by today, I’m so happy that you did!  🙂

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63 thoughts on “When Technology Freezes – Could I Be the Cause?

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  2. Oh my. I laughed, smiled and mostly commiserated. Darn electronics. What a great story teller you are. I felt like I was there in the store with you.

    Our fridge went on the fritz after one year, and during one of the worst heatwaves we’ve ever had. It couldn’t be repaired, and we waited a month to get the new one. After buying blocks of dry ice every other day for two weeks, and eating out more than we cared too, we finally bought a mini-fridge (popular with dorm students) and got by with that till the new one came along.

    Best of luck with all of it.

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  3. OMC Pauline, you made me MOL. It’s so frustrating when everything freezes…Granny says all things come in three, but I hope the PC counts double. At least you gained something of it: a great piece of writing. Greek and nurrd…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for better times 🙂

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  4. Hi Pauline! Holy guacamole Batman you certainly have a situation going on there. I think your freezing touch has hit here in Colorado as well…..happy new year and I can’t wait to see your daily word project! Best wishes

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    • Sorry about that Katy – I’m doing my best to warm things up 🙂
      Happy New Year to you too,. You know, I’ve never thought of Colorado being a place where it got cold. In all the cowboy movies I saw it it featured in, it was always summer……… do keep warm!

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  5. It looks like your technology (no doubt all built in the Northern Hemisphere) has gone out in sympathy with its Northern Clime cousins. We found that our fridge (all fridge…no freezer) was freezing and icing up (go figure!) so we checked out the sensor and found that it was blocked. After poking it a bit we must have fixed it as it now works well…crisis and new iceage In Tasmania averted! Good that you picked up Esmerelda’s problems before they escalated (and you had a HUGE amount to back up). Probably a faulty wire in the cord or something. Glad to see someone else doing something new each day and counting their blessings. After starting the New Year with a sinus headache from hades it could only really get better from there :). Hugs from Sidmouth and heres to creative genius. Steve and I are painting as well…our deck. So far I have managed to turn out 2 amazing portraits.

    1. narf7 as a woad bedaubed smurf
    2. narf7 as Kermit the frog

    either way they are NEVER going to win the Glover prize…I will leave that to you experts 😉

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    • narf7 as Kermit would be worth a look!

      I wish you were here and could find my sensor for me – I’ve looked but have no idea where it lives. I have to get it fixed – who knew it was so challenging living without a fridge? Really, how did those early settler women manage??

      As my belief that the fridge could right itself has turned out to be completely off the wall I shall just have to bite the bullet 🙂 All will be just fine!

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      • I take it laying into it with the broom didn’t work? That is usually my last resort before hauling it out to the deck and threatening the appliance with immediate hurling over the deck if it doesn’t behave (much like Basil Fawlty with that mini…). Steve tends to remove the threatened cowering appliance and tinker with it a bit at that stage of affairs and usually he can get things going again. Excellent to have a handy man around because otherwise I would be completely devoid of technology by now and could start a tip shop under the deck ;). I forgot to mention that as I was attempting to reply to your post my internet connection froze! I thought it must have been in sympathy :). If we were both giving that fridge a good seeing-to it wouldn’t DARE to freeze up 😉

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        • I’m going to try threatening it a) being thrown out the window – I don’t have a deck – and if that doesn’t work b) threatening it with a visit from you and that will surely do the trick! But if it doesn’t I’ve got plan c) which is a nice long list of refrigerator service people to call – whoever is in the office gets the job!

          Funnily enough I used to have a deck when I lived on the side of a hill in my Wellington days – I was surrounded by bush and looked across a valley to another hill covered in bush…. it was very beautiful and very peaceful except at night when the possums came out. After a few years of having my pot garden decimated continuously I acquired a possum trap and became quite deft with it. I used to hurl the dead possums off the deck into the bush below. A consequence of that was a large population of bush rats which the cats saw to with much relish. Win-Win really 🙂

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          • I see I am speaking to a convert when I am talking about possums. When we first moved here I actually cut up peanut butter sandwiches, put out little chocolate chip biscuits and cut up fruit for them. I would lay it out on the deck rail each night and would smile when I saw them coming for it as I figured (stupidly as it would end up) that by feeding them I would befriend them and they would leave my potted babies alone. Took me all of a month to realise that the fat thieving sods were scoffing all of the food on the rail, eating my potted plants and STILL scoffing the tender shoots off everything out in the garden. I think they were having rave parties at my expense! Nothing like a possum fight to keep you up at night. You can get used to the screaming, but it’s hard to find a pillow big enough to put over your head when Earl joins in and goes outside to bark at them…sigh. Living in the country certainly makes you rethink your approach to nature. You stop being a sooky la-la about it and start nailing it! I have gone from “oh so CUTE” to “quick Steve, hand me a rock!” and I am a vegan! I think living in the bush wrings the soppiness out of you. It also brings out the genius in you… sort of like living on the edge of civilisation and having to reinvent the wheel on a daily basis…keeps you keen because you have been treated mean (sorry to bastardise and mix my metaphors 😉 ).
            Not quite at the trapping and hurling to the dogs for the possums but our neighbour Glad and her daughter Wendy catch them and ferry them over the river, and our neighbour Frank (he, the long suffering, curtain twitching, binocular wielding) traps them and gases them with carbon monoxide from his car. One day we are going to have to find a way of dealing with the exponentially increasing amount of feral cats on the property and once they are sorted the possums will all come back. Something about “natures equilibrium” but all I want is a few shards of potted plants to survive in the process 😉

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            • I KNOW!! They turned me into a heartless killer – they managed to expose the seedy underbelly of hatred…. they are among the worst of introduced animals….. decimating our native bush and breaking innumerable eggs [baby birds] in the process. They moved into built up areas and put the power out in homes constantly because they shimmied up the power poles and electrocuted themselves trying to run along the wires. [Now the extant power poles all have steel bands about two thirds of the way up to stop possums climbing to the top.] They strip the fruit trees bare of ripening fruit overnight, decimate roses in bud [apparently just right for their tastes] invade homes and make play rooms in unused attic spaces, take on home protecting dogs [and cats!] in full out screaming fits of terrifying rage – and thereby keep you awake all night – and then some kid would bring a baby possum into school asking ‘Can we keep it – it’s so cute!’

              Insult heaped on insult!

              So when a colleague said he owned a ‘humane possum trap’ and offered to teach me how to use it I said okay…. Me!! Lover of life, kindness incarnate, person who believes we are here to protect and respect all animal life….. ‘Okay, bring it ON!’

              At the same time I developed a plan to rid the country of possums. It involved erecting a giant wire mesh fence the length of the country, starting at Cape Reinga and ending at Bluff, and running it down the east coast of our two major islands. The fence would then be moved slowly westward, a few metres at a time, pushing the possums in front of it as it went. Eventually the fence and all the possums would arrive on the West Coast of both islands. There would be the Tasman Sea and on the other side – Australia. Sink or swim possums – we are expatriating you 🙂

              I admit there were a few glitches in the plan – but I saw the ending only – a sea full of swimming possums heading back to their homeland and beaches full of cheering people, happy baby birds, flourishing rain forests and blooming plants! There would be fireworks and balloons and cries of ‘Huzzah!’ and ‘God Speed!’……….

              Alas, no one took up my plan and DOC reverted to laying poison in heavily infested areas – taking out any other ground foraging bird life and innocently walking dogs at the same time. Now they lay the poison in special possum friendly traps and keep other wildlife safe.

              This is not the end of my possum stories though – one tried to kill my YD once – ran in front of her car on the motorway, she swerved to avoid it [‘Why?’ I heard myself ask ‘You raised me to do no harm’ she said. ‘Damn!’ I said]] and rolled her car down a bank! Car was a write-off, luckily she was shaken but not stirred!

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              • Sounds to me like possums have an agenda! I have to say, I think I have found the perfect solution to possums. “The Earl”. I came out on the deck about a month ago at 2am when it sounded like some Alien creature was trying to break into the loungeroom door (that should tell you how sleep befuddled I was…alien creature + trying to break in + me going to check? MADNESS!) to see Earl with a large and most furious possum in his mouth thrashing it around and bouncing it off the deck timbers, the railings and anything else he could whack it on. His joy turned to horror when he saw me peering myopically through the upright blinds and he dropped his new toy like a hot cake as he isn’t usually allowed to slaughter with impunity (Much like YD, we are trying (vainly it would seem) to educate Earl to “first do no harm”) and this time it bit us on the bum!

                I don’t think you realise how hard we tried to eradicate the bloody sods to your twin islands in the first place! Goodness ONLY knows why you wouldn’t want them? I was thinking of another plan. In this plan, We all get given “X” amount of dollars to come visit NZ. It does your economy good, it does us good and everyone benefits but here is my plan…every Aussie has to wear a sleeping possum under a large sombrero and when they get off the plane they have to find the closest Cordyline or flax and dump it sleepily into it. My solution for your “Possum problem” is to breed up a NZ Earl population and let them loose for a few weeks while the population of NZ come to Australia for 2 weeks holiday all expenses paid for by the Aussie government…only fair considering the mess you guys are going to have to clean up when you get back 😉

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  6. Pauline, you are a master story teller. I just love how you took this experience and turned into a piece that have your readers engrossed from beginning to end. I love your sense of humor- your lovely Esmeralda will be as industrious as ever soon. About the fridge, I hope that you get someone out to fix it who won’t charge you and arm and a leg.

    I love the idea of your word a day project. I’m rooting for you!

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    • Thank you Elaine – I’m feeling quite smug this morning as yesterday I not only did my word, but also back tracked and made pages for the previous three days words. Which means that today I just have to find a half hour to do today’s word which is of course ‘smug’ 🙂

      Keep on rooting – there are still 360 days to go ……….

      Esmeralda has been cured and is absolutely splendid! xoxo

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  7. Why does everything conk out at the same time? Drats, your brand new computer and you’re having fun and games, that’s the pits. Maybe they should just give you a new one? We had a fridge that did that once, it turned out to be the compressor. But it was almost cheaper to buy a new one.

    Exciting endeavour you’re taking on, I’m excited to see what you whip up.

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    • All computer issues are now resolved………. All together now: Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance!

      I’m visualising the fridge as an easily fixed sensor issue – easily affordable and quickly repaired. Hopefully all done and dusted within the next 48 hours 🙂

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  8. Typical me . . . write a long response and not say what I first intended to say . . .

    Love your jounalling idea and the one word artproject idea. May I steal a couple of leaves from your book? I have so many untouched journals (too lovely to ‘spoil’ by writing in them). The only one I really filled up (1.5, actually) was “The Artist’s Way Workbook”. I did really well with those!

    Seriously, good luck with the fridge and laptop (may its restoration endure forever). ~ L

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    • Steal away – these ideas are made to go round. I was inspired by Gretchen, who was probably inspired by someone else…… I don’t know the workbooks you refer to, but if they did the trick for you keep at it – finish off the other .5 perhaps 🙂
      Although I’m the last person to give advice in that area – there are at least 6 books sitting on my shelf with a small percentage of usable pages actually used – which is why I like to make up my own books now.

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  9. You make me laugh at the weirdest things, tragical stuff really . . . but I DID figure out what your real problem is . . . remember how they used to say, “Cold hands, warm heart”?

    Well, your heart is too darn big! So . . . on the one (cold) hand you have a freezing fridge; on the other (cold) hand you have a freezing laptop.

    All the same, I’d rather you just learned to live with it; beats having a cold heart all to heck! Besides, I doubt you could manage that, anyway! 😉

    I am now following the technoblog, and I like your advice and that Will is going to take it. I’ll be back for the turorials, for sure. It was SO nice to see someone else write a long, convoluted and slightly crazed set of responses. Sounds like me on caffeine . . . (no offense, Will) hahaha

    Maybe if you chill your hands, the techie stuff will warm up??? ~ Linne

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    • Oh – giggle! You do say the nicest things! I’m glad you are following the boys – they know stuff, just need to be encouraged to share it I think…… I am very pleased to report that Esmeralda has been home for 48 hours and has not frozen once! She is all sparkly and twinkly and super efficient, just as she was meant to be. I am so grateful to the super-geeks! The fridge however, is another story. Hopefully that can be sorted tomorrow.

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  10. Your frig is freezing … your computer is freezing …. I’m freezing as my area is getting a fierce blast of winter chill, … .and now I’m seeing a picture of Santa in summer attire. Oh the joys of our hemisphere’s being flipped.

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  11. lol..your post was great! I was with you through the entire experience. I don’t have any “eye candy” at my house to help me with the geek squad-tee hee…My youngest comes home from graduate school ( he is in physics), and attempts to educate me in some basic computer programming! lol…I learn some , but once he leaves, I am back logging into You Tube to learn some basic programming skills that I did not get in high school or college..since I am from the “AGE” of “punch cards”..HELP!!!…I was into the arts back in college when my other friends were carrying around those stacks of punch cards! Well, now I am having to learn all this stuff…and at times it does make sense….just not always everyday-lol!:-) great story!

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    • Thanks Robbie – I’m glad you laughed and enjoyed it! We are of an age – and it is a challenge! I must admit I don’t try too hard to learn those extra skills though – if I get really stuck my daughter can usually nut it out for me…. she tells me what to do and after a while it makes sense. I’ve spent the last week trying to make techie things work properly and I would quite like my life back! 🙂

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      • I know they can help, but wouldn’t be so much easier if we were “wired” from day one for this techie stuff! I had to talk to a guy on the phone once about something on a domain name etc…it was funny when he mentioned the symbol “pound sign” is known as “hash tag” …lol…now I hear it all the time…hash tag this /that..lol…it all just reinvents itself!

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        • Robbie, I just have to say it would be lots easier if the dang tech stuff just WORKED! Bad design! (my favourite swear words!!) ~ Linne

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  12. You are so calm in the face of calamity (which is what losing a laptop would be)! Despite the subject of freezing computers and refrigerators, I enjoyed the post because of your writing style. Nicely done! Keeping my fingers crossed that all problems are solved!

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    • All will be well Laurie – eventually – sometime – whenever …. 🙂 And thank you, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post – I often try to remember when I’m in the middle of something that makes me want to tear my hair out or have a fantastic tantrum – that the whole thing will make a great story some day!

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  13. A great post 🙂 However I am sneaking a peek at work and no time to look at your links so will do so later. I have been trying Zentangle / Doodling, and loving that…I can just pick up and carry on with whatever takes my fancy that day. Such a good creative experience. I will reread this later and check out your links *whispers* “We are not actually allowed to use work computers for personal Pauline”.

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    • Naughty Wendy! I hope you didn’t get caught breaking the rules…… and you are doodling!! Isn’t it fun? I get lots of ideas from doodling – it’s amazing what appears as you keep at it!

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      • No, didn’t get caught, I was there on my own but then felt guilty 🙂 I have enjoyed flicking through Gretchen’s blog just now 🙂 Yes, I am really enjoying the doodling and just wandering through it and seeing what eventuates.
        I do hope your fridge manages to find some healing as your PC is 🙂

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  14. I HAVE AN IDEA!!!!!! Since it only freezes when the power goes out, it could be a problem with the battery/connecters. It could be unable to power the hardrive! It’s a good idea if the OS isn’t the problem. I know by the time of posting the super-amazing-computer geeks,who even sometimes put me in a spin, would of told you. It’s an interesting idea, thanks my freezing computer (now called Spectre) for giving me the idea!

    In other words, the power isn’t reaching X part of the computer – causing it to fail. This…could be bad. However, hardware failure is unlikely. Plus, you’d be covered!

    I do hope you get it back soon, I don’t know if it’s just me, but bonds with computers’ are as strong as one with a child. In fact, it is very like a child! You sometimes find it annoying – but you’d defend them all the way! Hmm, that was a bit deep. :p

    Bit sorry for “over commenting” but I felt I had to says this… I appogise in advance.

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    • Good luck with your project, I wish you all the best. A senor is a little thing that tells the fridge X thing it moniters. A conputer’s sence of feeling, if that makes any sence.

      All YD was saying is that a the thing can’t tell what the temp is. Therefore, it’s giving false infomation.

      Finaly, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Simply adding a link and thanking me means the world -I – I don’t have the words. Thank you sooooo much!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

      Sorry, I’ve lost it a bit.:p

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      • On this blog Will there is no such thing as over commenting – you should see some of the conversations that go on – or maybe not, you’ll never come back! It was my pleasure to do the link – I hope some of my blogger friends will follow it through and give you guys some support – you were so helpful to me and I like the good intent of your blog. Just wish you’d do some more PC focused articles and maybe some simple little tutorials for folks like me – just saying 🙂

        I’m writing on my restored computer and so far so good. Thanks you for all your helpful suggestions and explanations etc. I appreciate it all and love your willingness to help out! It’s also nice to see you touch those emotions a bit – not all geek/nerd then! 🙂 Have a good weekend Will!

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  15. Oh dear! My laptop is on the blink at home too… But I think you’ve helped me to work out what’s wrong… It’s clearly all originating from my own lack of attention to matters of the soul. Thank you Pauline yet again for these wonderful gems of wisdom and wishing you timely thawing of your technology issues! : ))xox

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