I haven't been posting lately, and there is a great reason why: I Couldn't!!
Computer problems have sidelined me this week. It all began Monday when my Windows Firewall started acting up. At first, I couldn't log into sites, such as Blogger, etc. Then I couldn't access the internet at all. I called my ISP, and they were very helpful. They even sent me a new, updated, high-speed modem. Pretty cool. I thought that once I had the new modem installed, all will be well. I talked to the folks at Embarq on Tuesday night; early Thursday I received the Modem from UPS and set it up. My optimistic thoughts were dashed when I found that I still could not get online. So I called Dell. They too were very helpful, but no matter how many times and how many different ways we tried, I was still unable to get on. The problem, I think, was with a confusion between my windows firewall and my McAfee Firewall.
The problem continued, and this morning I tried it once again. I tried many, many different things; there was a lot of restarting the computer involved here. Once when I went to restart, it wouldn't. Big bummer. So I called Dell and after an hour of trying to boot up, we finally decided to reinstall Windows XP. You know what this means: my computer was erased of everything. Everything. Bigger bummer. But it is back up and running again (knock on wood). Now the biggest issue I have is this: how do I tell my wife when she gets back from work, that all her files are now gone! (If you don't hear from me in a while. . .only kidding).
So, what does all this mean? Well, for now, I am going to focus on trying to restore as many programs and files as I can on my 'new' operating system, so don't be surprised if my blog isn't updated until next week sometime.