Mar 062009

I wrote a blog about being techno challenged a while back, and said that I rely on Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour whenever I get in over my head with computers and my websites, which happens on a regular basis.

Well, the gremlins that live inside all computers launched an attack the other day, and the Geeks came to my rescue once again. While Terry and I both have laptop computers, I rely on my desktop unit as my workhorse. My fat little fingers just get all tangled up on the small keyboard of a laptop, and I like my 19 inch flat screen monitor. I spend anywhere from 8 to 12 hours a day working at my computer, and I want the tools that work best for me.

Tuesday my HP desktop would not communicate with the monitor, and after several trial and error efforts to get it working, I decided that the video card had probably gone bad. The problem was that on my computer, the video card is integrated into the motherboard.

The computer is just over three years old, and that seems to be about their life cycle for me, with all of the traveling we do and the many different conditions we live in, from dusty deserts to the salt air of the seashore.

Jim went to the Dell Computer website and spec’d out a couple of different models for my needs, and I will be placing an order soon. Meanwhile, I have my Dell laptop plugged into my flat screen monitor so I can work. I had just backed up my data over the weekend, so I knew I would not be losing too much work, but there were things I needed on the twin hard drives in the now defunct desktop.

That’s when Jim told me that I could go to Best Buy and purchase cases that the hard drives could fit into, and then I could just plug them into any computer with a USB cable and be back in business. What would I do without the Geeks when I need them? Thanks for all of your help, Jim and Chris!

Terry and I will have a very long day today. We have to drive up to Flagstaff to pick up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal from the printer, then return to Tucson, with a stop along the way to pick up the printed envelopes from our mail service on the way back. It will be about 550 miles all together, and then it will be an envelope stuffing marathon to get everything read to mail out Monday morning.

One of these days I may get myself one of those RV things, retire, and just spend my time traveling at a leisurely pace. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

Thought For The Day – Expect resistance, criticism and doubt, but never quit.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Geeks To The Rescue”

  1. Nick,

    Why didn’t your Geeks just tell you to purchase a new video card? Most computers even with built in video can accept a separate video card that has better performance.

  2. Nick, we don’t spend nearly as much time on the computer as you do, although it sometimes seems that way. Still, I can seldom get a PC to last more than three years. I had one laptop die on me in 2005 in the middle of a caravan through Alaska. I managed to get a new one at Costco in Anchorage, and that one just bit the dust last month!

    It’s all part of the advednture!

  3. Trust me, you don’t want to stop working.. I’d give anything if I could go back to work.

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