Jul 102019

And some days you’re the bug. I definitely knew which one I was yesterday. It was just one of those days.

It started out on a good note. After Miss Terry made a delicious breakfast of made from scratch blueberry pancakes (that’s the only way Terry cooks; from scratch), I answered a bunch of email, scratched my head a few times and wondered why somebody would even ask a question like that, and then put the finishing touches on my newest authors newsletter, which I will be sending out as soon as Big Lake Ninja goes live. So far, so good, right? Well stay tuned, because it went downhill from there.

I spent over an hour trying to figure out why Malwarebytes keeps popping up with a message saying that the blog has been hijacked when people try to go to it. I have run all kinds of scans on it and nothing shows up, but people still get the message now and then. It doesn’t happen consistently, it can happen in different browsers, and sometimes someone will get the message, and the next time they go to the blog it won’t happen, but when they go again a third time they get the message again. That was an hour of my life I’ll never get back, and it accomplished absolutely nothing. Even the folks at Malwarebytes don’t know why it’s happening.

With that bit of frustration out of the way, I spent some time on the phone with Greg White trying to solve a problem on Terry’s computer. She keeps getting a pop-up message saying that Microsoft Edge has been corrupted or hijacked, basically the same message people are getting from my blog. Greg had me run several virus scans for malware and spyware and things like that, but we didn’t find anything.

Because I’m a glutton for punishment, the next thing I did was try to call Microsoft. Terry and I both have Office 365 subscriptions and hers is coming up for renewal. I know that since mine is a business subscription, I am supposed to be able to have five computers on the account. There’s no use paying for two subscriptions, so I wanted to cancel the subscription on Terry’s laptop, reinstall the software if necessary, and add it onto my account.

After going through half a dozen people who couldn’t speak English, or least any kind of English that I could understand, it was determined that since I had the Office 365 subscription installed when I ordered the computer from Dell, I had to go through them to add Terry’s laptop. So I spent another hour or so on the phone with someone from Dell, who also couldn’t speak English, and eventually I was told that no problem, they could add Terry’s computer to the account for just a $149.99 handling fee. What? The subscription she has now is only $99 a year, so why in the world would I want to pay that much money? In his broken English, the man I was talking to told me he didn’t know, but that’s the way it’s done. I thanked him and hung up.

My subscription runs until July of next year, and if Terry renews hers now, it will also expire in July of next year. At that time I will cancel both subscriptions and start all over again, rolling them into one. Or, I just might buy the darn software be done with it. Like I said, it was one of those days.

But today’s a new day and things will be better, right? No seriously, tell me it will be better. I need some positive affirmation here, folks.

After reading yesterday’s blog, Gunk’s Boys, several people told me that I haven’t changed much at all since the days when the picture of me as a newsboy that was on the blog was taken. I don’t see the resemblance, but that’s probably because it wasn’t me. I don’t know who that kid is, but the picture was taken back in about the 1930s, and I wasn’t born until 1952.

And finally, readers are asking me when Big Lake Ninja will be available. It is with the final proofreader now, and when I talked to her yesterday evening she told me she hoped to have it to me by the end of the day today. If that happens, I will make the final corrections, format the e-book version, and upload it to Amazon, and it should be available sometime late Thursday or on Friday. I’m looking forward to it. And as soon as it’s live, I will start working on my next John Lee Quarrels mystery.

Thought For The Day – Waffles are just pancakes with great abs.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Some Days You’re The Windshield”

  1. The companies like Dell, HP, Samsun, etc. get their money from hiking the price of things like MS Office and other things you may need to install from other companies. So say the price is $99, they will sell it for $149.99, therefore making a profit of $50.99. This is how they work and also they put in false (fake) malware, worms, viruses when they realize that a subscription is about to expire or will need to be upgraded so that you will panic and eventually call them and they can make a profit by making buy their version at a higher price. They have been doing this for decades. That is why I have gone with a company that does not do this.

    I have owned many different computer makers like Dell, HP, Compaq, IBM, and finally, I contacted my cousin-in-law who has a Master’s in Computer Science what computer maker he recommends, so he told me to try Lenovo. I tried Lenovo and haven’t gone back since.

    I own four different laptops from Lenovo because I love to fix and rebuild computers as a hobby. As an Information Technology student that is a necessary skill that employers look for when hiring employees and a lot of my classmates do not know this and is in a rude awakening when they start looking for jobs. I have a had friends tell me that should have listened to me to have taken the class that teaches you how to build, install, and maintain computers/laptops.

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  3. Whenever I call an “800” number with questions or the need for information, when I speak to the person on the line, I ask where they are located. They have to tell you. If they’re not stateside, I ask to speak to someone in the U.S. and I am switched. No one has said they can’t connect me.

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