February 26th was the day I finally quite working with the old laptop which had finally REFUSED to work anymore. I mean - it was impossible for me. However - I took it to Staples, a business supply store, and purchased a new ACER laptop, with the understanding that the store would also transfer all of my old files over to the new computer. Even tho my old machine had refused to work at all, they were able to remove the hard drive and pull the information off it and onto the new one. What a relief! I was up and running and smiling as I went.
[To me, that should mean that my word processor, my software programs which had been purchased with hard-earned cash, my favorites bar, and everything else should continue to work just like before. NOT! It seems logical to me that if I have to buy accessories to get a machine to run like I want it to - then when I trade machines, the accessories should still be mine - or they should pay me for the accessories as part of the trade. Evidently my thinking is too old fashioned for this store. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr......!]
Now - that good feeling that left me smiling as I went lasted for only a few short weeks (it seemed like a few days) before my new machine began giving signals that a hard drive crash was imminent. I did back up files again. I'm so glad I did. Last Monday I finally could not get the machine to turn on anymore. I suspected a virus. Surely it could not be anything wrong with the machinery itself?? Well...as a matter of fact...yes, it was. What could be done? I took it back to the store where I purchased it where a test revealed that there was indeed a malfunction of the new hard drive. O.K., will the store fix it? NO. "You have to send it back to the manufacturer." I cannot tell you all of the things I felt like saying. I'll not belabor the point anymore (perhaps I already have) but it was a horrible experience for me.
SPEED OF REPAIR AND RETURN? Better than expected! I sent it by Fed-Ex on Monday - and it was delivered to my door yesterday, Friday. However - when I turned it on it refused to access the internet. It was demanding an ethernet cable. Many other commitments kept me from getting to the store before today...but when I did get it back tot he store a couple of hours ago now - the technician was able to get the wi-fi driver working again. However, I still had to hunt my programs here on the internet. I cannot remember all of the things I had pulled up previously and saved to my "favorites" bar. But - the good news is - I will eventually recover from this. Nuff said!
I'm Glad to be back - and I know some of you didn't even miss me...
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- Fred Alton
- Cleveland, TN, United States
- I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.