Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Street art in/around Brick Lane, London

My computer is going into the shop tomorrow.

It is very reluctant to wake up these days, rather like me. Once it is powered up, everything is functioning just fine, but it takes quite a while and rather a lot of pressings of the button. And unpluggings. And plugging in-agains, sometimes with the "on" switch held in. Sometimes not.

Pressing Ctrl, Alt and Delete doesn't seem to help.

A certain amount of nonchalance and starting to use LG's computer instead do sometimes seem to help.

This is the latest and most upsetting of a series of technological playings-up where machines which perform perfectly for M are recalcitrant for me.

This was M's computer until a few months ago, and he had no trouble with it, no not ever, not even of any kind.

We joke, in our house, that this is some kind of incompatibility of female hormones and technology. After all, many cultures have seen menstruation as having the power to kill crops in the fields or curdle sauce in the kitchen.

I'm not convinced its a funny joke.
Depending on what time of the month it is.

So bye bye dear computer, for a while. Hopefully not for too long.

I hope the nice Apple Mac people sort you out quickly and don't charge us too many ££££.


tut-tut said...

Good luck! It's very strange, being without that connection. Very strange.

Robert said...

You're so fun-knee Lettuce!! Best of luck to your 'puter and I hope you get him [or her] soon enough!

xo, r

Robert said...

...get him [or her] BACK I mean... sticky fingers.

Anonymous said...

hey best of luck with tech, -- ps thank you for the lovely Bob Dylan papers..I had not seen that before. just lovely.


dennis said...

Dennis loves you



Barbara said...

I hope it's nothing major. You feel so helpless when it just doesn't work the way it's supposed to...

The Dotterel said...

And it's a MAC! I thought they didn't do that kind of thing?

ramblingwoman said...

Ours seems to be playing up too - though I think it's the router not the puter.

Hope you are back up and running soon.

Reya Mellicker said...

This is a good reminder that I should get my Mac into the shop sooner rather than later, let someone who knows what he/she is doing give my "old" computer a facelift.

Hope yours is back in shape asap!

Reya Mellicker said...

In some cultures, menstrual blood was seen as a source of great fertility, was spilled in the fields to help the crops grow!

I don't believe it is a curse, just hard to deal with in our culture.

R.L. Bourges said...

hm...sounds like the nonsense on the laptop over here. (I'll wait to hear how much they charge for your repairs before bringing it into Toulouse...) :-)

ArtSparker said...

Sounds like it is probably something like a joggled wire...Hope it will be back soon, since ...well..they are a bit like limbs.

Akelamalu said...

I hope the computer hospital fixes it quick!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I've been having lots of slow downs lately also.... but the thought of being without the computer is too much.

I hope they don't keep it too long!


Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Hope you're surviving being computerless! Hope all the problems are resolved and it comes back at "full speed"!

justin said...

Yes, it does sound like "women's trouble" to me. :)

Pod said...

mine has slowed down a bit of late too, since i have the genius application....or maybe it's to do with you.....?

Chick said...

I shudder (or is it shutter?) at the thought of my Mac not waking up...good luck with yours.

Sally said...

Lettuce, you need a spare one; a back-up one; I mean they are our life support.

My computer adviser tells me that the No. 1 problem - at least with laptops (cover your ears) - is mould.

Urg: it's condensation from our breath or something.

Alternatively, it might be the fan that's not operating properly (the 'screeches and whines' is diagnostic here - an amusing wall note, btw, Lettuce). What you're supposed to do (if the warranty will let you) is apply the Hoover nozzle set at 'blow' - and all should be well.

I'll send you a pic to cheer you up.

Lily and Agathe said...

Mines played up, then the second one and then the one that was lent to us went the morning after, go into work and that blew up !!! (the computer not work) car was dead this morning and locked myself out out of the house, could things get any better ? sorry about lack of e-mails I have NO time and a french keyboard !!!