Favorite Things Link Par-tay

August 24th, 2011

There is little that’s more miserable than battling with an infected computer, gah.  Oh the time and energy wasted, and shaking of fists in the air!  I cannot wait to pick up my new (wicked fast) computer later today and get back to business.  Many thanks to all of you for commiserating with your tales of hard drive failure, I feel much less alone in my frustration.    

The post I was trying to write before my computer was sabotaged was a simple invitation.  I came up with this idea when I was jogging through my neighborhood the other day.  I realized there are so many quirky little things I’ve come to love about my town, and no doubt you have your favorite things too.  That’s what I love about the blogosphere and our community – it’s reading and being inspired by what all of you have to say.  I imagined a day where we all share the best things about where we live, sound fun?  

So let’s have a party!  It’s a ‘favorite things in my town’ kind of party.  No need to live in a small town though, you big city peeps need to give us the scoop too!  Where are the coolest places to go?  This is your opportunity to photograph and write about a few of the favorite things you see from day to day that make your world a better place.  Show us that building you love, or wraparound porch on the house around the corner, the best place for java, tastiest spot for lunch, or a store in your town with amazing finds. 

You’re invited to share your favorite things about where you live! 

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Won’t you join me?  

It’s right here, next Wednesday.  One week from today.  August 31st ! 

I hope you’ll link up with a post about your favorite things in your town.  And if you’re the mom of little ones still in car seats, the drive thru Starbucks totally counts.

 

 

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The Best Money I’ve Ever Spent!

August 23rd, 2011

I was typing up a post last night and all of sudden a few strange things started to happen.  Little red flags started popping up on my desktop.  I had a sneaking suspicion something had slipped through my virus protection, with the little error messages that I started getting.  Then, blackness.  Nothing.   I rebooted, hoping for the best.  This is what I saw. 

error report

Uh oh.  Dun dun dun.

Of all the messages in all the world, this is not the one I needed to see!  I tried every which way to restore the computer but alas, three hours later, I can’t access any information on my hard drive, it appears I lost my data.  Did I panic?  Nope.  This is gonna sound like a commercial, but I don’t care.  It was Carbonite to the rescue. 

Check it.

270 gb

All of it saved. All of my weblog posts, all of my pictures, all of my documents.  Over 270 GB all automatically backed up.  YES!  The best money I’ve ever spent.  $50 bucks a year, and worth every penny.  Not a tear shed on what might have been a massive loss of data.  Whew!!!!!  Can I get an amen !!!!!

Online backup is the best invention EVER.

I’m off to invest in another computer today, be back soon, promise! 

Have you backed up your data? 

If not, do it today.  You’ll be sooooo thankful you did.

 **** Computer update:  I learned the error message above is a fake computer scanning virus called “System Repair” or “HDD Control” which makes it appear you’ve lost your data, and seeks to collect money to remove it.  Scam!  A kind reader (Lisa) directed me to Bleeping Computer where I followed the instructions for removal.  It took several hours, but I was finally able to remove the malicious malware.  I still plan on getting a new computer for the blog and putting the old dinosaur in the family space for kids’ schoolwork.  Still sooo glad I have Carbonite, gave me such peace of mind.   Thanks to everyone for sharing your stories! 

 

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