When we were very young our parents knew everything.
When we were teenagers our parents knew nothing but 'experts' knew everything.
As we get older we realize that the experts don't know much either.
Doctors 'practice' medicine and lawyers 'practice' law. All we can do is hope that, when our life or livelihood is in their hands, they do it right.
Computer technicians are supposed to know more than I do. That's kind of the point, isn't it? If I can fix it, I do. If I can't, and I take it to the expert, I expect the expert to know more than me.
To give them credit (?) they always act like they know more than I.
They, almost always, smile condescendingly at my comments, denigrate anything that I have done, tell me that I have the wrong anti-virus/firewall/whatever…. regardless of what it is I have.
They, almost always, tell me that my computer is ancient (I know that… It's celebrating it's 4th birthday), that I should upgrade my software and that my motherboard/video controller/whatever is almost dead.
And then they smile, pat me on the head, and tell me that it will be okay for emailing the kids…
I can grit my teeth and put up with all that crap if they actually fix the thing.
It's when they don't that I lay awake nights thinking of all the nasty things I can do to their smug selves.
It was a simple thing that I asked them to do: Reinstall my operating system.
It had developed some glitches and hiccups over the years. Because I had made the mistake of buying a 'packaged' computer, I didn't have the actual Windows XP CD (Recovery discs are less than useless) so I couldn't do it myself.
I had back-ups. It seemed to be a no-brainer.
When I went in to get it I was told that, due to the fact that I had so many USB ports and auxiliary drives on my computer, when he reinstalled the OS, the main hard drive was labeled 'L' instead of the normal, necessary 'C'.
He said that in order to fix it, he would have had to disconnect all of the USB/CD drive/floppy drive and reinstall it again.
Was he trying to tell me that the only way to install an operating system was on a computer with only a hard drive? How can you do that?
Let me repeat: HUH?????
That had to be the lamest excuse for a total FUBAR I've ever heard!
I made sure XP was actually installed and took it home.
He assured me that having the hard drive labeled 'L' rather than 'C' would cause no problems whatsoever.
Now to be fair…. I didn't think it would cause as many problems as it did.
I was able to install all of my other software, and it all worked, but would give me exception errors when closed.
But I struggled getting the data back to usable status. PhotoShop catalogues would restore, then disappear; I'd download a bit of software and it wouldn't execute.
I won't go into all the bloody details; I will tell you how I fixed it. One should not rename the drive that the operating system is on, but the problem seemed to be that everything else was looking for a big drive named C. My C drive happened to be the floppy – most unusable….
I have another hard drive – I renamed it 'C' and everything started working.
It's rather interesting, actually. If I download software, it will go on to the 'L' drive, just like I tell it to. But when I look at the 'C' drive there is always a little bit of code there, as well.
It's working; I'm happy; never mess with the magic.
And never let some patronizing geek tell you that you don't need your 'C' drive!
I feel so much better now…..
I'll even share my favorite pork recipe.
Pork with Peppers and Olives
1 pork tenderloin, 12oz (350gr)
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olives, pimento stuffed
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbs water
Slice onion about 1/8" thick (.3cm). Cut pepper in half the short way and then into slices, 1/4" thick (.6cm). Cut carrots into matchsticks. Mince garlic.
Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet. Add onions, pepper, carrots and sauté 8 – 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Remove vegetables and set aside.
Slice pork into rounds about 1/2" (1cm) thick. Add to skillet and sauté 3 – 4 minutes per side, or until done. Cut olives in half. Return vegetables to pan, add olives, herbs, wine, stock and vinegar. Stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors. Uncover, remove pork to small platter. Increase heat under skillet. Add cornstarch mixture and stir to thicken. Arrange vegetables next to pork and serve.
I will cheerfully blame the other half of my frustrations of the last few days on software that is way too 'user-friendly'. I hate that.
Computer's were a lot simpler to fix back when it was all '1's and '0's. Not friendly; but one knew where one stood.