There are times when you want to take technology and chuck it out the window! This weekend, my desktop computer which has always performed marvelously decided that it was going to throw me a curve ball and stop working. The hard drive and the mother board reached it's breaking point and completely stopped functioning.
Having been through a technology failure in the past, I've learned that maintaining and external hard drive (or in my case, three of them) is not only a good idea; but it's a must have. Despite the failure, most of my documents, photos, images, music, and podcasts are saved and will be available again once the desktop is up and running. Unfortunately, what I did lose were hundreds and hundreds of emails and a few documents/projects that were a work in progress. A new lesson learned: even if it's not a completed project, save it to the external hard drive!
A huge frustration when it comes to a techno-failure is calling your computer manufacturer for assistance. You are connected with someone named "Jay," who is in India, and does not speak English very well. He's trying to walk you through a number of steps which include removing the cover of the PC and fiddling with the connections. Still no success. After nearly three hours or so on the telephone the computer still doesn't work. Thankfully, the PC was under warranty and a replacement will be on its way today.
Perhaps it's time I move from a PC to a Mac.