Monday, April 23, 2007

Lucille II, my laptop, is back. But dang -- it was a close one. We almost lost her.

I was upgrading to a new version of my operating system -- Ubuntu Linux "Feisty Fawn" to be exact -- when I lost power to poor Lucille during the upgrade. This is because I'm an idiot. Last Friday I finally downloaded all the files for the upgrade while I was at the redundantly-named Nina's Coffee Cafe but was running late to meet the lovely Erin and the okay-looking cK at a local watering hole so I stuck Lucille into my bag and scooted over there while she was still doing the upgrade.

Well, it seems Lucille took exception to this cavalier behavior because as I was socializing and flirting with every mammal that walked past me the poor little laptop was sucking up battery power until finally she threw up her arms in digust and went into cardiac arrest. With the upgrade process incomplete. Which means the laptop would not boot when I got home that night.

Now you may or may not know that I am something of a computer geek; I earned my living for many years doing programming. As a result, there was no excuse for me being such a dolt. But I was. And of course I didn't do a backup prior to the upgrade.

So I've been without a laptop at all for the last three days, let alone internet access and email. I nearly went postal. And I missed you all lots and lots. But today I finally got Lucille II all recovered and didn't lose the 3000 words I'd written in the Other Keys story, thankfully. I thought I had lost not only the story but the entire hard drive for a couple of days. Gleep.

So I am suitably chastened, but Lucille II is once again in fine fettle and ready to kick palabra. So I guess I need to write more stuff now!

You can expect a new post tomorrow. I apologize for the delay.

And... whew! Dodged a bullet that time.

-- Hulles

13 comments:

Eva Gale said...

So happy you got Lucille back! Give her a kiss for me. And throw your work onto your gmail so you can't lose it.

H said...

I'm glad Lucille survived the upgrade, even if it was a close call. She probably just wanted to have a "near-death" experience so that she would have something to talk about to her friends. Like, "the time I crashed is way better than the time YOU crashed."

cK said...

Ooo! HULLES!! (At least you got Erin right.)
-cK

Hulles said...

Eva, thanks. I'm going to give myself a kiss for you; screw Lucille. And I have a backup script I can run at home that takes about ten minutes and backs up all my work to my network. I just have to do it , is all...

H, thanks and I think you're right. She's pretty dramatic that way. I think it results from the fact that she's totally hot and she knows it.

cK, yeah, pretty sure I got Erin right. Are you saying that you're more than okay-looking? I'd need a second opinion for that one....

Anonymous said...

He's way more than okay-looking!

Erin

Mosilager said...

Can you write another script that automagically runs the back up script weekly or nightly or whatever? Or maybe it's too much trouble.

Anyway good to know that Lucille is back. Did you have to mess with ndiswrapper and wpa_supplicant?

Lollie said...

Poor Lucille - I imagine her laying there on your lap, eyes/powerlight fluttering, powercord/IV sticking out of her arm and you, wiping her sweaty brow, whispering sweet mumblings, "You're ok now...it's all over...just relax. I'm here."

JC said...

Glad to have you back Hulles. Kudos on the Werehamster story! What a mind you have.

JC said...

lol, gleep indeed!

Hulles said...

Erin, de gustibus non disputandum or whatever it is that they say...

Mosilager, I don't have the script set up to run automagically because my schedule's too weird. But I really do run it sometimes, just not when I'm going to need it apparently.... And yeah, I had to recompile ndiswrapper. My wireless card didn't work out of the box. Again. I blew off WPA supplicant though.

Lollie, there was much more cursing than is represented in your scenario....

jc, good to have you back too. Thanks lots.

Anonymous said...

Me gusta cK. El es mi corazon Y usted es mi buen amigo!

Erin/The Mexican

Claire said...

Yay for Lucille!

Cxx

Hulles said...

Erin/The Mexican, es verdad.

Claire, yay is right! She's back and sassy, although she still needs a little domesticating. XO.