Friday, February 1, 2008

Life Lessons from George

I've had George for about 4 years now. I remember the day I got him with 3 guy friends. It was quite memorable because I almost had to throw buckets of water on them to stop the mounting brawl that was sure to ensue had I not stepped in to clarify what I really wanted.

You see, George is my desktop PC and I brought 3 guy friends with me the day I bought him at PC Express.

Lesson #1 - Don't bring along 3 geeky guy friends to help you buy your PC. Why? They're going to end up besting each other over the specs for your PC. My 3 guy friends weren't speaking to each other on the way home.

It took about 6 months before George stabilized for use. I had almost given up on him, but eventually my PC doctor managed to shape him up for use. The place where I bought it wasn't very helpful at all, good thing I had my long-time PC doctor help me. I vowed then never to buy from that place again.

Lesson #2 - Buy only from trusted sources and places that have good customer care. I used that principle when I was scouting for a laptop.

I diligently backed-up my files (especially photos), but I always feared that one day George will go into a coma and not wake-up. He was acting up in the last quarter of 2007 and I backed-up my files every 2 weeks or whenever I felt that I had to.

Lesson #3 - Always back-up your files and follow your instincts when you feel that you have to do back-ups.

I unfortunately did not follow my instinct to do back-up before I left last week for CDO. I also forgot to change the passwords so that my son could not use it since I felt that George was on the brink of a collapse.

George went into a coma. His registry files were corrupted and deleted (I have no idea how) and good thing Sweetie taught me how to find remedies by searching on Google. We printed out a 5-page recover document, but I had to set it aside for a couple of days since I was quite busy with work.

Lesson #4 - Do not panic. There is always a remedy for everything.

And so I went through 5-pages of support, doing things that I never imagined myself doing. The last time that I dabbled with the command prompt was about 7-years ago when I had to provide technical support to myself since our family business consisted of me, my parents and 10 workers. I was the only one who knew how to turn on the computer. The companies I worked for always had tech support and all I had to do was dial their local and they came to the rescue. I became lax, good thing Sweetie brought me up to speed on how to resuscitate George. I had to stop at some point though for fear of accidentally deleting my files.

Lesson #5 - Do not allow your skills to go rusty. Keep it and improve on it, BUT get help when you need it.

At least I'm not emo or panicking over my files. I have back-ups on CD and on Happy (for photos). My only angst is on rebuilding my iTunes. Pffftt!


  1. It's good that you will be able to recover your files. I always fear of losing all our pictures and videos so we bought an external hard drive to back up our files. Then, I also have my own copy of our pictures and videos :) Good Luck!

  2. @nina - I haven't recovered it actually, but I know they're just there in the HD. Waaaahhhh. I might buy an external HD though so I can put everything in one place.

  3. yep mas ok din pag may external HD.. better use an external SCSI drive coz they are more robust.

  4. too may cooks spoil the broth...i'd rather buy pc that fits my needs and budget and not the latest specs

    hey, i stumbled on your blog and remembered i already met you somewhere.i even have your business card:P

  5. @elecronicslabdotph - thanks for the tip! i'll check that out

    @backpacking philippines - really? where?