Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Blue Screen of Death - Are Your Assets Covered

Well, it happened. Just like you tell yourself it'll happen...the dreaded Blue Screen of Death! It was a sinking feeling in the belly. A wallop! How could this have happened? I've been so careful. Could everything on that computer be lost? And how thorough has the backup routine been?

Then comes denial as to when the last back-up of the 'essential' files were actually done? Geez, it's been more than a year for some. We kept intending to feed that 32 gig USB gizmo in the back of the machine with updates.

Another phase is acceptance. OK, we're screwed, but by how much? Let's take stock. Well, remember we started with Windows 7 outta the box. Then we upgraded to windows 8.1 running an i7 core with 64 bits and a terabyte of hard drive. Plus, an optical sound card installed to record digitally. This baby was fairly up-to-speed even by today's standards...and lightning fast. But get this - as of December 2020, Microsoft stopped making upgrade service packs for Windows 7 machines. And I also made the mistake of not testing the 'boot-up' software. Truth is, who ever really does. Well...

With the aid of a couple of seasoned techies, we've come up with a possible scenario as to how the Blue Screen may have occurred. As it seems to be a trending practice in today's business acumen, free-rides of any sort, are quickly ending. Case in point, my popular web hoster is no longer supplying free email service. That's like buyin' a hot dog and being charged extra for the bun. "Well, did you expect it to be free forever" was the rebut I got from 3 different rep's. Hummm, that don't sound rehearsed! And they arbitrarily migrated all my emails to Outlook. 

They supplied a link to download a dot-exe assistant. So, I downloaded it and tried installing it. Never saw it appear and then got busy with something else. However, the next day when the machine was turned on, instead of the usual password box, I had the: The Blue Screen of Death. Coincidence; to the install of the assistant...who can tell? But, if anyone out there is thinking about installing migrating assistants or any dot exec's on older machines, they might want to consult your local techy. Or, at the very least, make sure you're in possession of the boot up software.

We tried almost all the remedies and iterations to resurrect the machine. None did the trick. Some came so close that it might just be a matter of finding the correct boot disk sequence. Now - I was startin' to feel the grief. 

Those techy's were invaluable. I was advised to buy a 'Docking Station' for the hard-drive to be read. We were at that stage of acknowledgment. IF the Hard-Drive wasn't corrupted, the station would allow the data to transfer to another machine or disk. 

It W-O-R-K-E-D!

Every bit and zero was salvageable. Less and less loyalty was being placed with the older machine and more and more thoughts were heading towards a Brandy New Machine. I shoulda had a 'docking station' all along and highly recommend them - Twenty dollars at Amazon.

Speaking of Amazon I found a similar machine that was a 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with Super-Speed USB ports. And one that's a type 'C'  USB 3.1 port, AKA Thunderbolt 3  'cause they can transfer big-time gig rates! USB - C type explained

Well, at least if I had to make a major purchase for a somewhat lateral move on a comparable machine (another i7), it's a step up to the 90's with some New & Improved innards. Maybe it's me, but there's little in the way of 'creative designing' about newer machines. By all appearances, it seems the artistic powers have opted for a lot 'less' is more dictum when they designed the towers.

Perhaps, they have it on good authority that these machines sink into oblivion once purchased. Then again, not only do the new desktops seem to be altogether smaller in size, much lighter and noiseless to sit unobtrusively amongst the Rolodex and answer machine, could the manufacturers be signaling a return to having desk-tops actually sit on top of the desk! It certainly would make operations easier. Damn, no bending and it would definitely enable user-friendly usage of the DVD feed and retrieval. It'll also make the operation of all four frontal USB slots much more user-friendly as well. They are way too snug and with the never ending fight over 'which side of a USB is the right side', they would be made much easier to navigate if the machine weren't below. Perhaps it'll become an occupational thing to have the machine intrude on top of the desk after all. BTW, the USB 3.1 does not have a right or wrong's without prejudice. Both sides enable engagement. 

Up..Up...and A-W-A-Y at warp speed, Oh-Chef-of-the-Future ~ 


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