First thing in the morning meeting with one of the contractors need to clarify all this report they are sending me left right and centre. I started my laptop to open file for this guy o, that is how my laptop said I should try again, thought it was a joke. I rebooted it started showing me the bible code 01hy000uhh709 etcetera etcetera. I hol my laptop laid hands on it and prayed a bit; still nofink, contractor in my front expecting the query now, nofink. I rebooted nofink. You remember I had reported NEPA taking the screen lights before what I did not mention was that on two occasions it died and showed me this same blue screen and all i did was rebooted but this morning nofink.
Long story long, I carry computer go PC world to repair) because I use my own personal laptop hence I am responsible for the repair). The techhie desk guy started it up and said yes your hard drive may have a problem (duh). He started asking my postcode and putting my data on their system then asks
Techie guy: You bought it here didn't you
30+: No I bought it at another branch
Techie guy: I can only book it in for repair next week but you may want to called Packard since "YOUR WARRANTY ONLY RAN OUT ON 23RD OF JULY"
30+: Opens mouth wide and mouth formed to say F*** but I retreated (and lead us not into temptation). 700 pds down the drain?!.
At that point I just wanted to cry why did this ramshackle thing not pack up last week so I could have got an exchange. I looked at the techie guy in front of me, why did the silly guy have to inform me of the warranty expiration date. See I was not even thinking of warranty when i went to the shop in fact i did not go because I bought my lap top at PC world so I would have been happy to be ignorant of the warranty business. I am sure i saw a monster with two horn laugh behind my back saying nah nah nah (but i dare not say that out loud they may say i have gone kolo).
I carried my comatose laptop back into the car, there was no point, leaving it they could not even book it in for repair till next week. I sat in the car park feeling frustrated.
God dey tanda - Rewind back to two months earlier (MAY 2007)
I had been concerned that all my work was on my laptop which also served as my DVD, music system infact it was on like 16 hours a day. Decided I need to do a big backup or buy another laptop dedicated to work. I bought a 4gb pen drive but as per me being concerned I was just procastinating. Then when I was ready to do the backup I could not find the pen drive again.
Fast forward 6 weeks later(2nd Week JULY 2007) : I was chatting to one of my colleagues and she started asking about backups and how do I do it. I replied I had not done any. She said her because her laptop had been playing up and I goes weird mine has been acting up as well. That day I turned the whole house upside down until I found the pen and did my back up pronto. Did another one a week later (i.e 22nd July).
Fast forward Day 0 minus 3 (Friday 27th of July) : After working for 9 hours non stop reading reviewing and writing report as I was about to leave work, I shut down the laptop and on impulse started it up again and sent my last work to my yahoo account. This was nearly two days work that i had been updating since Wednesday.
Call it providence, call it coincidence but I CALL IT GOD DEY TANDA watch my back. Peeps if i had not sent the stuff for my yahoo I for just carry my kaya dey go with no forwarding address of any sort.
MORALE OF MY PREDICAMENT
- Always backup all your work including your outlook mails.
- Install anti virus on your system.
- If you get a mail from Hi5 saying someone nudged you or wants to add you as friend don't click the link, go to Hi5 directly and check (this is my prime suspect).
- Don't open any mail attachment unless you are sure of the source.
- GET A GOOD ANTI VIRUS installed (repeat thrice).