In my all happy anticipation about getting back into a regular routine for the fall, including getting back into the classroom, I did not imagine finding myself the victim of a truly evil computer virus that somehow (despite my anti-virus software) got so deeply into my little netbook that after four days of intensive care with our tech people, it has proved impossible to clean out. Today they are wiping the hard drive, and I hope to have the computer back by tomorrow. Thankfully, it seems that they will be able to preserve a backup of most of my files, but there will still be a lot of reinstalling and reorganizing to do before I’m back in business. As a result, I haven’t been able to do either much work or any blogging in the evenings–hence the sudden silence over here. It has been interesting realizing how much I depend on being properly equipped, not just for my own interests and personal activities, but for getting done the array of work tasks, from e-mail to class prep, that can almost never be completed during regular work hours. As a result, I feel particular strain on my regular work hours right now, which is why this post will be short! As if heading into a three-course term and picking up all the other regular duties of the term wouldn’t be stressful enough without this added complication… and as if dealing with losing what feels like my life-support system doesn’t induce enough frustration without people commenting, “well, you do spend a lot of time online,” as if I somehow had this coming to me for my risky behavior. Anyway, here’s hoping that my next post will be about books or teaching and this will all be behind me.
Oh I am SO sorry – what a bummer!
Thanks, @litlove! It has added a lot of stress to an already busy time, but I am very happy to say that I got the computer back today, all virus-free, and with the complete contents of the ‘My Documents’ folder intact. I had a relatively recent backup, so the loss would not have been disastrous, but what a relief to simply be able to start up again where I left off. I’ve had to reinstall all kind of software, from Dropbox to iTunes, but considering the scenarios I contemplated when they first reported what a mess they’d found, I’m happy to do this housekeeping. As you can imagine, I will be backing up (and scanning for viruses) even more often now.
If it’s any (unrelated) consolation, the friend for whom I asked you to recommend contemporary mystery writers wants you to know that she LOVES Kate Atkinson and is very grateful to you.
Thanks, Colleen! I’m glad to hear it. Recommending books is always such an oddly chancy thing, isn’t it?