DAY 8 - DAY 10 My Computer Took a Dump!
I have had many computer problems this past week. It appears, in hindsight that they were caused by a virus picked up through a motel WIFI connection. On Saturday, when I was in Kittery, Maine my computer completely crashed. It did a total data “dump” and I got that infamous “BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH”!
That means I got a blue screen with a lot of words that basically said “you cannot fix this, contact a computer expert”.
OK, off to Best Buy, where I bought the computer and where I have had good Geek Squad service in the past. They booted up my laptop, told me it was very bad, and needed a lot of work. It would take 5-6 days. WHOA! I’m on the road, and I really cannot stay in Maine for that long, even though it’s a very nice place.
The BB Geek told me that for another $100, on top of the $200 for the fix, they could have it done by the end of the next day. Wow, I guess I have no choice, so do it.
I hung around being a tourist and enjoying Maine while they fixed it. I got it back at 7:15pm Sunday. It is missing a lot of settings, favorites, software, erc. I headed for Boston in the rain.
I as yet have no e-mail access, and I will spend untold hours getting things somewhat usable. I had planned on going through Boston on Sunday morning to avoid the well-known crazy traffic that would be happening on Monday morning. I got to Boston at about 9 pm in the dark and rain, weekend traffic and road construction. I made a quick decision…I will skip some of the city streets that follow the YT and just take US 20 west out of the area. I did, it was terrible, and I ended up in a rest area on I-90 sleeping in the back of the Kia. I am NOT HAPPY.
In a McDonalds right now somewhere near Worcester, Mass. More later.