‘The writing’s on the wall.’ This idiom derives from the biblical story about Daniel who reads the handwriting on the wall that predicts the end of the kingdom of Babylon . Regarding my Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop computer , I first saw the writing on the wall 13½ months ago – when it crashed . At that time there was a lesson to be learnt. Did I learn it? Well, no. Even though the computer was then four years old, i.e. quite old. But I blithely assumed the November 2009 crash was a meaningless aberration. How stupid I was. Last Saturday it crashed again: it wouldn’t boot up. I tried everything I knew to diagnose and remedy this malfunction. To no avail. So I enlisted the help of my friend Craig. He suggested I try some things he (an IT man) knew and I didn’t. But they didn’t work either. So, in a funereal voice, he pronounced the Inspiron’s hard drive moribund. Luckily, after the November 2009 crash, as I blogged I would, I bought a portable hard drive. And since then I’ve used it religiously. I think I may have saved all my data. Though maybe not my contacts and emails. Craig suggested I download Ultimate Boot CD  – which may let me boot the dying machine one last time, so I can retrieve this info. The moral? If the writing’s on the wall, read it.
P.S. Yesterday I bought an HP Pavilion DV-3205 TX . Ho hum.
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