Backed up to a point

The Dell desktop was hot stuff when it was new, almost a decade ago. But it just died, and with it went my most recent images, captured with the help of my toy Concord EyeQ Mini flashless cheapo digital camera. Everything should have been uploaded to Flickr right away. Gone are the pix of the watermelon truck on Airport, with the handmade sign in watermelon colors. Gone are those of the beautiful nearby shrine, with bright pinwheels and fresh offerings of candy.

The CompuAdd ordered down on Sixth Street before there was Dell went to Goodwill. So will anything perhaps useful this time. Prospects include two ancient printers, one PostScript, with parallel connectors, and one ancient scanner with a driver just as ancient. There must be others out there needing a mouse and a keyboard with PS2 connectors, along with some printer cables.

The last time that a monitor died, it went to Axcess. The monitor being used with the Dell was used when it came here and is seeing its last days anyhow, so it probably is headed for Axcess.

So the new rig at home is an aging laptop (or I guess we’re expected to say “notebook” these days) with three USB ports and one of those free Dell all-in-ones scavenged from a friend. Except for the most recent photographs, everything had been conscientiously backed up. But I wish that the old set-up could have continued forever.

3 Comments so far

  1. Annie in Austin (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    Condolences on the loss of your photos. Women used to say in case of fire, to run & grab the photo album on the way out of the house… whether paper or digital, images are such precious possessions.

    GardenRant was having fits about the casual way in which blog photos and words are appropriated – even by other writers. My technical skills are small, so please don’t laugh if this idea is goofy: Is it possible you’ll find some of them floating around cyberspace under someone else’s name?


  2. Rantor (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 11:52 am

    Thank you for the sympathy! If only they *had* been uploaded to Flickr or somewhere else. Then they’d be around somewhere. The melon, by the way, is excellent: smells great, tastes great, has great texture. The seller was shielding his watermelons from the sun, but protecting his person only with his hat. That was on Monday, not his usual days, which are two, but I forget which ones. He also does two days out on or near Decker, he said. I hate not being able to use the ancient software that really doesn’t play well with modern Windows, too.

  3. Chip (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

    Just because the computer died, doesn’t necessarily mean you lost your data. If there is any chance of recovering data from the disk, pull it from the old system, and go to Fry’s (or wherever) and get an external disk case.

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