Monday, April 26, 2010

computer crash

this past Friday my computer pretty much crashed on me...........I had gotten some emails warning about malware and virus's going around through emails in one of my beading groups, and thought I might have opened one of them by mistake.........someone suggested a certin virus protection program, so dummy me I downloaded and bought it. as soon as it was installed a window pops up saying something about windows updates and it looks to be coming from the new program, so again dummy me I click on it.........IT WASN"T A WINDOWS UPDATE!!! DUH!!! all kinds of things start automatically downloading, every time I turn on my computer, so again dummy me, I do a factory restore, which usually works for me when I am having problems...........but when I start up ther computer, I have lost all my documents ( meaning all my beading designs I haven't backed up yet) and all my photos as well, lots of my grand kids and family pics, the last pics I had taken of my mom before we lost her..........everything.....I'm so sad.........
So Saturday one of my geeky friends comes over and spends almost 12 hours trying to recover my stuff........but only succeeds in saving some unimportant stuff........and winds up removing everything from my computer that was left, and re installs windows and a new virus program and a few other goodies, now my computer runs like it did when it was new, with one exception I have no sound, which I do miss, but can live with out if I have to.
Any way he saw a bracelet I have been working on, its a uneven peyote strip with a Chinese
style dragon that I figured I would work on since I didn't have a computer to play on( I needed to teach my self how to do uneven count flat peyote, I had tried several times in the past and had just ended in frustration, but geared with some tips from a few people in my bead groups and a book with some good diagrams, and a nice word chart for a pattern, I got it licked!!!! woo hoo, any way my friend sees my efforts and says wow I really like it, his girlfriend has a tatt of a similar dragon and he is thinking, he would love to give her this needless to say we bartered his geekieness for my my computer works and soon his girlfriend will be the new owner of said dragon........not sure who got the better part of the deal, I was kind of liking the dragon myself............but have been thinking I will do another one in different colors and turn it into a sea dragon.......silvery blues and greens instead of the chinese reds and golds, I'll post pics of both when done


  1. Oh, so sad when you lose things like those photos...patterns can be gotten again....I just backed my stuff onto my extra harddrive, after reading your post. Big HUGS, and let's see that dragon! Aryd'ell

  2. Computers ! Love em when they're working but when something goes wrong or they crash...what a headache. I've had mine crash once and lost everything; email addresses, favorites list, photo files that hadn't been backed up, and assorted personal files. So I feel your pain.

    Your beaded dragon pattern bracelet sounds fantastic, I'm looking forward to seeing their photos when you're done...I know, bead work, especially intricate seed bead work takes time, time and more time. :)

  3. Oh my gosh, this is terrible! I had this happen too, I lost all my references for class proposals and book lay outs, in addition to a 5,000 email list. It is devastating, but life went on.

    Hope you are back in business soon!