These things go in threes don't they?
Bookhound's computer had a fatal exception last week too, his motherboard now deceased so I donated him that lovely new computer of mine and now my desk looks slightly odd with two laptops on the go, one is the weak and feeble machine currently back from France, in Intensive Care and running diagnostics, the other (the Kayaker's spare) seems to be working fine, though I'm not confident.
Now if you knew me you'd know this was an utterly ridiculous thing to even attempt, switch on, press F12 as soon as the logo appears and hit Dell diagnostics, then, well then what?
The thing just won't boot up so it's currently running through all the permutations of possible reasons for this and so far that has taken an hour or more, but what happens if it discovers why?
So far it's worked through caches, timers, system memory and IDE disk tests but worryingly seems to have skipped something called the IDE Disk S/N = MRLB55L4J9OXZC Confidence Test.
I won't be able to do a thing about any it I'm sure but never mind, I can't get wound up about these things, it'll sort out I'm sure because it's all going off to a man-who-can tomorrow but there's me thinking I'll manage an e reader and associated technology?
Meantime, while I'm bonding with my Sony e reader and this time I have read the instructions properly, (I never read instructions, I just plunge in impatiently and guess and then get it all wrong) why not find yourself a copy of the latest edition of The Reader?
You'll be able to read Kirsty 'Other Stories' McHugh's great article Freedom to Blog, and then check out my spectacular failure with Rudyard Kipling's Kim in the Reader's Connect section. I just hated it, clearly wrong time wrong place for me, I couldn't connect with Kipling at all. My heart then sank a few feet further as Sons and Lovers by D.H.Lawrence arrived in the post to be read for the next edition, I haven't read much DHL but have inner prejudices based on heaven knows what that all made me think I'd hate him too.
Wrong wrong and thrice wrong, what a revelation Sons and Lovers is proving to be. I am in 'absolutely just cannot put it down' mode and the bonus is it's on my e reader too.
I've only just noticed that The Reader have used a quote from dgr scribbles on the back cover and in some esteemed company too, I'm after Doris Lessing who follows Kirsty (with a brilliant quote!) and A.S.Byatt,
'One of the big attractions for me to The Reader was the ethos which I had never actually read in words but had sensed. This is an egalitarian, inclusive, very unpretentious reading magazine; they love books and they want to share the love of reading; every piece intelligently and thoughtfully written but not scarily so.'
It's all made my day.