Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones
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Compocalypse '09, Plan of Action

1. Scream "GODDAMMIT!" when power goes out. Scream louder when it goes out again. >CHECK

2. Reboot. Computer is dead, claims system file is missing/corrupt. Realize situation is dire. Go into shock. >CHECK
(Note: what you saw last night, between LJ and Twitter, is pretty much the most upset I will ever, ever get, barring maybe the death of an actual human. That is what I do: zombie calm.)

3. Go to parents' computer and freak out on LJ and Twitter. Calmly. >CHECK

4. Get advice from My People. >CHECK

4b. Realize that shock has eaten my brain, and that "Windows Setup" CD is actually Windows XP CD, which I do have. >CHECK

4c. Assure them that most of the crucial documents are backed up in Gmail, Gdocs and online storage, a lesser number on a thumb drive as well. However, music, pictures and vast wilderness of earlier drafts are not backed up. > GO BACK AND DO THIS

5. Go to link supplied by several readers, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545. Think about printing out instructions. Fail to do so. >CHECK

6. Go to bed early and pretend none of it happened. >CHECK

7. Sleep in late, continue to exist in denial. >CHECK

8. Breakfast. >CHECK

9. Feel somewhat restored. Go downstairs and print recovery instructions. >CHECK

10. Tremble at idea of actually carrying out instructions. >CHECK

11. Procrastinate. >CHECK


STEPS NOT YET IMPLEMENTED

12. Carry out recovery instructions.

12b. If recovery succeeds: immediately go out and buy external hard drive, back up all files. Terabyte: sexiest word in the English language as of this particular moment.

12b.2. Finish @#$% e-book for moneys and buy new computer. Not risking this shit again. Need more memory anyway.

12c. If recovery does not succeed:

12c.2. Scrape up non-existent money for new computer.

13. Do not let people take up a collection. Tell them to wait until I have something to actually sell in a one-for-one exchange. Shudder at memory of the phrase "fandom whip-round."

14. Clean amidst inconvenient panic because Charter guy will have to come perform modem-installing hoodoo.

15. Drink.



Also, our dryer died this morning.


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