Dawn Thoughts – July 2, 2014

More Rain

More Rain


autumn cold in june
rain washes the mountains
trekkers in ponchos


in Rome they say
that temperatures are high
in our valley though
we shiver in autumn rain
need a train ticket!


Yesterday I got up early, as usual, but I was isolated once again from the world!  By good luck, or perhaps it was just fate, I’d begun the evening before, writing in Word ™, a poem for Oloriel’s Monday Poetry Prompt … and I had downloaded Yves’ Wordle from Mindovermisery’s Menagerie.  So I had the chance to write, though not publish.  My biggest worry was that I couldn’t put up my Pixelventures weekly prompt.

Internet connected around 9:30 but by then, my family was up and getting breakfast ready, my son having plans to leave early to get back to his studies in Padua.

The connection popped on and off all day.  So, I finally did what I’d planned a week or so ago.  My hubby had given me a new HDD … a fantastic roomy new hard disk with a terabyte of place to fill up!  But, I had two problems: the first is in November I’d had a friend put Ubuntu up on my computer and couldn’t get Windows to boot without it, and the second was that I didn’t want to spend a lot of downtime reinstalling my system – losing 6 years of updates to boot! (That’s how long my present system has been running!)

I did a quick search in order to solve the first problem and found the answer at Informatica Libera Antonio Cantaro, yes, I searched in Italian … because I’ve always worked with computers here in Italy and understand computer stuff in Italian . English is Greek to me when it comes to computers!  Fix in a jiffy! (I used the second suggestion – rebuilding my MBR and boot with my Windows installation CD).

I resolved second problem thanks to a second reasearch result … this time at Locker Gnome (in English) and learnt how to clone my old system onto my new hard disk with Todo Backup by EaseUs  making it possible to just change the disk and keep all my old configuration and data!

It worked a charm!  Then, since my computer was open, my husband did a little dusting on the inside of my case and he changed my “alimentatore” too (which feeds electricity to the computer maybe power source in English?) with a bigger one and by 9:00 in the evening, I had a refurbished computer with a terabyte of space to slosh around in (my former HDD was 180 gigabytes).  There are a few little quirks I admit.  I’ll have to reinstall my antivirus for example and the start-up is a little sluggish so I’ll have to look into that, but so far it works fine.

annoying morning
creates a chance for change
learning new skills

Have a great day!  Bastet

11 thoughts on “Dawn Thoughts – July 2, 2014

  1. So I have the solution for my lost photos on my mobile Verbatim hard disk…go to Italy and have Georgia fix it over several cappuccinos …You are an amazing woman…poet, teacher, writer, Italian Geek! wow!


    • LOL! Sometimes those mobile disks aren’t dead. It can happen that the shell is dead, but the hard disk inside is alive and kicking wanting to be read. I’ve seen it happen, especially to the older models that used a regular HDD inside a case. I’ve ben fooling around with computers since the 70s and picked up a lot of stuff. I’m not particularly in love with computer stuff, but I like to be independent from outsiders 😉 The cappuccinos are awaiting you!


  2. Wow all that technical talk is too deep for me but I’m glad you got your computer working to your satisfaction. If you saw my antiquated system you’d probably burst out laughing. 🙂 I love you haiku – it creates a strong visual image – I can see those trekkers in ponchos in the slashing rain just as if it were a traditional Japanese ink brush painting.


    • Thanks for the compliment … wish I could do one of those paintings! I’ve had my present computer sin 2005, it’s still XP and will do all I can to keep it that way. I’ve had to reinstall a couple of times in the past and that is a long process – because it means reinstalling all your programs, printers, webcam, scanner, phone, ebook etc … plus recovering all your configurations, your bookmarkers and what not .. a real pain. With this research I was able to avoid all of that and had my new hard disk up and completely running in just a couple of hours!


      • Sounds brilliant 🙂 I couldn’t figure out all that. I’m still trying to work out how to get photos from my new phone to my computer. When my kids lived at home they helped me with all that technical stuff. Now I muddle through and give up half way.


        • The only way to learn I’m afraid is muddleing along – get’s you independent from kids and geeks 😉 BTW what you have to do is find the drivers for your phone and install them.


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