I sometimes wonder if I'm getting too old for all this technology crap.
I have a couple of problems with this here laptop and frankly they are driving me nuts.
One of them was a real irritant – my mail programme kept locking up without my realising it. So I could glance at my mail, see there were no messages and go about my business. Later I would try to check another mailbox and find it wouldn't work – the damn thing had frozen again. So I would kill it [linux has a lovely command called "kill" and it does exactly what it says on the lid] and restart it only to find there were loads of messages there all along but they just hadn't loaded.
This was really getting on my wick so I tried to find a fix for it. But no one else seemed to have the identical problem so I was stuck. I spent quite a chunk of time trying to fix the damn thing and was getting really frustrated.
Then one day the thought crossed my mind that on a previous occasion I had read about a "repair" thing. I checked one of my mail folders and there it was hidden in a corner of the properties yoke – a "repair" button.
I pressed it. The screen went blank. The mail programme came back again only now my inbox was suddenly full of unread messages. Fuck! Where did they come from?
I checked through the messages and they dated back not a few days nor even a few months but a few years. Mails from friends and the not so friendly.
So my apologies to all my friends who wrote to me and I never replied. Now you know why. My apologies too to Tanya, Olga and Ludmilla. I hope you weren't too disappointed and I hope you managed to find some other fuckbuddies.
My mail seems to be working perfectly now. It hasn't hung up on me since.
But I still have my other problem and that has me completely stumped. It is actually a two-parter.
When I switch on my laptop it flashes up the manufacturer's screen. If I do nothing, it just sits there for several minutes before doing its loading business. If however I switch on, off and on again it loads almost straight away. Fucking weird, but at least I know how to speed it up.
Then when it does its loading thing it sticks up the little Mint logo to show its busy. Now sometimes that logo is there for about fifteen seconds which is fine, but sometimes it takes between two and three minutes which is really fucking annoying. Once the whole thing is loaded it runs perfectly without any more glitches. What makes it boot slowly on some occasions but quickly on others?
There are times when I seriously think that pen and paper are a lot easier. Paper doesn't take any time at all to prepare itself for use. It is there in an instant. Pens are the same. You don't need to switch 'em on or worry about updates or viruses or any of that shit.
But then a laptop never runs out of ink.
Damn but I'm confused!