I am in what Jane Austin might have described as a “state of melancholy”.
Oh yes. I know all about Jane Austin. I have never any of her stuff but Herself is a fan so I have been subjected to so many re-runs of “Pride and Prejudice” that I could probably recite the entire work verbatim.
Anyways, it’s supposed to be summer. Or at the very least the middle to late spring. But the heating is on and it’s fucking wet and windy outside. Miserable. The only good spot there is that I knew the shit was about to hit the fan and mowed the lawn yesterday.
What’s really pissing me off though is fucking Microsoft.
It was Grandson the Younger’s birthday the other day. His Ma gave him a present of one of those graphics tablet things as he’s very keen on drawing and painting and such. Grand. The only problem is that he uses an ancient laptop that barely runs Windows 7, and the software for the tablet wouldn’t run. Being a sucker [and a Grandad] I offered to fix things for him.
An afternoon was completely wasted trying to fix his laptop. I gave up. Then in a moment of extreme weakness I offered him my old laptop.
My old Acer has WIndows 8.1, Linux Mint 20 and Kubuntu running on it plus half a ton of personal shit. It had to be cleaned up. So I set about cleaning it up.
For some reason known only to a young boy, he wanted Windows 10. I set about upgrading the 8,1. I have spent the best part of a long weekend trying it and it still won’t work. This morning I ran [for the umpteenth time] a programme that was supposed to update everything. For an hour or so I watched percentages slowly crawl up to 100%. Each time it hit the mark it would start a different process that would start at 0% again. Finally it started the tidy-up procedure. The percentages climbed slowly and a warning appeared saying it had to reboot, which it did. It just went into a blank screen. I switched off and on again. It then announced it was undoing everything and started at 0% again. I was back to 8.1 and a lost couple of hours
I burned a new Windows 10 DVD. I just stuck it into the laptop. I got the software from Microsoft but for some reason that completely escapes me all the instructions are in Spanish! Or Portugese? Or Mexican? Or Swahili? So now I am trying to install the programme in a language I don’t understand.
It’s currently at “20% completado”.
It has just failed again.