Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cracked Laptop Screen - Headache or Opportunity?

 I opened up the lid on my laptop computer, planning to get some work done. I was quite disturbed to find the picture at the left on my screen. No matter what I did, nothing else happened.I thought the problem might be a weird virus or a failed video driver.
At the time, Rachel and I were on a ferry trip between our island and the next one to visit some co-workers. When we arrived, I showed the screen to my friend and she immediately saw the problem. The screen was cracked. I have a pretty good idea how it happened. Rachel probably leaned on the cover when she stood up from the mat where we were sitting on the ferry. 
I checked into getting the screen repaired. It can be done, but I am told (by someone who wasn't trying to sell me something) that with the old model I have, if this happened in America, I would probably be advised to give up on this machine and get a new one.

Argh! Just what I DIDN'T need. Having to buy a new computer. Unfortunately, in this day and age, computer access is almost a necessity...especially if writing is a part of what a person does. So, I bit the bullet and got a new one.

Now, I have the frustrating task of re-installing all the software I had installed, and restoring all my backed-up files. The last time I had to restore these files from my online back-up, it took four or five months. (Yes, I did say MONTHS, not days or weeks.) I have a lot of data, an my connection here is S---L---O---W. At least, it is slow compared to connections in the States.

This isn't how I planned to be spending my time this week. There is a lot of work to do, and this mishap is certainly slowing things down.
  • I need to research some possible locations for a youth camp in June. Some of my prior research is on the other computer...the one I can't get into right now.
  • I need to contact several people via email, but their addresses are all in a file that is yet to be restored to the new computer.
  • I have some church secretarial tasks to complete which, by the way, require a computer.
  • I need to send out a newsletter. It is written and ready to go, but where is it? On the broken laptop, of course.
  • I have a kids' ebook that I want to publish on Amazon within the next couple days. I fortunately had saved the manuscript on a flash drive, but the program I was using to create the cover is... you guessed it...on the broken computer.
I could fuss about the inconvenience and waste a lot of energy moaning about everything being harder than it needed to be. OR, I could choose to trust that my Heavenly Father has a way for me through this mess. I can complain that the laptop doesn't work like a laptop anymore. OR I can be thankful that if I can locate an unused desktop monitor, I can still access my important data and programs using the broken machine as a CPU. 

You know what? I think it just might be better to be thankful. First of all, I can be thankful that I actually was able to buy a new laptop. God provides. Tomorrow, I'll check at the children's home where I work to see if, among all their donated equipment, there is a working monitor that doesn't, for now, have a CPU to go with it. If I can borrow that until everything is restored to my new laptop, I can then donate my old machine to the home and voila! They will have an extra station for the kids to work at in the computer lab. 

I had my plans, but just maybe God has plans to use this mishap to bring about something good. I just need to keep looking for it, and be content as I wait, and be ready to rejoice when I see it happen.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
 Isaiah 55:8


  1. I'm sorry for this huge inconvenience in your life right now. I know how computers can be. But at least the new one will be faster. Good luck with the data transfers. They do make programs that can just import your old working hard drive onto the new computer ( usually in less than a few hours).

    1. Chris, I've actually finished restoring all my bdata already. The problem wasn't with slow connection speeds. It was because I had not realized I needed to set my computer's sleep settings to "Never". Consequently, it could only work on the restore while I was actively using my computer. If I stopped for more than 15 minutes or so, the computer would sleep and the restore went to a screeching halt. I didn't make that mistake this time...and it worked wonders.


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