Don’t Panic, Cupcake! (Technology STINKS)
Ok, so in the spirit of blogging every day, I am channeling my friend Sabine, and writing from my iPhone. I need to relax and be calm. “Don’t panic, Cupcake.” I tell myself this as, of course, I panic. Why?
Because I have a nasty worm virus on my laptop. If this isn’t bad enough, since my computers are all linked to each other, they are ALL INFECTED! So, to make a long story longer, I have given my favorite laptop to the Geek Squad from Best Buy.

I am trying not to panic. What can go wrong?

Well, for starters, they can put my computer back at factory settings, in which case all my research files will be lost. All my images will be lost, as well.

They can put another program in my system and steal information from me.

They could lose my computer, or break it (not that this would be bad, but again, nothing is backed up on a USB drive).

So, is this a Law of Attraction problem, or just simple Liz paranoia? Will my computer be ok? Will my blogs be ok? Will my pictures be ok? Will they plagiarize some of my papers that are currently under review in academic magazines?

And hey, I’ve backed up my files on the other computers, which are also out of current commission. Some papers are on flash drives, but not all. Don’t judge: you should know by now computers and I are not BFFs.

Ugh! And I hate the waiting game! How long will it take? They said it was a relatively simple problem once they identified the worm, but they haven’t called me. Was it worse than they expected? Did they do something wrong? If I haven’t heard from them when I get off work, should I call them and ask how my baby is doing?

Or should I relax? Breathe deeply, and trust that everything will be ohhh…kayyyy. Since I am not a billionaire, and I am a relatively boring person–seriously, only other academics would pilfer an academic’s work–I think I should just let the techs do their awesome magic and play the waiting game.

And since I am exhausted, I should just go to bed, and tomorrow figure out a way to post a picture from my media page πŸ™‚ ok. Got it. All over calm. Right now I am the epitome of calm. Don’t panic, Cupcake. It’ll be fine.

Check on me tomorrow.

Ok, Cupcake, time to share and care. What sends you into panic mode?

Let me know how it’s going, and stay frosted!

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Panic, Cupcake! (Technology STINKS)

  1. Oh my gosh Liz, I can relate. Last month the hard drive on my 18 month old laptop bit the dust. Things haven’t been right sense. Files I can’t locate because they’re in a different place now. Programs needed reloaded. Ugh.
    I hope everything gets back to normal for you soon. But like my husband always reminds me, “normal is just a setting on the dryer.”

    1. Tammy, your husband is absolutely right, but that isn’t stopping my pain right now, lol. My husband called them today, and they are still running make ware through it! They said it might be ready in another twenty-four hours, but they couldn’t promise anything as the worm keeps appearing. Auuugh! Breathing, breathing, lol.

  2. I am so sorry for your challenge. (Okay, that is a total lie.) I am glad that sometimes crappy things happen to other people! ( I wish it had been someone I don’t like as much though!)

    Go play tennis – everything will be perfect.

    Note to self: It is okay to read Liz’s stuff with cupcakes, maybe not with wine.

    1. Trenna, I say bring in the wine. Then you won’t count the cupcakes, and I will be funnier to you. πŸ˜‰ thanks for the non-sympathy; it made me laugh, lol.

  3. Welcome to the cellphone club, it is such a pain xD
    But you did a lot better then me πŸ˜‰
    Had a virus on my laptop once too, my computer went into selfsaving mode and suddenly all my personal data were gone, took me 2 month to find them again, they went invisible…
    So important to get decent antivirus and a cleaner πŸ™
    Hope you will get it back soon, the nice thing with tech stuff is, usually it always can be fixed somehow…
    Just make trenna come over, have a sip of wine and it will work out somehow πŸ™‚
    Sending some positiv energy over to you πŸ˜‰

    1. Sabine, the crazy thing is that I have the same protection they are using on my computer. They are just adding something else. Sorry about your info. I put all my contact info in my little black book as backup. πŸ™‚

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