No, Not Again…

Summer is really not a good time for our computers – sigh! This morning i turned on the computer and was met with a grey screen – that’s right – grey, not blue (which i think is worse). So what does grey mean?

Grey means that it was able to run on limited capacity but can not actually start the proper Windows platform – sigh!

It ran the Auto Repair program a few times – nothing. It found that 2 “boot critical” files were corrupted. So i clicked on Advance Options, hoping for another solution. Because i simply can not believe that my laptop which was functioning perfectly, showed no signs of any problems just 8 hours before is now unable to start!

Anyhow, i didn’t give up (at that time). i tried to do a System Restore to an earlier date, thinking maybe an update is causing the problems. It said System Restore successful but upon restarting, we were back at grey again! This happened both times i tried restoring to different dates.

i’m composing this on my little Dell netbook, which has no picture editor, which i use mainly to write so i have very limited programs on it (to avoid distractions). So this post will have no picture.

This also once again means i have lost files! AHGRGRRR… (see here for other losses.) i did the last backup 2 months ago – so at least it’s only 2 months worth of files. But i was in the process of painstakingly downloading from our LJ picture gallery (see the above link for details about that story) over 500 photos. Now i will have to restart the process – sigh! What time will be wasted re-downloading those 100 over photos i had already done. SIGH!

Oh well, the laptop was getting old (i think almost 4 or 5 years old).  Maybe, just maybe (fingers, toes and eyes all crossed) we could get it to work again? At least long enough to retrieve those files. sigh… 😦


Disappointed in WordPress!!!

Yes i am and disappointed is putting it mildly.

If you look at my posts dated from January 2006 to December 2011, you will notice that all the images are missing! i just discovered this a few days ago when i redirected someone to a previous entry from November 2011.

From 2006 and 2011, our family blog was on Livejournal. i felt i wanted to do more with the blog and searched for another platform. Finally having researched carefully, i decided on WordPress. They seemed to have a wonderfully import process – or so i thought at that time.

So in December 2011, i did the import and all was fine – the images were all there and it all looked great! i didn’t even think to check the links for the images because it was not mentioned in the import instructions from WordPress. So i was happy until a few days ago.

Here are the import instructions given by WordPress:

Importing Content from Another Platform or WordPress Blog

We make it easy for you to import your blog content from a variety of other blogging platforms, including Blogger, Tumblr, Israblog, LiveJournal, Movable Type, Typepad, Posterous, Splinder, and Yahoo! 360. Simply log into your blog dashboard, then go to Tools -> Import, choose your previous platform and follow the instructions.

You can also easily import content here from another or blog or web site (choose the WordPress option).

Don’t See a Specific Importer for Your Blog’s Service?

If we do not have an importing tool for your particular platform, you will need to try and convert it into one of the accepted formats so that you can use the proper importer. This means you first convert your blog to one of the services mentioned above (such as Blogger), and then import your blog from Blogger to

Importing Media (Photos, Videos)

If you are importing content from another WordPress-powered blog, your media files will be downloaded from your old host and uploaded to automatically.

See? There were no specific instructions that if your images are linked to another blog or in the gallery of another blogging platform, that you should re-link or even highlight that images might be lost should your other platform expire, that you should re-upload your images.

That’s what happened to me – i had thought that all was well after a couple of months of using WordPress. So we let our Livejournal expire and now this happens! Almost 250 previous posts without photos now!! And most of those posts only make sense with photos!!!

What is even more tragic is that our harddisk had crushed middle of last year and we had lost a few years of photos. So the photos on our family blog were the only copies of those years. Now it’s all lost.

The only saving grace is that the volunteers who man the Support Forums and the staff (ironically called Happiness Engineers) did  respond very quickly. But they could not help. You can follow my exchange with them here.

Sob. Sob. Sob.

My last resort is to see if we can resort our expired LJ account. SIGH!


PS: there is no image with this post because i’m crying over the lost of my images from almost 250 posts…

2nd Blog Award…

i have been nominated for a 2nd blog award – a second time for the Versatile Blogger award.

THANK YOU for nominating my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank You for the nomination.
Thank You for the nomination.
1. Add a picture of the award to this post.
2. Thank who nominated you.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other Bloggers and inform those 15 they have been nominated.
Here are the 7 random facts about myself:
1. My 2nd love, next to books is photography.
2. i prefer reading a “real” book to an e-book.
3. i like to plan my week ahead.
4. i am the shortest of all my cousins.
5. i like to swim.
6. i like travelling.
7. i prefer veggies over meats.
Here are the 15 blogs i have nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.
i’m grateful and thrilled to be awarded 2 blog awards. Thanks.
Here’s to more blogging.
PS: Click here for the VBA story.
EDIT: i can’t seem to get the line breaks to work after the picture – sorry that there are no line breaks. i know this makes it difficult to read but i can’t seem to get it to work. Sorry.