Some Kind Of Bug Going Around"
writing to you with a big grin on my face. This is because,
for some reason, my computer was not functioning the way it
should. Herman and I have been sitting here for hours and
I just said to him, "Well, it looks like this computer
will never work right again." Herman looked over his
shoulder and said, "Kathryn, you are so impatient. I
think I can get this working." Well, I really did have
my doubts. But here I am writing and the computer is once
again responding the way I was certain it never would.
like to be able to share with you how exactly Herman did this.
But in asking him, he just kind of smiled and said he didnt
know. He tried a lot of things and one of them must have worked.
This all occurred as I was saying the whole time, "You
need to take it in Monday morning." Now to Herman, and
I think to most any man, those are fighting words. Just say,
"It cant be fixed," or "We need to get
help (or directions)" and what comes next is a stubborn
resistance, at least in this house.
to tell you that the whole time this is going on, Sally, our
kitten, lay fast asleep on the computer printer. She, apparently,
didnt care at all if it didnt get fixed. As long
as her kitty nap remained uninterrupted. The bottom line is
that it is working again and it does not have to be taken
how sometimes you have to restart a computer when it "freezes?"
Well, this time, Herman thought reloading the Windows program
would fix the problem. He ran this by me, and I responded
that I had no idea. I just wanted it working again.
tells me that he did reload the Windows program and didnt
think it helped (though it didnt hurt either.) Upon
further grilling him, he tells me that one of the programs
he uninstalled may have been in "conflict" with
my desktop or word program. It has been my experience that
if you ask anyone just about anything about computers, the
answer is "you just have to figure it out." That
doesnt fly well in my world.
a little like Hermans statement that when he was a boy,
his family doctor always answered the request for a diagnosis
with, "Its some kind of bug going around."
For computers, its some kind of virus, or whatever.
Not very satisfying for my mind. I need details, and I need
to know it will never happen again. Ironically, when I do
get details, its information I cant comprehend
and will forget as soon as I get it. But still, theres
something about getting the information and giving it a name.
of this most recent computer headache is something I cant
print here. But Im sure weve all said it as we
sit in front of our computers watching them not respond the
way we want them to. Its the end of the column and Im
still smiling, which means the computer is still behaving.
And Sally is still asleep on the printer, so alls right
with my world!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"