#0000: No Error Message Provided

So today is Slope Day (a.k.a. the last day of classes for Cornell). I can’t say that I’m the least bit sorry to see my classes end for the semester, but with a take-home final exam and a final report on my plate and my Q-exam (translation for non-Cornellians: Ph.D. qualifiers) looming–looming–on the horizon, I’m hardly home free.

Most of all, what I do not and did not need is for my shiny new computer to develop a massive case of Blue Screen Syndrome. I still don’t know what set things off on Wednesday, but I’ve been waging war with the demons that have infected it since then and all I can say is that I seem to be going in circles–or maybe spirals. I have not yet broken down and wiped everything and started over. I am determined not to do so until I have absolutely no choice.

To make matters substantially less pleasant, although I have all of the files I transferred from my old computer, I didn’t have a proper back-up of the last two or three months. Luckily, Lenovo’s Rescue and Recovery program was happy to plop copies of all the files on my hard drive onto the new external drive I ran to the store to buy as an emergency recovery effort. And I did get the OS up and running again last night long enough for it to report the successful completion of a back-up of my personal files and data. Unfortunately, we slid back down the hill of progress this morning, and I have yet to get back into the OS and have Windows Explorer work.

But I haven’t given up.

If you don’t happen to hear from me for awhile, don’t take it personally. It just means that I’m valiantly doing battle.

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