Speed Bloke: The Week That Was
Sorry Blokesters but I’ve been having some computer troubles and not able to publish for a few days. Anyhow that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Windows XP decided to have a hissy fit and stopped working (again) for no apparent reason. No cryptic error messages to decipher, and I hadn’t installed anything recently that I could blame (software, hardware or otherwise).
So as usual I was left scratchin’ me pointy head wondering what to do next.
I tried running Chkdsk but each time it would choke half-way through. So I took out my trusty Windows CD and tried to boot into it and run repair like I’ve done so often before. But this time something different happened.
My first attempts were unsuccessful. It wouldn’t even boot. After fiddling with the BIOS settings I finally got it to boot, but instead of deleting the old Windows files and copying them over fresh from the CD, a blank blue screen came up and did nothing for what seemed an eternity (probably only a minute or so but when you are stressed out in computer terms that can seem forever).
Then a message came up and said it had repaired the hard drive and needed to reboot. So instead of booting back into the CD again I just let it boot the hard drive like normal. And low and behold – it worked!
I’ve never seen that happen before. Obviously there was an integrity problem with the hard drive and Windows. I’m happy to report that everything is now working fine (knock on wood — ouch).
Of course the big news this week is that Google’s Blogger still continues to have its woes. First off, reader Paul Krenz brought to my attention that Blogger was still giving random Google server messages.
Then Kathy Frederick told me that her redirect from blogspot was no longer working. So I checked out my old blog and the same thing was happening:
Hmm, thanks Blogger.
Then I noted that one of her readers Andrew had reported the same thing but it suddenly started working again. So I’m assuming this is a more widespread issue and not just subterfuge on the part of Google against us Blogger deserters (I hope).
Have you noticed anything similar? All the more reason why I’m so glad to be rid of Blogger.
So that was the week that was for this blogging bloke. How was yours? Better I hope.