Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Four weeks ago tomorrow (the day after our last public Residents Association meeting -as I prepared to add my meeting summary), my 9 year old (Tiny) PC finally bit the dust as the hard-drive failed 🙁 and to make matters worse, I was actually in the throes of reorganising my back-up system at the precise moment that the damn thing croaked, so a number of my back-up files were corrupted 🙄

Faced with the possibility of losing all of my saved emails and a lot of my business data, I enlisted the help of local PC hardware expert Neil Souter at Soutersoft in Quedgeley, who was very helpful indeed. Neil was able to retrieve all of my important data, including my all-important email archive.

Retrieving my data and purchasing/installing my new PC took around 3 weeks, then there were issues with my replacement PC, (PC World made a simple mistake, supplying me with the wrong model, which I didn’t notice until after I’d set the damned thing up) which lost me an additional week!
To top things off (sic), when my mother-in-law was babysitting for us on the night before my birthday (as I went out for dinner with an old friend), she sat on my office chair and snapped it in half 😆 and sadly my wife has been ill for most of the last month, so I’ve also been coping with much of the housework and looking after the kids!

So, with the furniture damaged and some time on my hands whilst I was waiting for things to be sorted out, I took the opportunity to renovate my old desk, replace my broken chair and rearrange my “office”.

The whole thing has cost me 4 weeks, a good deal of stress, considerable expense and some loss of income 👿

I was able to log in to this website (using my laptop) to "catch-up" with posts / comments / new user requests / spam etc on a couple of occasions, but I didn’t have the time/opportunity to do much else, and having finally managed to get back to some sense of normality, I am now some 4 weeks behind with my work and have an inbox full of emails to catch up with 🙁

On the upside, I now have a shiny new supersonic Packard Bell triple-core PC with a 1TB hard-drive (that will take some backing up) and am now in the midst of trying to catch up with my work whilst sorting out the new PC, and coping with all the strange things that Windows 7 keeps doing… lol (get Bill Gates in here, I want to slap him)!
Heads Up: The last two PC’s I bought both came from manufacturers who went bust within months of my purchases, so don’t buy any shares in Packard Bell for a while :mrgreen:

Here’s to another 9 years of trouble-free processing!

So, if you recently posted on the website and were frustrated by the (slight) delays in processing your post, please forgive me… normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.


3 Responses to “RIP Tiny PC”

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for the sentiments 🙂

    Sadly I was no better than PC World on this occasion! If I’d noticed the difference I could’ve saved myself some wasted time setting up the wrong PC 🙄

    That sounds very cool 8) Fortunately I don’t need a ton of processing power nowadays, which is why my 9 y/o Tiny PC was still coping!
    I have a laptop which my wife bought me for my birthday last year, but I use it for my hobbies (movie making, poker etc) and have deliberately shied away from putting any of my work stuff on there, (including my emails) otherwise I would just work all the time, and I’m way too old for that nowadays 😆

    Hi Clive,

    I’ve just bought an HP server PC that I’m using as a file server, much like a NAS. It comes as a base unit with one 250Gb drive (no OS) but for a bargain price of £240, but order before 31st March and HP are offering £100 cashback. It has space for four additional hard drives which full of 2TB drives has given me 6TB of storage in a RAID 5 array, meaning that I can survive one hard drive failure without losing any data.

    If you want some links then drop me an email.




    As I read more of your post it was very clear you have taken a hit from all directions. DSGi PLC (the collective group of companies for Dixons, Currys, PC World, Mothercare & Pixmania) are a nightmare.

    We went through similar issues recently when purchasing my new Imac Computer from them. I brought the matter before John Browett (CEO) and he sorted-out everything…

    Imac computers are without doubt impressive but takes you right back to the beginning with regard to using a computer for sure!!!

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