I'm not sure what exactly was up with Blogger, but whatever the issue is it seems to have reset blogs - well, mine and Kelly's at least, I don't know about other blogs - back to how they were... I think yesterday (Thursday) morning. Including removing comments left after that time, and posts published after that time. The birthday post I wrote for my friend, Pam, was back in draft (where I'd had it for a couple of weeks) so I was able to put it back up again, but the post I did yesterday evening about my day... Poof! It's disappeared to wherever it is that posts and comments disappear to sometimes. *Sigh*
So, to recap...
Yesterday was a bad day for me. It started off OK, then I broke my watch strap, jammed my little finger in the parts of my cane while folding it after walking Kero, and after that my laptop wouldn't accept the power supply, so - since the battery was dead - wouldn't work. We downloaded a demo version of Jaws so I could use it on Kelly's PC, and I was thinking I'd put in my authorization disk if it worked OK, but - and this part wasn't in yesterday's post - I thought afterwards that probably wouldn't work anyway, since mine is Jaws 8.0, and the version it gave Kelly to use for his Windows 7 is Jaws 12.5 (or something like that). This meant I was stuck using Jaws in demo mode, meaning it only lasts 40 minutes before the entire PC has to be restarted if you want to use Jaws any more. Annoying, but better than no internet access.
I did discover how to make my phone talk online, but that's not an ideal option since it costs to go online on my phone, because it prefers to access the network internet rather than any local wireless connections (shame, since if it would access my home wireless connection it would be free to use it online that way). Plus, signal isn't always great around here for my mobile, and it seems to need a good signal to stay connected.
But, it all worked out well in the end, because...
Dad came for a visit today, and my greeting to him was, "my laptop's dead. Well, actually I think it's the power supply, since it worked until the battery died, only I didn't know the battery was in use until I got the message about it being low. I tried all the different sockets around, but it wont work." So, Dad had a look, and was pretty sure I was right. He told us where to go to look on a site for a computer parts shop he knows that's not too far away, and when we saw one that would work with my laptop was available, he offered to take me and fetch it. I agreed, and we went.
It worked. My laptop works again. I'm using it now! Yay! :)
It cost £30 ($60) for the new power cord (because it comes with several adaptors, since it's designed to work with almost any laptop, netbook or notebook) instead of what it would have cost for a new laptop, which could be anything from £200 for a new laptop, and - since it would have to have Windows 7 - £700 for Jaws too, so £900 (roughly $1800) or more to get set up with a new laptop. Yes, I think £30 was a much nicer price!
Plus, at least we could just about afford £30.
Fingers crossed that this new power cord keeps doing the trick, and it's some time before a new laptop is needed!