Yes, that's right. My beloved laptop crashed last week, due to repercussions from a particularly horrifying virus that tricked me into believing Windows was telling me to do things to fix some sort of "critical error" on my hard drive. A family member thinks they might be able to salvage some of the files on it, but alas, there were more files than I wanted there to be as I had not been up to date in backing them up...yikes.
This setback, however, lent me the excuse I needed to buy another laptop, which is when I decided my beloved was not so beloved afterall. My new laptop is sleeker, lighter, prettier and does not leave first degree burns on my leg. So, in celebration of the crash of '11, here are some crashing wave photos I took a few weeks ago...that I had on my memory card (one of the few saving graces for me is that I am terrified of cleaning off my memory cards!)
Above, the beautiful waters off coastal Route 1, southern Rhode Island, near Black Point, Narragansett. Below: this awesome heart-shaped rock was buried beneath waves and I waited for them to subside to capture the full shape. So cool!
Below is the heart-shaped rock again. I could have stood here all day, listening to the crashing waves and just watching the patterns of the water and foam in between the rocks. Total nature immersion.
Sparkly foam in the sun looks like little diamonds in the water.
So, I will try to look on the bright side of this computer crash..but I do want to pass this on...I put off backing up my pictures and music for ages because I thought I had plenty of time....not really! I am very careful about my computer and keep my anti-virus software up to date and everything, but this virus just came out of nowhere..so save yourself time and money, go backup your files right now! ;))
P.S. I am now using Avast anti-virus software. It has a wonderful free option that has been working great so far.
P.P.S. I also learned that your Ipod doesn't quite function as a hard drive when it comes to all those music CD's you've loaded onto it. Itunes keeps the music you've purchased through its service, but you will lose all the other music uploaded onto your 'pod unless you back it up beforehand...with blank CD's. You then have to reload them all into your new computer.