Don't know if you've all noticed or not, but I haven't been online since last Friday. Why? Well, it wasn't because of some fun-in-the-sun Fourth of July weekend vacation.
I awoke Saturday morning to find that some vicious creature (worm, parasite, virus -- beats me what category it falls into) had taken over my computer. As soon as I booted up, a big ol' window appeared that claimed to be a Windows alert. My machine was allegedly infected with a gazillion different things and I needed to download some (obviously bogus) $50 AV program to get rid of them. This "alert" wouldn't let me get online, wouldn't let me open any files, and wouldn't go the fuck away. It just kept popping up and popping up and blocking every move I made.
So, into the shop my PC went. Actually, it's the home of a local guy who works on computers in his basement. Just got the thing back today. However, now I'm facing a whole new boatload of problems.
For starters, I now have Word 2007 instead of Word 2003, in which most of my documents were made and saved, and this is making for a total cluster-screw when it comes to opening and working on manuscripts. I had no idea how very different these two versions of Word are. The toolbar is completely alien to me. I only have a tiny fraction of the fonts I used to have (what's up with that?), can't find the Track Changes feature (it's critical I find it!) and, in general, am totally confuzzled. Plus, I have to try to get my printer to work again, because at the moment, my computer doesn't recognize it. Plus, my carefully arranged desktop folders are in disarray.
So I'm working my way toward a monster headache at the moment -- a situation not made any better by the backlog of email I found. Just so you know. (Any advice or words of wisdom? Send 'em over!)