Monday, January 21, 2013

Technical Difficulties and other things

I'm writing this on my work laptop while on my lunch break.

My home laptop (which is a Mac) is about 5 years old so the operating system is now obsolete according to Apple.  I bought the install disk for a newer OS last week and attempted to upgrade it on Friday afternoon.  While updating the software, the install disk found some critical hard drive errors and basically scrambled everything up.  The computer is now a brick since it's stuck between 2 different operating systems.  The geniuses at the Apple store said that my computer is obsolete and can't fix it due to their company policy of cash grabbing and trying to get you to buy the newest, latest, and greatest.  My only hope is my father-in-law who runs his own computer repair business.  I'm probably better off taking it to him anyways!

So bottom line is, I won't be able to post any pictures or scan any cards for a little bit until I get my home laptop up and running again.  I'm not sure how long this will be.  Maybe a week, maybe a month, maybe more.  I think the time away from blogging might be good considering my malaise about it right now.  I'll be reading everybody's entries when I get spare moments at work so I'll be around.

I also want to thank everybody who read my posts over the weekend for their words of encouragement.  I do have a tendency to be really, really hard on myself sometimes.  I think that was the first time it had spilled over onto the blog though.  I will continue to write about my collecting journey as well as I am able.

I will try to dig up some pictures of what our house looked like when we moved in and what it looks like presently.  Luckily the wife has those on her computer!  William from foul bunt is the only blogger that has seen my house (unless some of you guys out there are creepers)  and he'll say that the difference is night and day (or jungle to not-so-much jungle)!

Speaking of William, I did attend Orioles Fanfest with him this past weekend and had a blast.  I want to do a recap of that as well as a tribute to Earl Weaver and Stan Musial whenever I get my computer back in working order. I finally get some cool stuff to blog about and now I can't because of the hard drive failing!  I will endeavor to persevere!  See you all soon!


  1. Hey Ryan,
    Have you tried accessing the recovery partition? Whenever you update the OS on a mac, it makes this tiny little partition (that it deletes later) just in case something like this happens.

    Try holding down the ⌘ (Command) and R keys immediately after the initial chime sounds, and keep holding until the recovery options show up.

    If that doesn't work (not sure what OS you upgraded to/from), try just holding down the ⌥ (Option) key (again, during startup) until the list (and big icons) of the hard drives show up. Hopefully the "recovery drive" will be listed among them.

  2. PS: The "Geniuses" at the Apple store are just minimum wage retail flunkies. You'd have the same lucky if you asked the people at GAP to help you. Just find one of us IT folks, like your father-in-law instead ;)

  3. hey did you e-mail me with the subject line "Hello!!"?

    wasn't sure if it was legit or you got hacked so I thought I'd check with you before opening the e-mail. leave a comment on my blog if you wouldn't mind letting me know....