Monday, August 07, 2006

Computer troubles

After one day of sharing a computer with my husband, I took mine to the dealer for repair. He quoted a sum of money that suggested he thought that at least the last three of my books had featured on on the New York bestseller list for multiple weeks. It was also more than I would require to buy a new laptop.

By a nice bit of lucky coincidence, there was a computer fair in Kota Kinabalu last weekend with all kinds of good deals for the impecunious and poorly paid. We had actually arranged to be away over the weekend, in the National Park again, but I insisted that we return in time to visit the fair. So after a peaceful sojourn at the foot of Kinabalu, we fought our way (not kidding) into the fair hall at the shopping mall to look at what was on offer.

And I am now back in business. At less than the price of repair of the old one.

And now I seem to be spending my time downloading endless stuff that appears to be necessary for the successful operation of my day. As I was aware that my last computer was approaching terminal dysfunction, I had managed to save most essentials - but all emails vanished into the nether regions of the irretrievably lost, so if I seem to be ignoring an email you sent, please resend.

In a desperate hurry to escape the crush of the computer fair, I may have made a poor selection of computer - this one has a wide screen. Which skews all pictures slightly. Fine if you are tall and slim. Disaster if you are short and, um, dumpy. Viewing pix of myself ensures I am both dumpy and grumpy...

6 comments:

Simon Haynes said...

You need to change the screen resolution. Right-click the desktop, choose Properties then Settings and change the slider to something the same width but less tall. E.g. 1280 x 1024 should be changed to 1280 x 960 (or less) Keep fiddling.
You should also find out the native resolution of the LCD panel, because that setting will give you the sharpest possible image. E.g. my desktop is 1280 x 1024, my laptop is 1024 x 768 and my wife's laptop is 1280 x 960 (widescreen). It really makes a difference, and no more dumpy.

KarenEMiller said...

The important thing is you have a new computer! Wooo hooooooo!!!!!!

I'd resend my email but my program didn't save it. I'll try to remember what I said ... *g*

Glenda Larke said...

Well, that was easy. (After I sorted out the fact that the version that dropped the taskbar into oblivion at either the top or the bottom of the screen wasn't the way to go!)

Now why didn't I ask Ask Simon in the beginning??

Hmmm, maybe I can configure it so that I am always tall and svelte in onscreen photos, and then I can kid myself that I really don't need to deny myself that second helping...

Simon Haynes said...

Glad it worked ;-)

Glenda Larke said...

You're a doll, Simon!

Anonymous said...

Gives new meaning to "Simon says.." har har

Yay for a new computer. Oh yes. And yay for no longer being dumpy and grumpy :D