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Computer crash! Welcome back from vacation

October 4, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
Coming back from vacation has been even more disorienting than usual — my computer crashed before I left and it hasn’t been repaired yet.

I’m typing this on a co-worker’s computer. That in itself isn’t bad, a reporter should be able to sit and write anywhere. When I was a sports editor, I remember sitting on a plastic crate in a convenience store somewhere in East Texas, writing my game story out in longhand on a yellow legal pad. Then I called the office and read it word-for-word to the person who typed it and ran it out to be laid up on the page before deadline. No, we didn’t have laptops; heck, we didn’t even have the internet or e-mail.

We can write anywhere — it’s the other stuff that’s the problem.

Like everyone else, I had information and notes stored on my computer, which apparently I’ve lost because we can’t get the thing to respond in any way, shape, form or fashion.

Not being able to access my e-mail is the most immediate problem. Reporters communicate a lot electronically and I’ve lost that means of contacting sources until we get a new access set up. And, of course, if you’ve e-mailed me in the past week or so, I haven’t seen it.

So, not only do I have the regular problem of getting my head back in gear after being off for a week, I have the added headaches of trying to get the computer up and running — or more accurately watching a co-worker trying to do that — and do my usual fact-gathering and story-writing, while bouncing from one unoccupied co-worker’s desk to another’s, all without the familiar resources of my own desk.

Welcome back to work. Oh joy.


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