Thursday, July 19, 2007
Friday the 13th friends
Friday the 13th was very stressful here at the newspaper. Saturday, Sunday and Monday weren’t too great either and Tuesday started out in pretty much the same vein.
Computers, as efficient and helpful as they are, are a royal pain when they go bonkers.
And almost everything we do to get the newspaper printed involves computers. So when our main computer, the “server” started acting up a few weeks ago, it made us all nervous.
And the Friday the 13th streak continued at home and even at church.
For a while now, my car battery has been kinda making a funny sound and killing the time on my clock.
Friday, it started acting worse than ever. Sunday, on the way to church, it dragged and killed the time again.
After church, friends had to come to my rescue and boost me off, as the battery wouldn’t even try to turn over.
What would we do without friends? Beth and Keith Meals were more than happy to pull their car over and get me going again. Tuesday morning, Sue Watson had to come rescue me from the Post Office and later that afternoon, Cedric at AutoZone solved all my battery problems with a smile.
Our computer problems have been harder to solve. And we’ve really found that we can count on our friends!
Our “main” computer guru, John Cook, at Ole Miss in Oxford, has saved our computers more than once. He worked late into the night Friday copying and saving our hard drive from the server and then delivered it to me at a restaurant in Oxford on Saturday!
Monday morning when we discovered a leftover problem from our Friday the 13th adventures, John stayed on the phone with us for hours it seemed, trying to help solve the problem — even offering to take off a day this week and come here to work on the (%*#&$*(@#& computer.
We’ve talked to Victoria at the MS Press Association, who made very helpful suggestions even though she is very sick with congestion and a summer cold, and to Lisa Denley McNeece at The Calhoun County Journal and to Sarah Brook at The Oxford Eagle. Barry even emailed the “pdf guru” himself, Kevin Slimp.
Victoria and Lisa were helpful pointing in the right direction and then when Kevin said it might be a filter, we all paid attention.
Lisa even searched the Internet a bit, all the while getting her own newspaper out, looking for a Quark pdf filter.
It finally occurred to me that since the filter on my computer worked perfectly well, it might work as well on Barbara’s computer and after a bit of copying and installing — voila! The computer works just fine again!
It really does take a village — and we sure do have a great one!
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