This is Only a Test

December 30, 2015


You may have noticed I’ve been a remiss blogger for the last couple of weeks.

I have an excuse.

Well, two excuses: 1) I got sidetracked by holiday stuff, for one. Because we were heading south for Christmas, the timeline for getting holiday-ish things done was somewhat compressed… so… I was just busy and unable to post. I made up a few of the back posts while down south, and was getting on a roll, but then something bad happened… 2) My iPhoto program got all corrupted and I was unable to post or access photos at all.  Which really really sucks.

It happened on December 23 when, unbeknownst to me, my AC plug had fallen out, leaving me with only battery power and, since I have the world’s most anemic Macbook Pro battery, my screen blinked out before I realized what was going on.  By the time I plugged it back into the wall and got everything up and running again, my iPhoto program had crashed or died or I don’t know what, but I’d totally lost functionality. Very weird. I really think it was a complete overreaction on iPhoto’s part! But whatever, iPhoto was all corrupted and that was that. I was on the road, my hard drive with all my backups was at home, and I couldn’t upload or access any photos.

The night we got back from PV, I contacted the Apple tech support folks, but I didn’t really have enough time to complete a full restore because we were leaving the next morning for Geyserville. I started the process, but had to abort because it was going too slowly. Tried again while in Geyserville, but it failed.

Got back last night, and tried two more restores–one from Carbonite and one from Time Machine. I had what I thought was success with the latter. Everything looked normal again and I went to bed relieved. I had another session with the Apple people this morning just to make sure. The guy screen shared with me over the phone, said everything was good and even said he’d send me a more current version of iPhoto. Score!

After hanging up, I uploaded nearly two weeks of iPhone pictures and at this point everything went haywire. I don’t know why I didn’t call Apple back, but decided instead to call my buddy Gil, who now lives in New York. He’s very willing to help, but he isn’t free until next week. So… I’m on hold.

I think I need a new computer or an updated operating system, or both. But we’ll figure that out next week. In the meantime… I figured out a bit of a workaround on importing photos into my iPhoto database, but I’m a little nervous about it. So I’m not going to go crazy with lots of photos for a little while longer. But… maybe one…

This is a picture from yesterday… we’d come to a stop on Hwy 116–fortunately in a really pretty spot (most spots along 116 are pretty), so I got a few nice pics… here’s one:


And hey… that worked, so maybe I’ll be back tomorrow with another post.. and maybe some back posts… got a lot of catching up to do.